Command Center in a Basket


basketYesterday Michelle asked how to set up a Command Center.

There are so many ways. I decided to show mine because it is compact and fairly inexpensive.

I bought a basket and popped two three-ring binders into it. One binder is for all of our family information. The other is my recipe binder.

I also have a section in the back with a few file folders for things that I don’t want to hole punch.

bindersThe family binder has pockets in the inside that hold coupons and invitations. I have an emergency phone list for doctors, dentist, insurance agent, plumber, phone and gas companies. There are sections for school, sports, my husbands work schedule and extracurricular activities. Each of those sections has plastic pocket dividers for papers that I want to access easily. There are phone lists in the back for church, choir and school.

filesThe recipe binder holds all of my favorite recipes. I divide them like this: appetizers, dessert, drinks, main course, meat, salad, soup, vegetables.

I keep this basket on the kitchen counter next to the phone and near the family wall calendar. That way everything is right at my fingertips.


11 thoughts on “Command Center in a Basket

  • February 8, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Thanks Robin. I got the basket at Cost Plus World Market…everything else came from the office supply store.

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  • April 4, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    love this idea much more compact when you already lack space

  • November 29, 2009 at 2:18 am

    Thank you for the information. As a newbie in the marketing world. This really helps.

  • December 4, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    I really need to do this. How can I avoid just stashing everything in the junk drawer???

  • December 4, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Moomoo – Here’s a great tip – If you pick something up, make sure you only put it down in its “home”.

  • December 4, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Once you create a place for all the odd papers, it becomes much easier to put things away. The reason things end up in the junk drawer is because they don’t have a place. I used to look at a pile and say, “I don’t have time to go through all of this.” and then I’d stash the stuff in the drawer. Having a system really helps!

  • December 9, 2009 at 3:58 am

    Really nice post, Thanks again for a nice site.

  • January 31, 2010 at 1:28 pm

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