How to Organize a Homework Station For Kids

Make a DIY homework station to organize your school supplies and give kids a place to work that they will love.

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Back to school means back to homework. While homework was standard when I was young, more teachers are now opting out of giving lengthy homework assignments. When my twins were in kindergarten last year, their "homework" was to read for a few minutes every night, which wasn't much of a stretch since we've always read together before bed.

Now that they are moving into first grade, I'm anticipating more projects coming home, so I'm organizing a homework station for them. The best news is that even without homework, they are already using it as a place to do crafts, write, and create!

Whether it's for actual school work or just for fun, having an organized homework station is a must for kids. It helps keep your supplies organized and in one place, and gives your children a place to learn and create. Want to create an organized homework station in your home? Here's what you need to do.

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How to Organize a Homework Station

Start by determining where you want to put your homework station. You may want to have a designated area with a table and chairs just for crafts and homework, if you have space. Try to find a quieter spot in your home with lots of natural light (ours is just off the kitchen -- this is the table we have).

If you don't have a designated kids' table, then you can set up your homework station at the kitchen or dining room table instead. Or consider a portable homework caddy (keep reading for inspiration).

Once you've determined your location, you'll need some bins to organize your supplies.

A small caddy with dividers is perfect to hold all the little things like pencils, scissors and glue sticks, and it can easily be passed around if you have more than one child sharing the space. Don't forget to include a pencil sharpener too.

Next you'll need tall organizers for notebooks, papers, and folders. Magazine holders or book boxes work great for this. I have one for each of my boys so they can keep their work and books separate.

You'll also want to add a desk lamp to your homework station so that your kids can work easily after school. I like using a battery operated LED lamp so it can be moved anywhere.

Finally, add in a clipboard frame so you can hang a calendar or important reminders about projects or due dates.

Depending on your space, an extra storage bin or two is a great addition for odds and ends to keep your tabletop clean and ready for work.

More Homework Station Inspiration

Want more inspiration for your homework station? I love this Turntable Homework Station from Craft Create Cook. These painted LEGO jars from Frugal Fun For Boys and Girls are a perfect way to organize supplies for LEGO fans.

Must Have Mom makes a super colorful DIY Homework Station with dollar store supplies that would be perfect for your homework table.

Craft carts make awesome homework stations too. My boys would love this Animal Themed DIY Homework Station from Mama in the Now! A Night Owl Blog gives us another awesome idea for a Craft Cart Homework Station, and Fun with Mama shows us how to make an Art Cart work as a homework station.

Need something portable? A DIY Homework Caddy might be the answer! Check out this DIY Homework Caddy from Childhood 101, this Portable Homework Caddy from Princess Pinky Girl, or this Personalized Homework Station Bin from Everyday Savvy. This Portable Homework Station from Somewhat Simple is a great idea too!

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Make a DIY Homework Station with these tips and inspiration! Find ideas for a tabletop homework station, portable homework stations, homework caddies and more. Organize your school supplies and craft supplies with this adorable set up. Perfect for back to school, homeschool, or crafts. Love these ideas! #backtoschool #homework #organized #schoolsupplies

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