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10 Essentials for a productive home study space

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Must-haves for your kids' study space

From SheKnows Canada
We've rounded up 10 cool and useful items every kid's homework area needs. From lighting to organizers to chairs and decor, find everything you need to stock your child's study space.
1

Magnetic bamboo board

Magnetic bamboo board | Sheknows.ca

Make it easy for kids to remember the important stuff (essay due Friday) and to jot down reminders and to-do lists with a magnetic bamboo board (westelm.com, $26) that can be mounted on the wall near their study space.

2

Desktop organizer

Desktop Organizer | Sheknows.ca

An organized workspace is a productive one, so ensure your kids avoid an avalanche of desktop clutter. We like this simple clear organizer (containerstore.com, $25) with three compartments for pens, pencils, highlighters and anything else your child needs close at hand.

3

Task lighting

Task lighting | Sheknows.ca

Keep kids focused at their desks with the right lighting. Choose something compact to save space but with a bright beam like these boldly hued task lamps (potterybarnkids.com, $52) that add a pop of colour to any study area.

4

Desk with storage space

Desk with storage space | Sheknows.ca

You can't have a study space without a desk, and we like this clever desk ensemble (ikea.com, $140) that includes storage for books. The neutral colour allows for easy accessorizing, and the compact size makes it easy to fit into smaller work areas.

5

Rainbow highlighters

Rainbow highlighters | Sheknows.ca

This set of four colourful highlighters (cb2.com, $16) in the shape of a rainbow help make studying or research more fun, not to mention they make a vibrant addition any desktop.

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Adjustable swivel chair

Adjustable swivel chair | Sheknows.ca

It's important to choose a chair that's comfortable as well as colourful. We love these Ikea swivel chairs (available in store, $20) that come in several bold hues, including pink, green and yellow.

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Wall organizer

Wall organizer | Sheknows.ca

If desktop space is sparse, you can provide stylish organization in the form of a wall-mounted storage system (landofnod.com, $49), which saves space and offers slots for many items. Choose from four colours.

8

Dry-erase calendar decal

Dry erase calendar decal | Sheknows.ca

Sometimes the easiest way to stay on track is to see exactly what you need to do and when — at all times. Make sticking to deadlines a breeze with this handy wall decal dry-erase calendar (pbteen.com, $32).

9

Rolling file cart

Rolling file storage cart | Sheknows.ca

No space for much storage? This rolling mesh file cart (containerstore.com, $99) can easily be kept under a desk and then rolled out when needed. The fine-mesh drawers are great for storage and prevent smaller items from falling through.

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Cork map

Cork map | Sheknows.ca

This fun wall map (uncommongoods.com, $50), made of natural cork, doubles as a place to tack notes or pictures so your child can personalize their space. Kids can use the included push-pins to mark places they've been or want to visit.

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