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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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