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Back to School: DIY homework station

Keep things organized and tidy this fall with a homework station that will benefit both you and the kids!

The weather is getting cooler and fall is in the air. As the last couple weeks of August wind down, parents and kids are gearing up for another school year. With school comes homework, which can lead to a cluttered home if you’re not prepared.

Location, location, location

Find a quiet spot that’s tucked away far enough from distractions that your child will stay focused on his or her homework. Make sure you place your station away from the TV and entertainment stations or any doors leading outside. You should also try and avoid high traffic areas such as hallways and foyers where there is a lot of noise and commotion. If possible, try and find a spot with natural light.

Stock up now

The school year is long. It’s important to get a good head start by stocking up on the right supplies so you don’t have to keep making trips to the store. Crucial items include pencils, pencil crayons, pencil sharpeners, pens, scissors, markers, glue, and paper.  Make sure to leave enough room on the desk for a desktop computer or a laptop. If you are short on outlets, invest in a power bar.

Keep it simple

You don’t need a lot of furniture to create a useful homework station if you are resourceful. Many things can be found around the house and garage. A simple desk, a chair and a lamp will suffice. You’ll want to keep the station as organized as possible in order for it to be functional throughout the year. Before you build your homework station, clear all clutter from the area and stick to the basics.

Amazing chalk table concept from mommyminded.blogspot.com!

Amazing chalk table concept from mommyminded.blogspot.com!

Let them personalize their work space

If you give the kids the opportunity to make the space theirs, they’ll be more willing to spend time working at it. Help them print out photos or design a custom mouse pad. It’s okay to put one or two trinkets of their choice on the desk if they don’t take up space. This is even better if these are useful trinkets, such as a paperclip holder or an organizer.

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Stay organized

Invest in a traditional calendar. Not only will your child learn how to manage their time, they’ll be able to track their progress and look forward to special dates. You can also put a clock up on the wall to help them keep track of time and stay on top of their work. Consider altering a basic bookshelf into a storage unit for assignments, paper and supplies. A trash can and recycling bin are essential as well.

Now you’re ready to build your homework station, allowing you to save time while keeping your household organized. One common reason homes stay cluttered is because there are items that don’t have a place to go. This station is a great way to keep you and the kids organized while creating a personal home base for your children to do their homework!

If you could change anything about the way the kids do their homework, what would it be?

Sam Landa edits the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? blog and is Content Manager and social media manager at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environment & Sustainability, and in her spare time, she enjoys playing live music and writing. Connect with Sam on  or LinkedIn.