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The most important things to consider when designing a room for a child are organization, and stimulation. Trying to keep a child's room neat and organized is an almost impossible task and you should take any advantage you can to help with this process. By designing the room in such a way that messes are automatically funneled into their proper place, you can avoid extra work. On the other hand, you don't want your child living in a blank, stark space, with little or no stimulation. This room is the child's home, and it will influence their minds as they grow. It should be interesting enough to keep the child's mind active and imaginative.

One important point to note is that you should always get the help of your child when designing a space for them. Children are often difficult to interpret; even they themselves don't always understand why they behave one way or another. If you make an assumption about their tastes, you may be wrong, which can lead to feelings getting hurt. Working with the child should be a bonding experience. By listening to their ideas, you will learn more about them, and create a better relationship between you.

You should start by building a base of organization into the room. In this way, no matter how you decorate, the room will be naturally set up to avoid clutter. If you organize first, your decoration can fit easily into the structure you create. You also will want to get the organization done first, otherwise you and the child may become tired by the end and not put as much effort into that.

Organization is about making it as easy as possible for a child to keep a room clean by themselves. A great way to do this is to divide the child's room and possessions into different categories. These should be very broad categories that will be easy for your kid to remember. These can consist of action figures, books, games, electronics, or cards. It really depends on your child's possessions. Try and stay below 5 to 7 categories, as more then that will confuse the child

Buying two or three large plastic contains in bright colors, and then labeling them with big letters, will make certain that the child knows where the different toys belong. This will make it much easier for them to maintain cleanliness themselves. You can explain to them that if they just keep putting the toys back in these two or three bins, they will have an easier time finding them when they want to play again. It won’t click at first, but over time the idea can sink in. This is a great way to encourage organizational habits in the child at a young age.

Certain items wont fit easily into any categories. These may be special dolls, favorite toys, or fragile items. These can be placed on shelves or in special drawers. This makes the child appreciate these items more, and helps to keep them safe.

In order to make a child more excited about organizing the room, you can turn it into a game. Race with the child, and see who can get all of the toys in the bins first. Clap excitedly every time they get a toy right, and help them when they get a toy wrong. If you play the game with them occasionally, it may become second nature to them to simply put things back in their bins.

Once you have the structure in place, you can get together with your child and decorate. Use your imagination, and your child's feed back, to decide how best to fill the area. Make sure to listen carefully to the child, and incorporate as many of their ideas into the process as you can. You will need to turn down a few that will cause problems, but for the most part it should be their decision how to go forward.

One way to decorate is to cover your bins in bright wrapping paper. This can make it seem like they are opening a gift every time they go for their toys. You can also use construction paper to line the bins, and let the children create their own decoration by drawing on it. Every few months you can take the paper down, save it, and put more up for them to draw on.

Children's toys are great decorations too. You can set up mock scenes of battles with toy soldiers, or set dolls up around a tea party. Model ships can be hung from the ceiling using thin wire. Stuffed animals can be hidden in a mock jungle, built using construction paper and wooden craft sticks.

Themes are a way to tie the look of the child's room together. A theme can consist of any interest that a child has, space, mermaids, pirates, or even mutant mongooses. Use construction paper to cut out figures or scenes, and tape them to the wall using double sided tape. Styrofoam balls can become planets hanging from ceiling, and glass beads can be bubbles under the water. Talk to your child about their interests, then wander around a craft store and explore the different materials you can use to create the rooms feel.

The most important thing is that the child feels like they belong in the room. Keeping the room organized will keep down the clutter, and help keep the child’s thinking clear. Decorating the room based on the child’s imagination will inspire them. Using both of these tactics will help to positively influence your child in their developmental years.


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