One thing truly missing from my home is a great communication center, a place where my husband and I can have a calendar, leave messages for one another and leave reminders about upcoming events.
I’ve tried. I put up a white board calendar and bulletin board once in our dining room but it just looked messy. Right now, we just have a basic calendar and leave notes on the sofa. It’s not a good system.
It means we miss messages or forget events, birthdays or sometimes double-book a weekend.
So I’m excited that Item #10 on our 30 Home Must-Haves is a family communications center. It’s forcing me to look around at more options.
I love the idea of the organization system below from Pottery Barn, which is on sale now, with pieces priced at $10-$44. It’s great in the configuration below because there are two calendars, space for mail and keys and plenty of places to leave notes and tuck invitations.
For me, the only problem is that you need a pretty big space to make it work, which I don’t have on the main floor of my house. Our office is in our basement. But we need our communications center to be near enough to the front door that we actually notice it’s there.
I love communications spaces that are sort of tucked away, either in a hallway, a mudroom or inside a cabinet. Below left, a chalkboard and set of mail slots for homework and other papers is on a small wall inside a backdoor. Below right, the inside of a kitchen cabinet is used to organize the family schedule.
Both pictures above are from Better Homes and Gardens.
A simple curtain hides the filing cabinets but the bulletin board is in full of view of everyone who needs to know what’s going on.
So what about in your home?
Do you have an organization center? Does it include space for mail, a calendar and messages?