January 2015 
Happy Spring to all of you!  
What in the world happened to March?  Does anyone else think they left out half the month?  It flew by! So now we are into spring. Doesn't spring make you want to do some cleaning up and clearing out?  I know it does for me. 
This month we are going to tackle the subject of a command center. This is the central location where you know to go find the important information that is coming in and going out of the house.  

(photo from bhg.com)

The Free Dictionary's definition of a Command Center is :
A facility from which a commander and his or her representatives
 direct operations and control forces. 
It is organized to gather, process,analyze, display, 
and disseminate planning and operational data
 and perform other related tasks.

While the definition might be military related, it certainly applies to our everyday lives.  We all need a spot to direct operations in our home. 

Command centers are an excellent organizing system to 
corral all the "stuff" coming in and going out of the house. 
There are several essentials you need in your
 command center, although you need to personalize 
yours to work best for you and your family.

The main step is figuring out what you want your 
command center to do. 
What information do you want to be able to 
have for easy access?
What things or information are getting lost that would be
 good to go into a command center area?

Here are a list of some of the things I consider essentials in a 
command center area: 

1.  Calendar - the place where all appointments and
 events are scheduled and recorded.

2.  A mail bin/wall organizer.

3.  A bills to pay bin/wall organizer.

4.  Frequently used office supplies: pens, pencils, stapler, tape, scissors, paper clips, notepads and rubber bands.

4.  A small basket for keys and other small essentials.

5.  A pending bin/wall organizer.  

6.  A place for things going out of the house. 

Here are some of the organizing "tools" to use in the command center. 

magazine holder can be used for mail, bills, pending, or papers
 needing to be signed

mail, bills or pending basket

wall organizers for papers going in or out 
or for mail, bills or pending basket

The key to a command center is a convenient location, 
keeping it clutter free,  teaching everyone exactly what 
goes where and the whole purpose of the area. 

Now is the time to take control and set up a place to "direct operations and control your forces" so it is not directing and controlling you! 

Life Coach Moment

Beliefs become thoughts, thoughts become emotions and 
emotions become behaviour.  
What things do you believe about yourself
 that are not really true?

Please let me know if you need help with any of your declutter tasks.   It is what I love to do!


Peggy W. Barnes  CPOŽ
Certified Professional Organizer
Certified Life Coach

keep it simple girl
1411 Alexander Lane
New Bern, NC  28562
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