A Place for Everything

Before we tour any of the rooms in my house I thought it would be fun to show my favorite corner. It’s actually the hardest working corner in the entire house. You can call it a drop zone, landing strip, command center  or maybe a mudroom (even though it’s not a real room). This tiny corner of our kitchen keeps this family [fairly] organized.

It took a lot of trial and error to fit everything in and still be able to travel through the space. The door in this space is the exterior door we use most often, as it leads to the garage.  We needed a spot for:

  • Mail/Magazines
  • Bills
  • Important reminders/To Dos
  • A shopping list
  • School artwork
  • Important school info
  • Family calendar
  • Jacob’s backpack and lunch box
  • Coats, purse, dog leash
  • Scarves, hats, etc.
  • A shoe cabinet

Here’s how the space looked earlier this week.


CommandCenter-before tour

Nearly there, but needed a couple of finishing touches to tie it all together. I had the pretty DIY calendar that my amazingly talented sister-in-law gave me for Christmas (idea found here), but the metal message board (a random piece found in the “As Is” section at Ikea) was looking a little unfinished in comparison. Cue the spray paint …

CommandCenter-step1 CommandCenter-step2


A little more unified now, right?



The hanging baskets from World Market are perfect for this space. They look nice and hold a ton of winter hats, scarves and gloves. The handels at the top rest on basic screws do they easily pop on and off.


I whipped up the Give Grace signs for the frames. I thought it was a good reminder to see as you’re heading out the door to greet the world. So that’s it, our landing strip/mudroom/command center, or as I see it, Mom’s Happy Space. It’s also the dirtiest space of floor in the whole house, but we don’t need to talk about that.


5 comments on “A Place for Everything

  1. Suzy, this looks so good! I love the simple way you tied it all together by spray painting a border around the metal board. What do you keep in those baskets, and do they come down easily to get out what you need/put away what you’re finished with?

    • Thanks Emily (aka the talented sister-in-law). The calendar you made is perfect.

      Thanks for your questions. The baskets hold all our winter gloves, hats and scarves. The handles rest on plain screws so they can easily pop on and off.
      Happy organizing!

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