As you are organizing and rearranging your desk supplies, think vertical for storage! There are lots of ways to vertically arrange your papers and supplies.
Marie Kondo, the Japanese Organizer, suggests that Komono Items (miscellaneous) be organized vertically whenever possible. The idea is to be able to see everything, whether you are opening a drawer or a box. Stacking items generally means that they will begin to get lost, you will forget what you own, and you will start purchasing duplicate items, which only adds to the clutter.
The goal is not perfection. The goal is to be able to see what you have easily, find what you need quickly, and return items to their correct spot without a fuss. This means that every item needs a home!
Use dividers in desk drawers to separate different types of items. Small plastic containers, cardboard lids from stationary packages, and even plastic trays that produce comes in may be just what you need for a drawer divider. The boxes that iPhones come in are very sturdy and work nicely as well.
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If you are working from home or your child is distance learning, it is nice to have flexibility in your seating arrangements. It's good to be able to get up and move to a different location or a different chair. Children, especially, benefit from having the choice to sit on the floor or in a comfy chair. If they are actively engaged in learning, then I would encourage you to let them choose where to sit! Here are some desk ideas to get you started!
Today's Guest Author is Janine Morales, a Professional Organizer from San Diego, California. She is a former teacher with a degree in Behavioral Sciences and teaches the benefits of organization in the home and at work. She is KonMari certified and helps her clients make decisions about their belongings and create a home that sparks joy.
Where will your kids do their schoolwork at home during distance learning or for after school homework? Take a few minutes to reflect on your family’s needs and physical set up to help with a smooth start to the school year.
Choosing a location:
Begin by considering the following...
-How many people need to be working simultaneously at the home (adults and kids)?
-Does each person need to be in a separate room or can they work in the same room?
-How much supervision does each person need?
-What helps each person to focus and what is most distracting to each?
Creating a spot:
Start with a traditional desk or table with a chair. This is the main space that your student will use. Make sure that they have access to everything that they will need, not just pencils, paper, pens, headphones, charger, and extension cord, but also supplies like flashcards, hole puncher, stapler, scissors, markers, paper, and glue. Add general items like a garbage can, recycling container, coaster for a drink of water, and charging station.
Create a way for your kids to be able to easily move their school supplies with them if they change locations. A plastic caddy works well for containing school supplies. You could also use a backpack, basket, bin, or cart. Include all of the supplies that they may need (see the above section). In addition, if you are using a multi-use space, like the kitchen table, for daily school, then it is even more important to be able to put everything away at the end of each school day. While you're at it, you can tidy up your desk, too!
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