Everything Fabulous: Family Message Centers

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Like it or not, summer is coming to a close and with it comes the chaos of fall. With the kids heading back to school there will be school events and class assignments, plus soccer games and dance recitals. That plus permission slips and bill payments and grocery lists, it can be hard to keep track of everything. Well we’ve found some Fabulous ideas to keep on schedule and organize your paperwork.

Customized Daily System

FamilyMessage1Every family is different and has different message center needs. With the Daily System from Pottery Barn you can customize the pieces for your family message center. From white boards to weekly planners to letter bins and even an iPod speaker station, your Daily System can be as big or as small as your needs require. Each component slides onto a wall-mounted stainless-steel rod, so you can easily move or add each piece. Cost varies

DIY Message Center

FamilyMessage2For those a little more handy with tools, this DIY Message Center from FamilyHandyMan.com offers a great alternative to a standard bulletin board. This built-in message center includes an erasable calendar, mail bin, cork board for notes, key hooks, shelving and even a pop-down writing table. The plans are free and offer step-by-step instructions with visuals to help you along. Free

Do It All MOM Calendar

FamilyMessage3Keep track of soccer games, birthdays, Doctor appointments, pantry needs and permission slips all within this handy calendar from Orange Circle Design. The columned calendar makes it easy to record tasks by family member, the 616 stickers enable you to mark important dates like birthdays visually, the side column gives you space to jot down your grocery list and the two pockets at the bottom give you a place to put those permission slips or coupons and everything is kept in one handy, hangable calendar. $14.99 US

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Command Center Binder

FamilyMessage4So you’re not the calendar or bulletin board type. Perhaps a Command Center Binder from Simplify 101 is more your style. Keep all your important documents, contacts, permission forms, contacts and more in a handy binder that stores away nicely on a shelf. The included step-by-step guide walks you through how to set-up your Command Center Binder to ensure you get the best use out of it all while keeping the paper piles off the counter and refrigerator. $49.00 US

Digital Message Center

FamilyMessage5The Video Homebase from AudioVox is like having a digital version of your family bulletin board. Built with a tiny video camera and microphone, you can leave full colour messages for your family right on the Homebase machine. Around the 7 inch video screen is a erasable while board with a magnetic boarder for notes and coupons. There’s even a slot in the side to hold Post-It notes and a pen. $34.00 US

Online Family Organizer

FamilyMessage6Organize your shopping and to do lists, manage your family calendar, share memories and family photos all in one spot, Cozi‘s online family organizer. Access and update your family’s organizer from any computer with Internet access as well as from your mobile phone. And it’s free.

Additional Resources…

For other great ideas check out I’m an Organizing Jukie‘s post on creating a command center and the article Sylvia Doust wrote for EverythingMom on Gaining Control over Your Family Bulletin Board.

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