Homework Zone

I’ve been working all week on setting up a homework area for my boys.  I wanted a dedicated space with all the supplies needed to complete their homework, which at 4 and 6 isn’t a ton…yet. I also wanted it designed to grow with them.  My home has a room just off the front entry that hasn’t really had a purpose and I’m not one for a “formal” room that never gets used.  So it seemed like the perfect place for our Homework Zone.

This is what my front room looked like before it’s transformation.  At the bottom left of the picture you can see the arm of a couch that used to be against the other wall (a couch we sold in our garage sale last spring).

Nothing wrong with this layout, but both of my boys rooms are too small for a desk.  So I knew we needed another solution for doing homework.

And this is that wall now.  Just looking at this picture makes me happy!  🙂  I moved the piano to the other wall where the couch used to be.  It fits much better in that space than either the couch or the tables did.

So let’s take a closer look at the pieces.

Pretty much everything on this wall can be found at Target.  I hung three magnetic dry erase boards side by side.  I found a week long calendar for marking activities in the week.

For each desk I have a bar with hanging cups and hooks.  I used the cups to hold crayons, pencils, glue stick, colored pencils, and markers.  Hopefully everything my son will need to complete his 1st grade homework.

There wasn’t enough room to hang three bars side by side, so I hung this one slightly higher.  For now the shelf holds a pencil sharpener, tape, and an eraser.  Eventually I’d like to put some fun trinkets here.  Haven’t found what I want yet though.

The last bar, on my younger son’s side, still has crayons, colored pencils, and markers.  But the final cup holds my dry erase markers instead of pencils and glue.  He doesn’t need easy access to scissors or glue yet.  🙂

In addition to the calendar I have some magnets, magnet clips, and two magnetic bins (filled with paper clips and binder clips).

I spent a long time looking for white writing desks with a modern design.  I finally settled on these from Overstock.com.  Psst…as of today they are still on sale and overstock.com ships everything for $1!!  Seriously good deal!

And these chairs from Target.com were also an excellent deal!  Even though the picture on the website was a bit brighter green than they are in real life.  But I still love the look!

Each desk has two drawers.  Perfect for holding workbooks, and any other tools you need for doing homework.


Next to each desk I hung a hook for their backpacks.  No more searching everywhere for their backpacks on the way out the door.  🙂

My final touch to our Homework Zone was this little list of what to do when you come in the door.  I made it myself in PSE using a few simple steps.  I used clipping masks like I did here for the rectangles.  And I used this technique (when I isolated the logos) to isolate each number out of some digital patterned paper.  All papers are from Crystal Wilkerson.

And here’s my youngest enjoying some coloring time while waiting for his brother to come home from school.  And YES he immediately colored on the table with purple crayon.  Grrr!  And thank goodness for the plastic overlay I had bought!  Cause it cleaned right off.  But not before we had a little talk about the ONLY place we write/draw/color.  🙂

Loving our new Homework Zone!  It’s so bright and cheerful.  I find the boys in there all of the time.  Even when we aren’t doing homework.  I think that makes this room redo a success!

What are your homework secrets?  How do you make it an enjoyable experience for all involved?  Or is that just a pipe dream?  🙂  Do you have a special space to do homework?  I’d love to hear what homework time is like in your home!

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  1. Mom
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    What a great space for the boys to work/play! I love the look. The list is great for reminding Parker about what to do when he comes home. Good job!

  2. sm_bradford
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Thanks! We love it too! Here's to many nights of homework! 🙂

  3. HappyPlaceJen
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    Great new homework space, Monica!! We just got desks for our girls this last month and have set them up in their rooms. I always liked homework being done downstairs where I could make sure they were doing it without distractions, but they are both in middle school now and need their "space." We'll see how it goes with them in their rooms. Thanks for sharing! Awesome job! 🙂 ~Jen http://happyplaceforjen.blogspot.com/

  4. sm_bradford
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Jen! My son definitely needs my attention to keep him working. But I expect that at 6 years old. 🙂 Hope things go well for your girls!

  5. pam
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    Looks really organized and fun at the same time!
    My son is only 2 months old, so no homework here yet 😉
    but I am looking forward to him bringing home drawings and other 'stuff' in a few years!


  6. sm_bradford
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    🙂 Yeah, it'll be awhile before you need a space like this! Enjoy all the 2 month old snuggles. I miss those days!

  7. Marygail Mello
    Posted August 30, 2011 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    That's it – I need a better homework zone! they are currently at the dining room table and it's not working they get too distracted.

  8. sm_bradford
    Posted August 30, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    I felt that way too! I needed a place that was on it's own but close by. And one that has EVERYTHING they need so they DO NOT have to get up for any reason! 🙂 Good luck finding a new space for your family to do homework!

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