1. Keep It Clean. In working with all ages of clients I've heard plenty about the bad habits people have and how poorly they treat their spaces. From piling up ink staining, news papers on the couch or collecting watermarks from drinking glass on the night stand, sometimes we aren't kind to the furniture and decor that is around us. I have found that this is often due to a strong lack of desire for them or positive sentiment towards them. "Who cares if it gets marked-up, it's just old and I don't really like it anyway." If you like and appreciate the individual pieces in your space you'll find yourself more apt or willing to take care of them and it. Same goes for kiddos. Having a special personal space that you love tends to attract more attention and care for it.
Here are a few rooms worth keeping organized and clean!
2. It's Only Money. This is a perfect opportunity to teach a tween or teen a lesson in finances. Try including your child in the process of picking out pieces like their bedding, a desk or wall art. Maybe creating a budget for them and ask them to shop online for various items. If you have a Pinterest account or they are old enough to have their own, create a board where they save and then share their selections with you.
These are a few online solutions that also help teach kids about finances, saving and spending.
3. Creative Outlet. A personally space like a child's bedroom is the perfect opportunity to bring out their creativity. Make sure and pick a project at a level you feel comfortable in helping them with, but not having to do it all. D.I.Y.
A project like making customized switch plate covers is good place to start.
If nothing else they can pick out the paper that you'll use to cover the switch plates and who can't use a little Elmer's glue right? It's also an inexpensive project for trial and error. A basic plastic switch plate can costs less than a dollar a piece and decorative paper is affordable as well.
4. Parent / Child Bonding. Whether doing a complete remodel or simple room update having your child get involved in working on their own space with you means time spent together. (More chances for life lessons learned). If you are painting the walls, put that roller in their hands and get them painting! Of course be sure and cover everything in the room you don't want splattered or doused in their new favorite color. And make sure they aren't wearing their favorite new pair of kicks, they got as part of their back-to-school wardrobe.
This is not just an opportunity for mom, but for dad or grandparents as well. Helping to install a light fixture, even if that is just handing dad the screw driver or holding the ladder can be fun and informative. I'll never forget standing by my dad when he worked on projects as the official flashlight holder. I may have seemed impatient or even bored back then, but now those are some of the fondest memories I have of my dad. Learning "lefty loosey, righty tighty" is a phrase that has never failed to come in handy.
5. Confidence Builder. Presenting your child with the opportunity to make decisions on their own space will create a sense of confidence and a can-do-attitude towards other life objectives all children need. By you looking for their opinion on even the smallest of details, you can boost a child's sense of self and interest in the work it takes to create their space.
A bit of a warning on getting your child's input on their space. If you know that you want a certain look for their room then come up with questions that require a more general response. Like what are the colors they want to see in their room. But don't ask them for a specific wall color. Otherwise you will both be disappointed if you don't like the same one you do. For example, once you have found a couple colors that you could see as the rooms main wall color present those only and let them choose between the two.
I am a self starter in pursuit of all things smart, savvy and stylish.