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Creating a Child's Room

To all my parent readers out there- I finally feel the frustration.
 
When you have a child, grand ideas conjure up in your head of all the beautiful eclectic designs the child's room will have. And thanks to Pinterest*, you now believe you are capable to building a pirate ship bed complete with a mast and sails that will sway gently with the air conditioner. And maybe, for some of you, that dream became a reality. But for most of us who lack all the necessary carpentry skills, we had to go with a much more realistic approach.
Thankfully, children don't seem to mind too incredibly much what their bedroom looks like, as long as they have something to occupy their time. But I know that for us parents we still want to turn their bedrooms into an area where they will be able to grow, learn, and dream. I wish I could give you the secret formula to creating a space that not only lets your children's imaginations thrive, but is virtually impossible to get dirty and cluttered. But I'll be honest, if I had that knowledge, I'd write a book and make millions of dollars of it.
 
 
What I can tell you is that I have discovered a few helpful tips that can be border line life-saving. It may not solve the dilemma of your kid putting away their toys after they play with them, but at least it can help you from wanting to pull out your hair when it comes time to clean up.

*-Even though I poke fun of Pinterest, I am a Pinning Queen and constantly find myself there looking for new ideas.

#1-The Bigger the Storage Bins, the Better

My little brother loved Hot Wheels when he was younger, and he had just about every truck, car, and airplane they made. I remember my mother getting a wild idea that she wanted to buy specific bins for each type of automobile he owned. She roped my sister and I into helping her, and soon enough we had containers for jet skis, planes, hot rods, semis, you name it. And this was a beautiful idea, until the first week my brother decided to get everything out and play with them all at once. He was too little to sort the toys out himself, and it took my poor mother a solid hour of nothing but sorting to get everything back together. So that's when we ditched the "subcategory" boxes and went with one, large toy bin for nothing but Hot Wheels.
Don't misunderstand me, there is nothing wrong with some organization when it comes to toys, but nothing more complicated than a child can understand. I'm a big fan of these organization containers that come in a variety of colors and Characters, and help to control how many categories a child has for their toys.
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#2- Closet Doors aren't Naturally Kid- friendly

Too many times have we been told stories of boys and girls getting their fingers pinched in bi-fold closet doors, or having sliding doors be moved off the track, or shutting themselves in their closets accidentally. Even though these things are problems kids will only have for a short amount of time, it's easy to make a quick switch and remove the closet door while they're young. Curtains can be easily hung to frame the doorway, and it saves an awful lot of bruised little fingers. Not to mention removing the doors creates a lot more storage area or more space to let them play.
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#3- Organize the Room Bottom-to-Top

When dealing with kids of a younger age, organize the room based on their height verses how often they use an item. If they love to color and are into the crayons and paper every day, then place those items in a shelf that is easily accessible by them. Work your way like this around their room, where the most used possessions are placed in easy to reach spots, and toys and games that aren't played with as often go higher up on shelving or furniture. Just make sure it's not in an area that they will try to climb on furniture to attempt to reach something without asking you for help.
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#4- A "Zoo" for all those Stuffed Aminals

If your child happens to be a stuffed animal collector like my daughter, then you know the struggle of trying to find your child in their bed beneath the sea of animals every shape and size. And even though I tell my parents and all her relatives that the last thing she needs is another stuffed toy, my daughter bats her big blue eyes and they suddenly appear like magic. I stumbled across an idea one time to create a "zoo" for stuffed animals, and I thought it was brilliant. The sturdy frame and open top allows a multitude of animals to be placed inside, but the bungee cords can be easily pushed aside so little hands can pull their favorite rabbit, giraffe, etc. through to play with. Not to mention it looks so unbelievably cute.
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#5- Include Your Child in the Decorating

Ultimately, your child will be happier and more apt to keep their room clean and organized if they feel like they have a say when it comes to the decorations and color scheme of their room. even if it may not be what you would necessarily pick, be sure to listen to their ideas and incorporate some of their input. Not to mention with all the designs and Character products available, you're sure to find a combination that you and your son or daughter are sure to agree on.
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