Make-It-Monday: Taking Control of my Life

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Or rather, TRYING to take control of my life.  Our oldest daughter just started Kindergarten, the twins are 2, my husband has a 2 hour commute to his work, and when I am not staring in the role of “mom”, I have a job too.  Life was getting (getting?) out of control.  And I an a big fan of control.  Control is good.  Very good.  Oh, and to cap off the madness, we just moved.  So not only are things not quite as under control as I would like, but I can’t find anything!

The kitchen in our new house is great.  I think it is supposed to be a kitchen and family room all in one, but we use another room as a family room, so the kitchen just has a big empty space.  And with 2 year old twins, that is all I need.  The kitchen also has our kindergartener’s desk.  And since the laundry room is right off it and the stairs come into it, this room is truly the heart of the house.  So it is the perfect place for me to set up a command center.

This wall started as a hodge podge – I put up a calendar, took it down, a message board, took it down, until i finally got this.  And I love it!  It is bright and colorful and kid friendly. It has something for everyone, and it can grow up with us.

It was key to me to have something for the twins in the command center.

This is a simple frame from Michael’s Crafts with the gloss popped out. I put in a piece of sheet metal that I covered with some fun scrapbook paper. And voila! We finally have a magnetic surface in the new house! The twins spend a lot of time playing with this magnetic animal thing. When it gets boring, we will swap it out for magnetic letters or something…

I also made a “grown up” version of the same magnetic board, also with no glass, sheet metal and pretty paper. This one is higher up and perfect for notes I need to keep, like birthday party invitations, and messages from school.

Below the grown up magnetic board is a ribbon board I found at a tag sale a few years ago.

This is perfect for storing papers that the kids can have access to. The little guys like seeing their pictures in there too. And that lottery ticket is a winner! We need to turn that in, it has been there a LONG time!  Do lottery tickets expire?

I purposely hung the clock really low. Emily is working on telling time and we use that clock often (little hand on the 7, big hand on the 12, let’s get read to take the kids to day care!) And next to that is my picture frame calendar.  This is one of my favorite projects.  I made it a few years ago.  That is a simple 8 slot picture frame.  Here I left the glass in, but instead of pictures, I put in scrapbook paper with days of the week stickers.  Grass works just like a dry erase board!  So this is our weekly calendar.

And in the small space to the left of the calendar, I have my trains – Emily, Spencer and Sidney Thomas trains!

it is a great little fun happy space for us, and we love it! AND, it is keeping us (me) organized. I know what days Emily has gym (and has to wear sneakers in stead of her beloved high heels), I can keep play dates organized, and I have a place to keep those little things you need and would lose if they were anywhere else! So far, we have taken command of life!

This command center has definitely helped me get and stay more organized.  I am not sure it is makes me more organized or just gives off that illusion, but I love it, the kids love it, and we use it!


Beth is known as mommy by a 5 year old kindergartener and boy-girl 2 year old twins.  She blogs about life, kids, and DIY, at Pickles in my Tea and in my Soup.

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Beth was happily raising her now 4 year old daughter and planning for one more, when the doctor said that he saw 2 good sacs. Her boy girl twins we born at 35 weeks - he naturally, easily, after 4 pushes. His drama queen sister turned transverse and then her placenta separated, leading to her delivery by c-section (with Beth under general anesthesia). Thanks to post delivery eclampsia, Beth met her twins when they were 26 hours old. Now those days are just a memory and the twins are crazy and funny. Crawling all over the house chasing big sister, reading books, knocking over towers and cuddling are favorite activities. Beth's challenge is to balance a preschooler, 1 year old twins, her DIY obsession, and a full time job as a college professor, while finding time to occasionally vacuum to feed her OCD side. Beth blogs at Pickles in my Tea and in my Soup.

2 thoughts on “Make-It-Monday: Taking Control of my Life”

  1. Love all the elements, especially the picture frame/dry erase!

    I have a question about your magnet boards…I did the same a month or so ago…replaced the glass with a piece of sheet metal. I had a terrible time cutting it, though! I bought tin snips at the hardware store, but I had to enlist the help of the neighbor’s saw to make the long cut, and I just trimmed it up with the snips. Any pointers? I’d really love to make another one.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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