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Get your home sorted and the kids’ study space organised by combining the two into the one shared space. You really can live comfortably sharing with the kids – with just a little bit of strategy.

 

We all know how hard it can be to focus on a task at work with a cluttered desk distracting us. Unsurprisingly, it is the same for our kids.

 

With the new school year formally underway and homework tasks already piling up, it’s time to de- clutter your study space and get organised. If you are stuck for space in your home for a dedicated study for the kids, why not create a shared office environment suitable for both generations? It’s not as hard as you’d think.

 

IMG_0132 (Bonnie Black's conflicted copy 2015-06-03)Little Miss Organised founder/director Bonnie Black says it’s easy to set up a practical and functional space where parents can process and store important documents and complete online housekeeping errands, and where kids can have an equally as productive place for homework.

 

“Multi-purpose spaces are a great idea, especially when new properties are becoming smaller and families are required to adapt to more compact homes,” Bonnie explains. “To make a shared study space work, parents definitely need to sit down with their children and have a discussion as a family to decide on what the space will look like and where the space will be. It is important that kids are involved in the decision-making process as it will ensure that the space meets their needs and that all parties will take responsibility for keeping the space neat and tidy.”

 

Bonnie says one of the best ways to save on space is to go digital wherever you can.

 

“Often we look at documents once or twice and then never again. It’s important to occasionally go through and decide what documents we need to hang on to and what we can dispose of.”

 

We all know it can be hard, on occasion, to get the kids in to a study routine. So how do we come up with a space that will inspire and motivate them to complete their homework?

 

“Implementing a rewards and consequences system is one of the most beneficial ways to ensure children’s tasks are completed on time,” Bonnie explains. “Children should also have involvement in the decision-making process, deciding what is a good reward and what is a fair consequence to enforce when they go off track. Parents need to make sure this system is age appropriate and follow through when their children slip up. Organisational charts are also a great visualisation of the day/week ahead and they can help both children and adults plan their schedules best.

 

Visit www.littlemissorganised.com.au

 

Words // Bridie Macdonald

 

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