DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

You might remember seeing this cabinet in our home over the years. We’ve even repurposed it a couple of times to suit our needs in two different homes! Today I’ll share how we set this cabinet up as our home command center.

Life around my house gets a little hectic sometimes. Simplifying, editing and staying organized has to be a daily task. I’m not obsessive about detailed organization, but I definitely feel more at peace when I have a few simple systems I can rely on.

I’m a big fan of creating “destinations” or designated “stations” for organization! Coffee stations, gift wrap stations, mail stations, family command centers, I enjoy them all.

Since the task of decluttering or organization itself isn’t a big passion of mine, I guess thinking in terms of a creating a specific “destination” for things I like to do in my home is more inspiring to me. It’s how my mind works.

You may remember seeing this cabinet in my books (), or in our last house, too, when it had an entirely different purpose.

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

In our old house, this cabinet was in our dining room. We used it as a hospitality cabinet! It’s where we kept things like our cloth napkins and napkin rings, dinner candles, serving utensils and special glasses. So handy and fun to have a spot for table setting.

When we moved to this house, the cabinet ended up in our little entry. Early on I realized we didn’t have a good “spot” for “those things” that you need to keep track of in a busy household. So I decided to reinvent this cabinet and give it a new purpose as our command central. (This cabinet is out of stock, but is similar and I’ll link to others at the end of the post!).

We don’t have a lot of room and our budget for completing this project was probably less than $30, so we had to get creative and use what we already had. I’ll put a source list at the bottom of this post with what we used and similar sources!

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

The glassware and entertaining items were relocated to a different cabinet to make room for the new command center. Once we emptied the cabinet, it was easy to reimagine it for a new purpose.

We still use this organizational system today, so this isn’t one of those projects bloggers might show that never really get used. A couple of years later I can say this continues to be a useful and (fairly) organized destination in our home that we still use every day!

It actually didn’t take much to make this cabinet useful for our needs. A few on the inside of the door became a spot to stick things like emergency numbers, addresses, contractor business cards, lists, school forms or invitations.

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

My cork came in the shapes of , but you could (of course!) use any shape or size to suit your needs.

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center
DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

Paper trays keep our most important, currently relevant and more time sensitive papers sorted so I rarely have to panic wondering where I put something. The answer is usually “in the cabinet.”

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

Wire bins can hold anything. Eye glasses, receipts…we’ve used them in different ways in different seasons, depending on our needs. The key with baskets is to give them a designated purpose and stick with it. If they become a catch all it’s time to pare down to a more defined purpose.

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

on the other door hold an extra set of keys and an emergency . This is a handy location for these items in case the power goes out, or if a guest is staying in our home and might need to easily access them. We also have a (stuck onto the door with a ) to clip notes.

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

Keeping certain items handy in this cabinet means we also feel prepared with some essentials in the event of emergency. If we need to flee in the middle of the night with keys and a flashlight, we’ll be all set. Safety first, you know?

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

One drawer holds stamps and envelopes and the other is for phone chargers.

Do you have a cabinet in your home that you’ve set up as an organized destination?

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

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Signature Home Scents: DIY Lavender Vanilla + Lime Linen Spray

Signature Home Scents: DIY Lavender Vanilla + Lime Linen Spray

Do you have a signature scent for your home? Or a seasonal favorite home scent?

Last week I made a ‘Lavender Vanilla + Lime’ spring blend to spray on our sheets and towels. Ah, it smells so refreshing! Like a late spring day! The simple recipe I used is below.

Recently I mentioned that while I’m not very crafty, I can putter around the house like nobody’s business. A lot of you related to my secret talent, ha! You are my people.

Well, I may not be very crafty, but I actually do have a few things I love making for my home. When I’m puttering around the house, I enjoy making things prettier. Often that means visually, but I like to make my house smell prettier, too.

Signature Home Scents: DIY Lavender Vanilla + Lime Linen Spray

I shared my love of having signature scents for my home in the very beginning days of the blog (and in my first book Love the Home You Have. Side note: as of yesterday I noticed that book was just $1.99 for the kindle version!).

In my new book I talked about how incorporating natural scents into our day-to-day experiences around the home can elevate our sense of well-being! Scents can be inspiring, like a little gift to yourself.

Custom linen and room sprays are easy to put together and fun to make. Unlike more complicated crafts or DIY projects that might result in a frustrating experience (like the time ten or so years ago when I accidentally super-glued my fingers together, hahah, you can read that story here), making a custom linen spray is a simple, enjoyable and relatively hassle-free project.

Creating a signature scent to spray on linens is a home improvement project that makes putterers like me very happy :). Simple joys.

Signature Home Scents: DIY Lavender Vanilla + Lime Linen Spray

Lavender Vanilla + Lime Linen Spray:

10 drops Lavender essential oil

10 drops Stress Away (an essential oil blend with lime and vanilla)

in a 1 oz spray bottle (I like or !)

Pinch of sea salt (optional)

Fill the rest with filtered or distilled water

Shake it up and spray away!

I mist this on our sheets (and towels!) before I make the bed and before I go to bed. It smells so dreamy, it really relaxes me and helps me to sleep better!

You can watch me make this spray in my Instagram story highlights

Room + Recipe Sources:

The essential oils found in this linen spray and the brand my family loves and recommends is found here (there is a special deal this month, too!).

Bottles + Accessories

How I Use Essential Oils and Daily Wellness Routines

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Similar creamers (my mouse one is out of stock!)

Other sources:

(out of stock), similar

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