In 2020, everything is different. From the landscape of American businesses to the unusual presidential election, so many of us across the country have had to adapt to ever-changing circumstances, and this school year is no different. Now that this academic year is well underway for schools throughout the country, we understand that children must participate in online virtual learning in some capacity, whether it be full-time or for certain classes and clubs.
How has at-home learning been for you and your family? If you didn’t answer with an enthusiastic nod, you’re not alone. At-home learning can be tough for anyone, not just the participating child. Teachers, administrators, and parents must also be flexible and accommodating.
Perhaps so many of us at home are struggling because of a lack of organization and a less-than-ideal home office setup. Working in a space that’s conducive to learning, comfortable, and devoid of distractions can sometimes make all the difference in the world. Here are a few tips and tricks that can help make your family’s virtual learning experience the best it can be.
Tips for Setting Up a Productive Learning Space at Home
Here are some realistic suggestions that can help you set up a great home learning space for your child to study, do homework, or attend online classes.
Separate Your Child’s Work Space from Their Bedroom
One of the most important components of a healthy work-from-home setup is making sure your child’s home office is not the same as their bedroom or play area. Separating their downtime from their work time and creating a room that will induce a sense of productivity and efficiency is vital. When your child steps into their home office, they should immediately be put in a productive headspace. Likewise, once they leave, they should then go back to feeling calm and relaxed.
Of course, not every family has the space to spread out in this way. If you fit into that category, try to get creative! Perhaps you can wall off certain rooms in the house, or the family room or dining room can be temporarily converted into a home office during school hours. To do so optimally, you may need to declutter your space. Utilizing a self-storage unit to stow your unneeded belongings may be helpful.
Eliminate Distractions From Your Home Learning Space
Of course, this is easier said than done. Sometimes the house is busy and loud. But the more you can tone down controllable variables during school hours, the better learning environment your child will have. For instance, try turning your child’s phone, tablet, and TV off during school hours. If your child is older, consider downloading an app on their phone that may help eliminate distractions, such as Stayfocused and SelfControl. Of course, this doesn’t have to mean complete silence. Experiment with instrumental music.
Make Your At-Home Learning Space Comfortable
Even the most attentive adolescent can’t manage to stay focused and inspired all day sitting in a rigid chair and staring at a blank white wall. Make the space livable by providing a comfortable chair, a few pictures on the wall, and maybe a few small plants. Encourage your child to personalize their learning space by adding decorations, artwork, or anything else that may keep them inspired. On the flip side, a space that’s too comfortable can have the opposite effect. Finding that balance is vital.
Of course, providing your child with a home office that’s separate, organized, and clean is ideal, but that’s easier said than done. For families with less space, it can be difficult to find a way to offer an environment that’s conducive to learning. If you fall into that category, it may make sense to declutter your space and get creative. Perhaps you can convert a room in your house into a home office or reimagine a bedroom into a space that does double duty. As for the rest of your belongings that are in the way, consider utilizing a self-storage center.
Store Your Extra Belongings with Treasure Island Storage
At Treasure Island Storage, we know how tough it can be for both you and your child to virtually participate in classes at home. You may be forced to convert certain rooms in your house into offices, which can leave you wondering what to do with your extra belongings. That’s where we come in. At Treasure Island Storage, we make self-storing easy. Pick one of our many convenient locations scattered throughout New York and New Jersey, reserve a unit online, and start storing!
We provide a free moving service that makes it easy to move in and out of your unit, express check-in, temperature-controlled lockers, and 24/7 security to keep your items safe. Our family-owned business is one of the fastest-growing providers of self-storage in the region. Give us a call at (646) 846-9449, chat with us live, or make an appointment online to find out more today!