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As hard as this is for me to say, back to school season is here. The time to hang up the beach towels is getting closer and I find myself thinking more and more about the soon to arrive school year. There is so much to plan and prepare to ensure we are ready.
One of my priorities is our school room. As a homeschool mom I have had a lot of practice setting up desks. From kitchen table learning to permanent desks, we’ve done it all. Today I want to share how you can affordably put together a homework command center to keep you organized through the year.
1. Location, Location, Location
Location is everything. Find a spot that is close to the center of the home, but not overly distracting either. Somewhere near the kitchen is always convenient. If you don’t have an area where you can permanently set up a desk. The kitchen table has worked well for years and I have a special tip for you at the end of this post.
2. Things to Remember
A great way to remember things is to see them. An organized center will always have a calendar hanging to write down important dates and an area to hang up reminders and even accomplishments too. When things are in front of your face every day you are a lot more likely to remember them. But just in case, write them in your family planner or set a reminder on you cell phone.
3. A paper for everything
Keeping a large variety of papers on hand and organized makes doing any project simple. From notebook paper, printer paper, card stock, construction, index cards and more. We keep a little bit of everything around.
4. Organized supplies
Have you ever tried to work on a project but you can’t find a single tool that you need to get the job done? It is frustrating, right? Homework isn’t and different. Have supplies organized and easy to find. The least thing you wan to do is waste 30 minutes of home work time looking for an eraser.
Containers like these can be purchased for about $1 a piece and are perfect for keeping essential organized.
5. Lighting Matters
Check the lighting in the area you have chosen. Make sure it is adequate at all times of the day. If not you can purchase a small desk lamp for around $5. to help brighten up the spot, reducing eye strain and headaches.
6. Have a great printer
Printers are an absolute must for a homework command center. Your best option is an affordable all-in-one you can count on. I recently picked up the all new HP Deskjet 3636 at Walmart and I am in printer love. I didn’t even know that was possible.
I can now print from my smart phone or tablet, something I have never been able to do. I can’t believe I lived without this feature for this long. So often I find something while on my cell phone that I would like to be able to print right away, now I can.
With the HP Deskjet 3636 mobile printing is made easy. You can connect your smart phone or tablet directly to your printer and easily print without accessing a network. I also downloaded the free HP All-in-One Printer Remote mobile app so I can manage printing tasks and scan on the go.
Another thing I love about this printer is that it comes with choices. What’s your color this back to school? This affordable AiO that comes in 3 cool colors – Vibrant Red, Dragonfly Blue, Sporty Purple. I knew my girls would love the purple and I have to admit, I am a huge fan of it too. It adds the perfect pop of color to our work space.
Not only does this printer come with an affordable price tag and all of the features I need, it gives me high-quality printing and up to twice as many pages with Original HP high-yield ink cartridges, helping to stretch the budget even further.
I can also access coloring pages, recipes, coupons and more with free HP Printables that are delivered on my schedule.
An organized space has…
*A great, well-lit, location with supplies that are organized and accessible.
*There is a board to display reminders, achievements, and a calendar to keep us on track
*And the space isn’t complete without an amazing AIO HP printer.
If space in an issue and you can’t set up something permanent here is an organization option you may want to try.
This cart keeps everything I need ready to go, organized and portable. I can easily roll it from one room to the next or tuck it away when we don’t need it.
Have you seen the New HP Deskjet 3636?
What color would you choose?
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