Virtual Learning: Preparing Your Home for School

In early 2020, COVID-19 created a pandemic that changed the way we do everything, from buying groceries to going to work and school. Many colleges closed their campuses, sending their students home to finish the semester through virtual learning. And because the virus is still going strong in the United States, many schools have opted to continue offering part-time and full-time virtual classes for the fall semester. 

This means students are no longer learning on campus. Instead, they’re moving back in with their parents, renting their own apartments, or sharing homes with new roommates who are also temporarily displaced. It may not be an ideal situation, but there are some things you can do to ensure your home is ready for the upcoming school year and that you receive the most from your education.  

Designate a Space for School

While it’s tempting to just work at the kitchen table or pull out your laptop in bed, designating a specific place for virtual learning is a must. It will help you focus and take your work seriously. It can also help keep distractions at bay, especially when you’re living with other students, siblings, roommates, or parents. The space you choose should be quiet, away from doors where other people are going in and out and away from household electronics, like TVs and radios. 

If your home or apartment doesn’t already have a designated office space, create one. Convert a spare bedroom, set up a desk or chair in the corner of a room that isn’t used too often, like the dining room, or even consider taking your studies outside to a porch or patio. 

Once you’ve chosen a space, make it as comfortable as you can so that you want to spend time there. Don’t just pull up a hard dining room chair; opt for a high-quality commercial-grade office chair that doesn’t cause you to stoop or strain, leaving you with back and neck pain. Make sure the area is well-lit with natural lighting or by adding lamps and fixtures as necessary. And consider adding some personal touches, like colorful artwork you love, pictures of friends and family, a nice plant, or a soft rug.  

Rest Easy With Furniture That Doesn’t Own You 

Fortunately, the COVID-19 situation is most likely temporary, and eventually, you can return to campus. So, you may be wondering how you can create the perfect workspace without spending too much money or buying furniture you’ll only need for a few months. The answer is rental furniture

Not only does it cost less to rent from CORT, but furniture rental comes with the flexibility you need for this situation. Instead of going through the hassle of buying and getting stuck with furniture you’ll only need until December or next summer, you can pick out everything you need and have it delivered right to your home. Once you’re finished with the items, CORT returns to your home, removes them, and you can move back to your dorm or campus apartment without worrying about having to find a new home for the furniture. This means more time to focus on school and enjoying the experience. 

Best of all, when you rent furniture and accessories for your school workspace, you have a wide variety to choose from. Customize your space based on the size, your needs, and your desire for comfort. Not only can you rent desks of all sizes, but you’ll find high-quality desk chairs too. You can also rent filing cabinets, storage cabinets, and shelving to hold your books and paperwork, or you can choose floor and table lamps to brighten up your space. You can even choose decor to make the space yours, like artwork, rugs, and plants. 

Find Ways to Stay Organized 

Once you’ve prepared a space for doing your schoolwork at home, do what it takes to stay organized. Create a daily schedule like you would if you were attending classes. Use a calendar to create to-do lists, and keep it in a place where you can see it at all times. Take advantage of rental items, like filing cabinets and bookshelves to help you keep your supplies and your assignments in order. Also, make sure you clean up your space at the end of each day so that you can start fresh next time. 

Don’t wait until the last minute. Prepare your space for school at home today. Start by visiting the CORT Furniture Rental to pick out your rental furniture and accessories. Once you’ve chosen everything you need, you can have it delivered right to your home so you’ll be ready for the virtual learning experience.