Wondering just how messy this area was before I got to work organizing everything?
I sorted through the
I attached magnetic strips to back of quick reference folder with hot glue. I then placed several page protectors in the folder securing with brads. I printed "Quick Reference" on an 8.5" x 11" piece of scrapbook paper and placed it in first page. Papers I will include in my quick reference folder will be the group exercise class schedule, school calendar, sports/game schedules, cooking measurements conversion chart, and important phone numbers (for caregivers). I have additional empty page protectors for any new papers that I deem worthy of the quick reference folder. My litmus test - if I don't look at a paper on at least a weekly basis it doesn't go in the quick reference folder.
I have one magnetic bin for pre-printed grocery shopping lists and blank note pads.
I have a second magnetic bin for a takeout menus folder and a family reference folder (both folders are same style as quick reference).
School - class schedules for each child, login IDs/passwords for district websites to check grades/assignments, teacher contact info
Sports - roster with contact info
Church - volunteer schedule/duties, small group contact info
Neighborhood - contact list
Gym/YMCA - family member login and account pin
For most families, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Since we spend a lot of time in the kitchen area and we have a refrigerator, why not make it a multifunctional appliance. It's a logical place for locating your kitchen command center (preferably on the side). I seem to do more planning in the kitchen than any other room so it's nice having my shopping list and notepads handy. I can also quickly peruse my takeout menus on those nights when I don't feel like cooking. This system is super flexible - if you notice that you are referring to papers in your family folder more often than expected, you can easily move those papers to your quick reference folder.
This project was a snap and I don't know why I put it off for so long. It can easily be personalized with different folders and scrapbook paper that coordinates with your decor. I found my mesh bins (with magnets on back) and chalkboard clips at HomeGoods. You could likely find everything you need at the dollar store. I hope this post inspires you to create your own unique kitchen command center. I feel more productive already!!