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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!
Looking to set up some more structure as we move into the new school year?
As a veteran teacher turned home organizer, I offer a variety of resources to help you get organized for school. Getting physically organized and creating spaces for work and school can help you to feel more calm and in control. There are a lot of unknowns right now. Spending some time preparing can be very helpful.
I am giving several small group Zoom Workshops for parents of grades 3-6 and grades 6-8. We will discuss ways to arrange desks, set up routines, and get your family ready for school. Learn how to create a paper station and a family calendar. Setting expectations and routines are key for creating good work environments for everyone.
If you would like more support, I offer one-on-one virtual sessions to help you get organized. The topic is up to you but can include getting ready for school, organizing with your kids, or decluttering your own office. These are one-on-one sessions on your device. We can use the time to create DIY plans for you or we can declutter and reorganize together.
My name is Laura, and I love all things organizing!
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