I love decorating. I love decor. I love glossy magazines and blogs and pin boards devoted to the topic. My problem is that I get so overwhelmed by all the insanely creative and fantastic ideas out there that I usually end up feeling more fetal than inspired…especially when it comes to the decoration of kids’ rooms.
Anymore, it seems like it’s not enough to give a child their own special place to sleep and play. Rather, a kid’s room must inspire creativity and individuality–whimsy! A romp on the back of Aslan through Narnia! A princess fetish!
It’s no wonder my daughter’s bedroom looks like this…
It looks like a home office that had been haphazardly turned into a nursery by a harried parent (*cough, cough*) just coming to grips with the reality that her toddler is no longer an unassuming baby who can fit neatly into this drawer.
Aaah, those were the days.
A year and change later, it’s gotten to the point where my eyes actually hurt when I enter June’s bedroom.
It’s so disorganized. Random piles of clothes everywhere, a doll house in front of a bookcase next to a toy chest. There’s no intention. There’s no focus. There’s no Feng Shui. Hold on, I feel a fainting spell coming on…
By far the biggest eyesore in this room is this…
What is that, you say?
Why, it’s a still unopened printer box on which a wireless router and modem are incongruously displayed, of course. How’s that for unlocking a child’s whimsy and creativity? (The router and modem have to stay in this room for reasons too boring to go into.)
I have to redecorate and reorganize June’s bedroom, but I want to do it in a way I can actually manage: Without spending a lot of money, without expert
condescension help, and without succumbing to the notion that a little girl’s bedroom must resemble Xanadu.
The first thing I did was install two storage bins from The Home Depot (one sits on the floor and the other mounts to the wall).In that one relatively simple move, I was able to bring a sense of order to her room, remove clutter and create more space. Bonus: The floor unit provided a somewhat less intrusive spot for the router and modem. No more printer box as side table!
Two seconds after the installation, I immediately felt better, like perhaps the task of redecorating a child’s bedroom doesn’t have to be so all consuming and fantastically mind blowing. The key , I realized, is to approach it like I would any other large, amorphous task that makes me want to kill myself (writing a book): Break it up into small, doable chunks—baby steps. One small improvement, like a new storage unit, snowball into others. I’m already thinking paint colors, wall murals and decorative light switch plate covers….and maybe there’s a way to turn that printer box into a fantastical time machine.
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