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Create an Organized Homework Station in Just 7 Easy Steps #BTS #BackToSchool

Now that the kiddos are back in school, it's time to buckle down and get in homework grind mode. Creating a space where kids can do their homework is important to their academic success. Even if you don't have an office area the kids can call their own, you can still create the perfect homework station using these 7 easy tips.

1. Find the perfect spot free of distractions
Consider setting up the homework station in a low traffic area of your home. Be sure to select an area away from the tv so the noise won't interfere with your child's studying. We converted a small closet near the den into our kids' homework station. The area is large enough for a table and chair but offers plenty of space for the kids to have a quiet spot to complete their homework.

2. Comfortable chair and spacious work surface
Be sure to choose a comfortable chair and a spacious, clutter free work surface for your child's homework station. Try to avoid using an adult-sized office furniture and opt instead for appropriately kid-sized furniture.  Remember your child's feet should be able to touch the floor when seated.

3. Keep supplies on hand
Always keep plenty of supplies near the homework station. Homework supplies include many common office supplies  i.e. pens, pencils, paper, erasers, etc. so stock up on these common items whenever you see them on sale. Don't forget those "uncommon" supplies such as a stapler, calendar, etc.

I love this dry erase calendar.  It's large enough for the kids to write in due dates of upcoming assignments and minimize those last minute "It's due TODAY" moments.
1 Month Dry Erase Calendar
Keep supplies organized by using mason jars to hold pencils, pens, crayons, markers, colored pencils, etc. and empty baby food jars to hold smaller items like paper clips, rubber bands, erasers and glue sticks.

4. Traveling Caddy
There may be times when your kid will need to have a "mobile" homework station. I lined a bathroom shower caddy with contact paper to create a mobile homework station for our kids. The caddy has room for everything they need to complete their homework.
5. Organize papers
Organizing papers is easy breezy when you find a system which works for you. We use a color coded filing system and each kid has an Organized Up Vertical Expanding File of their very own. It's just one of many Smead  filing products that we love. The vertical file expands to fit all of the kid's stuff and features a flap and cord to keep papers in place.

Each kid chooses their own colored file and fills it with a 2-pocket folder for each of their classes. The vertical files are easy on my aging eyes and allow me to easily locate various subject files.
6. Have a trash basket nearby
Minimize clutter by keeping a trash basket near your child's homework station. Keeping a trash can nearby will encourage your child to keep the area clean.

7. Establish a routine
It is important to establish a homework routine early on. Designate a specific time period for homework and stick to it as much as possible. We set aside 2 hours each evening as quiet time. During this time, the kids complete their homework, read, practice instruments, no video games, no television.

Be sure to check out Shoplet at for all your office supply needs + more products to create and organize your child's homework station. 

Disclosure: (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Shoplet for providing products for review for this post.  Opinions expressed above are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a product in exchange for this review and post. 


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