“M-o-o-o-o-m-m-m, I can’t find a pencil.” Sound familiar? My house desperately needs a homework command centre this year to eliminate that daily cry for help.
Get Straight A’s With A Homework Command Centre
Homework command centres make supplies portable and organized. You will be prepared for kids who do homework in the kitchen and others who have an assigned study area, but also gravitate towards the main living space. Put an end to scavenger hunts for supplies.
Steps for creating a homework command centre:
Discuss the following with your children:
- Will it be tucked away or left out when it is not in use? (to determine the style)
- Which supplies does it need to hold? (to determine the number of compartments you need)
- Do we want to do a DIY project, or purchase something ready-made?
Here is some inspiration for your homework command centre:
Pick up a shower caddy from the dollar store and load it with school supplies. It is portable, and you can tell when supplies are running low. For older kids, fill it with a calculator, erasers, mechanical pencils and highlighters. This style would work well to tuck into a cupboard.
If you would prefer to buy an organizer, rather than making one, this is a great option from Michael’s. Be sure to print off a coupon for 40% off that they offer most weeks.
This Ikea organizer is priced well, portable and requires no set up at all. I have a similar one on my upstairs desk so all supplies are visible.
I love the simplicity of this homework station. It would be ideal for an inbox (i.e. papers for parents to sign) and holds minimal supplies. This would work especially well if your child would get too distracted by pencil crayons and markers that other homework command centres hold.
You probably have many of the supplies on hand already. And the tray is pretty enough to leave out when it is not in use.
Head to Ikea to pick up cheap supplies for this project. Drill the cans to the Lazy Susan, to attach them permanently, or use strong magnets so kids can remove the buckets as needed. Wouldn’t be too easy to tuck away, so probably best left out.
This command centre offers a lot of room for art supplies and writing utensils. Dollar store containers will make this a budget-friendly option. It also houses small items like paper clips that can be hard to track down if they don’t have a home. And an inspiring quote will encourage the worker.
This option is conveniently set up near a work area. But if a child wanted to work elsewhere, they could take one of the supply buckets with them. Love the chalkboard paint to customize the buckets.
An organizational board that serves many purposes. Homework command center is magnetized so it always has a home. Love the individual TO DO lists as well. More set up required, but definitely worth it.
So many options to get us organized for the year. Just have to put it to a family vote to get the boys’ opinions. And once we can avoid the daily hunt for writing tools, homework is sure to be a breeze. Or at least a mild gust…
What type of homework command center do you recommend?