A Simple Guide to Prepping and Decorating Your Child’s Room
It is that time of year again! Crisp air, changing leaves, and all the fall feels. If you are like me, you can’t wait to start decorating for Autumn. Our kids are finally at an age where they start to show interest in decorating their rooms. So, I’ve created a simple, practical guide to share how I prepped and decorated our daughter and son’s room for Autumn.
The first thing I like to do is use this as an opportunity to do a deep cleaning on their rooms. I do this because it makes a much safer and enjoyable space for them. It is always a good idea to clean like this with the changing of the seasons.
Step 1: Remove Everything
If you want to do a deep cleaning, you need to see everything. Break down the beds, move furniture, etc. As much of a pain as it can be, this is crucial to complete a deep cleaning. Get your kids to help!
Tip: This is also a good time to take down and wash curtains. You can even hang them damp and let them air dry.
Step 2: Vacuum Everything
I like a vacuum that has an extension arm with a soft bristled brush. I use this to clean out the dead bugs from the window seal, clean the spider webs from the corners of the rooms, clean baseboards, shelves and clear the room vent. Also, don’t forget to check for tears, holes, and detached areas of the screen. This is probably where the bugs get in so repairs will help eliminate this issue.
Tip: Use an old toothbrush to really clean out the dirt and bugs from the window seal.
Step 3: Deep Clean Carpets
I vacuum carpets often. However, there is no comparison to what carpet looks like after a deep cleaning. We invested in an industrial carpet cleaner, but you can rent one from many local places. It is worth the effort!
Tip: Don’t forget to use your vacuum to clean out the floor vent too. Check for any small objects hiding before you vacuum.
Step 4: Preventative Measures
One issue we continue to have at our house is bugs. As much as I clean, they are there at certain times of the year. Spiders have been very bad this year. Therefore, I put out sticky traps to eradicate this issue often. It is also a great way to monitor what is in your kid’s rooms and cut your anxiety down to a tolerable level. Ha!
Tip: Have your house treated when you see pests. Waiting means they can and probably will find their way in!
Step 5: Being Extra
If you want to go the extra mile, this is a great time to organize your kid’s closet as well. Switching out summer clothes for all the fall goodies also helps create an Autumn atmosphere. Organizing with baskets and labels can help your kids put away their own items. This could also be an opportunity to wipe down all the walls, especially if your child suffers from allergies.
Now, the fun part. Decorating!
Decorating is something I personally love to do. I like the atmosphere it creates in our home. And as I’ve said before, it helps motivate me to deep clean.
Step 1: Choose a Theme
Pick a theme that helps highlight your child’s personality. Our daughter loves purple, so I picked a “Purple Pumpkin” theme for her room. Trucks are our son’s favorite, so I selected a “Plaid and Truck” theme for his room.
Step 2: Gather Your Decorations
To me, this is one of the most crucial parts. I always shop the sales with my theme in mind. Our local stores like Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx, Target, and Meijer are all great places to go. Keep in mind your spaces as you are shopping. Buy specific items for certain places in the rooms. Pay attention to scale, textures, and color. Always try to coordinate your items and stick with your theme.
Tip: Shop stores like this when sales are running. Hobby Lobby usually runs a 40% off sale and TJ Maxx has heavily discounted items. Make sure to check the discounted items for damage. If you do want to purchase a full priced item, use Hobby Lobby’s 40% coupon that can be found online. Also, download the store apps and you can look for items from the convenience of your home. Amazon is also another online place to find deals. Shop after each season for the following year for lots of savings!
Step 3: Putting it all Together
When I begin decorating, I lay everything out to see what I have. I place my statement items first. These are the items I bought with a specific placement in mind. After that I honestly just start playing around with it. I like to mix colors and textures within my theme. I try to balance the colors from one side of the room to the other.
Tip: Cluster similar items for a big impact.
Step 4: Custom Pieces
I’ll start this section by stating that I am the creative type and my husband is very handy. If I have an idea for something and I bug him enough, we can create anything! If you can’t find what you want, and you have the means, make it! We have created several custom pieces for very little money that are awesome statement pieces. This helps me get the look I want, while keeping costs down.
Step 5: Being Extra
If you want to be extra, don’t forget the details. I add candles to create the smell of fall. I like using natural candles without harsh chemicals. You could also put together an Autumn To Do List with your kids to hang in their room. As you do things, help your kids mark them off their list. Adding Autumn books can set the mood and educate your kids about the season.
Your kids will love these ideas and I hope you do too. Ready, clean, decorate! Happy Fall, y’all!