This post is the quickest & easiest ‘how to create a homework station when you lack space’ post you’ll ever read. Seriously. I LOVE the beautiful and elaborate homework stations I see on Pinterest. Those rooms invite kids to want to do their homework. Hell, those homework areas make me want to do homework!
Unfortunately, I’m not willing to make room for a swank area like that. Our kids are teenagers (or close to being teenagers), and they just want their homework completed. My boys are not overly concerned with how a room looks in general, much less while working.
Like most homes, our kitchen is our central hub. Homework time takes place in the kitchen. Please tell me others do the same.
Like every other family, we are busy, and I need to keep the kitchen organized. I opted to devote one shelf for homework paraphernalia. My thought was to store the laptops and ‘stuff’ in attractive document boxes. Seriously, everything needed to fit on a single shelf.
I found these parameters worked best to create an easy homework station when space is lacking.
- No making, constructing or DIY’ing anything.
- Package must arrive on my doorstep (I like to pretend they are gifts!).
- Color had to work with my decor
- Not overpriced
- Take less than 15 minutes to assemble it all
It seems like everywhere, beautiful light colored boxes are plentiful. Or…plastic. Plastic document boxes are great but not for how I planned to use them. I needed a dark color because, now don’t tell anyone, BUT sometimes my kids have grubby hands.
Homework Station Supplies
The legal size document boxes were found on Amazon for $15 each. The color is ‘gray’, but I’d say it’s more greige as there is a lot of warmth. The size is perfect for storing laptops. Who knew? In addition to the laptops, the boxes hold the mouse, cords, and earbuds. In theory, computers get returned to their box at the end of the night, but my reality deviates from the plan!
Every good homework station needs a million different writing utensils.
In an effort to add size variance I opted for one smaller box to hold supplies. The smaller box matches, the larger boxes perfectly and holds everything my kids need. To avoid complete disarray, I found nifty clear bins to corral everything.
Finally, the last piece of the puzzle are the individual files for each child. That good old Dollar Spot at Target came through once again! I purchased a pack of three for $1.00! All files are a different pattern. You can see the alphabet one in the picture below.
Now, if only the kids could complete homework assignments in the same timeframe this project took, you’d find one happy momma! For our family, our homework station works perfectly. While ours is on an open shelf, this can be done inside a cabinet also. I found that the smaller document box would hold a laptop should the smaller size suits your needs better.
Completed Homework Station
So there you have it. Isn’t this the fastest homework station for those who are in need of one? I like that it doesn’t appear to be a work area but just some lovely storage boxes! Do you have a little homework trick to keep things tidy? If so, please.
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