Back to Routine: Easy DIY Pantry Door Kitchen Command Center

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As I shared in my back to school tips, I think getting organized at home is a good back to school task–especially when it comes to prepping for the influx of school papers that is about to come home! Big Brother was just in Kindergarten last year, so I didn’t really know what to expect and did NOT have a good plan in place. Suffice it to say that parts of our kitchen may have drown in papers and chaos of missing papers happened (more than once). Sadly, our kitchen has virtually no extra wall space to set up a command center and we have nothing built in for it. In addition, there’s no fun entrance drop zone or mud room space at our house. So, we don’t have a great command center spot at all. One of the only empty surfaces we had in the kitchen/family room area was the pantry door and I’d been so hesitant to do anything to it. But, we needed a better organizational set-up this year, so I decided to go ahead with the pantry door option. I’m so glad that we did!! Pantry Door Kitchen Command CenterI LOVE it! I’m so glad that I got over my pantry door fear! We’ve been using it all week now and it’s working so well! To give you the full effect though, I think we need a before and after! It all started as a plain ‘ole white pantry door. The first step in the transformation was painting it with chalkboard paint. Pantry Door Chalkboard PaintI don’t feel like the pictures do it adequate justice, but it looks great in our kitchen. All of our appliances are black, so it fits well (and you can see there that we have a kid-stuff covered fridge 😉 ). To make the door more functional, I actually used some  Martha Stewart products that I was sent for review. The Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery line is exclusive to Staples and includes great simple solutions for home organization with everything from from labels and journals to totes and case (p.s. I use my Martha Stewart laptop tote daily!!)! Here’s a glimpse at the two products I used for our little command center: Martha Stewart Command Center productsThe Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery message board and removable, adhesive weekly planner were perfect for helping to create our command center. I wanted a place where we could easily see important dates, reminders, etc. So, the weekly planner is great for that. I love that it’s dry erase! The only issue we’ve had with it is that because it’s removable, the adhesive isn’t sticking as well to the chalkboard paint. So, I’ve actually added a little adhesive to keep it on there. The message board will be great for small papers and lists! In addition to the Martha products, I took one of my old wall file containers from my teaching days to use for Big Brother’s homework and school papers. To spruce it up a bit, I added some washi tape! Simple Kitchen Command CenterI love how simple it is, but it’s totally functional. Big Brother’s weekly homework and important papers go in the hanging file slots. Then, reminders, notes, and important dates go on the calendar and message board! It’s sooooo much better than various things being strewn about the counters, table, and refrigerator! Plus, I love that the whole door is one giant chalkboard. So, we can write the month, or fun messages, or whatever! 😉 Martha Stewart Command Center

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I’m Sara, a mom to three adorable boys living in the Arizona desert. As a former teacher, I love sharing my passions with others. So, have a look around for creative inspiration about cooking, creating, celebrating, traveling with kids, and more everyday mom endeavors!


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38 Responses

  1. I showed this to my husband and he agrees it’s what we need to make our note/calendar area much more organized and efficient…thank you for such a clever idea!!!!

  2. I need some baskets and other small containers to organize home supplies for my son’s new desk/craft table.

  3. Your command center turned out cute! I am still in the midst of getting mine completed but have utilized some martha stewart with avery products too!!! Looooove her line!

  4. I have THE biggest 1st kinder he grew 6 inches…so we have to get those clothes organized and make sure they all still included. 🙂

  5. I just bought a second Expedite shelf from Ikea for my scrapbook room. I really need some baskets to finish up the organizing of the items that will go in the cubes.

  6. I LOVE these products! I have a few in my classroom and they are life savors for all the organization my classroom needs.

  7. Although I have a smart phone I still like to use a planner…I a visual and hard copy type of gal. 😉

  8. I’m working on the final touches to our new command center, and I need to find a way to streamline paying bills and planning menus. I love the Martha Stewart bookplate labels and I’ve been considering the weekly dry-erase board for our dinner menu. 🙂

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