Nobody wants to study but with these solutions you’ll be begging for homework!
If there's one thing to dread with the start of the new school year, it's the battle with your kids over nightly homework. Getting kids to sit down and do their homework is one of the hardest parts of our job as parents. The same is true for our high school and college students as well, only you have less control over their habits.
One sure way to get little ones or big kids alike excited about homework is to create a comfortable and creative study space/workspace dedicated especially to them. Whether in-home or dorm, I have gathered up some of the most useful, practical, and fun items to help you create the most inspiring workstation around.
These must-have essentials work in abundant spaces as well as tight quarters. Your reading nook will be inspirational and functional, but most importantly, it will be a destination your kids will love! Let’s check them out!
Let’s start with the MUST-HAVES and MUST NOT HAVES:
1. Proper lighting/Natural Lighting
2. Easy access to materials
3. A comfortable desk chair
4. An organized environment
1. Avoid access to video games (too big of a distraction)
2. Turn off your phone, or at least silence it
3. Do not allow messy foods or drinks into your study space
4. Friends visiting
Next, let’s explore desk org essentials:
For youngsters, avoid distracting hunts for colored pencils by putting together a supply caddy packed with the basics: pencils, erasers, crayons, markers, highlighters, glue, white-out, scissors, etc. It can be placed on the workstation desk or it can be stored in a cabinet or drawer. The divided turntable can be used with, or instead, of the portable caddy. You can’t go wrong with either, so maybe you want both?
mDESIGN TIP - create a routine for homework time. Start by having them pick out a fun lamp for their desk, then, each day at the same time, ask your son or daughter to pull out the supply caddy and turn on the desk lamp. This simple routine every day will help manage your child’s expectations each day and will allow them to settle into the task at hand.
For dormers, make the best use of the space you have.
In most cases, you are restricted to working with the furniture that the university provides you, as well as having to accommodate a roommate’s preferences. But don’t let that discourage you–view it as a reason to get creative. If all else fails, head over to your local coffee shop and create your own portable study space.
- Use vertical hanging file systems and the 3-pocket hanging organizer for an easy way to capitalize on space. These items are easy to use and can be hung just about anywhere. They add additional storage and maximize unused space. The 3-pocket file holder can be placed over a door or tacked to a wall so that the items most used are always in easy reach.
- Plastic desktop file organizers are a great way to organize notebooks, files, and books by subject. Get them in a fun color to add a splash of pizzazz.
- Drawer organizers, well, I think we all know the importance of drawer organizers, they are the obvious tool for keeping office supplies neat and orderly in desk drawers.
- Exclusively for our high school and college students, hanging shelving with hooks is “key” to not losing keys. Place one above the desk or near the dorm room entry door so they can be easily located.
- Covered storage boxes are great for protecting photos, trinkets, or greeting cards, while still allowing you to view its contents. Place them on open shelving to create a cool design element. Use the open cubes in cubbies to store blankets, larger items, or things that you prefer to not be seen.
- And last, but not least, the felt hanging organizer. It is a must for any cool study nook! It’s not only fun but it’s functional! It can hold letters, mail, magazines, sunglasses, bills, appointment cards, and more, all in one spot. This fun piece will add some style to your storage and complement your room!
Although going back to school means doing homework, it doesn’t have to be a drag. Now is the perfect time to design a space that is personalized for your child, making it perfect for their needs…and I know they will love it!
Joyce Colovas is a Content Writer at mDesign
and an avid lover of all things fun and fabulous!
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