Doesn’t it feel like summer just started? We collectively blinked and – bam! – it’s time to get ready to go back to school. And that means it’s time for back-to-school shopping. You want to make sure your kids are prepped for their best possible year. As you pick up pencils and backpacks, you might want to grab some other supplies, too. Creating a homework space in your home can help your kids thrive during this school year.

A homework space might not seem that crucial. Many teens love to flop down on the couch with their laptops, and smaller kids are often happiest working on the floor. But think about it: If you worked from home, would you want to be constantly seeking out new spaces to foster productivity, or would you want a dedicated area for your work? Your kids probably aren’t all that different. By carving out a part of the home that’s theirs for getting work done, you allow them to take ownership of their homework (and maybe even find ways to enjoy it).

So, without further ado, here are six tips for creating a homework space before the academic year kicks off.

Location, location, location

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A homework space near the kitchen can make it easier to help younger kids while you’re prepping dinner. 

Apply this real estate principle to your own home for a more successful homework area. You don’t want to put your young kids’ desks on the opposite end of the house and find yourself running back and forth while preparing dinner. On the other hand, as your kids age, they might enjoy more autonomy. You know your kids best. Think through their personality types when choosing a spot for the homework zone.

Create comfort

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The homework area should be comfortable enough that your kids will actually want to use it.

You wouldn’t like going to a cold, fluorescent-lit office for work. Why should your kids be any different? Create a space they’ll enjoy spending time in and they’re more likely to use it – and actually get some homework done there. Make sure there’s plenty of light. Add pillows or throws so they can cozy up. Let them fill the space with things they love, from art and posters to their favorite books. Your kids probably don’t think homework is very cool. If you can create a cool space in which they can do it, you just might encourage them to stay on top of things.

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