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Back to school is nearly upon us.

This weekend is the Labour Day weekend…kind of the unofficial “last” weekend of summer around these parts.

Kids will be piling into their brand new skinny jeans and high tops (oh wait, is it still ’88??) and heading to school come Tuesday morning.

Which means that I need a plan.  And it’s not too late, right?  To get a little organization into my life before the busy routines of school have us whipping through the year at a rabbit’s pace again?  And my plan to get organized for this year definitely involves setting up a functional command center.

I have been keeping my eye out for amazing Command Centers for over a year now… online and on Pinterest (of course:).  Here are some of the inspiring ideas that I have found to help me figure out what the heck to do with all the paper etc. etc. etc. that floods our countertops on a daily basis – if you want some more ideas check out my Pinterest board Command Center Central.  I hope you find a some tips and inspiration to help make your life a little {or a lot!} more organized.

Family Command Center at Hi SugarPlum!


How to Create a Command Center that Works for Your Family by unOriginal Mom at Uncommon Designs

DIY Pretty File Folders for Command Center at The Homes I Have Made

Pretty DIY Command Center at Domestic Imperfection

Getting Organized at One Creative Housewife

Kitchen Command Center at Achieving Creative Order

Command Center with Magnetic Accessories at Landeelu

Done in a Day Family Command Center at Southern Living

The Clay Family Kitchen Command Center

Giant Wall Command Center at Beneath My Heart

Central Command Center Revamped at SAS Interiors

Command Center Central at Home Heart Harmony

and Updates to the Command Center at Home Heart Harmony

Laundry Room Command Center at The Lilypad Cottage

Simple School Paper and Homework Command Center at Be Simply Organized

Command Center {for all that school work and such} at Emerson Grey Designs

Family Command Center in a Closet at Sand and Sisal

Organizing a Family Command Center at Semi Domesticated Mama

How to Create a Family Command Center at Aqua Lane Design

Command Center Reveal at The Caldwell Project

Creating a Family Command Center at I’m An Organizing Junkie

Edited to add: We finally finished our own Command Center (I call it Command Central Closet)…

Want to get organized and plan your own Command Center?

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Q: What suggestions do you have for helping my son become more organized about his schoolwork?
A: I have several! Here are some ideas to try.

Set up a homework/study calendar. Look for one that has a lot of space for writing. Encourage your son to use a red pen to mark the dates of tests or due dates for important projects. Then have him use a green pen for activities leading up to the due date. For example, spelling test may be entered on Friday and the spelling homework activities leading up to the test may be entered in green.

 Make a home-study kit. A lot of homework time is wasted looking for pencils and paper. Having materials on hand makes being organized much easier, so put the necessary tools in place. A shoebox will do, and I recently made a model home study kit using an easy-to-put-together box from a discount store. Keep the following in your son's kit (let him help you shop for these items if he's interested):

  • paper: lined, blank, and graphing
  • pencils and pens
  • ruler
  • crayons
  • marking pens
  • dictionary

File fix-up. Have your son set up a file folder for each of his academic subjects. He can do this with regular office-supply folders or make his own folders with construction paper. He can then label each folder and only keep important papers. For example, it is a good idea to look at old spelling tests to prepare for comprehensive tests at the end of the semester. Also, it is helpful to keep adding all the research for a paper to a folder so everything he needs will be in one place when he starts to write.

Teach him a 5-minute focus exercise. Before your son starts his schoolwork, encourage him to take 5 minutes to focus on what he needs to do. This can take the form of writing down what he will do. For example:

1. Math problems __
2. Look up information for report __
3. Study spelling words __
4. Read __

Then he can check off each task as completed. It feels great to check off items on a to-do list.