Back-to-school season is in full swing here in Mount Dora—for parents, that means getting back into the carpool routine, PTA involvement and early morning breakfasts. For kids, that means lots of afterschool homework! If you don’t have a designated study space for your kids (or if you’d just like to create a multipurpose home workspace), try out the simple tricks below.
Light it up. After school, kids can be tired. Wherever you decide to set up your workspace, try to ensure there’s plenty of light to keep sleepy minds focused and awake. If you have a sunroom, that’s one way to accomplish it! For less naturally bright spaces, like bedrooms or other nooks, make sure you at least have the ability to “brighten up” when study time rolls along—for example, easy-open curtains and bright white lamps can turn a typically darker room into one perfectly apt for work.
Make space. This can be tricky if you have a smaller home or are already using every available nook and cranny—but space really makes a difference when it comes to studying and working. Not only does physical space allow young minds to stretch out their legs and get comfy, space on a desk is important to preventing paper pile-ups and lack of elbow room.
Think in color. We covered the psychology of color a few weeks ago—incorporate these ideas in your study space! Purple walls can spur creativity, reds get you energized… even beiges and off-whites are good for brightening up a study space!
Get comfortable. You and your kids don’t want to be falling asleep on the computer or over textbooks, so avoid cushy lounge chairs in your workspace. Comfort is important to a degree, however (it’s hard to concentrate on a book or online article while constantly thinking about a pain in your neck!), so find out what type of chair and desk setup best accomplishes a happy medium. This can be anything from a traditional leather high-back office chair to a colorful cushioned seat.
Room with a view. It can be hard to find inspiration looking at a wall completely bare and devoid of personal pictures, paintings, etc. While ideally we’d all have corner desks with picturesque outside views, this isn’t always doable. Decorate your workspace with photos, figurines or inspirational quotes—as long as they don’t clutter up the desk, these added touches can make for a more comfortable (and inspiration-friendly) space.