With our Mr 4 going back to school this week, our early mornings are going to get earlier again, our schedule busier and our days more full. Over the holidays I have been thinking about ways to help our family keep up. I had seen lots of family launchpads on the internet, so decided to put together a version of our own. Our Mission Control is in our hallway so it was important to me that it looked pretty as well as functional.
I started with three elements from the Pottery Barn “Daily System” – a pinboard, shelf unit and letter bin – before adding the clock and IKEA “Ribba” shelf. This arrangement provides an “in” and “out” tray for school papers and mail, and the all-important key hooks to avoid the last-minute treasure hunt on busy mornings.
I prefer to use a weekly calendar day-to-day as it is easier for Mr 5 to understand. I mark on each day whether Mummy or Daddy are doing the school pick-up, so he can easily see what the plan is for the day. I used a cute weekly calendar printable from Emily Ley for our weekly sheet, but you could easily make one yourself to fit your family’s needs.
I popped a basket on the cupboard to keep together all the bits and pieces that come in and out of the house. It gives them a home before we work out where they should really go.
Finally, I added some artwork to the central space, which I plan to update as the seasons change. I love this flip-flop sign from The Joinery Shop – it reminds me that it will soon be perfect beach weather again! I am excited to start using this new area in our home to help our family keep more organised.
Do you have a mission control or family launchpad? I’d love to see how other families keep themselves more organised!