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"Put your homework away properly!"

by MogHughson Posted 23rd Dec 2008 at 3:26 AM - Updated 14th Feb 2011 at 12:01 PM by MogHughson
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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
This download is part of the Stuff for Kids Creator Challenge
*Updated 30th October 2009*
Enhancement - see section below
When Sim children get off the school bus, after dancing around and telling everyone about their great grades (if indeed their report card is worth shouting about), they then find a place to put their homework down. If there's already homework lying about because they didn't do yesterday's homework yet, then the new homework gets put on top of the pile. However, I usually play my Sims as good academic children who do their homework everyday, so then they go looking for the closest desk to put it down on. Given the way I generally lay out my Sims houses, this is invariably the desk downstairs in the study which has a computer on it and thus is not somewhere they are then able to place the homework. They give up at this point and put the homework on the floor. This is even though there is a perfectly good desk upstairs in their bedroom. So then I pause the game, go into Buy mode, and move the homework onto the appropriate desk myself. Well - surely we can do better than this?

So this object is a desk locator. You place it on a desk or table and have your Sim claim the desk via the menu on this object. Then, next time they come home from school with homework, they will put their homework on their own desk (assuming no homework already on the lot that they stack upon in preference to finding a desk). You can also use it simply as a general location marker for homework to be dropped, by placing it somewhere that isn't sharing a tile with a desk or table, then the Sim will drop the homework on the floor nearby.

Using the desk locator

Place the desk locator on the desk or table in your Sim child's bedroom, or upon whatever desk or table you wish them to place their homework. The desk locator doesn't stop the desk or table being used for other things that other Sims need a surface for, e.g. bringing in the mail, or putting down the book they had been reading, but as long as the desk is clear when the owning Sim comes home from school, it will be used to place his homework on.

If you want this to work with a single tile table (or a two tile desk where you like to have lots of clutter as in the picture up above) you can use OMSP to place the desk locator on the corner of the table. So long as the desk locator is on the same tile as the table or desk, the homework should be placed there. Clearly if you put the desk locator on the only place things can be put on the table there will be no where to put the homework, hence the use of OMSP. Here is a little step-by-step description for those of you not yet familiar with OMSP

Another excellent idea suggested by melethana is to put the desk locator on a shelf above the desk/table - still on the same tile, but just not actually on the surface. This will also work.

This object can be found in Surfaces->Desks.

This object works fine with all EPs including Apartment Life.

The pie menu
Use the pie menu to claim the desk for this Sim. The photo frame will be updated to contain the graphic representing your Sim. You can only own one desk locator in the house at a time, so if you try to claim another one, the original one will be relinquished. You can claim a desk locator that someone else already owns, changing it to be yours, a pop-up dialog will check that is what you want to do before doing it.

  1. The object is a picture frame
  2. If the desk is not currently owned by your Sim, he can claim it
  3. In the base game, the photo will update to remove the question mark to show it is now claimed, and an additional menu will be available to find out who's desk it is.
  4. With any Expansion Pack, the photo will update to show the owning Sim. Either way, you now have the ability to Unclaim the desk.

Homework types
With this download it works for children's and teen's homework. Check out this additional mod which will make it work for University homework (assignments) too.

Is this a global hack?
Apart from creating this object (which isn't itself a global hack), I have also had to fix/change the way the desk objects allow you to place items on them. They would only allow the placing of objects (by Sims looking for somewhere to put something down) on the left hand side of the desk - I have made a change so that if you try to use the right hand side of the desk it will also work. This change is what makes the object a global hack. Please read Game Help:What are Hacks?/Overrideswiki for more information. Without this change, Sim children would put their homework down on the desk and then when directed to do their homework wouldn't be able to get at it again! This does mean that with this in your downloads folder, even if you don't use the desk locator, the placing of Homework on desks will be much improved. So, apologies for those of you that don't like global hacks, but it is a very small fix.

Clash Information
There is certainly the possibility that this object could clash with other hacks to homework. It has been confirmed that this object works fine with the following homework hacks; JenFlower's HomeworkSometimesFasterFun; Twojeff's Homework Sometimes hack; Faster Homework mod; Auto Do Homework Mod and christianlov's Sim Control Tool II.

This mod does however clash with Inge's homework patch for use with her Reservable Desk and Ailias's Doing homework by all the family! mod.

The pertinent information for the owner of the other object is here.

I have made three additional colours of this object (included in the package) and thus it is also recolourable for your own colours if you want to make any more. Only the frame is recolourable though - since the photo inside the frame is controlled by your use of the object.


Update History
  • Fixed a problem that may have caused issues with "cluttered desks", i.e. not finding the desk when searching through the objects on the same tile. Would have manifested itself as not putting homework on the desk (usual problem!).
  • Upgraded the "Sub - Put Homework Down" to be Apartment Life compatible. Will only have any noticeable difference to people playing apartments with desks in common areas and not assigning a desk locator to all their children. The previous version worked well with Apartment Life apart from these cases.
  • Fixed the object so that it could be placed on AL Shelves.
  • Fixed the object so that it could be placed on AL Shelves and on OMSP objects, previous fix broke it for OMSP! If you have a version that does not currently work with OMSP (i.e 17 Jan version), when you re-download you will need to either buy a new version of the desk locator or reset the one you already have (to drive Init processing again).

  • Enhanced the desk locator to allow use when placed on a tile that does not also host a table or desk. It will then act as a locator simply for that location, and the homework will be placed on the floor nearby.

