Designing Better Workspaces During Distance Learning

I've been working from home for most of 2020 and I pop into my physical offices only on occasion these days. ⁠ ⁠

But this week I am setting up what I hope will be temporary workspaces for my two stepkids. I am removing my coveted @donghia chairs and replacing them with @westelm desks. It's where we are in our lives and in this crazy world. It's temporary.... ⁠right?⁠ ⁠

Here are a few tips to making your kid's workspaces work in your home and for them...⁠ ⁠

1. Select a simple desk with a drawer for storing laptops and supplies. Getting the laptop out of sight when school is done for the day is good practice. ⁠

2. Add a lamp. It will instantly make the work area seem less industrial/workspacy and more like a natural part of your home.⁠

3. Find a unique space and talk through it with the kids. We did a walk-through of our house and identified "the perfect spot" for desks as a team. I joked with my stepdaughter and told her I designed her new workspace in the shower (we are in a small space and we are PHYSICALLY out of room) ⁠

4. Stock up on fun pens, pencils and paper, even if most of the work is online, these little things are what young kids look forward to and remember (trapper keeper, anyone!?) and putting them in a fun jar on the desk makes writing a little more exciting for kids.⁠

5. Make sure all of the pencils are sharpened and keep good erasers on hand. There's nothing better than a perfectly sharpened pencil. Ask any fabric showroom in America!⁠ 6. Take breaks. it's over 100 outside this week, but as the temps cool down, a quick 15-minute run or walk around the block will be essential to keep these kids from burning out. I am working on some quickie lawn games they can play between classes...think ladder ball and twister.⁠ ⁠ ⁠

 Need some inspo? I came across this great Elle Decor article

Image courtesy of @studiomcgee⁠ ⁠ ⁠