Creating and designing a specialized homework space for kids is a great step to making them more organized and productive. Take the project as far as you want it, but even just a few simple steps can lead to a warm, inviting and even motivating space. Here are tips for creating a productive homework space for your kids.
Pick the right space. Find an area of your home that is conducive to studying. It should be quiet and away from high-traffic areas, but also in a spot where they can be monitored. It doesn’t require a lot of space, but enough room for a desk, chair, and a few essentials.
Clear the clutter. Make room for the basics, but definitely get rid of everything else! Clutter and items that aren’t needed will only serve as distractions that steer your kids off track. If it’s clean and organized, it will only lead to getting homework done.
Think about organization. Along with stocking some simple supplies, a great homework space is organized with obvious areas where things belong. Try a hook for backpacks and bins for various materials. An organized space won’t encourage backpack dumping!
Keep it well lit. A space near a window and natural light is ideal, especially for reading. Any quality light will keep your student and alert and not stress their eyes.
Make it comfy. A comfortable student will be encouraged to get things done. Consider a small reading chair with pillows and blankets for reading. At a desk, take posture into account with a pillow and an ergonomically-correct chair.
Motivational ideas. The right accessories can help keep kids motivated and on track. Consider items like a vision board, a chalkboard with a schedule, motivational quotes, some of their artwork, or special homework. Perhaps a container with some small snacks could even help.