14 Jul Back to School (Or Not): 7 Must-Haves for Homework Stations
School is starting, the big question for many people is what that’s going to look like. Of course, it’s reassuring to know that even in uncertain times, some things never change. Whether your kids are going back to the classroom or learning from home, one thing is always a constant: homework.
The best way for kids to make the most of learning from home is to make an environment actually conducive to getting schoolwork done. That means creating a homework station dedicated to studying.
Not sure where to start? We’re here to help!
Here are seven tips and tricks from the professional designers at Closets by Design to help you create the perfect study space for your children.
1. Pick a Quiet Study Space
The first step to creating the perfect work station is to find the perfect space in your home. Your children should have a nice, quiet space where they can focus on homework. You should seriously consider converting a part of your home into a dedicated study space, besides their bedroom.
By keeping your station outside the bedroom, it helps to create a greater separation between school and home. A bedroom should be a cozy and comforting space for children. Working and studying in the bedroom can create a disconnect with the brain associating the room as a relaxing space and this can actually impact sleep.
What’s most important is that the space is quiet and free from distractions. That means toys, games, and screens should be out of sight from where your kids study.
2. Find the Right Desk for Your Homework Station
Every good homework station needs an even better workspace. That’s why you need a desk where your kids can really crack the books. Custom desks and drawers from Closets by Design are a terrific way to convert any space into the perfect study sanctuary.
A home office organizational system helps you make the most out of the space in your home. You could also convert the space under your stairs or even your closet into a study nook! Consider upgrading your own home office into a school station for you and your children. Then you can set an example for how to study!
3. Use Cubbies to Contain Clutter and Minimize Distractions
One of the best ways to minimize distractions in your homework station is to clean up all the clutter. It’s hard to work in a messy room. Try using custom shelving and cubbies to clear out clutter and create a space where kids can focus on homework, not chores.
And your clutter control solution is great for more than just your study corner. It’s also a terrific way to keep clutter to a minimum and help your kids build good habits about cleaning their rooms.
4. Install Custom Shelves for Books, Folders, Notepads, and More
Now that you have clutter cleaned out, it’s time to organize all the school supplies your student needs to succeed. Depending on which subject your child is studying, they may have extra textbooks, workbooks, calculators, and more.
Add a dedicated space for books and school supplies. This way you your kids have everything they need at arm’s reach. You could use a handy chrome wire basket for extra papers and worksheets or add custom file drawers for books and study guides.
5. Add Dry-Erase Boards to Keeps Kids on Track
There’s nothing like a checklist to help keep children focused and on task. Hanging a dry-erase board is a fast and easy way for kids to keep track of what they’re working on. This way, they can work down the list and check off homework as they finish.
You can also combine your dry-erase board with a dry-erase calendar so kids can prioritize and plan their homework for the week. It may inspire you to start a dry-erase planner of your own!
6. Finish Your Homework Station with Some Inspiring Art
Just because it’s a homework station doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! The whole point is to help kids be more productive and have an easier time hitting the books. By making their study space a calming and comfortable area, you’re designing a place where kids actually want to spend time.
Consider adding a few pieces of art with inspirational quotes to help get those creative juices flowing. You could even add educational posters like a periodic table, maps, or multiplication tables.
7. Call Closets by Design for a Consultation on Today
Now that you’ve done your homework on your homework station, it’s time to put it together! The design experts at Closets by Design can help you design the perfect place for kids to study. Schedule your free in-home design consultation and see how you can transform your study space today!