Operation: Organization–DIY Homework Station by Simply Organized

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Hi, everyone!  Welcome to the first day of Operation: Organization {Back to School Edition}.  Today, we’re happy to welcome Samantha of Simply Organized, who has guest posted with us several times in the past (see her organized playroom here and her paint storage solution here).  Her DIY Homework station is a great idea for keeping homework time from getting too crazy. Here’s Sam:


Operation Organization Back to School Edition Series at 11 Magnolia Lane

Whether or not you have a free-standing desk with lots of storage space, you can easily put together a great homework station for your kiddos. As long as everything is in one place, easy to find/see and grab…you’re helping set your children up for successful homework habits in the coming school year.

Who knows, maybe they’ll even want to sit down after a long day at school to do even more homework. Ha! Wishful thinking, right? Nevertheless, making it look fun and giving them those creative tools….it’s a step in the right direction toward homework happiness.

As we get our home back-to-school ready, I organized a very simple free-standing homework station. And it received rave reviews from my 3!….

And it didn’t cost me much money! All I did was gather up homework supplies that were scattered throughout the house (office, kitchen, bedrooms) and group them together on this shelf that used to be in the garage…


Top shelf:
* My DIY art caddy containing glue, a glue stick, erasers, scissors, a ruler, and dot markers
* A 4-compartment organizer containing post-it notes, post-it flags and tape
* A $1 basket from Target holding plain white paper
* 2 $1 tins from Target holding regular and colored pencils
* Oversized wall post-it notes
* A weekly calendar to track assignments due each week
* A pencil sharpener







Middle Shelf:
* Dictionary
* World Atlas
* US Atlas
* Compartment organizer full of colored pens and highlighters
* 3 $1 magazine files from Target containing lots of fun, colorful paper





Bottom shelf:
* Basket containing oversized colorful, patterned papers
* 2 paper cutters
* hole punch



Once we know about additional school supplies, I can adjust the station as needed to make sure everything the kids need for homework is right here.

I love it!…


If you’re interested in seeing this very same homework station set up on a permanent desk, please stop by my blog {here} to see how I’ve organized it! I hope you’re inspired to organize your own simple homework station before the school year begins!

A big thank you to my friends at 11 Magnolia Lane for inviting me to contribute to this fun back-to-school series! Can’t wait to see what my other blogging friends contribute throughout the series!


The entire Operation: Organization {Back to School Edition} series is here:

Wednesday, August 6th–Sam at Simply Organized

Thursday, August 7th–Emily at Eleven Gables

Friday, August 8th–Amanda at Dixie Delights

Monday, August 11th–Julie at Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss

Tuesday, August 12th–Megan at Honey We’re Home

Wednesday, August 13th–Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home

Thursday, August 14th–Paige at The Pink Clutch Blog

Friday, August 15th–Terry at 11 Magnolia Lane

 All of the participating bloggers will be pinning their favorite projects to the Operation: Organization Pinterest board, and you can follow that {here}.

Thanks for stopping by–

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