What are you giving your kids for Christmas? I’ve always believed practical gifts are the way to go especially ones that keep giving and are part of a theme.
Giving your kids a bedroom makeover as a Christmas present has multiple benefits, especially for busy families.
Your kids not only benefit but so can your relationship with them and the quality of your home life (not to mention of value of your home itself). Making over a kid’s bedroom can also inspire new routines and improve organization.
Let’s explore the benefits of giving your kid’s bedroom a makeover in greater detail:
* It is a practical gift that will be enjoyed well beyond the holiday season.
* Redoing your kid’s bedroom makes your child feel valued and special, as the project focuses on his or her likes (favorite colors), interests (great inspiration for a room theme) and needs (improve storage space and activity zones).
*Working on an organizing and decorating project together can be a positive way to reconnect with older kids. Painting walls, putting up a mural or wall stickers and refinishing furniture are great joint activities.
*Decorating your kid’s bedroom gives you a good excuse to re-organize it. Supply new storage containers so everything has a home. (Save money by checking out a local dollar store first.) Look for storage bins and organizers that coordinate with the room.
*Reorganizing is your child’s bedroom also affords a great opportunity to de-clutter it and get rid of stuff e.g. excess toys and clothing. There is little point in keeping items your child no longer uses, needs, or has outgrown.
*De-cluttering your kid’s bedroom can also be used as a lesson in passing along gently-used items to those less fortunate. Box up unwanted items and donate to a local charity or give away to friends and family (check first to make sure they want it).
*Giving your kid’s bedroom a facelift encourages pride of ownership and the responsibility of maintaining the space. Have them pick up after themselves and put things back where they belong.
*The New Year (when the kids start back to school in January) is also the ideal time to establish new routines like a 10-minute pick up and tidy each night before bedtime.
*Bed-in-a-bag sets are usually inexpensive, easy to find, and offer great inspiration for a kids’ bedroom theme.
*The door to future ‘decor’ gifts is wide open. Consider giving decorative photo frames, wall stickers, light switches or throw pillows as birthday presents.
*A lesson about money and budgeting can be given to older kids who have expensive tastes. Discuss which items will be given as a gift and what is a reasonable budget. Decide also whether or not your child should contribute to the overall cost with money earned from a part-time job.
*A kid’s bedroom makeover project that includes fresh paint, flooring, built-in features (e.g. shelving and window seats) and/or new light fixtures could increase the value of your home.
AGE APPROPRIATE TIPS:
Toddlers: Surprise toddlers and kids in primary grades with a bedroom in a box kit you have put together and wrapped up yourself. You and your child can work together to assemble things after Christmas.
Preteens: Encourage your preteen’s input before buying any bedding and decor items. Make sure anything you purchase can be exchanged. Once you know what your child’s likes and dislikes are, consider giving them a gift card to a favorite decor store.
Teens: Give cash or a hand-crafted ‘Teen Bedroom Makeover’ voucher (complete with a few written ground rules and the offer of guidance and physical help if required).
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