Now that the kids are back in school, what changes do you need to make to your home to accommodate the new academic year? Your children have grown in size, and their maturity level has grown as well. This increase may require a shift in the space for everyone because they have new educational needs.
This is an opportunity to talk with your children about their goals for the coming academic year and what they would like to achieve. This can lead to an interesting and fun discussion of what environment they need to succeed. (What do they need to work comfortably? How does that look and feel for them?)
Since this may be the first time they have ever reflected on this, it can be a learning experience for them to create a setting that works for them and helps them to achieve. It could lay the foundation for them to create awareness about their living space and they can realize they have control over it.
The home environment is always a learning place but to formalize it as an extension of the classroom requires thought and a personalization of space to help your child reach peak performance.
As the parent, you might already have your own ideas and opinions, however, it’s empowering for children to be a part of creating their own functional and comfortable environments. Here are some sample questions:
- Where do you prefer doing your homework?
- Would you rather be in your own room, at the kitchen table/counter or in the family room?
- Would you rather sit on the floor or at a desk?
- Do you like to sit up or recline?
- Do you like to sit in a chair, sofa or bed?
- Do you like to work outside on the patio in nature?
- Do you need the phone close by?
- Do you need a computer?
- What is the best lighting for you?
- Do you need quiet, or do you like to have the radio or TV on?
- Would you like to work in solitude or do you like having people around?
- Does music or a burning candle soothe you?
- What are your storage needs?
Even though you may not agree with your children’s answers, it is important to listen and be open to the different ways they may like to work. This can be a great time to teach children that their needs matter and can enhance their lives and productivity when acknowledged. Together you can come to an understanding that will work for you both.
This is also the time to note if your children have grown to the point of redecorating their room. Do they need a bigger bed, more clothes storage, bookcases or areas to house their growing interests? Rooms can be designed to grow with your children.
Consider the permanent pieces of furniture and make them more neutral. Then you can be more creative and personal with the less expensive pieces such as bedding, window treatment, paint and accessories. These items can change easily as children grow.
Our environment influences us even when we don’t realize it. Here’s your opportunity to create an environment that is conducive to learning and helps your children feel comfortable and happy in their personal spaces.
As I always say, “Rooms have no feelings, YOU do!” and that’s true for your children’s rooms as well.
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Your bedroom is your most personal space, so be sure when making choices to surround you in your bedroom, that you love them. Also, keep in mind how you look lying on the color of your sheets. Are they in your best colors and how does the color make you feel? Even with your eyes closed, you know the colors of your sheets. If the color is dark, have they faded? Did you buy them because you like looking at them and slipping into them every night or do they match something in your room that you don’t even like?
With the new spring season, it might be time to make some inexpensive changes. Consider painting a wall in your bedroom, buying new bedspreads or, at the least, new sheets. Keep in mind that sheets and pillow cases don’t have to match in color or pattern. This is also practical, because if one of these pieces wear out, you don’t have to replace the whole set. You may also mix and match your sheets and pillow cases for design effect, excitement, interest and practicality.
You can paint an accent wall or all the walls in a new color. Don’t ignore the ceiling since you are lying down. The ceiling can be your accent wall. Possibly add funky or romantic pillows on your bed or simply take your favorite vase and add a bouquet of fresh flowers to enjoy the beauty and scent that permeates your space. The changes don’t have to be big; small but calculated differences can have a huge impact on your home sanctuary.
For example, with new eyes, take a slow and objective look at your master bedroom or even take a photograph. In a picture you will see things differently than if you are standing in the room. Ask yourself questions like, “What looks tired and faded, are your pillows worn and flat and are your night tables stacked with old magazines, books and catalogues.” Do you really still care what is in them? Is your night stand customized for your exclusive use? Is what you need from bed in easy reach? When you are in bed do you feel supported by your surroundings? What is the last thing you see at night and the first thing you see in the morning? This can affect your dreams and your attitude for the day.
If new night tables aren’t in the budget, you can take a piece of glass and spray paint the underside of it and then cover the paint with a fabric. Lay the fabric side on the nightstand. This will add an accent color to the top of your old night stands, which can be color coordinated with the new colors you are introducing in the room.
If you are buying new sheets here are some information to take with you:
Measure Your Bed
Whether you have a twin, queen or king sized bed, there is no longer an absolute standard measurement for beds. While th
e top measurements are rather consistent from maker to maker, there is some variation. So before you go shopping, measure your bed carefully, noting the dimension from top to bottom, side to side and the thickness of the mattress. Some are wider than others or longer.
Check The Sheet Measurements
Since you know the exact size of your bed, check the exact size of the sheets. Be sure that the fitted sheet is deep enough for your mattress, or that you haven’t found a California King sheet set and your bed is an Eastern King. Remember that many sheets will shrink as much as seven percent in the first washing.
Have Fun With Color
Sheets are a fun and an inexpensive way to add a splash of accent color to your bedroom décor. Consider mixing and matching sheet sets; this is a great way to use pillow cases or bottom sheets that are still in great shape.
Learn About Thread Count In Bed Sheets
Check the thread count which is printed on front of the label by the manufacturer. Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch in both directions in the weave. The higher the thread count, the more luxurious the feel of a fabric. But beware! A higher thread count usually means that the individual threads are thinner and may not wear as well. For linens that balance comfort and durability, choose a thread count in the 400-600 range.
Choose Your Sheet Fabric Wisely
Because you’ll sleep on the sheets every night, treat yourself. Choose the best you can afford. Cotton is the most popular sheet fabric, but some people prefer non-wrinkling cotton blends. There are more unusual and opulent choices suchas satin, silk or microfiber. Pillowcases may make the greatest difference so see which you prefer before buying a whole set.
Always keep your comfort and personal preferences uppermost in your mind when selecting sheets and designing your bedroom. This is one of the times you can and must choose exactly what you like!
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