There are still some days left to enjoy the summer but school is just around the corner and it will be time to return to the routine that affects both adults and children. To have a good start to the year, we must begin to prepare all the material we need: books, uniforms, a comfortable backpack… We must not forget the study area for the youngest members of the family. They must have a place to do their homework; this is much more important than it may seem. They are going to spend several hours a day there during the school year. We invite you to continue reading this post where we give you a series of ideas to help you organise their room and desk.
“A tidy room favours concentration whilst studying”
The first thing we must analyse is the space where the child is going to study. It must have light and be as quiet as possible for them to do their homework in comfort. Any visual distraction must be avoided. So they must only keep what is strictly necessary for studying on their desk and this must be tidy. Everything in the room has its place. Remember that tidiness is essential for the child’s concentration and to avoid unnecessary distractions. Help them understand that everything has its place in the room and also on their desks; this will help them a great deal when they organise their study routine.
1. Before starting the school year…
It is time to thoroughly clean the room and throw away everything that the child no longer uses: toys, books, clothes that are too small,… You are bound to need to keep a lot, so before you put things away, we advise you to assess how often you use them.
Everything the child uses less frequently can be stored in the least accessible spaces of the wardrobes and always protected from sun and dust. If the child's room has little storage space in wardrobes or drawers, you can always keep things in stackable plastic boxes with a lid. We recommend you use stickers, indicating the content of the box to identify them more quickly, so you do not have to take everything out to know what is inside. If you prefer, multipurpose boxes are much more convenient, with their coloured identification labels on which you can write and delete as often as you want. This is the case of the Araven TAG STORE boxes where you can assign colours according to the type of material you store.
What the child uses very often must be more accessible, but not untidy, kept in multipurpose boxes or drawers with attractive decoration or colours that give a cheerful touch to the room
2. The desk during the school year….
We have already commented that they must only keep what is strictly necessary on the desk when they do homework. What do we do with the rest? We will keep it in the desk drawers and we will resort to trays, baskets and multipurpose pots that will help children keep everything tidy but with their school material always at hand. We recommend you always try to find multipurpose elements, which are much more versatile to adapt to what you need to store.
In the case of drawers, we must try to establish an organisation protocol that will help the child know what is kept in each drawer. If we establish this pattern, we will encourage children to tidy their rooms on their own, making things easier for them. If they are not sure about where to keep their things, that is when things become a mess. For example, we will use the top drawer, or the most accessible one, to keep the things they must keep close at hand, such as paper, notebooks, stickers, felt-tip pens… A good option to prevent the drawer from becoming a mess is to use drawer organisers (very practical if what is stored is small in size, such as clips, staples, paints,...).
If the desk does not have its own set of drawers or you need more space a good option are the auxiliary plastic drawers. With different sizes for you to adapt them to the space you have got, you can find some that you can put on the table or others with wheels, for greater mobility. At Araven we offer you a wide range of plastic drawer towers, available in the bazaar section of major supermarket chains, designed in A4 and A5 formats to organise stationery and take advantage of all the space. They are stackable and very resistant to use.
Here are some ideas on how to organise the children’s desks properly to start school in the tidiest way possible. We hope that you have found them useful, and remember that what is most important is for the child to acquire good habits that will be help them study and improve their performance.