Sep 5, 2013

Homework Room

This room isn't a beautiful place but I created it to help keep us organized this school year.
I have been using this dining area as my own office and craft room. The kids were doing homework at the kitchen table last year but it wasn't working out great. Once we were ready for dinner - cleaning up the table was sometimes rushed.
So I brought in this work bench from our old garage to use for the kids to drop their school work.
Marc made the work bench - I painted it white.
Each boy has a little clip for things I need to sign, etc.  The colored paper is their school schedule. The bar cabinet holds paper, the printer, computer
and extra supplies.

I didn't stage this area for these photos so it just is what it is. I put an old door along the back and the pallet planter above for things/books/papers we will end up collecting over the year.
By keeping this square dining table in here, even though it makes the area a little "snug" - it provides a work island for projects. Or, if the boys feel too close for comfort (happens) - they can work at separate tables.
This is ugly but I still have to have a place for my crafts and pots and pans. I am missing my old basement space to store sh*t crap.
(sorry - that is just how I talk sometimes)
I am not a super tidy, organized girl but I sure hope this helps.
Happy 5th grade year!
(where does time go?)

sharing with: Funky Junk Interiors

19 comments :

Robin Johnson said...

What a good idea! I have always thought a homework area would be a great addition to our house. Now I'm thinking I need to find a little corner to make one for my girls. thanks for the inspiration.

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Great homework area! Thanks for stopping by my blog :) Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

Great idea Holly. When our boys were school aged it was the bar in the kitchen. Then as they got older.. they moved onto their own respective rooms and computers.
Now my youngest, only one at home :-/ is in University 3 rd year and is working on his BA... everything is done on a tablet or laptop. Yes.. time is a thief!
happy today.
hugs, Gee

chateau chic said...

You've created a wonderful work space for your guys, Holly! I like how it's downstairs to keep tabs on them if they need help, instead of sending them up to their room to do their work.
You're a great Mom!!!!
Mary Alice

Dawn said...

Looks like the perfect spot to me:)

Colleen said...

Hello Holly, I love your industrial supply shelves. The steel mixed with the baskets and wooden crate boxes is very appealing to me. Thank you for the inspiration. (my child just graduated from college, but I can use the ideas in my craft room!) Colleen

Things That Inspire said...

I love your homework room set up! This is a very timely topic, as my 5th grade daughter came home with her school assigned laptop yesterday, and we had a big discussion about where the laptop should go. School suggests that while the kids are still young, and while they are getting used to the 'power' of having a laptop, that the laptop should remain in a public area where use can be monitored. My older kids have had school assigned laptops for a while now (several years), and they are absolutely essential to hours and hours of homework, so we let them use the laptops in their rooms but also monitor site usage (and school knows every single site that is visited on the laptops - kind of big brother but it works).

Anyway, I agree with you - the kitchen table gets to much other use to be used for homework too! We are still thinking about all of this, but I really like your ideas.

- Holly

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh Holly I love this space for Ben and Luke to do their homework. It is awesome. You know me and doors I just love the door.
This is a great space transformation. How great a homework space.
Kris

Cynthia said...

Holly you really made a great place for the boys. They seem to have everything they need and it is so pretty too (don't tell them that someone called it pretty, LOL!)I like the attention to detail.

Cynthia

Christine Vandormolen said...

awesome as always!!!!!

lynn said...

love it, holly--the door and other details make it really awesome! and the shelving doesn't look ugly all filled up with your goodies. happy weekend!

NanaDiana said...

That looks like a really great solution. I love the idea that they are close by but have some space of their own for their schoolwork. A kitchen table doesn't work all that great when it comes to mealtimes! xo Diana

cynthia lee designs said...

What a great homework space!!

~Cindy

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I love the homework area! That old door looks great and I just love the names making it so personal. Your boys are good looking (I was going to say cute but I am guessing they would hate that!).

ImSoVintage said...

What a great homework area. Looks like the boys are all set up for the school year. xo Laura

Sam Jordan said...

That homework space is awesome! But I also have to say "Thank You!", for making me laugh out loud when talking about your ..um.."crap". I homeschool so the space, like all your ideas was a great inspiration, and the laugh was much needed!!
Sheryl

Angela Ryder said...

This is a great space and you sure seem organized to me! Love your "crap" space too! Lord knows I have a ton of those and so wish I had a spot for my own sh*t-crap!! LOL!! Great job, Holly!~~Ang

knuckstermom said...

Kinda makes you WANT to do homework, kinda....not really. But it is a nice area!

Debilou ~ Mississippi Mama said...

love the homework room. All mine are grown now but sure wish I would've done something like this when they were in school. Homework was usually done at the kitchen table and projects on the table or living room floor..so of course there was always shh...crap to clean up..LOL

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