How to create a productive study space for your children

If you’d like to encourage your kids to do their homework, complete their assignments or spend a little more time studying without having to nag, push or argue about it, creating a space they enjoy using is key.

Having a cosy and functional space helps make studying more enjoyable, and the more we enjoy something, the more likely we are to do it!

Try these ideas for creating a homework or study space for your kids:

Choose an ideal spot: A quiet room or corner of your home with natural light, away from distractions like the tv or noisy & busy family areas helps to create a peaceful haven where your child can focus. Let them choose the space with you so they can take ownership of their study area.

Simple, comfy furniture: Choose a desk and chair that supports posture and feels comfortable. Adjustable chairs and desks that can grow with your child are always a good idea. You don’t have to spend hundreds on furniture, check Facebook Marketplace or your local op shops or thrift stores for second hand pieces at a fraction of the price, or ask friends and family members if they have any items they are thinking of decluttering.

Time to get organised: Keeping study materials organised and within arm's reach can make a homework session easier and less stressful. Use shelves, drawers, and containers to make everything accessible and don’t go overboard - more materials means more clutter and makes it harder to find items when you need them. Get the basics, organise them neatly and label where everything goes so items are easy to find and easy to put away again.

Make It Their Own: Personalisation adds comfort and ownership to any space. Let your child choose their favourite colours, artwork, or motivational quotes to adorn the walls. Having control over these choices helps boost their confidence and motivation.

Add lighting: Proper lighting can greatly affect mood and productivity. Ensure that the study area is well-lit, either through natural sunlight or adjustable lamps. Use warm-toned light bulbs to create a cosy atmosphere that encourages focus without straining the eyes.

Create a routine: A consistent homework or study routine helps to form positive habits. Add a short study session to your daily routine to help create a rhythm that can make studying more predictable and manageable. If your child has no homework or assignments, general study or reading time can be done in this session.

Add space for creativity: If you have extra space, designate a nearby area for a more relaxing experience with a small comfortable armchair, sofa or bean bag, and a spot for library books, puzzles, and art & crafts.

Gadget Guidelines: Technology is a powerful learning tool but can also be a distraction. Set clear guidelines for technology use at study time and check in with your child regularly to see if the guidelines are helping or hindering their study, so you can tweak as needed.

Open communication and help: Chat with your child regularly about their study needs, preferences, and feelings. Being responsive to their opinion builds trust and helps the take control of their learning. Offer to help with tricky projects so they don’t feel overwhelmed and put off working on them.

I hope you found these ideas helpful! If you’re ready for next steps in organising your home and life, you might want to check out my popular House & Family Binder. It’s a simple set of prints to help you get organised and run your household without stress and overwhelm.

x Marissa