My new Family Command Center by 1Thrive honestly has to be one of my all-time favorite home organization purchases EVER!! I came across it online and became obsessed! For years I considered getting the Pottery Barn command center, but the style and size just didn’t seem to fit my space – and I just could not justify the price. For me 1Thrive is just such a better fit. I am such a chameleon when it comes to my home decor – I like to switch everything up by season. This center is so modular that I have the ability to quickly and easily switch around the pieces to fit my purposes.

 

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There are two base sizes available to choose from and an abundance of styles for each:

The Brilliant BFFs

The photo above shows The Megan & The Rachel, they can be purchased individually or as a ‘family pack’ called The Brilliant BFFs.

Interchangeable Panels

The setup begins with a frame that each of the individual units are hung on. Every component of the system has a bracket that hooks onto the frame. Honestly it is such an easy and considerate design. I personally find it to be restricting to stand against a wall and lean up to write or draw. With this system, I can simply unhook and take down the section of the command center that I am working on – fill it out on my table and when I’m done, hook it back up to the frame. It is so easy my 4-year old can do it.

1THRIVE-hook
 

The hooks on the back of each panel is one of my favorite features. It allows me to take down each section as I’m working on it and allows me to play around with where the panels go each month so easily.

 

1THRIVE The Susan
1THRIVE Medium Weekly Blackboard
1THRIVE calendar

The model we purchased is The Susan, but because I am a girl who needs options, I also purchased a few Add-Ons like the Paper Calendar and the Medium Weekly Blackboard.

Not a Blackboard or a Whiteboard – it’s a 1WRITE board

This threw me at first since the descriptions are a ‘black’ board and a ‘white’ board – but the 1THRIVE command centers are actually made of a material they’ve coined 1WRITE boards. They’re a premium matte finished surface that displays liquid chalk markers like a dream! The result is vibrant colors that are smudge-proof but easy to erase with a little bit of water.

I will be the first to admit I was skeptical at first, I had planned on using dry erase markers I already owned when I saw a BIG sign that told me not to do that when I opened my command center. To be honest though, I really like 1THRIVE’s Liquid Chalk Markers.

I have also found another brand of Liquid Chalk Markers that I personally use with this system. They have a great variety of colors and are relatively inexpensive.

The ARTEZA Liquid Chalk Marker Sets are a great product, they come in a huge variety of colors and are commonly used in coffee houses and bistros all over. I find them to be a great alternative to the 1THRIVE line. However, what you won’t get with the ARTEZA markers, nor any other brand other than 1THRIVE, is the company guarantee. One of the things that have really set this comapny apart is their integrity and the heart that they put into their product line. If a 1THRIVE marker doesn’t perform or damages your board they are there to help you troubleshoot or will even replace the panel for you. If you use a product outside of their line – you are doing so at your own risk. 

Arteza Liquid Chalk Markers
Arteza Liquid Chalk Markers
Arteza Liquid Chalk Markers
ARTEZA Liquid Chalk Marker Set
ARTEZA Liquid Chalk Marker Set
ARTEZA Liquid Chalk Marker Set

Oh, also did I mention almost every panel is MAGNETIC – yea, amazing! This is another example of how 1THRIVE’s design is just considerate. I am always looking for ways to streamline my process – this calendar allows me to create custom magnets to take care of the repetitive dates I’d have to write out by hand.

Click here to learn how I customize my own magnets – it adds a whole new layer of fun to it all. 

 

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1THRIVE Family Command Center

Personally I love taking down each panel as I work on it. I map out my month & week in my planner in real time, then on Sundays I add the important dates to the Family Command Center. This system really works for us. Before I was relying on my iPhone calendar to communicate with my husband. The problem I have with those calendars is that they are out-of-sight out-of-mind. Even with alerts I found myself scrambling with last minute to-dos that were related to events. So I started transfering items from my digital calendar to a physical planner – it made a world of difference.

Every morning with the first sips of my coffee I review what I have going on that day and formulate a daily task list and set any necessary reminders I need for myself.

When it comes to the events and reminders that involve the family we use the 1THRIVE Command Center. I have it hanging in our home office and it is literally everything my family needs to navigate our plans.

 

Versatility

I absolutely love how versatile this system is. I have seen so many applications that I just adore. From a Family Command Center, a Homeschool Headquarters, Business, even Fitness – this possibilities are endless. Most importantly it can grow, change and adapt to your lifestyle over time. 

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