With back to school season slowly creeping up, it’s not a bad idea to start thinking about what your kids need to prepare.  Creating a dedicated back to school homework station in your home offers your children a place to focus on their work and tune out any unnecessary distractions.  A streamlined (and stylish!) space can help your home – and your child – grow a little bit smarter every day!

How To Create A Back To School Homework Station

Use these 6 tips to create a dedicated back to school homework station in your home to help your children focus on their work and tune out distractions.

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Location is key 

Most importantly, you want your homework station to be out of the way of potential distractions.  Choose a quiet corner away from family rooms with loud TVs or kitchens if you will be cooking while your child is working.  Get creative and try unconventional spaces in your house – like lofting your child’s bed and putting a desk underneath or repurposing an oversized closet!  Kids love this privacy because it feels like they get a room all to themselves.

Stock up on supplies

Head over to your nearest office supply store and even scrounge around your house to see what sort of supplies you already have on-hand.  Loose leaf paper, coloring utensils, rulers, pencil sharpeners… you name it!  No parent wants to make the dreaded 9 o’clock run to the drug store for a last minute poster board.  Keep supplies neatly tucked away around the work station in bins, milk crates, and other stackable storage containers.

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Paper patrol

One of the quickest ways to clutter a workspace is with stacks of paper.  Purchase some inexpensive file boxes and folders to keep homework assignments and other loose ends organized by subject.  This makes test prep a snap while also keeping pieces of paper looking fresh!

Sufficient surface

Kids will not want to work on a surface if they feel like they don’t have enough room to sprawl out.  Try a desk that is at least 30-inches wide, or can otherwise have multiple books spread out on it.  Think about investing in an adult-sized desk (28-inches or taller) and using an adjustable chair as they grow!

6 Tips To Help You Create A Back To School Homework Station

Shed some light

Natural light is the most calming and often most effective environment for children to work in.  Try locating your homework nook in front of a window.  If you can’t do that or if the sun simply starts to set, make sure you have a nice, bright table lamp so your children can keep up their hard work!

Clear clutter every day

Although this one seems simple, it is much easier said than one.  The best way to encourage your kids to keep their work station clean is to have a wastebasket next to their desk for garbage and odds and ends.  If kids have to get up to get rid of their trash, it often accumulates on their desktop.

Homework is one of the most dreaded parts of going back to school, but a dedicated back to school homework station can help your children stay focused and make it a breeze!  Inviting your children to help you decorate and create their workspace can even help decrease the stigma associated doing homework!  

What ideas do you have for your homework nook?  Share in the comment section below!

Use these 6 tips to create a dedicated back to school homework station in your home to help your children focus on their work and tune out distractions.

Jane Jozefowicz
Jane Jozefowicz
Jane Jozefowicz is a rising sophomore at the University of Chicago, where she studies Linguistics and Computer Science.  Jane plays trombone and lacrosse and is the biggest animal lover you'll meet!