Organizing a Tight Space Study Zone

Organizing a Tight Space Study Zone

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This Fall, my teen daughter will be headed into a very challenging year in High School loaded with AP and Honors classes. As she will have lots of projects to work on, having a reliable printer to print out her best work is so important. She also has a very small desk, which sadly has become a dumping ground for life’s ‘stuff’ and she started doing her homework on the floor! So, we wiped away the chaotic summer mess and organized her tight study space so she can get the most out of homework time.

I ordered the gorgeous HP DeskJet 2636 All-in-One Printer with the free ship to store option as the HP DeskJet 2636 All-in-One Printer is the perfect choice for this tight space set up. It’s a beautiful combination of Gelato pale green and white which complements my daughter’s room just perfectly. The super-affordable HP DeskJet 2636 All-In-One Printer also comes in Atlantic Blue and Dark Sienna.


Not only can she print wirelessly from any of her mobile devices such as her smartphone and tablet, but she can manage print tasks and scan on the go with the HP Smart App. My daughter prints out a LOT of copies of her work, so I’m thrilled that she can print up to twice as many pages with Original HP high-yield ink cartridges.

For convenience and cost savings, I purchased the Original HP Combo Packs (black and tri-color cartridge) at my local Walmart versus buying one of each separately.

My daughter and I sat down prior to re-organizing her desk and have a conversation and made a priority list. This conversation helped guide us into redoing her desk from a complete mess to an organized, effective study zone. Just so you can see how scary things were, here’s a before picture of my daughter’s desk. Eek! Her desk had become a dumping ground for hair scrunchies and chapsticks. Neither which contribute to quality homework time!

After sifting through all the treasures, here is what we filtered the desk items down to in order of importance and use.

How to Organize a Tight Study Zone

Primary Work Space Tools

In speaking my daughter, she said the most important tools for her study zone were here laptop and printer. We spaced these items out as much as possible to create balance, and to allow movement while working.

The NEW Limited Edition Walmart Exclusive printer is super compact, so it’s a great fit on a small desk. It’s also a compact workhorse as the output tray minimizes space when closed, reduces jams, and holds 25 sheets when in use.

Writing & Manual Tools

Some key tools that will remain on the desk as they are used daily versus monthly included:

  • Pencils
  • Room for school notebook so notes may be transcribed onto the laptop or integrated into a report.
  • Pens
  • Scissors
  • Highlighters
  • Ruler
  • Calculator

Having adequate power and plugs next to her desk was very important as she needs power for the printer, laptop, phone charger and smart-home tools, so we added a new accessible power strip.

Things NOT to Have On The Desk

We decided to park items such as sticky notes, day planners, small paper pads, specialty pens not used very often and other small notebooks in her side drawer. These are things that are used, but just not on a daily basis so it was important they did not take up valuable desk space. Printer paper, large notebooks and reference books went below in the storage cabinet. Everything else (the crazy hair scrunchie collection, etc.) had to leave the desk area and found a new home!

Now my daughter can work efficiently without clutter getting in the way of important study time and she’s excited to keep things organized.

The space-efficient HP DeskJet 2636 All-in-One Printer from Walmart is really easy to use, as my daughter can print or scan from her phone via the HP Smart App or from her laptop without having to even move (trust me, that’s big in teenager land).

WHERE TO FIND THE HP DeskJet 2636 All-in-One Printers

The HP DeskJet 2636 All-in-One Printer is typically located by the computer section and the Original HP Combo Packs are located in the printer ink aisle, so it will be super easy to find when I need re-fills (or I love the ship to store option!)

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