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If working and learning from home has left your space feeling chaotic and disorganized, know that you’re not alone. And while no one can plan for a pandemic, many families are trying to reorganize for the long-haul by better preparing their at-home classrooms. 

One of the most important lessons we learn is how to make the best out of a tough situation. So whether your kids are going back to a physical or digital classroom this fall, they’ll be spending time working on assignments at home. Here are some ideas to make a practical and exciting workspace for your kids without breaking the bank. 

Finding Success Despite Limited Square Footage

It’s important to structure your physical environment so there’s a separation between home and school. Where you work, and even what you wear, helps signal to your brain what mode you’re supposed to be in- and the same applies to your kids.

Even if separate spaces aren’t built into your floor plan, you can easily define separate work spaces with folding screens, bookcases, or curtains. If you’re worried about square footage, wall-anchored desks that can be stowed away at the end of the day are a great option. Consider investing in comfortable chairs as well, especially considering the amount of time you and your kids will spend being seated. 

If possible, put school stations near natural light sources to help the room feel larger and more welcoming than it really is. But, as with many things these days, there are no rules. Work spaces can be found in unexpected locations, so don’t hesitate to convert garages, laundry rooms, or playrooms into at-home classrooms. Utilizing storage bins and vertical space will also help you to avoid clutter in even the smallest of spaces. 

Get the Kids Involved

Getting your kids involved in the classroom creation process can help them feel excited about the school year and more committed to doing their work. Present them with different options and have them pick out new supplies to help continue the back-to-school shopping routine. 

Sticker charts encouraging good behavior can help emulate a traditional schooling experience at home. Implementing a rewards system for completing homework and behaving properly can help keep younger children focused and engaged with their work.

While your child’s back-to-school experience may be looking a little different this year, there are plenty of easy ways to help them settle back into their routine despite being at home. What does your at-home classroom look like?