Back-to-School 101: Organizing Tip: Set up a Homework Station

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Desks and workstations are a given at school, but the same does not automatically hold true at home.

Today’s post walks you through how to set up a location from which to do schoolwork, or a homework station:

Identify a location.

Just like real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. Identify a location in the home that is conducive to doing work with minimal distraction. Preferably the location should be out-of-the-way of heavy foot traffic. If you live in small quarters, identify a double duty space, such as a kitchen or dining room table at which a child can do schoolwork.

Eliminate distractions.

Nowadays, it is becoming more and more difficult to find areas in the home that are free from distractions as many digital/electronic devices are easily portable. Stick to the basics: set regular homework hours, make sure the  station is clear of clutter or other non-homework items, set up screens or curtains for privacy, implement a no tv/computer/games/music etc. rule while doing homework.

Build out station basics and storage.

Make sure you have at least these two items in place: sturdy, height appropriate desk or working surface and a comfortable chair. Create zones for work both hands-on work such as writing and crafts as well as a computer and printer; if you are in small quarters, identify separate spaces where the student can do hands-on tasks/use computer. It’s pretty much guaranteed a student will need storage space for school work & supplies, so make sure to include space at a desk or on a computer for: books, notes, past schoolwork (homework, reports, and projects) artwork, notices, calendars, schedule, backpack, etc.

Stock up on supplies.

Before taking a trip to the store, take a look through your home first for existing supplies. Common school-supply items include: pens, pencils, crayons, markers, paper, loose leaf, binders, notebooks, scissors, ruler, stapler & staples, hole puncher, glue, tape, calculator, computer, keyboard, mouse, flash-drive, external drive, printer, wastebasket & recycling bin, etc.

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