by Ella Andrews
Child’s room is may be the messiest place in every home, but it is also the one that gives you most freedom to show your creativity.
This room always needs some cleaning, tidying or reorganizing, but there is absolutely nothing wrong in that. Working on different projects can be a real fun, especially if you are doing it with your children. And seeing their happy looks after all the work has been done is a prize for your efforts.
If your goal is to provide the kid’s room with a completely new appearance, it is a good idea first to choose a theme and follow it during the whole process. This will make your work a lot easier and will ensure great results. Respect your children’s opinion when picking the room’s concept, because this will be their place and it’s very important that they feel comfortable and happy in it.
Do not reject their ideas – a football playground, mini zoo or a flower garden, in the beginning they may sound unachievable to you, but you will be surprised how many interesting solutions will come up to your mind.
OK, you have come to a consensus with your kid, selected a theme and made the first steps of painting the walls, cleaning the rugs and carpets, refreshing the old pieces of furniture or changing it with new ones.
But what comes next? There are plenty of toys, books, clothes and shoes and all of them wait to be gathered and arranged, an important and often tough task. You can simplify it by following this logic – the more your child uses something, the lower level you should storage it at. There is absolutely no point in putting something your kid needs daily in a place too high to reach. Adults often forget to think like children and that is the main reason for their mistakes when it comes to the design of a kid’s room.
A great idea is to put labels as much, as possible. You can use plastic boxes, cardboard ones or whatever containers you want, just label them and wait for the benefits. This will not only help your children clean and organize their belongings more effectively, but it will be also very useful for improving their reading skills. For smaller kids you can use pictures at first (e.g. socks, shirts) and start writing the words next to them after a while. You can even play a matching labels game with the kid, while picking up toys from the ground.
There are thousands creative solutions for children’s room cleaning and organizing.
Magnetic holders for toy cars – put them on the wall and your child will have both well organized toys and additional decoration for the room. Deal with the problem of constantly scattered Lego pieces – create a set of containers for each color and make your child put the pieces in the right one every time after playing. Involving the kinds into the cleaning process is also a great way for learning the different colors. It is also very useful to have some transparent jars or boxes for small things like hair accessories, pastels or puzzle pieces, so that they can be easily seen and put back in their places after.
Getting a good night's sleep is essential for functioning at our best.
Sleep is good for our health, mood, appearance, efficiency, and relationships – and we should try and get as much as possible. There are many ways of increasing the chances of getting an unbroken eight hours, and one of the most effective of these is going to bed in a soothing, well ordered bedroom.
Our moods are influenced by our surroundings, so it follows that a messy room that is cramped and disorganized is not a relaxing place to be. In order to sleep, we need to be relaxed – so the first thing to focus on is clearing away clutter and introducing a calm ambiance to the bedroom. Finding things in a hurry is easy in a well organized space, and cleaning a bedroom that is kept tidy is much quicker than trying to clean one which hasn’t been attended to in weeks.
There are many good reasons for transforming a chaotic bedroom into a tranquil sleeping space and below are a few tips to help you get started.
Storage space is often in short supply, so it is important to think carefully about how to store what needs storing to avoid clutter. Integrated wardrobes and closets with shelving and drawer systems can handle a large amount clothing and personal effects. Storage walls – streamlined 'faux' walls containing invisible cabinets that open when pressure is applied – are a smart storage solution for minimalist interiors that depend on the less is more philosophy for their success.
Furniture that works hard
Forget bedside tables on either side and replace them with furniture which earns its keep. Small chests of drawers provide far more useful interior storage, and can also serve as nightstands. This is a more effective use of the space on either side of the bed, and means less storage space is required elsewhere in the room. The addition of an ottoman bench at the foot of the bed will provide even more extra storage space, as well as a seating area.
Avoid dirty socks and other laundry items being strewn all over the floor by having a user-friendly system for dealing with them. Place an easy to use laundry basket in an accessible place and there will be no excuse for discarded underwear and T-shirts on the floor. Consider also where shoes, books, DVDs, and other items will be stored. If there places where shelves or hooks can be discreetly installed to increase the storage space, put them up.
The bedroom should be a peaceful haven, somewhere we can totally let go and allow ourselves to relax. By creating an organized space that functions on a practical level, we give ourselves the best chance of a deep, restful sleep.
By David Charles
Who doesn't relish a little calm in their lives?
Modern lifestyles whizz by at breakneck speeds so it's a good idea to have a place to go where the atmosphere is serene and the mood is relaxed. Whether it's at home or the office, the spaces we inhabit influence the way we feel, even if we don't consciously acknowledge it. Interiors splashed with hot shades such as scarlet and citrus yellow have an energizing effect on mood, but they wouldn't make the best choice for a chill out room or a kicked-back corner. To create an interior with an atmosphere that inspires calm rather than agitation, here are a few hard and fast rules to get started with...
A room crammed with large pieces of furniture, low light levels and lots of clutter will not feel calm. Choose furniture that fits the scale of the room so that it does not feel claustrophobic. Make a feature of large windows as long views and a connection to the outside world engender feelings of inner peace – especially if there is some greenery beyond. Keep window treatments streamlined and control light levels with vinyl blinds or interior shutters in super sleek finishes.
Minimize clutter by organizing effective storage solutions, at home these can take the form of footstools, shelving walls and baskets or attractive containers that harmonize and coordinate with each other.
Calm office spaces never have cables poking out all over the place, they are wireless models of streamlined efficiency, helping to keep the workforce both relaxed and productive. Ergonomically designed office furniture such as chairs and desks provide optimum comfort and promote feelings of well-being in staff.
Set people at ease by appealing to their sensual natures. Don't overload a room with hard surfaces that bounce sound off the walls. Deaden acoustics with rugs and textured cushions and wall hangings to create a softer and more welcoming space. The sound of waves breaking or birdsong can de-stress the most highly-strung individuals – play such relaxation CDs at a low level and watch the tension fall away. Other elements such as indoor palms, vases of flowers or elegant single orchids introduce a natural dimension that calms and tames a room.
The less is more philosophy couldn't be more relevant in the context of creating a calm interior atmosphere at work or at home.
By working on reducing the amount of stuff in rooms, focusing on minimalist styling, building up natural light levels and putting together a color palette that's both restful and elegant - calm and serene interior design schemes are simplicity itself.