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Twin Star Home’s Back to School Essentials List [2022]

Shiny lunchboxes, crisp morning air, and brand-new clothes: who’s ready to go back to school? While we love summer, there’s something undeniably special about the first day of school. Everyone is excited to meet their teachers, make friends, and discover fun activities. Whether you’re sending your first child to kindergarten or getting your teenagers ready for high school, our list of creative tips is sure to put the ‘cool’ in ‘school.’

Hats off to You

When it comes to keeping your home tidy during school season, preparation is 90% of winning the Clutter Battle. We’ve all been there: homework papers, Show and Tell toys, soccer cleats, everything has a way of piling up (especially at the front door!) Stop the mess before it starts with a helpful hall tree, like this one pictured below:

We love this hall tree because it comes with woven baskets, perfect for organizing backpacks, coats, and more. Putting everything away when they first come home sets up a familiar routine and helps everyone remember to do the same thing when they arrive in the classroom as well. And hopefully (emphasis on hopefully) this will cut down on those frequent cries of “MOM! Where are my shoes?”

Turn Homework into Homeplay

Speaking of helpful habits, most parents would agree that it’s better to get the homework done soon as possible. We’re a big fan of avoiding evening meltdowns and encouraging kiddos not to procrastinate. That’s why we like the idea of setting up a homework station and creating a positive, relaxing atmosphere. One idea is to use your dining space as a homework area and feature a ‘Snack of the Day.’ Ask them what they think the snack could be as they get out their pencils and papers. As they do their homework, serve them a yummy snack to give their brains and bodies good energy.

Our farmhouse sideboard, seen above, offers plenty of counter space for sliced veggies, hummus bowls, deli meats, and more. Why, you could make the entire sideboard a homework station and use the adjustable storage cabinets for books or art projects. And with cable management cut outs in the back panel, you can have your smart home device play quiet classical music while the kids work on math problems.

For the big kids or teenagers who don’t need to be monitored as often, check out this sleek desk, pictured below.

This sturdy metal desk encourages good posture, thanks to an elevated surface that keeps their monitor at eye level and makes remote learning or gaming comfortable. The extra wide surface gives your teen plenty of space for two monitors, books, or anything else they need. Other handy details include two USB power ports, a rack to hang headphones, and a cup holder.

Another fantastic option is the Tresanti 47″ Adjustable Height Desk, pictured above. Ideal for creating an ergonomic workspace, this electronic standing desk is simple to assemble and easy to use. Three programmable settings allow more than one user to find their comfort zone with just a touch, while anyone can see the exact height setting on the Illumitouch™ desktop readout that fades away after a few seconds of inactivity. And the GetActive™ Timer makes it easy to switch from sitting to standing with an alert when it’s time to alternate positions. You may have to get one for yourself!

Let’s Hang Out

Okay, homework is done, everything is organized, you and the family deserve to relax! Take advantage of those warm September evenings with hammocks from the Weekend® collection, shown below:

The quilted fabric is comfortable, durable, and is designed to handle all the elements. From Cedarwood to Blue Shadow, our bright colors create an easy-going space that makes everyone happy and ready to decompress. Give your backyard the best hang-out vibes with these cheerful hammocks.

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