4 kids study room ideas

Let's face it: Now that the kids are back to school, everyone in the family is once again working at home. Kids doing homework. Parents paying bills, managing their finances, juggling their schedules.

Yes, it may be the grown-ups' home office, but you'll likely be sharing it and other surfaces throughout your home with your kids until next June because they have paperwork, too.

Between the schoolwork tsunami and the other stuff they bring home - the contagious and antibiotic-requiring kind - fall is a whirlwind of paper clutter and germs galore. Here's how to keep things clean and organized so everyone can get some work done.

  1.  Study Room Ideas for Getting Started: File It

Set up a file system for each academic subject. Per child. You'll need to set aside a file cabinet or box for each child's use.

If you're sharing homework spaces with your kids, this is the perfect time to bring home those cute home office portables you see inn home decor mags. The rattan lidded file box. The everything basket.

  2.  Outfit It

Deck the desk with essential homework tools. These will vary by your child's age, grade, and the subjects he's studying this school year. But the basics include pens, pencils, paper, erasers, tape, stapler, and probably a hole punch.

  3.  Hunt and Gather It

Gather creative supplies - in an alternative location. Although younger kids don't do much homework per se, they do do artwork.

For them, and for the occasional creative endeavors of older kids, a secondary homework center in the kitchen is often best suited to cleaning up messes of the colorful, busy variety.

I use a cleaning-supply caddy as a portable home for coloring books, paper, markers, crayons, and zip-close clear plastic cases for stickers and pipe cleaners.

In addition, for its more traditional use, I keep a roll of paper towels and a spray bottle of water (with a sprits of hand dishwashing liquid) to wipe up life's smaller spills.

  4.  Kids Study Room Ideas: Be Prepared to Clean It

Create a cleaning 101 caddy for desk surfaces and computers; stock with baby wipes, Q-tips (for between the keyboard keys), rubbing alcohol, and paper towels.

Drips, smudges, and dirt on desktops are ubiquitous in any homework central where gradeschoolers reside.

Study Area Chores for Kids by Age

Very likely, your office functions 75 percent for you and only 25 percent for your kids. Still, they should pitch in to help clean - you help them with their rooms, I'll bet.

Here's a guide to which chores kids can do at what ages. Once a child reaches a certain skill or age level, he can generally do the chores for his age group and those for the age groups below.

Of course, some of these chores need to be done each day, others each week, and still others once a month or less frequently. Use your best judgment for what gets done when.

Chores for Kids Ages 2 and Under:

  • Put toys in bins or drawers

Chores for Kids Ages 3 to 5:

  • Dust low furniture
  • Vacuum, with help depending on the machine's height and weight
  • Wash or spot-clean baseboards, walls, and ceiling

Chores for Kids Ages 6 to 9:

  • Empty and wipe-clean wastebaskets using disinfecting wipes
  • Dust furniture and shelves

  • Wipe smudges from walls and doors

Chores for Kids Ages 10 to 13:

  • Clean telephones, computer, and TV screens
  • Vacuum floors and carpets
  • Disinfect light switches and doorknobs
  • Vacuum furniture
  • Clean windows
  • Clean blinds
  • Wash screens and mgniblinds

Chores for Teens Ages 14 to 17:

  • Organize closet
  • Dust and vacuum corners and crevices from high point to low
  • Vacuum floors and carpet and move furniture to clean underneath
  • Vacuum drapes.

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