Polygon Counts:
Faces=198, Vertices=380

Custom Content by Me:
- Desk Locator

Additional Credits:
Quaxi for SimPEwiki
Creators of Wings 3dwiki
Numenor for the AnyGameStarter.
JohnBrehaut1 for his OMSP objects - without which the 1x1 tables would not have been available for use with the desk locator.
melethana for the idea of using a shelf above the desk/table for the desk locator.
GeneralOperationsDirector for spotting and testing the fix for using desk locators for locating a floor patch instead of a desk.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
desk-locator-Mog-20081211.rar | Base Game compatible desk locator

Size: 47.7 KB · Downloads: 175,155 · 18th Jan 2009
47.7 KB 175,155 18th Jan 2009
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Coffee, anyone?
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#2 Old 23rd Dec 2008 at 3:32 AM
You have no idea how long I've waiting for something like this! I positively Squueeee'd when I saw it in the queue. Thank you so much.

I'm worried that my latest Salvation Army donation will result in homeless people looking like sluts from the 90s.
Forum Resident
#3 Old 23rd Dec 2008 at 3:34 AM
What an awesome idea! Thanks so much!!
Doing all the things, and *mostly* not failing.
retired moderator
#4 Old 23rd Dec 2008 at 3:38 AM
Love it! And you should have heard Numenor exclaim his excitement when he tested it.
Lab Assistant
#5 Old 23rd Dec 2008 at 3:37 AM
Most awesome hack EVER!!! One of my biggest pet peeves. As a new creator all I can say is wow, I am totally overwhelmed at the talent on this site.

Test Subject
#6 Old 23rd Dec 2008 at 3:42 AM
This is awesome! Thanks so much!!!

Field Researcher
#7 Old 23rd Dec 2008 at 3:44 AM
This is awesome! I found it rather strange that Maxis changed the side in which children/teens put their homework on. Like you, I had to constantly pick up the homework in Buy Mode and place it on the correct (part of the) desk. Now I can let my laziness kick in again. Thanks so much!
Forum Resident
#8 Old 23rd Dec 2008 at 3:47 AM
what a nice hack. I'll try it out

"Anyone who dares oppose me no, the Life Fibers will suffer the same fate." ~Ragyo Kiryuin
Field Researcher
#9 Old 23rd Dec 2008 at 3:47 AM
This is something I have wanted since I got the base game! Thanks so much for this

More of my work can be found @
Test Subject
#10 Old 23rd Dec 2008 at 3:50 AM
This is so sweet! Seriously, this is one of my biggest pet peeves, and you fixed it! Thank you so much!
Lab Assistant
#11 Old 23rd Dec 2008 at 3:58 AM
Sweet. I gotta try this out. Thanks.
Mad Poster
#12 Old 23rd Dec 2008 at 3:58 AM
I had not idea this stupid action could even be fixed! Thank you for your creative mind and for the talent to create this great and muich needed mod! You rock!!! :D
Mad Poster
#13 Old 23rd Dec 2008 at 3:58 AM
Like many of the people who have posted above me, I have wanted something like this for ages! Thank you very much for sharing it with us! :-D
Eminence Grise
#14 Old 23rd Dec 2008 at 4:14 AM
Wow lol -- I've been wanting this since day 1, but better late than never I really like the way you implemented it too, with the picture, very clever

Anybody tested it with AL yet? I guess I'll try it and post if there are issues
Forum Resident
#15 Old 23rd Dec 2008 at 4:25 AM
Amazing idea!! Thanks a lot!
Mad Poster
#16 Old 23rd Dec 2008 at 4:26 AM
Cool. I've been waiting for this to be finished. I can't wait to try it out!
Field Researcher
#17 Old 23rd Dec 2008 at 4:29 AM
Neat thanks for sharing.
Test Subject
#18 Old 23rd Dec 2008 at 4:51 AM
*cries* i think I love you x) THANK YOU SOOO MUCH! It bothers me having to open buy mode to move homework because of game lag... and now I DONT :D
Test Subject
#19 Old 23rd Dec 2008 at 4:52 AM
Wow. This is freaking awesome! I have AL, so I'll let you know if there's any problems.
Mad Poster
#20 Old 23rd Dec 2008 at 5:00 AM Last edited by fakepeeps7 : 23rd Dec 2008 at 9:00 AM.
I can't get it to work. The desk is empty (except for this object, which I placed on the left-hand side... and my Sim's picture showed up in the frame, so she's claimed the desk), but she just waves her arms and yells... and then puts the homework on the floor.

If I manually put the homework on the desk, she'll do it sitting there. But she won't actually put it on the desk...

Edit: I tried it with another Sim, and it worked. This isn't dependent upon Sim stubbornness, is it? Maybe that particular Sim just didn't want to use the desk.
Field Researcher
#21 Old 23rd Dec 2008 at 5:13 AM
I absolutely LOVE that you used the Uni door to do this. It's so cute! Thank you, so very useful!
Lab Assistant
#22 Old 23rd Dec 2008 at 5:41 AM
thats all i can say
#23 Old 23rd Dec 2008 at 5:44 AM
Brilliant! No Lost Homework! Thankies!

Hello, I'm Tiya Marie :)
I Hope You Dance!
Test Subject
#24 Old 23rd Dec 2008 at 6:13 AM
awesome just what i needed sometimes i cant even find the homework )
Lab Assistant
#25 Old 23rd Dec 2008 at 7:07 AM
Ahhhh, thank you SO MUCH! This is amazing.
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MogHughson also recommends you check the following:

Check out the Univeristy Mod to allow use of this object with University Assignments.

These recolours may or may not be endorsed by MogHughson.