DIY family center for back to school

Make a DIY Family Center

Do you have a family center in your home? A central spot for all the homework, book bags, permission slips, chore charts? I’m starting to get the family organized for back to school and one of my biggest priorities this year is to make a family center.

I really want to make my own. There are some pretty “kits” out there, but I want to manage specific things and none of those kits work just right.

So I’ve rounded up the items that I plan to use to build our family center. A place for all that paper… all those homework sheets… all the teacher letters… this past year got way out of control. And for a woman that doesn’t like clutter on her fridge… there was too much clutter on my fridge! A few pieces of art from the kids, lovely… a million sheets of paper, not so much.

  1. Clock to keep you on time from IKEA
  2. Teal month calendar view from Pottery Barn
  3. Shaped cork board from Kohl’s
  4. Magnetic board from IKEA
  5. Chevron magnets from Pickwick to Pemberley
  6. Affirmation wall décor (this one from Courtney Warren Create is a note card, but there are others in vinyl on Etsy like the ones from Inspirations By Amanda)
  7. Child chore chart from Christina Williams on Etsy
  8. Colorful open trays from The Container Store
  9. Colorful pull drawers (for those like me that want to hide the mess!) from The Container Store
  10. Rail from IKEA
  11. Galvanized buckets from IKEA
  12. S Hooks from IKEA
  13. Wire organization bins from Pottery Barn

I’ll be building my new family center over the next few weeks and I’ll share once done.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Kim Byers, creative director & owner of The Celebration Shoppe. Her work has been featured in Parents, Better Homes and Gardens, All You, Pregnancy, iVillage, Huffington Post and many others. Kim is also a contributing writer for Kellogg's Snackpicks and Parade magazine, as well as craft contributor for JoAnn.

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