Back-to-school season may be a welcome event for parents, but for a lot of kids, it’s not always such a joyous occasion. But you can make the transition a little easier by creating a great study space for your kids that promotes good study habits while also making homework a lot more tolerable. In fact, studies show that kids who have a dedicated space to do homework – whether it’s a space in their own room or a quiet nook elsewhere – are more likely to stay organized and to do better in school. And with estate sales, you can do it without breaking the bank.
Estate sales are great for low-cost back-to-school items, and you’ll find lots of items that can be inexpensively customized so your child can create a space that’s uniquely theirs. Items to look for:
- desk chairs
- desk accessories
- lap trays for laptops
- filing accessories
- desk lamps
- frames that can be turned into bulletin boards (click here for a tutorial)
- CD players (research shows listening to music can help some kids focus better)
Look for themes or colors, or find items you can transform with a little paint or vinyl adhesive wallpaper or shelf liner. Younger kids might like to decorate their own items or pick their own colors.
Younger students aren’t the only ones who can benefit from estate sales. They’re also great places to find goods that can help spruce up an empty dorm room. With a little searching, you can find plenty of items that can make that boxy dorm feel a lot more like a cozy and welcoming nook after a long day of classes. Items to look for:
- storage items, like carts and decorative boxes
- folding chairs
- desk accessories
- mirrors, frames or other wall accents
- throw rugs
Of course, like any redecorating project, you need to start with a plan. If you can get your child on board, that’s great – you can even have them accompany you to sales to choose their own items. Otherwise, search the internet for study space ideas you can incorporate into your own home or your child’s dorm and get started. Those first days of school will be here before you know it.