Do you need to motivate your kids to stay organized and on track during the school year? Avoid the eye-rolling by giving them a reason to get excited about going back to school. Create a special “study zone” devoted to homework to help fuel excitement and creativity.
1. Think outside of the board
Corkboards don’t have to be plain and covered in papers. Add some crafty elements and transform a basic corkboard into a planning tool that children will be excited to use. You can add color or texture to your homework area by using colored or fabric bulletin boards. Or go one step further and give any bulletin board a DIY makeover by following these step-by-step instructions.
2. Add creative organization solutions
Add both warmth and function to your space with a cork backsplash or cork walls. Cork is one of the most insulate of any natural material, due to the low conductivity of heat, vibrations, or sound. Not only will the versatile wall covering keep clutter off desks, cork brightens up study areas and adds a unique design element. Show off accomplishments, good grades, and artwork by hanging them all in one place. Cork wall or backsplash installation is an easy, DIY project.
3. Personalize the space
The homework area should be away from the TV or other high-traffic areas. Entice kids into the “study zone” by personalizing their special area. Designate a space for everyone by labeling chalkboards or whiteboards with names, tasks, or simply initials. Add shelving or display rails for additional storage or to section off areas.
These three easy ideas will help you create a clean, quite, and creative homework area. Bangor Cork offers a wide selection of cork rolls, cork sheets, bulletin boards, display rails, whiteboards, chalkboards, and easels to help you get started.
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Start the school year off right with these 20 back-to-school home organization tips. Set up a homework station before school starts where the kids can get their work done. Color code school binders and activity sports bags to make it easier to get out the door in the morning. Find out tips for keeping track of all those school papers, getting off to school on time and how to make sure that the school year starts smoothly.
1.Family Bulletin Board
Set up a family bulletin board to keep things organized throughout the week.
2. Homework Station
Designate a homework station where the kids can sit down and focus to get it all done.
3. Important Papers
Create a filing cabinet before the year starts of important school papers from throughout the year. You can make one section for important papers that need immediate attention and then another for special papers you want to keep (like art projects).
4. After-school Snack Station
Before they come rushing into the door to eat you out of house and home, create a snack station they can pick from to avoid spoiling their dinner appetite.
5. School Cubbies
Use sturdy boxes to make cubbies for the kids. This can be a place where they can have their backpacks, homework supplies and even shoes ready for the next morning.
6. Hair Station
Set up a designated hair station to make finding hair clips and hair ties easier the mornings before school.
7. Lunch Money
Turn blank envelopes into lunch money envelopes, where you can clearly write where the money goes when the kids get to school.
8. Backpack Station
9. Daily Reminders on the Door
Put magnets or sticky notes on the back of the front door so you don’t forget anything on your way out.
10. Checking as You Go
Set up a list of homework for the day. Have your child pull out the materials for the first subject and when that is done, she or he puts it away immediately. This keeps things from getting lost or left out of the backpack.
11. Family Calendars
Make your own whiteboard to function as a family calendar so that everyone knows what is happening during the week.
12. Weekday Outfits
Get the printables for these weekday tags to separate their clothes for each day.
13. School Supplies Caddy
Set up a caddy filled with extra school supplies, so if they run out at school they can replenish them at home. Have it also double as a homework caddy!
14. DIY Key Holder
Make yourself a key ring and hang it by the door. This will keep you from losing it and racing to find them before school.
15. Art Project Organization
Keep a few art projects on display and fill a bin with the other ones. Don’t decide which ones to toss or keep yet, accumulate them all throughout the year and over the summer you can sort back through and decide.
16. Summer Clothes Organization
To make room for all the new clothes, start by putting some of your summer clothes away for the winter.
17. Borrowed Basket
Have a basket set near the door for stuff the kids have borrowed from other friends, the library, etc.
18. Late Night School Projects
Don’t stress the night before a project, by stocking up on project supplies during the back-to-school sales. Keep them stashed away in a special place.
19. School Days Checklist
Print out these checklists to keep everything in order for each day, week, and month the kids are in school.
20. Shoe Organizer for Supplies
Fill a shoe organizer with school supplies that you have at home.
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