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Creating a study space or “homework station” just for your kids is a great way to encourage better study habits in your children. It also helps keep the home organized—and the kids engaged in their work away from an area that you might need after school (such as the kitchen table). Plus, as this article points out, establishing a designated study area can even help your child enjoy better work-life balance as they separate schoolwork from other aspects of life such as family time or sleep time.

 

A kid friendly study space, of course, is a little different from an adult’s ideal workspace. Here are some key tips for establishing a kid friendly study space or homework station in your home.

 

Find your ideal setting.

 

There isn’t any one perfect place for a kid friendly homework station; it will depend entirely on your family’s lifestyle. If your child needs a space with very little distraction, for example, you might consider moving a desk and chair into your child’s bedroom. If you would prefer to have your child complete homework in a community area, where you can monitor them and answer questions as needed, you might consider carving out a special area in your living room or dining room. You could even try converting an unused space in your home, such as a dining room, sun room, or loft, into the perfect study space.

 

Start with the basics: a table, a chair, and a free wall.

 

All you really need to create a basic homework station are a table or desk, a chair, and a free wall. In spaces like your child’s bedroom where you have some room to spare, you might consider investing in a desk that includes drawers and other useful organization features. If all you have is a free wall in the living room, on the other hand, you could instead opt for a narrow table positioned right up against the wall. (Narrow tables, in particular, are great because you can arrange one or two against the wall and create multiple homework stations!)

 

Bonus tip: If you want to create two separate homework stations in one space, consider setting a tall open bookshelf sideways against the wall and then setting a small table on either side. The bookcase in the middle will offer storage while separating the two study spaces.

 

Add color.

 

Once you have the fundamentals down, it’s a good time to start thinking about color. Making your child’s homework station colorful will make it more inviting and a more fun place to work. It could even inspire creativity. You might paint the table or chair a bright color, or you might plan to incorporate colorful accents and desk supplies into the space later on.

 

Get organized.

 

Be sure to create some organization at your child’s homework station. You might, for example, install a shelf on the wall for your child’s textbooks and study aids. You might also include a large dry erase calendar on the wall for writing in daily assignments and long-term projects. File folders, bins, pencil cups, and hooks for backpacks can also help round out the space.

 

Stock up on essentials.

 

As you’re beginning to organize your child’s study space, now is a good time to consider all of the school supplies your child might need. Here is a brief list of the most common essentials for a homework station:

 

  • Pencils and pens
  • Erasers and correction fluid
  • Colored pens and highlighters
  • Colored pencils, crayons, and markers
  • Paper clips and a stapler
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Calculator
  • Lined loose leaf paper
  • Blank computer paper
  • Folders
  • Binders
  • Laptop

 

Add decor.

 

As with color, a homework station that’s lacking in fun decor is not going to be very inviting. Look for fun accents that you can incorporate into your child’s space. You might install a cork board, where you can hang favorite photos and important reminders. You might add a colorful globe or wooden block letters. Fun bookends, a decorative pencil cup, a colorful lamp—look for things that will appeal to your child’s taste.

 

Where do your kids study in your home? Share your creative ideas for your children’s homework stations below!

 

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Welcome to the Simple Homestead 100th Blog Hop!

We are so glad that you have stopped by for a visit! Today we are celebrating our 100th Blog Hop!! Invite your friends to link up, spread the word! Hoping to have a record number of posts shared today.

 

We encourage you to look through some of the great posts shared by our readers and then take the time to read those that interest you. If you are adding to our list, thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us. It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings. We hope you have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us.

Meet Our Great Co-hostscohost-photos1

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Each week we’ll feature the most-viewed post from last week’s hop. Each host also features her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. Visit each of our blogs to see if you were featured this week.

Our most-visited post from last week’s hop was:
Lessons From the Great Depression

My Favorite Post:
Using Straw As Coop Bedding

 

 

 Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week.

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The Rules

You are invited to share your original homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts. We have a few little rules:

  • Family friendly posts only!
  • No links to blog hops or posts dedicated to advertising products.
  • Please share posts that you haven’t linked up previously to keep the hop fresh.
  • Please visit other bloggers and let them know you found them here.
  • Please follow us by email! You’ll receive notice when the hop is open for business.
  • Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.
  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured.
  • Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted.


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Moving across town can be a very different experience from moving across the country. Before making a move from one coast to another there are a few things to consider. Moving is an adventure but you also need a reliable plan. There are several things to consider when planning a move.

 

By starting now, before we even have a contract on our home we can make the actual moving part of our relocation go smoothly.

 

First of all we know where we are going. At least we know the general area. We won’t purchase a house until our current house is sold. So in the meantime we look at real estate in the area we want to move to. We talk to those we know in the area and are finding the parts of town that we would like to end up in.Planning a Move

 

If you’ve been reading my blog you know we are in the process of getting rid of excess stuff. A move across country is based on weight so we want to lighten the load as much as possible. We have items we want to keep, items we want to sell, stuff we want to give away and junk we just need to trash. As we go through our belongings those are the categories we divide the items into. As we pack up the clutter we pack room by room. When we eventually arrive at our destination we want to know which boxes things are in. When we’re looking for the coffee pot we want to know it is in a kitchen box!planning a move

 

As we sort through our belongings we try to use the one-year rule. If we haven’t used it in a year consider donating it to someone who will use it. There are a few exceptions, such as my grandparent’s turkey platter! We didn’t celebrate the holidays at home this year but I’m planning on packing that platter and taking it with us! It’s all packed and ready to go!moving

 

While we plan on doing the majority of the packing ourselves there are a few larger items where we will enlist the help of the movers. Professional movers know how to pack and transport a houseful of items with a minimum of breakage and fuss. The larger precious items we will let the professionals pack.planning a move

 

We don’t know when our move will take place as it depends on when our house will sell. However we continue to pack up the items we really don’t need but want to move. Eventually when we have a move date I will have a schedule. Time can get away from you when you are in the middle of a move, so I will want to stay organized to stay on target. There is a lot to consider when planning a move but if you can stay organized it should all go smoothly and before you know it you will be unpacking in your new home!

