As a parent, you want to help your child to become a well-educated and happy person. To do that, you spend time with your child and enroll them in a good school and maybe outside lessons too. What you might not know is how you can nurture healthy habits and learning in your child through the design and decoration of their bedroom space. Here are some ideas:
Clean and Organized
No one likes to spend time in a space that is messy, so the first important way you can help your child is to give them furniture and containers that can help them keep their toys, clothes, books, and other items organized. Here are some tips from a professional organizer:
- Take all of their things out and let children decide what to keep and what to give away.
- Put items not often used at the top of closets to clean up daily clutter.
- Try on clothes and keep only things that are the right size and something they like to wear.
- Find a place for everything and label them (use pictures for smaller children).
Study and Learning Space
Every child's room needs a place where they can study and do other learning like practice a musical instrument or build something. You want a space that they can use for schoolwork but which also will encourage them to create on their own. Whether it is a desk and chair, a table, or a space on their bed, make sure that they can easily access everything they need:
- paper, pencils, pens
- crayons, markers, and scissors
- computer or tablet and charging (if used)
- laptop desk or regular desk and chair
- music stand and instrument
- building or crafting materials
No T.V. in Bedroom
While it can be tempting to let your child do video gaming on a television in their bedroom, that isn't a good idea for health. Many studies of children and teenagers have shown that those with televisions in their rooms had a greater tendency to be obese, score lower on tests, have sleep issues and even start smoking as teenagers. Keep your child's bedroom a place they can relax with a book or play with toys rather than spend time watching T.V. or playing video games.
Make the Most of Limited Spaces
Is your child's room a smaller space, or do they share it with a sibling? Don't worry, you can use specialized furniture to help keep the space organized. Here are some ideas:
Bunk Beds: since two single beds take up a lot of floor space, consider using bunk beds for two children. Children's bunk beds are built to be safe and to last. Many can later be divided into two beds later if desired.
Loft Bed with Desk: Raise up the bed and put a desk and shelving unit underneath if you want more room for one child. Opening up the floor space below gives your child much more room.
Trundle Beds: Another alternative is to have a daybed with a trundle underneath that pulls out for a second bed at night. Some trundles also include shelves or play units like a dollhouse.
Bunk Bed with Trundle: Need three children in one room? Consider a bunk bed with a trundle underneath. That way, you are using only the floor space for one bed and opening up the rest of the room for play and study.
Bunk Bed with Shelves: Many modern bunk beds help solve the storage problem by adding shelves and bookcases. These help children keep organized and keep the room looking neat.
Kids Involvement in Decorating
Letting your child help you in deciding the decoration of the room is another way to nurture healthy habits and encourage them to think of their room as a happy learning space. Creating a room around their interests can encourage their imaginative play. Consider these themes:
- Maps of the World
A final way to help your child enjoy spending time in their room studying and practicing is to give them a place in the room to put their awards, good papers, and other accomplishments. Include a chalkboard or whiteboard where you can write encouraging notes to them. If you can't think of what to say, check out these 64 positive things to say to your child. Make sure you encourage your child to also use the board to post their own goals.
You Can Create a Healthy Learning Bedroom Space
A wonderful bedroom environment is a gift that helps your child grow emotionally and intellectually. By preparing your child's bedroom space with efficient furniture, no T.V., pleasing decorations, organization, and a place for them to highlight their accomplishments, you can create a healthy learning space that helps them achieve their best.