Young children tend to be particularly fond of their bedroom because it’s often the only place in the house where they have some control. If you are thinking about organizing their space, it’s important that you identify their needs and tastes. For better results, we suggest that you involve them in the process.
First, throw away what is broken, give away what is not used anymore and store the rest in your storage room, the basement or the attic. Keep in mind that if the closet or drawers are already overflowing, you will first need to sort everything before you can start planning and organizing the room!
Organize the space by starting at the bottom. Place every item in a bin and label it to give everything its own place. Then, identify the areas where each object belongs. To do so, put yourself at the same level as your child… How high can he reach? Can the drawers be easily opened? Are the clothes in the closet easily accessible? But remember, your child will grow taller!
Consider what is left and group them in categories and/or activities like bedtime, clothing, toys, crafts, books, etc.
Choosing the Right Furniture
There is a wide selection of beds available; if possible, choose one with storage to help your child acquire good organizational skills. The bed will become his very own and he will get used to storing toys and clothes in the drawers. What size should you choose? The trend is toward larger beds (double or even queen mattress) so the child will not outgrow it. A larger size mattress will be a bit more expensive but because of the small size and weight of a child, you won’t need to replace it before a very long time.
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Style of furniture: think long-term. If the furniture is too childish, it won’t last many years. A princess’s bedroom is simply marvellous … until your child becomes a tween!
Limit the number of toys in the room and store them in a small closet; the others can be put elsewhere.
To decorate the room, you can use a small clothing line to suspend drawings and pictures of your little darling. But beware! Don’t pull the string too tight. Secure it to the walls with drywall nails, just tight enough to hold small works of art. Any string poses a risk for a child, particularly if it’s a strong one.
To prevent stepping on clothes left on the floor, put hooks on the wall, about 75–90 centimetres from the ground.
Finally, always ensure the bedroom is a safe place for your child. Check every potential hazard: doors, windows, power plugs and any furniture that could tip over. Once all this is done, have fun decorating!