Homework Haven

Learn how to create a designated homework zone that will keep your kids on task.

How to Create a Homework Space 03:47

Here's how to create a dedicated space where kids can do their homework.

Does your kitchen look more like a classroom when five o'clock strikes? If the answer is yes, there's no doubt that algebra isn't the only problem on your kitchen table. In this episode of Smart, Simple, Solved, I'll show you how to keep your kid nearby but his homework out of the way. No more text books tossed in the way of table settings or crayons cozying up to the carrots. You can easily reclaim your kitchen table by creating a convenient, all-inclusive homework hub off to the side.

10 Ideas for a Smarter Homework Station

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Seize the Day

Make a large calendar the focal point of your homework area to create a simple and stress-free work environment. There's no better way to ensure homework gets turned in on time than a big square screaming, "Due!" Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn

Shed Some Light

Nothing turns on the learning better than a bright light. This energy-efficient lamp also provides a little charge when you need it. Enjoy soothing music through the speakers and a docking station for your smartphone. Photo courtesy of Sara & Bendrix

Consider It Stored

Tuck supplies inside a desk after homework is complete to declutter the space. When it's time to sit for the next batch of assignments, simply slide the desk and your little Einstein can start picking his brain. Photo courtesy of BlueLounge

Divide and Conquer

Create a homework space with a chalkboard divider to section it off from the rest of the room. This double-duty board blocks out noise and distractions and offers up an inviting place to problem-solve. Get the full step-by-step instructions here>>

Plugs-a-Plenty

Plug a mini surge protector into a nearby outlet to make more room for powering up. This one has two USB ports, so you can charge your tablets and smartphones while still having room for a pencil sharpener and a task lamp.

Scan and Save

Going paperless is a big plus when it comes to tidying up. Use a lightweight, portable scanner to turn handwritten notes and text book clips into convenient and organized digital files. Photo courtesy of Doxie

Get Hung Up on Art

Hang inspirational mounted prints near a homework station, and your young scholar is sure to get a heavy dose of math motivation. Photo courtesy of Help Ink

Sit On It

It's time to rethink your seating at your homework station. It should be ergonomic and comfortable, or doing your work will be that much more of a chore. Make sure your lower back feels supported and the height is adjustable to accommodate floating feet. Design by Vanessa De Vargas

Nix Cable Clutter

Keep legs from getting tangled in a mess by corralling cords. A modern hub like this one keeps work areas appearing neat and looking cool — especially handy if homework happens in a common area. Photo courtesy of BlueLounge

Sync Your Supplies

Paint mason jars and cups a single color and attach stylish embellishments. Store pencils, paper clips and protractors in each one, then place together on a single tray for solidarity. Get the full step-by-step instructions here>>

Start with innovative ways to set up a tabletop in a public space. Then get a leg up on desk space by installing an adjustable arm to hold a tablet. I'll give you tips on turning cups into supply holders and tricks to create a homework board with pockets to keep papers in place and distractions at bay. It's also a good idea to provide comfortable seating for writing those persuasive essays. A homework hub this genius gives you plenty of room for salad, while your kids study for tomorrow's spelling quiz.

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