How to Organize the Family Command Center
Find the Right Spot
A zone that everyone passes through is the most effective: a corner in the kitchen, a nook in a hallway, or a centrally located home office. Shelves are key; if you don’t have built-ins, just use an armoire or a bookcase.
Make Some Rules
To keep this area from becoming an unloading zone, determine what belongs here and what doesn’t. Suggested yeses: bills, sports schedules, medical records, school papers with short-term relevance. Nos: backpacks, 3-D art projects, magazines, newspapers.
Take Care of the Nos
If there’s no plan for the junkifiers, your precious command center is toast. Find other homes for all the bulky, random items that threaten your bliss.