As children begin the new school year, they do so with a sense of excitement, anticipation, and a little angst. You can help ease the transition and encourage the achievement of academic goals by creating a back-to-school workstation filled with all the essentials your child will need to succeed.
Stocked with everything a student needs, this hideaway is an inviting place to pore over homework. Two store-bought bookcases are filled with handy, stay-organized tools like a calendar for upcoming school events, an "in" box for unfinished assignments, and an "out" box for finished homework to be checked by Mom and Dad.
Kids go through cereal fast. Make use of all the empty boxes by turning them into handy holders for their desks. Large boxes work well for books, small ones for supplies. Cut box with a utility knife at desired angle and height. Wrap decorative or contact paper around box to see how much you'll need; unwrap and cut. Secure paper with double-sided tape; trim excess.
A perfect accessory for the busy student -- or anyone with lots to do -- a bulletin board is just the thing for hanging class schedules, transportation passes, and all sorts of reminders or mementos. This easy technique requires little more than birch plywood, upholstery tacks, and a few lengths of monofilament.
Kids are more likely to think "inside" the box, even in a busy room, when a cardboard carton is turned into a personal study center. Cut away the bottom, top, and one long side of a large box; trim the height, then slope the sides. Finish edges with colored duct tape. Clamps, rubber bands, and tacks help organize notes, calendars, and other items on the "walls."
What may appear at first glance to be an unconventional armoire is actually a set of bookcases attached along one side. Opened, it's a compact, self-contained innovative crafts or office nook. Closed, it's far more decorative than any tidied-up desk, without the slightest hint of its contents.
Get organized -- again and again -- with these chalkboard drawers. The labels can be erased as contents in each drawer change: Affix masking tape in square outlines to fronts of drawers or tins; cover each square with latex chalkboard paint. Let dry, and remove tape. To add a border, place two strips of masking tape parallel to each other on opposite sides of square; paint, let dry, and remove tape. Repeat with two other sides.
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