Are you all ready for week 2 of the Back to School Series? I know I am! It is so awesome – I wish I had some school aged kiddos of my own that could use this weeks project! This week we are creating a homework station. It will hopefully simplify the after school homework shuffle because your kiddos will no longer need to ask for all the things they need – and they wont go rummage through your office to find a stapler and the last roll of tape. (I did that to my dad and it consistently irritated him when I made a mess of everything)
To make this homework station you will need a few jars or vases, a tray, chalkboard stickers, file box and all of the necessary school supplies – pencils, pens, erasers, a ruler, scissors, loose leaf paper, sticky notes, markers/crayons, stapler, paper clips, highlighters and tape.
I recommend using 3-4 jars of varying sizes and sticking a chalkboard sticker ( or just a regular label ) on it so that you can make sure the kids know what goes in each container. Depending on what age your kids are , you may need more or less things on your tray. Arrange all the jars and the file box on the tray and fill your station! Loose leaf paper in the file box, a jar of pens and pencils. A jar for the ruler, scissors, and markers/highlighters. A small jar for paper clips and erasers (you can separate these if you prefer). You can also have a small jar for sticky tabs for older kids to mark pages in there textbooks. Make sure you can fit your stapler, tape, and sticky notes on the tray as well.
Voila, you now have a homework station. It can set on your table when the kids need to do homework and since its on a tray you can very easily move it when it is dinner time. If you get really fancy, you can color coordinate the jars and tray to match your kitchen decor so that it can sit unnoticed on a shelf at all times. This will help you keep the clutter of loose pens and random school supplies from being scattered around your house all the time. It is also super easy to check to see if you need a refill on anything instead of relying on the kids to let you know if they are running low. Heck – you might not even have to make anymore late night runs to the store to buy more paper in the middle of the year. You are going to be so organized this year!
Until next time,