School is back in session, but is your home ready for the student in your life to meet those deadlines? It may be difficult to find an appropriate area for your child’s homework routine, especially if you have more than one student in your home.
According to a Redfin survey, 80 percent of Americans with a child under the age of 18 in the household say it’s OK for children to share a bedroom*, which means there isn’t much extra space in that shared bedroom for homework time. Other rooms like the kitchen or living room may seem like good alternatives for studying, but heavily trafficked areas can be a distraction for your child. The homework station should be a quiet, well lit area so your student can stay focused.
To establish a routine, it’s important to keep the area fun and motivational so your child can finish up those assignments and enjoy doing them at the same time! Here are a few tips on how to create that A+ study space.
1. Desk and Chair
Once you have a designated study space, invest in a simple desk and chair your child can grow with over the years. You should also go with something you don’t mind living with for a while. This two-toned desk is the perfect mix of simple and chic, and fabulously equipped with two spacious drawers for some added storage space.
2. Clock and Calendar
Meeting assignment deadlines is important for any successful student. To keep your child on track, have a clock in the study space so they can stay on top of the time while they work. A calendar would also be helpful so they can plan ahead while keeping an eye on future deadlines.
3. Display Shelf
It’s great to have an area designated for awards and keepsakes. It’s motivational for a child to see previous accomplishments to help push them towards future goals. A display area is a great way to personalize the space so they feel comfortable while working.
Minimize clutter by adding a bookshelf to the study area. Your child will get less distracted and will be more likely to stay focused without a messy work station. A bookshelf can help organize past and future assignments, and can serve as a place for additional supplies like art materials or writing utensils.
A well-lit space is also important. To minimize desk clutter and optimize space, go with a simple lamp that clips to your child’s desk. This will give them more room to work on those assignments that might take up a bit more space.
6. Backpack Station
Your child’s study space should have a spot for their backpack so they are never too far from the assignments they received that day. This is a great way to keep your child organized and on track, since they won’t get distracted looking for their backpack when it’s homework time!
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When: Wednesday, September 2nd – Wednesday, September 30
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This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Redfin from December 8-10, 2014 among 2,021 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact email@example.com.