If you’re at all like us, working from home for the first time can pose a lot of new challenges – from concentrating on the task at hand to remembering to call it a day at a reasonable hour. When you add kids learning at home into the picture, it can become an overwhelming experience! Cleaning up or revamping your workspaces may be a key to helping everyone be productive in your new environment.
Whether you already have a room dedicated to a home office or homeschool space, or you’ve just started the new routine, setting up a proper area can help you and the kids remain focused and organized, ensuring a successful day of work or studying.
Before diving into a reorganization, start by decluttering.
According to Harvard Business Review, “Cluttered spaces can have negative effects on our stress and anxiety levels, as well as our ability to focus, our eating choices, and even our sleep.”
Knowing that clutter can greatly impact many areas of life, start by cleaning out any old files, technology and chargers you don’t need anymore. From there, you can take stock of which organization tools you may need to keep your space free of clutter.
Create a Home Office
For any home workspace, cube organizers can control piles of paper around your desk. The organizers are available in 3-, 4-, 6- and 9-cube options and also fit fabric drawers. Try mixing and matching the colors and patterns to spark creativity and keep your desk tidy.
The ClosetMaid 3-cube organizer comes in six colors and can be displayed vertically or horizontally.
To accommodate even more supplies and files, consider adding a bookshelf. A variety of sizes and styles lets you choose the option that will work best for your space.
A system of shelves and drawers can also keep supplies organized and clutter out of sight. A modular system can be used outside of the closet, which comes in individual towers that can be stacked to customize your home office. A system with plenty of drawer space, shelving and even display cabinets help a home office feel as organized and efficient as a corporate office.
The modular closet system is a stackable organizer with tower options including drawers or shelving with solid or glass door sets.
Create a Homeschool Area
For the kids, having a dedicated space to concentrate on homework and studies can help maintain focus and keep schoolwork from being scattered around the house.
To create a homeschool space, start by identifying a place in the home with minimal distractions. Set aside a dedicated work space like a simple modular desk that fits easily into small spaces. Add storage space with Cubeicals or install a solid wood shelf to hold books, folders and smaller school supplies.
An 8-cube organizer can be filled with fabric drawers which come in a variety of colors.
Once the workspaces have been arranged, keep them free of clutter with daily five-minute cleanups. At the end of each workday, make sure papers are put away into their designated folders, books are arranged neatly and smaller items are contained in bins.
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