Must-Haves for Homeschooling and Homework Stations

No matter where you school — at home or in a classroom — having a designated space and the right equipment will minimize distractions and maximize organization.

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July 24, 2020

The new school year is drawing closer. As we're prepping backpacks and ordering school supplies, let's make sure we also have a space at home where our kiddos can spread out their schoolwork in a comfortable learning nook.

We've gathered the essentials you need to help kids through another academic season, while also maintaining your home without fear of it becoming overloaded by papers, pencils, cables and books. Keep scrolling to see our favorite picks for setting up the ultimate homeschooling or homework station.


First things first, your kids need a designated homework or school spot. We love this ultra-sleek and modern desk, which slides open to reveal hidden storage for paper and pencils. Sculptural chrome legs are topped with a crisp finished surface, perfect for spreading out worksheets and projects.

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Keep their workspace neat and tidy with this handy cord organizer. Store power cords, surge protectors and chargers out of sight so that your school area doesn't feel chaotic and tangled.

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It's a basic, but it's an essential. Your kiddos will need to sharpen those No. 2s, so have a pencil sharpener on hand. The compact design won't take up a ton of room on your desk or bookshelf.

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Manage their school schedule, homework assignments and extracurricular activities with an oversized calendar that everyone can see. The peel-and-stick design makes it easy to reposition without any surface damage to your walls.

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Books are a wonderful and integral part of learning. Have a specific shelf for storing schoolbooks as a part of your homework station. Forward-facing bookshelves are ideal for elementary-aged kids since they can quickly spot what they want, and it helps you keep track of borrowed library books.

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Whether you're tracking screen time, making sure they get 20 minutes of reading in, or you're timing a math skill, you'll find you need to have a timer in your school stash. Stand it up, hang it or stick it to any magnetic surface so that kids can see the countdown.

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Have headphones for each child so that your home isn't bombarded by competing online classes and app noises. The lightweight design has an adjustable headband and cushioned earmuffs to make them as comfortable as possible. Plus, you'll have peace of mind about noise control since they have a max volume setting that prevents damage to hearing.

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Control your paper clutter with this small and portable scanner. Save kids' work and notes digitally or scan work they need to send to a teacher. The device doesn't even have to be hooked up to a computer to scan; it stores up to 4,000 pages before you need to download.

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Provide a spot for your kids to stash all their necessities. This stylish and fun organizer keeps pens, markers, pencils, scissors and more within reach and easy to spot.

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Storage is key to schooling at home or maintaining an organized homework space. This streamlined, three-tiered cart allows you to add extra storage wherever you need it. Stock arts-and-crafts supplies, sort paperwork and notebooks or load it up with science and geography projects.

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