By Sheena Gonales
Minimalism and kids are two words that don’t seem to go together. As any mom would tell you, the floors of our kids’ bedrooms are usually filled with storybooks and toys they would soon forget they had. But with a little bit of patience and hard work, you can transform your children’s room and create a neat and organized space for them to thrive in. Here are 5 simple tips you can begin with:
1. Stick to the basics
Kids have an abundance of everything: from toys, books and even clothes. But more isn’t always better. When the toy chest is full, for example, it’s so easy for them to forget playing with their really good toys. So stick to what is essential and keep only what they truly love.
• Get rid of things that are really poorly made: This principle can be applied with everything; from toys, books or clothes. It is better to invest in a few, high quality items rather than have a lot of cheap versions of it around your home.
• Invest in a few classic pieces: These have stood the test of time, for good reason. A good classic toy can keep your kid occupied for hours, just as it has done for kids 50 years ago.
• There is no need to keep similar items, just for the sake of keeping them: After all, how many alphabet books do you really need? And how many bouncing balls will your little boy really use? Keep one or two of your child’s favorites and let other kids enjoy the rest.
2. Assign a place for everything
After keeping only what is essential, it is easier to organise everything neatly.
• Divide everything into categories and subcategories: Toys can be categorized according to their kind (blocks, puzzles, soft toys) and books according to their type (workbooks, colouring books, storybooks) or theme (fairy tales, animals, art)
• Label all containers: Labelling not only helps you, but it also helps your kids easily identify where things go. This makes it easier for them to get what they need and to put things back in their proper place after.
3. Choose a theme or color scheme for your room and commit to it.
It may seem trivial at first, but focusing on just a few colors or keeping to a room theme is key to establishing a cohesive look. This is essential in making the room look really neat.
TIP: Try narrowing it down to a maximum of just three colors. Include a neutral such as white or grey if you want to make it look neat.
4. Whenever possible, choose pieces that are already both functional and beautiful
Choosing items just because of their functionality and disregarding aesthetics will ruin the whole look of your room. At the same time, having a lot of pieces only for the sake of making the room look beautiful could potentially make the room look more cluttered. Try to tackle both problems by investing in beautiful pieces that you really need and use.
When I was preparing my son’s bedroom, I noticed that I had the big pieces such as his bed, play mats and shelves having a big impact on the overall look of the room. After all, they take up around 50 percent of the space! So I made sure that these items matched his color scheme (black, grey, white) and his chosen theme (Lightning McQueen): I had a custom car-shaped bed made for him in black and chose black and white play mats from Bonjour Baby because they are reminiscent of race flags.
About the writer: Sheena is an illustrator, designer, travel writer and mom of 2 boys. She manages her own travel website called Sheena Loves Sunsets, which focuses on traveling with kids, unique experiences and homeschooling. Visit her website at www.sheenalovessunsets.com.