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Parenting 101: Furniture Solutions That Help Kids Keep Their Rooms Clean

Any parent will tell you that keeping the home clean and tidy is difficult; and that’s before tackling the Aladdin’s Cave that are children’s bedroom. With toys strewn across carpets like scenes from a battlefield, I’ve always wondered just how small hands can make such a big mess but in truth the reason behind it isn’t what’s important. What’s important is how to tackle it and in my opinion that is something which should reside with the children themselves (at least for the most part).

Functional furniture

I could write for hours about different activities you can try to make children clean up their mess (turning it into a game always seems to go down well) but these efforts will be rendered redundant if you don’t have the right tools in your home to help them.

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Functional furniture may seem like an obvious thing to recommend but you’d be surprised how many of my friends have kitted their kids’ rooms out with attractive items which offer little in the way of storage. It may complete the look of the room but remember, kids care little for designer furniture and anything you leave in their bedroom is likely to become covered by grubby hand prints in no time at all. By all means, look for something attractive but remember that functionality should always come first and invest in items which serve a purpose first and foremost.

Wardrobes and chest of drawers

The first area of storage you’ll need to tackle with your kids’ room is over clothing. You may think shopping for wardrobes and chest of drawers is simple but I found there is far more variety than I realized in the range of kids bedroom furniture available on the market.

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Look for wardrobes with integrated shelving or other storage options and choose between fitted and freestanding depending on the size of the room. I choose matching chest of drawers to keep the design style seamless but made sure the units I choose boasted small dimensions that fit easily into rooms whilst offering plenty of storage.

Desks and workstations

From homework to arts and crafts, your kids undoubtedly make a fair share of their mess with paper, crayons, glue and paint. The easiest way I’ve found to tackle this is give them a dedicated workstation or desk in their bedroom. Use old newspaper to cover delicate surfaces if using messy materials and get children to wear old clothes or smocks to protect their clothing from any spillages and you’re on to a winner.

Toy boxes and storage units

The secret to a clean home is finding a place for everything and that is where toy boxes come in handy. With a dedicated area to store all their toys, kids will find packing up after playtime easy and I even found colorful storage units which were perfect for books, toys and other materials – offering separate compartments which could be used for different items.

Shelves

Not enough room at ground level? Why not bring your storage up a notch? It’s funny how many people overlook shelves in the bedroom but I found they’re a great option for storing books, ornaments and even soft toys or school work. Making sure they’re at an accessible level can be a little tricky but I found placing them at adult-height and then using them to hold items which aren’t used very often is the best course of action.

This is a guest blog written by interior designer Anne Smith. With her 15 years of experience in the industry she has gained a wealth of knowledge she enjoys sharing with others.

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About Dangerous Lee

Writer of essays, short stories and Ask A Black Girl. Author of Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down & The Half Series - When Black People Look White. Webmaster of DangerousLee.biz.

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