Keeping up to date with homework has always been a priority of ours at Chaos HQ.
We have always had a loose kind of routine around it, which involves one kiddy reading to me while the others write and draw, then we rotate and swap around.
In the past, homework (and by homework I mean nightly readers and words, as that’s all we’ve had so far!!) have been done at the dining room table.
Or on the end of my bed.
Or on any other flat surface around the house.
This year, I promised to take a stand and put my foot down to the mess that is left in the wake of ‘Homework Time’.
As you can imagine, with 4 kids (who may or may not have inherited the ‘creative’ gene), the widespread mess of papers and pencils and so on after an hour of ‘Homework’ can take up a fair amount of space.
The plan was to create a space that is always clear of junk (including my never ending washing pile) and a space where there is paper and pencils etc available so that my dining table is free from that clutter.
All I needed was a new table!!!!
So I got myself onto one of our local Facebook Buy, Swap and Sell sites and after approximately 3 seconds of scrolling I found just what I was looking for, and I could not believe the amazing price.
So I inboxed the seller, who happens to live real close to us (ever so convenient!!!) and got a hold on it straight away.
So the next thing we had to do was clear a space.
Hahahahahahahahaha, clear a space at Chaos HQ. Almost hysterical. Really.
But it can be done! And was.
With the help of hubby’s mate, they lugged my giant treadmill from one end of the house to the other and moved some shelving around for me too.
I set up my $50 bargain table down the back of the house in the lounge room, so that when we invite guests and customers (home based business) into our house, they are not subjected to the mess straight up!
I purchased a funky looking gift box from our local ‘Crazy Clarks’ bargain shop and placed a ream of blank paper and 6 pen holders in it.
I added pens, pencils, chunky textas (for the little ones), normal textas and erasers/sharpeners/scissors to the pen holders.
Aria added her Dymo label maker as she feels this is an important stationary item…. A girl after my own heart!!!
Since photographing the area for the blog, the kids have decided that keeping their ‘How To Draw’ books down there is also a good idea, so I will be keeping my eyes out for a cheap little bookcase to store them in down there.
So at this stage, the homework station is working a treat. The mess has remained contained and they are taking it in turn daily to tidy it up and keep it neat.
Do you have a special area that your children do their homework in?
What would you include in a ‘Homework Station’ area?