I was visiting my cousins in Virginia back in August, and noticed an interesting new addition to their dining room. Not a new sideboard or reupholstered chairs — but a colorful and completely organized school supply station on a corner console.
My cousin told me she sets up a new one at the start of every school year: glue sticks, post-its, markers, pencil sharpener, scissors, all in one place, neatly tucked into boxes and jars, and gathered together on a tray. As soon as her kids come home, they know exactly where to go to empty out their backpack, start their homework, and have a snack while they’re at it. Having a school supply station set up in the dining room has made their after-school routine much smoother, and apparently there’s a nice synergy that happens when the kids do their homework together in a communal space instead of in their own rooms.
Maybe I’m late to the game and everyone’s got a school supply station in their dining room. But I thought I’d share, in case this is a light-bulb moment for you, too. Instead of constructing my own storage system this year (as pictured above from the sprinklesomefun.com blog), I bought a couple of caddies from Amazon (DecoBros and Mindspace) that weren’t expensive at all. They’re sitting on a tray on my dining room shelf, just waiting to be transferred to the table after school, and I’m excited to see it in action!