Broken pencils, lost homework, trampled art projects, oh my. These are the things I dealt with last school year when my daughter didn’t have a designated place to do her homework. She ended up completing assignments on the couch or in her room, which meant papers and writing utensils were left lying around the house where our toddler and pets could destroy them.
With two kids in school now, I vowed to myself that I would not let the disarray happen again. I will create a place for papers and pencils and everything else so that they are less likely to get lost in the shuffle.
Here are some ideas to help you create your own homework station that will give you piece of mind and encourage better organizational habits in your children.
If you don’t have a lot of space to devote to a homework organization, then try Scissors & Spatulas’ DIY seat sacks that create a place for books and pencils, without overcrowding counters or tables. This would be a great solution for the desk inside of a child’s bedroom as well.
Refrigerator Homework Station
I love this idea from The 36th Avenue, because everyone has that wasted side of the refrigerator that is just waiting to be put to good use. With some Command hooks, clear plastic bags, and a wipe-off board, you can create a great place to not only keep track of the homework clutter, but a space for reminders and school notes.
While rows of pencils, crayons and markers look pretty when they are displayed in the school supply aisle at your local box store, they don’t always act as attractive décor when they are in your kitchen. If you want homework supplies to be accessible without detracting from your carefully chosen theme, then try putting school utensils in jars and placing them on a decorative tray like this one from Polka Dot Chair.
Portable Homework Station
If your children aren’t sit-at-the-table homeworkers, then they might enjoy having their supplies placed in a portable caddy that can be taken from room to room. This adorable decorative wooden homework caddy from Uncommon Designs might be the perfect solution.
Wherever your children do their homework, make it a clean, organized space that will make the experience more enjoyable.
Jessa is the Editor-in-Chief of Hooray for Family and the mom of three energetic children. She has a BA in Mass Communication/Journalism from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and is a long-time resident of Central Texas. When she isn't writing and editing, she enjoys playing board games with her kids, teaching Sunday school and channeling her creativity into craft projects.