Smart Homework Spaces for Back-to-School Success

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The kids are back to school and likely bringing home backpacks full of homework. Keeping everyone on organized on task can be daunting. Here are some ideas for setting up smart homework spaces designed for back-to-school success.

Homework Stations
Homework is best done at a desk or table. We have a pinterest board with loads of clever ideas for homework stations in the living room, bedroom, even closet nooks. As much as kids enjoy having their own office getaway, often they need to be supervised and assisted. Setting them up in the kitchen while you prepare dinner or clean up afterwards allows you to help with homework while you do your evening chores. This kitchen in Northbrook has two places available, one at the small desk near the kitchen island, and the other at the banquette.


Here are some clever leaning desks from Land of Nod that will grow with your child. In the first image, the desks are leaned against a large chalkboard for small children. In the next image, the same desks are leaned against cork board for more serious studies. These scaled-down versions of Crate and Barrel’s Sloane furniture collection accommodate a younger child’s size perfectly and get them used to the idea of working at a desk. Very smart!


Smart Storage
Having plenty of extra school supplies on hand will help eliminate rushed trips to the store. Containers of all shapes and sizes are available to keep your supplies in order, like the Smart Store System from The Container Store. Another smart idea is letting kids pick out desk accessories that reflect their personalities. These desktop treasures can help kids feel more personally connected to their homework spaces as well as keep them organized.

left: Colorwave Smart Store System from The Container Store, right: KINGOM 7 Storage Compartments from Amazon

Smart Organization
Keeping backpacks and books organized and ready to grab in the morning will cut down on lost homework headaches. A hall tree with enough cubbies to assign everyone a bin is a smart solution. As soon as homework is finished, the cubbies can be loaded up for next morning.


For more smart homework station ideas, check out our pinterest board.

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