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HOMEWORK AREAS | PLANNING FOR SUCCESS

I'm Erika Ward

Over a decade ago, I exchanged my corporate life in building construction for an opportunity to enhance your personal home via decoration and renovation.  My mission? To help busy professionals make their homes their sanctuaries.

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From day one, I was always told that my only job was to excel in school the rest was a cake walk.  I’ve been instilling this same concept to our kids and with the twosome starting kindergarten in two weeks it’s becoming even more of a reality. In order to give the kids their best chance at success, I’ve been doing a little homework of my own.

I came across a NY Times article that revealed the findings of a 1978 study on study habits. The findings disprove our notion of having one designated study area. Instead the conclusion stated that instead of sticking to one study location, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention. Now that I think about it, the same applies to me. I don’t always work in my home office. I prefer a change of scenery and may work from my kitchen or take my work outdoors.

Currently, my home office is set up much like the image below. Would love to share actual images, but its in que for an upcoming magazine feature (whoo-hoo!)

I find that the kids enjoy working beside me and feel their ‘work’ is of importance. There are designated areas, cubbies and drawers, where they store their supplies when done.

In the middle of the table is a lazy susan that hold items we commonly use like pens, pencils, scissors, staplers, and glue.

This set up works for everyone and even my husband sets up here every now and then. Two of the main reasons why this arrangement is so successful is that we have smart storage as well as ample work surface where everyone can spread out.

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Here, in this playroom designed by Kate of Centsational Girl, kids can study at the table, on the sofa, or on the floor. I find that I get more cooperation with the kids when I give them choices. Who can blame them? I love options and my kids do, too.

I’m thinking about also adding a homework space upstairs they can escape to, as well as the kitchen table, and more often the library.

Where do your kids do their best work? Where are some of their favorite places to study?

 image courtesy: Minnie Mortimer|Centsational Girl|Brian Patrick Flynn

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Hi, I'm Erika.
Your Design + Happy Healthy Home Advocate.

Over a decade ago, I exchanged my corporate life in building construction for an opportunity to enhance your personal home via decoration and renovation. My mission? To help busy professionals make their homes their sanctuaries.

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