Setting up a command center in or near your kitchen as a hub for important papers and supplies is one organizing step with the Simplified Organization: Learning to Love What Must Be Done self-paced course. I set mine up inside a kitchen cupboard from the day we moved into this house 6 years ago.
I have posted details and pictures before, and that set up has served me well for a long time now.
However, I noticed that the command center area quickly devolved into a “just stick it up there so I don’t have to deal with it now” place. I had a bin that held random junk, and that random junk piled up faster than I could clear it out.
It had become simply habit to toss stuff up there instead of dealing with it whenever I was clearing the counters.
Before, when tidy:
One way to help break a bad habit is to disrupt the process, the cues, that serve it. If you interrupt the flow of the habit you want to break, you’ll more easily replace the habit with a new one. In this case, I’d like to replace the habit of tossing random junk up there with the habit of dealing with the stuff. But, even if that doesn’t happen, I don’t want the junk collecting in my command center. I want my command center to be kept clear and useful. So, I have an alternate junk drawer to toss random bits that isn’t going to clutter up the space I want to keep useful.
So, instead of merely clearing and tidying the command center again, I completely emptied it and reorganized it with new office organizers I picked up on sale at Target.
There is no longer a catch-all bin and no longer clear space to simply stuff things up there. Instead, there are clearly defined homes for the supplies that I want to be there, and space to sort and hold papers while they await processing, which I do once every interval.
So now, here’s my new layout:
And here are some of the pieces that are similar to what I used to put it together:
Do you have a command center?