Last week we talked about breaking up your back to school preparations into bite sized pieces to avoid overwhelm. This week is all about setting up a homework station. A homework station will help your children stay focused when completing school work and avoid time wasted looking for supplies. If you did last week’s homework then you should have all the school supplies needed for the new school year and some extras you usually keep at home.
Your next step is to label the school supplies your children will be taking to school with them. This makes it easy to distinguish your children’s supplies from the other kid’s supplies. Now is a good time to pack the supplies in your children’s backpacks. It will be one less thing to worry about the night before school starts. Make sure to communicate to your kids that these supplies are off limits until school starts.
Now let’s turn our attention to those extra supplies that need a designated home to live in.
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3 ways to set up a homework station
Kids get easily distracted. Help your children stay focused and productive by providing the tools necessary to complete their homework and school projects. Designate a spot to complete homework and keep some supplies nearby to avoid time wasted looking for supplies. Some basic supplies may include:
- colored pencils
- glue sticks
- paper clips
- index cards
- rubber bands
- craft paper
- loose paper
A caddy is an easy way to corral supplies in one spot. It’s also easy to carry to the space designated for homework. If homework is done on the kitchen table you can keep the caddy on a nearby buffet table. When looking for a caddy keep in mind what supplies you’ll keep in it.
This caddy has 2 sections. One is divided in three while the other has no divisions. The section without divisions is perfect to hold folders, extra paper, notebooks and drawing pads. The other section with the divisions is great to hold the smaller supplies like pencils, pens, eraser, stapler, etc. If you don’t need to keep extra paper and drawing pads then a caddy with more divisions may work better for you. Utensil organizers make great caddies and so do wooden tool boxes.
I am major crushing on this cute storage box. It has a latch-on lid. The lid has a built-in handle to make it easy to carry.
When you open the box it has this nifty lift-out tray inside. The dividers in the tray are perfect to corral smaller school supplies while the bottom of the box is perfect for some of the larger items like extra paper, index cards, craft paper, etc.
Add a label to the dividers to ensure supplies go back to their designated spot when homework is done.
Contain small items like paper clips and pencil erasers in smaller storage boxes. Label the individual containers to make it easy for kids to put away.
I suspect this particular container may only be available temporarily for back to school. You can get it here while supplies last.
If you can’t get your hands on this cute box consider this one. Its is a similar sized tote box that can be customized for the supplies it will hold.
Multi-pocket Shoe Organizer
An over the door shoe organizer with clear pockets makes it easy to keep all supplies corralled in one place too. It also takes advantage of vertical space you may have near your designated homework station. When setting up a system like this consider your children’s height. Keep the most used items at their eye level so it’s easy for them to access the supplies. Bundle supplies frequently used together into one pocket. Keep pencils with erasers and sharpeners. Store pens with correcting tape. If you have enough pockets then go ahead and disperse your items a little more.
To prevent the organizer from swinging every time you open and close the door secure with Command picture hanging strips. Add midway down and at the bottom of the organizer to secure in place.
Don’t have a door but would still like to use the vertical space on a wall? Use Command sticky nail sawtooth hangers to hang in place. The round head fits perfectly through the grommets in the organizer.
There you have it 3 ways to store all the supplies you need for a homework station. Stay tuned for upcoming back to school preparation tips. Next week we’ll be talking about the much dreaded paperwork.
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