Design a space that works well for schoolwork and keeps your kid on track all year.
By Taryn Mohrman
Create a Homework HQ
A special study space can make homework more fun and help motivate your child to get it done! Choose a space in your house that's least likely to distract your child, and use our tips to create a simple, organized, and kid-friendly homework HQ.
Teach your child to manage homework and project deadlines by hanging a personalized calendar above his desk. (calendar, $40; erincondren.com)
Make room on the desktop for the basics, which should include an adjustable lamp -- and get rid of everything else! A neat work area will help him be more efficient. Create an "in box" and "out-box" so important permission slips and notes aren't lost. Tidy up desktop dust-collectors in jars. (Lighten-Up Task Lamp, $39; pbteen.com/dorm)
Choose a Simple Setup
A desk and chair that are clean in design will grow with your child. Add a throw pillow or a cushion to the chair for extra support, comfort, or height. (Micke Desk, $70, and Jules Visitor chair, $35; ikea.com)
Keep the Time
Hang a clock with large numbers so your child can stay on schedule. (Metro Wall Clock, $25; kohls.com)
Celebrate special papers and artwork (and prevent pileups!) by hanging them from a clothesline. (inspirational print, $16; olivekids.com)
Check Your Bag
Install a backpack hook near the work area so assignments are always within reach.
Turn an open bookshelf into a kid-friendly file cabinet for papers, art materials, and more. (Way Basics Eco Modern Storage Cubes; waybasics.com. Strapping cube bins, $11 each; landofnod.com)
This article first appeared in Parents magazine. See all of our Back to School features.