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Tips for Decorating Your Child’s Room

Tips for Decorating Your Child’s Room

No matter what the rest of your house looks like, your child’s room should absolutely pop with excitement in a variety of ways, and for a variety of reasons. Of course, you want your children to be comfortable in their own living area. They certainly won’t be happy with plain colors, bare walls, and boring lighting, so it’s your job to figure out exactly how to decorate their rooms in a way that’s not only kid-friendly, but caters to their individual interests and needs, as well. This can be a fun project for you to take on by yourself or with your child as your sidekick in the decoration!

1. Start with a theme

What kid doesn’t have at least one obsession? Take into consideration whether your child loves cartoons, superheroes, princesses, or race cars when creating the child’s room they’ll end up spending most of their free time in. Get creative! Turn their closet into a winter wonderland, or their floor into a race track. Yes, I know kids are fickle and their tastes change over time, but that’s okay. Be ready to redecorate every couple of years (it makes a great birthday gift!), but be sure to take pictures of each stage. It’ll be something your family can look back on as your children grow older.

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2. Posters and paintings

No matter what the theme of your kid’s room is, you’ll be able to find hundreds of posters online to fit their style. But don’t just settle for any old poster and hang it haphazardly on the wall. Again, be creative. If your child loves Star Wars, designate one wall to the Rebel Alliance and the other to the Empire, and hang posters accordingly. If they’re really into art, get reprints of famous paintings framed for them to hang. If they like sports, a life-sized Fathead poster on the back of their door will give them something to (literally) look up to. Of course, as they get older, be sure to check out they posters they’ve chosen to hang up on their own.

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3. Lighten up

You want your children to be able to see all of these cool decorations, right? But a boring old lamp isn’t going to match the rest of the room, of course. Thankfully, there are a ton of lamps and light fixtures out there that will definitely make your child’s room shine. Whether you want to illuminate the room from overhead or use smaller lamps in the corners to save energy, there’s bound to be a standing or desk lamp that fits your child’s needs. Are lava lamps still “in,” by the way?

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4. Make it theirs

The most important thing to think of when decorating your child’s room is: did he have any say in it? Like I said before, kids can be fickle. You might think you’re creating the room of his dreams, but you really never know if he’ll appreciate it or not when it’s finally complete. Because of this, you should actively seek out his input every step of the way. First of all, you’ll know for sure what she wants before you put so much time, effort, and money into decorating. Secondly, she’ll be excited that she was involved in the process, and will be proud to call the room her own.

Not only should you involve him during the creation of the room, but after it’s ready to be inhabited as well. Create a space for your child to showcase her trophies and other accomplishments, and hang pictures and projects that she created herself. You could even have chosen to paint one of their walls using chalkboard paint, giving them the ability to redecorate whenever they felt the need. A child’s room is a symbol of their personality; let it show as much as possible.

Featured photo credit: little tree in the kid’s room / Jeremy Tarling via farm9.staticflickr.com

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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