Command centers are one of the most useful things I learned how to do when I finally moved out on my own. I needed a place to keep bills, stamps, envelopes, and pens so that when I needed to pay my bills, I wasn’t running around the house looking for ten different items. Command Centers are super easy to put together, inexpensive, and can save you major time when it comes to bill pay!
DIY Command Center Steps
Step 1: Find a good spot whether it be in your bedroom, kitchen, or literally right next to your front door.
When finding a good spot to put your command center here are some questions to ask yourself:
Where is the first place you go when you walk in your front door after a long day? The kitchen? The living room? Mud room?
I found that although I have a desk and filing system in my bedroom, my mail never makes it up there anyway. I always walk in my door and set my mail on my kitchen counter. If I want to stick to utilizing the command center, I knew I’d have to put it somewhere easy & convenient. I have a little white tray table next to my kitchen bar stools that holds my DIY command center, phone book, stamps, envelopes, and other essential things.
Step 2: Brush up on this paperwork cheat in my free printables exclusive subscriber page to see which things you should be keeping (and for how long).
Step 3: Find some cubbies, organizers, or whatever floats your boat to keep all your email and documents organized. **Scroll to the bottom of this post for links to different organizers you can utilize.**
Step 4: Put together your categories for sorting.
Step 5: Have a place for the little things that could get you off track from your task of mailing and receiving bills.
Keep a cup or place for pens, stamps, envelopes, etc so its all conveniently there for you!
Actually Utilizing the Command Center: tips & tricks
Tip # 1:
…sound ironic, but if you know you pay your bills electronically, you don’t need the return envelope attached to your utility bill…throw it out. Throw out the filters the companies used to remind you of other products.
Tip # 2:
As you pay bills in the “pay” section, move them to the file section. Check your pending/in progress folder to see if you need to follow up.
Tip # 3:
Insurance companies can be a real pain. I keep bills that may need to go through insurance or that I’m not sure that I need to pay. It’s a good reminder to see something in that section and think “oh yeah, I need to call my insurance today and see if they billed me correctly” without overpaying or forgetting altogether. Once it’s complete, you can move it in the filed section.
Tip # 4:
Once you are ready to file all of your documents (get them out of the organizer and into a more organized space for taxes & privacy purposes) you’ll want to have a place that can hold the bulk of your important documents on a yearly basis. That way, come tax season, if you need to find a pay stub from six months prior or remember how much your credit card bill was the last march, there is an easy space to find them.
DIY Command Center Inspiration
Click on any of the pics below to order & inspire yourself to find the perfect command center to fit you! All range in prices from $13 to $40.