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How would your teen like to see a homework space created by a teen with her own creative flair who can organize like a boss? Grab your teen and meet me right back here to keep reading about an amazing homework space.
I hope you enjoy this post written by my daughter. If you’ve got kids who do homework, this is for them (well, I guess it’s for you, too). In case you’re wondering, she included the link to a previous blog post on her own…can you tell she gets paid to take care of some of the blogging duties around here?! Smart cookie, she is 🙂
Hi! I’m my mom’s oldest kid and also her oldest daughter. I’m 14. My mom affectionately calls me Music Girl here because music is a major part of my life. Nice to meet you all!
I started my freshman year of high school in early March, and I quickly realized the need for an organized place to do my schoolwork and studying, somewhere where everything that I needed was right where I needed it to be, and someplace where I could focus and do good work. So, I set out to develop a school spot that fit the criteria. Here’s what I came up with and how you can do it too!
So the first step is location, location, location. I actually have 2 places where I do schoolwork because with so many little siblings running around, you never really know where they’re going to be so I needed a backup.
The first place I chose and my primary place is downstairs in our basement at a big desk we have down there. The only problem with that is that my desk is in the room that is also my playroom so I have to plan when I’m doing my school down there carefully to avoid being invaded by my siblings.
The other place is in my bedroom at my desk. It’s quieter up there more consistently, but because my room is over the garage, it’s really hot in the summer and freezing in the winter since we live in Michigan. So, I have to choose between whether I want to be hot (or cold) or dealing with noise. Thank goodness for naptime! My mom talked about how nap time works in How to Keep Older Kids Busy During Quiet Time.
To set up the desk in the basement, here’s what I did.
- First, I got a fabric drawer to hold all my binders, folders, and books, and that’s where I keep them.
- Then, I got a pencil case to hold all my pencils and pens, and got a few other basic desk supplies like tape and a stapler, and put those down there in a skinny bin I found to keep them all together.
- Next, I got a lamp and a big artificial grass thingy to put on there, just because I like cute stuff 😉
- Finally, I plugged in my computer and got to work on algebra. (I actually LOVE algebra!)
In my room, it’s a bit different.
I have less space up there because my desk is one of the ones that has bookshelves on it too, so I don’t have as big a work space. Since my desk is next to my bed, it also is technically a nightstand, but ulitmately it’s a desk.
- I put my lamp on there first, and it barely fit because it’s kinda tall.
- Then I plugged in my clock, and put all my charging cords by it since my clock is the kind that you can plug them in the back and charge your phone while you’re doing school. I really like that.
- After that I didn’t have much room left to put things on and still be able to have a decent work space, so I had to pick and choose. I put on a cup of pencils and pens, a sticky note dispenser, and a container full of paper clips and erasers and stuff like that, and a tape dispenser. Under the first shelf to the left there isn’t really a lot of room, so I put a candle, my rubik’s cube, and a big pile of notecards. Oh, and a framed picture of my ultrasound picture from before I was born. 🙂 On the shelves I decided to put my calendars, my banks, and a bunch of pictures and decorations that I’ve had my whole life. So that’s the decorating part.
Overall, this desk is also functional, and I think it turned out really well, given the space I had to work with.
So there you go. You have several ideas for storage and organization, and what I do to stay organized while doing school. I feel like I know where everything is now, and I can access it better. The best part is, you can do it too!
Feel free to use my ideas or make up some of your own and tell me what they are! I would love to hear what you do to organize your stuff for school. I suppose I would let my mom read them too….maybe. 🙂 I hope you enjoyed this post written by me and only me and untouched by my mom. Who knows, maybe I’ll write again sometime!
I had fun doing this! I’d love to hear your comments if you think this post was good, bad, or anywhere in between. Tata for now!
Yep, my girl has quite the sense of humor!