I have to admit, I don’t have children so I’m not exactly juggling a whole lot around here. But, I used to work full time while my husband coached baseball for a living and since he was home most of the time, he took on the role of what we call “House Manager”.
Eventually, he retired from coaching and entered the corporate world. California Bay Area commute and all. (Boo for him!)
So, since I worked closest to home, “House Manager” duties defaulted back to me. *Sigh*
As I’ve shared before, our house is not big. That’s why I was always intrigued by all the kitchen command centers I saw on Pinterest. Often times, it’s just a small wall converted into useful space.
My garage door into the house opens right into my kitchen – it’s the black door (shown below – you can see more in my kitchen board and batten wall post). That means every time we walk in the house, everything ends up piled on the kitchen table – keys, shopping bags, mail, half-empty fast food cups.
A few years back I hung a mail organizer/key holder behind the door in an effort to stop losing my keys, but let’s face it – it was an eye sore:
I really wanted to eliminate the kitchen table clutter and improve this sad wall, so I designed a command center to hold keys, mail, sunglasses and magazines. (Side note: the baby gate is what we use to keep our dog from going upstairs when we’re not home – like I admitted above, we’re a child-free home).
We decided to frame it to match the door:
Then, we added wood inside the frame:
Next, we added some framing to the bottom third to match the board and batten wall on the other side of the door:
The ledge was an important part of the design since it can hold sunglasses and other small accessories:
The bottom section was designed to hold magazines and some file folders to organize coupons. We painted the top black (it’s not chalkboard paint) and the bottom white:
Amazing what a coat of paint can do, huh?
Here it is with the framed calendar, mail and key organizer and some magazines/coupon file holders in the rack below:
The best compliment was the other day when my girlfriend came over to bring me lunch after I had sinus surgery. She was enamored with it so much she hired someone to build one at her house!
Here’s her version – a simple framed out command center that’s magnetic so she can get the clutter off the fridge – she has 3 kids!
Again – here’s my before and after. We just love it!