Bills, invitations, calendars are always a struggle to keep organized in our house. And this habit has not changed after moving to a new house. In fact, I think it has probably gotten worse because our house is smaller than the last. Every organized home needs a command center, but I have very little room to pull it off. So I created this magnetic refrigerator command center on the side of my refrigerator!
Easy Refrigerator Command Center
It’s super simple, but it gets the job done. And the great thing about magnetic organizers is you can customize them so easily without putting a bunch of holes in your wall. This is a project that doesn’t take much time at all, and provides a huge amount of value to our lives.
I found a monthly calendar at Target that has a metal spiral edge, and that sparked the entire project. To make the calendar magnetic, I bought one of these magnetic strips from Ikea. When you attach the magnetic strip to your fridge instead of your wall, it acts as a super strong magnet for other metals.
You could also add adhesive metal strips to the back of your calendar, or buy a calendar that already has them. Here are some calendar ideas I found from shopping online:
Every refrigerator command center needs a place to store writing utensils. The leather pen holder was a fun little craft I did at a blogging conference. It’s supposed to be a bookmark I think. It’s essentially just two magnets glued to a piece of leather. I like it here because I never lose my pen!
Below the calendar, I have a year at a glance little photo calendar, which I actually just taped! This makes it easy to look at the whole year at once without having to remove my calendar. And I also picked up some magnetic clips for miscellaneous things like coupons and trinkets. I like a fridge that doesn’t have a ton of clutter, so I keep my mess on there to a minimum. Coupons that go on the fridge are ones that are expiring, or that I plan to use soon.
This mail sorter on our refrigerator command center is our secondary one for the house. When the mail comes in, we sort through it right away and throw out the junk. We have another mail sorter by our front door for things that need to be reviewed. This sorter on the fridge is for saving invitations that correspond to calendar events, and for mail that needs action before it can be filed. I also found these little metal containers to be handy. I use them all over the house, but this one is holding box tops that I collect for my nieces.
Here are some magnetic organizers I found online:
Wall Rack for Coats and Keys
Aside from just the refrigerator command center, this area also acts as a drop off zone when we come into the house, so we needed a place to hang coats and keys, and a place to take off our shoes.
And I just had to share this adorable impromptu family love fest! I was taking pictures of the command center when Brian came in, and the pets greeted him at the door. It was so adorable! They really miss him when he’s gone. *cue mushy overload of family photos*
If you need a place for coats or aprons near your refrigerator command center, here are some farmhouse style coat racks I found online:
A Stool for Shoes
This little kitchen stool serves that function, and is also available when I need it in the kitchen. Having a drop off zone at both doors has helped us keep our coats off the furniture, and prevents people from walking around with their shoes on in the house. I’m a big stickler when it comes to shoes in the house. It’s a big no-no.
Here are some small stools I found online:
We have been using this refrigerator command center system since August when we moved in. And so far it has worked for us. It’s only temporary because one day I plan to cover the side of the refrigerator and add a permanent bench. But it works for us right now.
I hope you found this refrigerator command center idea helpful! How do you keep your family organized? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!