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School days ahead

August
20

Did you see our back-to-school section on Monday?

It was filled with all kinds of stories on how to get kids ready to (groan) go back to school…

Today, I got an e-mail from Au Ciel Design Studio, which is based in Irvington.

It’s also full of great tips, and I wanted to share it:

“Is your children’s idea of a study area involve draping their legs over the back of the sofa and reading upside down with a bag of potato chips on their stomach? Do they study on the floor with the TV blasting and the cell phone to one ear? Do they spend hours staring at their textbooks with very little studying? It may be time to create a kid-friendly study area for your Einsteins!

Minoo Hersini, Creative Director at Au Ciel Design Studio, shares these easy tips to ensure the study area meets your children’s needs:

Make a list of things you need and don’t need.

Give away the items that you and your teenagers no longer use such as toys, books and clothing and donate them to younger unprivileged children or any other organization.

Go through the list of “must haves” and categorize them by subject.

Once you have identified a list of wardrobe and paper goods that your teenagers will need, it’s time to start shopping!

Don’t shop for clothing and school supplies on the same day.

Mount a notice board so you and your children can pin up reminders, invitations, social events, practices, etc.

Most kids have their own individual rooms so insert a partition in a small corner of the room to create a study area.  It’s an interesting way of separating work from leisure.

Buy platform beds for your teens.  The ones with drawers are best since you can store clothing such as underwear and socks.

Avoid little items and artifacts since they are usually the cause of clutter.

Any you’d like to add? Feel free to comment below.

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2 Responses to “School days ahead”

  1. Tangie

    Here’s a tip: Before you head out to shop for school supplies, be sure to consult the retail store circulars. At this time of year, they’re in competition and prices for notebooks, pencils and other items are at an all-time low. Check the circulars before you leave to see who has the best buys for what you need to purchase!

  2. Mary Shustack

    Tangie-
    Thanks for the timely tip—I’m always amazed at sales where school supplies can be had for pennies.
    I was in Target recently when the man in front of me online bought – literally- dozens of boxes of crayons. I imagine he was a teacher… but it was still quite a sight.

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