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jenkryuk

In doing a major first floor renovation probably the thing that made the most difference in our day to day life was planning a better homework area. Our big problem was that the kids' papers were getting mixed up with each other or our own. Their laptops and laptop cords were constantly all over the place. Papers/books would get left around the house (mainly the kitchen) and I'd have to hunt both kids down to find out whose paper and whether they still needed it. Many times important papers were inadvertently getting thrown away or lost in their rooms. It was particularly overwhelming for the kids to deal with the piles with their stuff mixed in with other's stuff. Even when they had dedicated spaces in the study their stuff just mixed with our papers and took over the study. The kids needed a better work in process solution but everything we tried always looked like a mess that would drive me crazy no matter how on top of it we were. We converted an extra large closet off of the family room into a long desk with drawers at each end and separated by the printer/scanner in the middle using simple Ikea components. The area is big enough that they can work there if they want but typically they do their work in the study, family room or kitchen (which are all nearby). But all of their school stuff goes there when they are done their homework. It's also where their laptops go to charge every night with a cord that never leaves that desk. If the laptop needs to be plugged in they are bound to the desk, but usually it's charged since charging is more convenient now. Sometimes the area looks nice but usually there are piles of papers that are part of larger projects that are in process or they are afraid to throw away just yet. But I don't care because when they aren't working at the desk the doors are always closed. I can't stress enough how important doors to close off the area are. Finding stray papers doesn't annoy me anymore because I just put it at their work area for them to deal with. When the piles of school and locker stuff come home at the end of the year it all gets neatly stacked there behind closed doors instead of taking over important areas of the house. The area has significantly reduced the stress levels for everyone in our home.

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burkhart

Hello - these are great ideas. Do you have pictures of your end result?? We have the same problems.

   

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