A family command center for summer is key for an organized transition from the routines of school to the freedom of summer. Thanks to the team at 3M, this year I’ve got some fun new products from the Home Collection by Posit-it® Brand, Scotch® Brand and Command™ Brands that will make our 2014 summer station all kinds of fresh and fun. When it comes to centralized family calendaring, for the better part of 18 years I’ve hung a large desk calendar in our mudroom to create our ground zero consolidating family schedules. But summer brings its own kind of whimsy while introducing the opportunity for all kinds of new experiences. So creating a summer focused family command center is a great way to kick off an organized summer with the promise of wonderful memories to come. The Home Collection is full of great solutions and for this project, with just 6 products you’ll be on your way.
Magnetic Dry Erase Board
While not a part of the Home Collection, you have to have a backdrop for your family command center and when it comes to kids, my favorite blank slate to work with is a magnetic dry erase board. Easily filled with items hung on Post-it® Magnet Grip Discs, it can also handle adhesives and its just plain fun to write or doodle on.
Summer means time to create and that means you’ve got to have a place for where to display all those daily doodles and magical masterpieces. I’m loving the Scotch® Display Frames because they are a snap to set up and even easier to rotate the artwork as it’s created. Available in 2 sizes, you can easily guide your child to use paper that will accommodate each frame. Family command center meets art gallery ~ who wouldn’t love that?
I love the laughter and joy that a house full of kids home for the summer can bring. Because our kids are also summer athletes, we spend a ton of time pool, court, and field side taking pictures of them doing what they love most. Having a place to share their most recent pictures keeps the family command center focused on their activities and makes it fun to rotate as often as they like. The Scotch® Restickable Display Strip is a great non-magnetic solution that is nicely dressed up when you place pictures inside a Post-it® Display Card.
Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean we get a break from chores ~ believe me I’ve tried to figure this one out but without a cleaning service, you’ve got to keep up the good fight to keep a generally well organized and mostly clean house. Because summer means everyone is home, it also means the level of dirty is likely at an all time high. So a simple chore chart that breaks down assigned chores by day or by child is just the trick. The Post-it® Dry Erase Planner is easily updated and small enough to keep you from attempting to over schedule.
Once the honeymoon wears off, my kids can get tired of eating at home and are looking for something different to do. My solution? Create a coupon catcher for discounts on meals out to their favorite places and fun recreational activities they might not normally do, like bowling, ice skating, and more. Use the Post-it® Dry Erase Grip Tile to place it on your family command center right next to the chore chart. When the kids ask for something new to do, have them check out the coupon collection and encourage them to use their own allowance money to make that activity happen. They will quickly connect the dots to their own hard work and opportunities earned for a job well done.
While it might seem like summer can be full of easy going days, if your kids play summer sports it’s a whirlwind of time spent anywhere but home. A Mom List is a great way to help your kids get involved in letting you know what they need when they run out of any kind of personal, athletic, or other kind of supply. The Post-it® List Note does the trick nicely and also comes in a version with color coded sections that could be assigned one to each child. This I love!
Camp Forms and Free Activity Schedules
Kids always want to know what’s coming next and when it comes to summer, you’ve likely got some fun camps and activities up your sleeve. Use a Post-it® View and Go Pocket to hold registration information for camps and activities so that when they want to see what’s coming, they can easily retrieve it and review themselves. You can also keep a list of free activities happening in the community, from the library and museums to local parks and outdoor concerts, you’ll be amazed at what is waiting for you all to take part in and have so much fun.
Making a family command center with a summer twist is an easy way to get your family organized while you make sure they stay focused on enjoying this special time of year. With the help of products from the Home Collection by Post-it® Brand, Scotch® Brand and Command™ Brands, I think you’ll find it incredibly easy to set up and get started. Tell me..
Do you have a family command center? Does it change for the summer?
If you love Pinterest, stop by our Family Organization Board for all kinds of ideas to help you get and stay organized as a family. Also be sure to check out our Get Organized for Summer Series to help you get ready for my favorite time of year! Thanks so much for stopping by ~ we’ll see you next time!
Disclosure: Special thanks to 3M for engaging me for this sponsored post. I was provided product to use in anyway I saw fit. The concept of a summer themed family command center is entirely my own.