In every parent’s life there comes a point where we need to – or simply want to – pay special attention to our kids’ bedroom. When my baby girl was still a baby, her nursery was decorated beautifully, with soft lavender shades, warm wooden hues and a big white shag rug where she would spend most of her time playing.
However, once she became a “big” girl (she’s 3 now) and slowly started learning how to express her likes and dislikes (very loudly, may I add), the time has come for her room décor to follow suit. So, my husband and I decided to redecorate and reorganize her room to fit everyone’s taste – and needs, and here are some things I learned during this entire process. I’ve decided to shred them in hopes of helping some other mom – or dad – out there once they get faced with a similar task.
Coordinate room’s color scheme
One day, my little prices expressed the desire to change the color scheme of her room. This desire for a change originated from the fact that her best friend has pink walls and white furniture – as simple as that. Now, as easy as it might have been to simply take a paintbrush and repaint all of the walls, and furniture, I knew that as soon as she had a small fight with her friend or she befriended someone else, the color scheme would need to change once more. That’s why we sat down and had a long conversation with her about the fact that all people are different and unique and their rooms should reflect that. Finally, we’ve managed to reach a compromise and repaint just some of the walls – one remained lavender, the second one is now rocking a beautiful coral pink, the third one is in the light periwinkle shade and the fourth one rocks a beautiful pastel jade green. This way, we’ve managed to make it seem like we respected her wishes, but also managed to implement a design we really thought could work in the long run without forcing our opinions on her. Now, she’s absolutely in love with her “rainbow” room.
Come up with a system that works
Now that she can manage to do most of the things on her own – like choose what she wants to wear, what she wants to play with and when she wants to play with her coloring book, we’ve decided to adapt all the storage space in her room so that she can easily access it. So, aside from replacing a couple of furniture pieces and adding some new ones – such as ottomans with storage and a kid-size dresser – we’ve decided to label everything out so that she knows exactly where her things are located at any given moment. We’ve managed to do this with the help of colorful personalized labels that feature a graphic representation of the things that can be found in each drawer/container. We used a teddy for toys, a t-shirt for tops, an image of shorts for the bottoms and a picture of school supplies for her coloring books and pencils.
Start teaching responsibility
Any parent knows that kids aren’t really very careful with their things or the things that surround them. One of the reasons we decided to repaint the three walls was due to the fact that our little Frida Kahlo decided to embellish them with her own masterpieces. While this is something every kid is definitely guilty of, we’re now slowly trying to teach her that this is something she really shouldn’t be doing, and it actually works. Now that her walls are freshly painted and pretty, she showed no desire to “embellish” them any further. Furthermore, since now she has more storage options and everything’s easily accessible and recognizable, she began to put her stuff away when she’s done using them on her own which came as a true blessing.
Therefore, if you’re thinking about decorating and organizing your kids’ room, make sure you include them in the process and try to see the world through their eyes. This will make every aspect of the entire project much easier and more fun for everyone involved.