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Organise Your Child's Bedroom

Children, like adults, come with all manner of paraphernalia. When making their rooms, keep their items and habits in mind, and decorate accordingly.

We've given you loads of ideas to Dress Up your Child's Room. Now, here's what you can do to make it more organized.


Make a rack for your child with a few hooks, on which he can hang his hats, so they don't just end up hanging out in his bedroom or in the cupboard crushed under the clothes. Make sure the rack is within easy reach of your child.


Similarly, don't forget the shoe rack. Your child doesn't need a carved teak wood rack for his shoes. You could simply purchase a canvas shoe rack, or get it made, and hang this rack behind your child's entrance door, or on the inside of the cupboard door. Teach your child to keep pairs together. Keeping shoes in a shoe rack is far better than stuffing shoes in drawers under cupboards. Shoes should ideally not be placed on top of each other. It is also easier to find a pair of shoes when they are clearly displayed.


If space allows, get long rods fitted in your child's cupboard, and hang all his clothes from hangars. If your child's cupboard is filled with folded clothes, chances that he will fold clothes regularly and place them in the cupboard are slim. In addition, pulling out a t-shirt from the center of a pile is tricky, and your child is likely to jumble his clothes searching for something and in less than a week your child would need to reorganize his closet - which, of course, he wont do until compelled. Maybe you have good help who organizes his closet, but in any case, teaching your child to keep his closet tidy will definitely be a good habit to impart as sloppy habits may remain for a lifetime. Your child will find it far more convenient to simply hang up a t-shirt than to fold it and place it neatly in a pile. In addition, the clothes will not need to be re-ironed before wearing. Clothes will also be easier to find, and you or your child will not have to turn the cupboard inside out to find his favourite blue t-shirt.


Don't forget to make storage for your child's cricket bats and tennis rackets. If your child plays the guitar, you could artistically hang the guitar on the wall itself. It makes a great decoration item.


Keep a bulletin board in your child's bedroom, where your child can paste drawings made by him. In this manner, your child can proudly display his works of art, and the walls will be spared tape and glue markings. Important information, reminders etc can also be pasted on these boards, and are every bit as useful in your child's bedroom as in an office. As your child grows older he will probably replace the drawings by photographs of friends and family.


Don't feel compelled to add a desk to your child's bedroom until he reaches an age when he needs to study on a desk. If you buy one when your child actually needs it and wants it, you can go with your child and select a desk, or get it made in consultation with your child. Want to bet that your child will be itching to sit on his new desk and start studying?

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