We all have busy lives and can easily forget simple dates for events. Whether you call it a communication centre, Message Centre, command central, a Command Centre, Master Calendar with notes, or a Scheduling Centre, we all need to have one to keep everyone on track and organized.
Have you ever walked out the door assuming that everyone knows where they have to be and when? Or forgotten a critical appointment? Or forgotten sports or dance or swim clothing or equipment? You just might need a central place for all this information.
One doesn’t have to be a family to need a master calendar; this works for everyone: families, singles, and even those that have roomies.
The calendar is the most important piece of the message centre as it let’s all and you to see what is going on this week and int the future. I usually recommend a paper calendar with big blocks for each date so that everything for that day can be written down. For families, I really like this calendar from
http://www.moretimemoms.ca/ especially as it starts in September and goes to the follow December encompassing the school year and more.
The A message centre may comprise of a paper calendar or a virtual calendar like Google calendar. The ideas is that everyone must be able to access the calendar and put their schedule on the calendars, and everyone can see what is on the schedule and that it doesn’t become too packed with events, sports, education, social activities, birthdays and any other event that you want to remember.
One of my favourite family message centres comes from The Caldwell Project.
I like how there is a spot for everyone to leave messages, mail and the all-important calendar.
Here is another great centre that even includes a spot for things that come in the mail that require shredding.
Source: One Creative Housewife
A very simple message centre for the week uses a large multi-photo frame and scrapbook paper. You use a dry erase pen to write on the glass.
Source: Paula Foster
A message centre should be located in a central place that everyone can access; that usually tends to be the kitchen. It can encompass a calendar, meal plan, grocery list, important numbers, school calendar with PA days marked, and a whiteboard, cork or chalkboard for making notes.
This centre is located beside the fridge and accessible to all members of the family.
Source: the Inspired Room
If you don’t like the centre on display, you can locate it inside a cupboard door.
Magnetic wipe board. Removable magnetic pen/pencil holder and 4 key hooks.
You can also use a roll of blackboard contact paper, wallies peel and stick paper or magnetic paint inside a cupboard.
If you use a mudroom or other entrance way with younger kids, this one from The Inspired Room is great as it contains everything you need, including a space for backpacks.
For busy families this is a great message centre with a space for just about everything to stay organized.
Source: A Bowl full of Lemons
For older kids, I like this idea of having files for kids’ papers right by their backpacks.
Source: unknown. If you know the source please let me know.
Source: Delightful Order
If you prefer to have a digital centre there is Google Calendar or Cozi. Cozi helps you keep track of everything from school schedules to sports activities, grocery lists, meals and chores — all in one place accessible by every member of the family and from any computer or mobile device.
You can find more ideas on my Pinterest page.
What sort of communication centre would work for you?
Henry Kissinger once said “There cannot be a crisis today, my schedule is already full.”