Welcome to the Simple Homestead Blog Hop!

We are so glad that you have stopped by for a visit! We encourage you to look through some of the great posts shared by our readers and then take the time to read those that interest you. If you are adding to our list, thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us. It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings. We hope you have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us.

Meet Our Great Co-hosts

Tracy at Our Simple HomesteadFacebookTwitterPinterest

Nancy at On the HomefrontFacebookTwitterPinterest

Dash at Bloom Where You’re PlantedFacebookInstagram

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Featured Posts

Each week we’ll feature the most-viewed post from last week’s hop. Each host also features her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. Visit each of our blogs to see if you were featured this week.

Our most-visited post from last week’s hop was:
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My Favorite Post:
Slow Cooker Granola, A Great Kitchen Hack!

 

 

 Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week.

If you were featured be sure to pick up your Simple Homestead blog hop button below. Just highlight the text in the box and paste into your blog sidebar; the button will show up automatically.



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The Rules

You are invited to share your original homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts. We have a few little rules:

  • Family friendly posts only!
  • No links to blog hops or posts dedicated to advertising products.
  • Please share posts that you haven’t linked up previously to keep the hop fresh.
  • Please visit other bloggers and let them know you found them here.
  • Please follow us by email! You’ll receive notice when the hop is open for business.
  • Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.
  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured.
  • Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted.


Let’s start hopping!


We are all looking for ways to improve our lives and achieve success. Sometimes we get stuck in a rut or just don’t know where to begin to achieve the best results in the shortest time. Following are 10 ideas to help you stay focused and improve your professional and personal life:

 

 

  • Healthy Breakfast

 

 

Begin each day with a healthy breakfast for maximum energy. So many of us skip this very important meal, but if you are serious about being successful, adopting this simple habit will pay dividends in your daily productivity and mental clarity.useful habits

 

 

  • Make small goals every day

 

 

Pay attention to details to achieve your goals. This will help you to focus on the results of your efforts and see the value of every step of the way. Realizing the purpose of the smaller details makes us appreciate the big picture and directs our purpose for getting there.

 

 

  • To-do lists

 

 

Make lists of all that you want to accomplish daily. A weekly, monthly and yearly plan are important, but getting into the habit of breaking each day into the steps necessary to reach our goals reminds us of what is most important. It also keeps us accountable to ourselves and makes sure that we allocate each 24-hour period in the most efficient manner. Articulating our goals in written form also allows us to appreciate milestones along the way to achieving the big picture. This is necessary to inspire future actions that will result in the success we crave.

 

 

  • Learn how to manage your time

 

 

Managing time efficiently is required in addition to making lists. Each day only has 24 hours, so we need to make the most of every moment to get the best results from our precious time. Adopting a habit of proper time management is essential at leveraging each moment.

 

Implementing good time management makes anything possible, but it requires conscious effort and consistency.

 

 

  • Make decisions and stick to them

 

 

Be decisive not impulsive if you want to reach your goals. Carefully weighing the advantages and disadvantages of our actions and possible changes allow us to make the most of every opportunity.

 

Also, take the time to consider things that didn’t go as planned turns our mistakes into learning experiences that will guide us to better decisions in the future.

 

 

  • Stick to your goals

 

 

Stay committed to your goals and be willing to make the sacrifices necessary to achieve them. The only way to find success is through hard work and staying on track. Many people get easily distracted and give up. Winners know that commitment is the key to success.

 

 

  • Budget your money

 

 

Budgeting and tracking expenses are key to getting the most of our financial resources so that we have enough money to achieve our goals. Sound financial habits keep us aware of how we are allocating our resources and makes us aware of what we need to do to be able to afford the things we need for success. If done properly, good financial management should result in savings for the future or more money to invest allowing us to do more down the road.useful habits

 

 

  • Exercise

 

 

Exercise regularly for a better mind and body. This will give you energy, help you sleep better and make you healthier and happier. Too much mental activity is not good.  We also need physical activity to keep us balanced and energetic. Having the best home gym is a step in the right direction as it will remind us of the importance of daily exercise to help us find the success we each deserve.

 

 

  • Be positive!

 

 

Stay positive to help yourself to overcome challenges. Negativity only drains our energy and thus winners must constantly practice positive self-talk to stay motivated and on track. So don’t get discouraged by small setbacks. Keep reminding yourself of the big picture and the small successes each day and soon these will add up to a winning year!

 

 

  • Sleep

 

 

Get Enough Sleep to keep your body and mind performing at their best. A regular eight-hour sleep cycle will allow us to process new ideas, focus better during the day and improve our memory and mental capacity. Not getting enough sleep will ensure that we are not at our best and may lead to other problems such as illnesses, depression or accidents which will get in the way of achieving our goals.
In order to achieve success, we all need a plan. This must include healthy habits and good practices. I hope these 10 tips have given you fresh ideas to jumpstart your journey to a better life. We are each the architect of our own destiny. Anything is possible if we imagine it and take the right steps to see it through.

 

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