No-Stress Zone: Desk Transformations

spongebobhomework Welcome back to The No-Stress Zone! In the last two posts, I’ve suggested some ways to better organize your school papers in binders and/or folders (depending on your or your teacher’s personal preferences) and how to choose the right school bag or backpack for you and how to organize to find what you need, when you need it.
In this post, I’m going to suggest some ways to organize your homework and study hub a.k.a. your desk.

It is true that there are students who prefer doing homework and studying on their beds, on the kitchen dining room table, or wherever they personally prefer.  Please don’t worry, if you don’t have a ‘set’ place to do homework or study, this post can help you too, so please keep reading.

If you do use a desk sometimes, most of the times, or all of the time…

  • Space and efficiency are the most important things to maintain when using a desk to do homework and studying.  Some teachers will assign individual textbooks that the students take home each day, while others will simply check out textbooks to particular students who might need it to complete assignments. Because some textbooks are larger than others, it will probably take up a lot or most of the space on a desk, leaving little or barely any room to other materials such as notebooks, or some jars or canisters to hold pens, pencils, highlighters, etc.
  • To prevent this from happening, place items you do not use very often (pencil sharpeners, tape, glue sticks, post it notes, etc) either in desk drawers, if your desk comes equipped with these, or in small to medium-sized plastic boxes that are often found in most supply stores, and place these in the back of your desk.
  • When using planners or any kind of notebook, a good way to place them on desks without taking too much space is to have them stand up straight, from biggest to smallest because the bottom edge of a notebook or planner is usually shorter than the long edge.

If you own a PC (personal computer) or a laptop, make it the base of your organization.

  • Place PCs or laptops on the back center or back left or right corner of your desk. Place pencil, pen, highlighter, etc. jars and/or canisters in a line going out left or right next to your PC or laptop, with notebooks and/or planners placed in a standing upright position between your canisters and/or jars and your PC or laptop. If you will be using textbooks or writing in notebooks, place these in the center of your desk. If you have a keyboard you will also be using to type if you have a PC place these in front of your notebook or textbook between the notebook or textbook and the jars and/or canisters. Generally, you would want to be able to use and reach everything on your desk without be clustered.

It doesn’t have to be spring to clean your desk.

  • Make an effort to clean your desk at least once a week. If you use a glass desk, a good way would be to use some glass spray cleaner and spray it on your desk and then wipe it off with a paper napkin. If you own a wooden desk, use wood spray cleaner and do the same thing. Having a clean desk will help make the desk more efficient to use.

If you don’t always use a desk, never use a desk, or don’t always do homework in the same spot most of the time…

  • Have the supplies you might or will need on hand.
  • Purchase mini supplies, such as mini-staplers, mini hole punchers, etc and keep them with you in a small pencil pouch that your either place somewhere in your room or in your backpack. Have it on hand whenever you study or do homework, wherever that may be.
  • Make sure the area is big enough and clear/clean enough to use.
  • If you decide to study on your bed, make sure that there are no other items on it such as electronic cords or clothes. If you decided to study on your dining room table, make sure there is little or no mess at all.Wherever you decide to study and do homework, the main things to maintain are space, efficiency, and cleanliness.  Having the items you might or will need to use on hand is always a good idea whether on your desk, in your desk drawers, or in a supply pouch.

Thank you for reading another post from The No-Stress Zone!  Please come back again for more tips on how to reduce and even prevent stress from happening.

–Mia, West Seattle, Teen Blogger

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