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Category:  Decorating

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Decorating Kids Rooms  

By Joey Lewitin

There are two things two consider when designing the interior of a child's room. You have to consider the style, the overall effect you want the décor to have on your child's mind. The other is the mess, children are naturally sloppy and there rooms will reflect this. The best way to accommodate both of these necessary considerations is to combine them.  You can start with organization, and then let the child help decorate the containers and shelves. 

A child's room is often filled with toys and games. These toys and games are going to end up everywhere. Trying to maintain an organizational structure in a child's room can be almost impossible.

Start by breaking the toys down into simple, broad categories. For instance, place all of the electronics, and more delicate easily breakable items in one category, then place action figures, dolls, and other more solid items in another. There can also be categories for books, games or whatever. The important thing to remember is to keep it simple. You want the child to understand the categories, and be able to help with the maintenance.

Next get some big plastic containers. Using tape and markers, write category names on the big containers in easy to read lettering. Try a different color code for each category. Go over them with the child, and make sure they understand what the different boxes are. Try and get containers that are too big, so that there will be [plenty of room for everything that goes in them, plus some. For more delicate toys such as cds or computer items, make a special shelf or use individual boxes, so that the toys don't break when put away.

The first few clean ups you can turn into a game, where you let the child try and figure out where each toy goes. Make it a fun experience. You want to train the value of organization into the child.

Once the room is clean, you can start decorating. Here you can work with the child, letting them choose how they would like the room to look. You could try wrapping paper on the boxes, so that every time the child wants a toy it looks as if he or she is grabbing at a whole new present.

Construction paper works well too, and the child can draw on it afterwards. When you want a change, just rip off the construction paper (carefully, that's your child's art) and slap some new paper on. As long as the labels remain clear.

You can build mobiles to hang from shelves, or put paper rings painted in different colors around door knobs. The room itself becomes a toy for the child.

As you can see, decorating a child's room takes a certain amount of planning. You want to help grow their minds, without creating a décor that is too complicated to clean. Play is the thing, just have fun and you should do very well.

 

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