This week's post is written by Professional Organizer Monica Friel, president of Chaos to Order based in Chicago and Atlanta. They have been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Hoarding: Buried Alive, as well as in Better Homes and Gardens, just to name a few. You can find them on the web at www.chaostoorder.com
Children have headed back to school and now is the perfect time to begin new routines, start fresh, and get organized. One of the most important ways parents can help their students succeed is to ensure that they have a well-functioning homework station. We have a nook under our stairs that makes a great, out of the way, quiet spot for homework and study. Containers from Sterilite help to keep all the necessities of a homework station organized. They contain supplies that include everything from extra paper to calculators and school supplies. Address labels in the front make it easy for kids to recognize where things are. The pull out drawers are perfect for collecting graded homework assignments. Kids can empty their folders into the drawers so school papers don't start flying all around the house. Have kids keep finished assignments in the drawers so you can then empty them regularly. Save what will be kept in a keepsake box and toss the rest--don't forget to regularly check the drawer so they don't get crammed too full. Pencils, markers, note pads and extra paper should all be stocked in the homework station so kids have everything they need at their fingertips. Give them no reason to have to leave their seat until the homework is finished!
Setting up a routine after school to help create good study habits is crucial for every student. A quiet, well-lit space, along with a regular time to get work done will help create good habits that can last a lifetime.