This week, I got the most amazing tip for small space organization when it comes to kids, desk space (or lack thereof) and organization, thanks to professional organizer Laurie Palau of Simply B Organized, host of This Organized Life podcast, and author of the upcoming Hot Mess: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized.

Just in time for post-Labor Day organization, she joined us on Spawned with Kristen and Liz to talk about so many amazing organizational tricks for families. But this, by far, was my favorite.

(As you’ll hear from my reaction on the show.)

Live in a small apartment like me, or got multiple kids splitting up desk space? Laurie’s tip: Everyone needs a homework hub or “command center,” as she calls it. So in lieu of a desk, try creating a portable homework hub.

Genius!

Here’s how to do it:

1.  Get yourself a tray. I used a wooden one I already own, but also check out the cute, colorful trays from Poppin which also happen to stack nicely.

2. Grab the supplies you know your kids will need most frequently.

-Pencils, pens and markers
-Erasers
-Scissors
-Stapler
-Ruler
-Clear tape, washi tape
-Mini notebook
-Screen cleaning cloth (I am obsessed with Whoosh! spray and the orange cloth it comes with)
-Stickie notes

3. If your kids use a homework planner, or file folders for nightly homework it can stay in the tray, too. Just keep things more flat than high so nothing’s too tippy.

4. Load up the small supplies in the smallest manageable container — I used a basket, but any pencil holder or even a small box will do. Does it have to be Pinterest-perfect? Heck no.

5. Any extra materials or supplies your kids need less frequently (sharp scissors, hole punch, binder rings and so on) should remain in one single residual homework command center, like a specific drawer in the kitchen.

(This way, kids always know where to find what they need — and just as importantly, where to put it back when they’re done.)

6. When you’ve got a mobile homework hub together, be sure to stash it in the same place each night. Now it’s easy for them to carry it to the kitchen counter or the couch in the living room, saving space, time, and (hooray!) sanity.

Mostly for you.

Tip for multiple kids: Make one hub for each child, differentiating the trays by their favorite colors. Both Poppin and Yoobi (available from Target) are great brands with tons of color options. It makes it easier to know who’s stealing whose yellow pencil or orange stapler without a lot of finger pointing.

 

via Cool Mom Picks ift.tt/2eVDyGK