The picture above is my first foray into using the InstaEditor app on my phone (thank you, Shawn M.H.!). It's also a picture of our family calendar. Pinterest and a whole mess of magazines and books call this a "Kitchen Command Center" because it's where all the important stuff is tidily kept and accessible to all family members. It's also typically located in the kitchen area. This is actually one of the very first ideas and one of the very best ideas I've found on Pinterest. We began using it about 2 1/2 years ago and we LOVE IT! The calendar is in front and easily viewable. Everyone has their very own folder to keep invites, mail, schedules, etc. No more lost papers! No more piles of mail on the kitchen counter! No more "Mom, have you seen my__________?" Well, I still get that, but it's no longer about paper stuff. ;)
Here's how you can make your own:
One hanging file basket. This is the one I bought: http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/748773/Realspace-Black-Leatherette-Hanging-File-Basket/
One hanging file folder for each member of your family. We are a family of five, so I have five. You can use the basic manila ones or you can use a different color for each person or you can do what I did and use whatever you have on hand.
One calendar. You can find a TON of free printable 2015 calendars online by doing a quick Google search.
Two binder clips. The ones shown in my picture are HUGE. You really don't need to go this big. My first calendar had a spiral on it and I needed the clips to fit around it. I no longer bind my calendar so I could go down to a smaller size. It would probably look better.
That's it! Easy peasy! Once you have your supplies together, it will take about two seconds to set up your new "command center". Simple, functional, and it looks great, too!