Simplify Your Evening Routine with a Homework Box

posted by Andrea | 12/7/2011

Due to the recent birth of our beautiful baby girl, Nora Faith, I’ve rounded up an All-Star list of moms who effortlessly seem to manage work, home, family, life, and everything in between! You can read all their words of motherly wisdom here, as well as how they manage to “do it all” while still living a life they love.

I’ll be sharing my own thoughts and baby updates soon enough, but right now, I’m simply soaking up their trusted advice while cuddling with my new baby girl! 


The following is written by Tara from Deal Seeking Mom and Unsophisticook:

Evenings are pretty chaotic in our household. With five children who are all active in sports, it often feels like we’re on the go right up until bedtime. Making time for family dinners and homework is a high priority, but making it a smooth and easy process is often challenging.

After several years of searching for pencils, glue, scissors, etc. for the current assignment each night, it finally dawned on me that there just has to be a better way. My solution seems so incredibly simple — I can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner!

This past fall when I was stocking up on school supplies at bargain prices, I purchased extras of everything; not only to replenish my kids’ needs at school but to create what we now call the Homework Box.

The Homework Box:

The homework box contains all of the supplies that any one of my kids might need to complete their homework on a given night, and it’s off limits outside of homework time so that we can be assured that we have a complete set of colored pencils or crayons available at all times.

We also store any flashcards or learning rings that a teacher sends home in the box to keep things simple. All of the items are housed in an inexpensive Sterilite tote that I picked up at Target.

Items in our Homework Box:

  • ballpoint pens
  • #2 pencils, sharpened
  • pink erasers
  • Elmers Glue-All
  • Elmers Glue Sticks
  • Crayola Crayons
  • Crayola Markers
  • Crayola Colored Pencils
  • tape
  • blunt-tip scissors
  • ruler
  • calculator
  • notebook paper
  • dictionary

While we still have our occasional homework battles because the kids are tired or grumpy, we’ve completely avoided the missing supplies issues so far this year!

Do you use a homework box in your household?

If so, do you include any items in yours that I’ve overlooked?

Tara Kuczykowski is a married mom of three boys and two girls, ages 3 to 9 years, living in Columbus, OH. She blogs at Deal Seeking Mom where she shares the latest grocery store deals, coupons and freebies and at Unsophisticook where you can find her tried and true recipes.
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4 comments

  1. Creating a Homework Box For Less Stressful Evenings

    12/08/2011

    [...] How did our family simplify our homework routine to make it less stressful? We created a homework box! [...]

  2. Lee Beedle

    12/09/2011

    We have an extra table in our family room dubbed “the homework table” and all tools needed for just about any project are within 2 feet of the table for easy access. I have a 10 y/o 5th grader, 10 y/o 4th grader (not twins! 10 months apart.), a 7 y/o 1st grader & a 4 y/o full time preschooler. Having all these things in 1 box is impossible for us. Just having it close and organized works out very well and we don’t have to pack up our supplies until the work is done since the area is dedicated to “homework”. (also make a good gaming or craft table!)

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  3. nelly

    10/10/2012

    tnx… its a great idea!!!

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  4. Sunday Six – 27 Jan 2013 | Paperbased.net

    01/27/2013

    [...] this post on Simple Organized Living about a “Homework Box“, where all the supplies needed for completing homework are kept together and easily [...]

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