A centrally located spot is best to set up a family command center.

A house can go from orderly to chaotic in the time it takes kids to unpack their backpacks and bring in the mail. Every flat space quickly becomes the landing spot for homework, bills and permission slips. A drop zone—a specified spot for the stuff of life—turns disorder into the peace you long for.

See Order, Winter 2016-17 issue, for instructions and more information.

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