Back to School: Command Center and Grocery List Tip

command center main

Doesn’t it feel good to get organized and back into the swing of things?!  I have loved the slow, easy pace of summer, but I also like the routine that school days bring.  I’ve been busy planning, and I think we are beginning the new year next week…

With the new school year comes “back to school” blog posts!  It’s so FUN to get a glimpse into other homeschoolers’ plans, schedules, ideas, curriculum choices, and organization projects through blog posts lately.  I have gotten some great ideas from others, and I want to pass them on!  I am joining in the “back to school” posts and inviting you to peek at our preparations for the new school year!

Over the next week or so, I am planning to share several ways we are getting ready for homeschool!

My command center is really nothing more than a filing system in the kitchen, but it helps me stay a bit more organized!  Here are the details:


NO more completed work in a stack on the counter!  No more stuffing checked math papers in the back of the teacher’s manual!  I’m vowing to file completed math papers EVERY day!  😉  The file is right in the kitchen (our homeschool room) so filing will be easy!  I also have a file folder for my lesson plan book!  A place for everything and everything in it’s place.


Magnetic Board:

I used a poster frame from Walmart, a magnetic sheet from the home improvement store, and spray paint.  The clear magnetic file pockets came from the office supply store, and I found the cute file folders at Walmart!  Yay!

mag board main

In an effort to keep mail off of the counter and have easy access to papers I use often, I labeled the files like this:               (thanks to my BFF- the label maker!)

folders on board

I have a birthday calendar hanging on the side of the fridge.  I’ve forgotten several birthdays this year!  😦



I found this idea in an organization book years ago, and I’ve loved it!

~ Make a blank grocery list with:

~ headings for items listed IN ORDER OF THE AISLES in your store

~ Make / print multiple copies to keep on hand

~ Fill in items under headings as you run out and when planning meals

~ Your list is already in order and ready to go!  Yay!

I just typed a new list!

grocery list sample

The next time you shop, jot down the order of the aisles.  If you are a mom reading this, you probably already know the order of the aisles at your store!

I like to shop for about 15-20 dinners at a time and return to the store for milk and produce (or ask Dad to pick up milk!).  I am not organized enough to plan out the days we will eat each meal, but I post the list of meals on the bulletin board and decide each morning what meal I will cook that night.  Having an organized grocery list helps when I’m shopping for so much!

I have a quick list for Sam’s, too. 🙂

The inspiration for the command center came from a post at Achieving Creative Order.  You can click the super cute picture below to go there:

Family command center

I love “back to {home} school” days!


9 thoughts on “Back to School: Command Center and Grocery List Tip

  1. godmadeknown

    Looks amazing! I am also feeling the itch to get started and put some order back in our day. Thankfully we have grandparents visiting now to keep the boys occupied until the start of school. Looking forward to seeing more of your great ideas!

  2. daddystractor

    I was anxious to get back in the swing of things too. By August we really need some structure around here! Loving your magnetic board. My command center is on the fridge, but its for the house, not school. Since we HS in the basement I could really use a magnetic surface!!

  3. Chelle

    I love this! I also have a master grocery list that I use- and just highlight what I need. It makes my grocery list making so much faster! Anyway, your command center looks awesome!


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