Homework Station How-To

Homework Station How-To

Create a quiet, well-organized place where kids can focus on their studies.


The more focused they are, the faster kids complete homework. And since that means an earlier start to playtime, convincing kids to use their homework station is as easy as A-B-C! Follow our tips to prepare a well-organized study space, and in no time, you’ll set kids up for scholarly success.

From TV shows to playful siblings, each home is full of its share of distractions — especially if it’s the dreaded adjustment from summer to school. To keep them to a minimum, stick to these basics when deciding where to set up your station:

Minimize Temptations
Steer away from spaces with TVs, stereos and gaming systems.

Reduce Chatting
To cut down on casual conversation, provide each child with a personal homework station. When a table or desk isn’t available, a portable clipboard can come in handy.

Help Keep Eyes on the Work
To help limit distractions, position your station’s seating so that it faces a wall. You can create your work surface with one of these clever approaches:

Turn a Cabinet Into a Desk
While searching for fabulous finds at thrift stores, keep an eye out for an old cabinet. By following our instructions you can turn it into a desk!

  • Place a small desk in a nook, or use filing cabinets to make your own desk!
  • Free up closet space by hosting a garage sale, and then follow our easy instructions to turn it into a low-on-distractions homework station.

Tip: If short on space, a homework caddy will give your child the flexibility to study in a variety of locations. Cover a cardboard drink holder with decorative contact paper, and voila! It becomes an on-the-go organizer for pencils, scissors and more!

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Once you’ve settle on the location of your homework station, keep it organized and adorable with simple additions:

Organize Your Storage
Install a pegboard on the wall above your desk and attach anything from storage containers to clocks.

Accessorize with Color
Try color-coding your pegboard’s organizers to correspond with each bin’s contents. You can sort by subject (science, math, art) or supplies (crayons, pencils, paper). For an addition that’s both stylish and scholarly, hang a map as décor.

Organize Your Schedule
Get a calendar to keep due dates, practices and other reminders in one place. Dedicate one place on the pegboard for miscellaneous reminders and notes to keep them in order.

Accessorize with a Stylish Helper
Timeless and charming, an hourglass can be placed on a desk as a unique time management tool. If you can’t find one, a good old-fashioned kitchen timer works, too!

Organize Odds and Ends
For small items like pushpins, staples and paperclips, repurpose ice cube trays or jars as organizers. When it comes to larger items like paperwork and pencils, good old-fashioned folders can do the trick. A system of organization set in place at the outset can work wonders for your child just as it does for you.

Organize Thoughts
Turn all sorts of surfaces into workspaces for sketching ideas, trying out math problems or jotting down notes by painting on a few layers of chalkboard paint. Paint the top or side of a desk, a wall near your station or a wooden board you can hang on a nearby wall.

Accessorize with Color
Found online or at a hardware store, colored chalkboard paint can really make your finish pop! Try opting for a calming color like sky blue or a brain-boosting color like purple.

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