Kids’ organizing week continues (I just made that up, it wasn’t intentional but all this week’s posts happen to be about organizing kid’s stuff so let’s go with it). When I was a teacher, I encouraged my students to have a ‘homework spot’ to make their homework routine easier. When I became a parent myself, I knew I needed to walk the walk—both because it helps to corral all the needed supplies and because having a designated routine helps my kids focus and get more done in less time. Which is kind of the theme of my life right now—less time on homework means more time for fun and family.
Since our life is pretty fluid (and space is tight), I knew we needed a mobile solution. After searching for weeks, I found a carrier at HomeGoods that had everything I wanted: a handle, a long compartment to hold a clipboard, and smaller compartments for organizing supplies. The cute chalkboard front was just a bonus.
Here’s a handy tip: put your child’s library book in there too so it’s easy to read and find. No more lost library books, when it’s library day grab and go!
Each week, my daughter’s teacher sends a homework packet that I attach to the clipboard. We slide that in the long compartment of the carrier so everyone knows what needs to be done. There’s also enough room for a large crayon box and electric pencil sharpener (and eventually clipboard #2 when my son starts school). Each of the smaller compartments hold pencils/erasers/scissors, a spot for chapter books, and one for math manipulatives and flashcards.
The best part is we can so easily move it—that helps with cleaning as well as moving it from one room to another depending upon what’s going on. Sometimes we do homework in the kitchen, other times Brother is being too noisy so we move it to the dining room. This simple solution has saved hours of frustration!
We went from “I HATE HOMEWORK!” to getting it finished a few days before it’s even due. A seismic shift for sure.
If homework is a struggle, I can’t recommend this solution enough. The Homework Bin has changed everything! Plus my daughter feels like she’s big stuff now that she has ‘her’ scissors and ‘her’ sharpener. She’s owning it and loving it!
We’re nearing the end of our 31 Day Declutter and Organize EVERYTHING Challenge, but if you haven’t started yet no worries– you can jump in any time! What kids’ organizing tasks do you most dread? What’s homework time like in your home?
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