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25 Cute And Practical DIY Ideas For Parents

25 Cute And Practical DIY Ideas For Parents

Twenty-five cute and practical DIY ideas for parents to spruce up a room for the kiddos is a recipe for greatness. Both kids and parents will love these great projects.

Stuck on only painting the room? Well, paint ain’t the only way to spruce up a kid’s space.  Check out these ideas to store clutter while making your child’s room little more fun and appealing.

25. Sneaker Saver

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    Sick and tired of the morning battle cry of ‘Where are my shoes?’ Every parent can likely attest to hearing this cry anytime the family has to go somewhere. Turn old pallets  into a nifty storage shelf for shoes. This idea is a great way to recycle and re-purpose, while helping kids stay neat and tidy.

    24. Basket Storage

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      Take clutter off the floors and put it on the walls!  Use planter baskets to stow away favorite toys.  The cool thing about this idea is that baskets can be hung at the child’s level for easier access. Once the kids have outgrown their use, parents have the option of adding color around the house with plants.

      23. Magnetic Chore Charts

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        Hang up some fun with these cute trays. Do a little digging at the next yard sale or the local thrift shop to find suitable trays to paint and hang up as chore reminders or bring color to a room. The idea allows kids to hang up their own art in their room or helps out parents by posting notes.

        22. Stackable Book Case

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          Simple and stackable wooden crates make for a great and inexpensive book case. Crates can be handily found at local arts and crafts stores. Paint cheerful colors or go the rustic look and leave unpainted. Kids are sure to love this idea, as much as parents.

          21. Car Show

           
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            Sick and tired of stepping on those tiny cars that always seem to be lying about? Or maybe your kid has a favorite car? Or you are unbelievably weary of an entire toy box being emptied for the kids to play with?  The solution is ridiculously simple. Simply hang up magnetic strips, usually reserved for hanging knives in the kitchen!

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            20. Make A Mural

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              While this DIY project may take more time and effort. It is a project for both parents and children can enjoy together.  From stenciling the art to fully painting the new mural. Kids get to have a say in what they want and parents put together a mural that can be both fun and educational.

              19. Chalkboard Dresser

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                This snazzy dresser is something every kid would love. Not only is it a dresser it doubles as a spot kids can draw on! The use of chalkboard paint, makes any old dresser brand new and usable again. The HGTV site indicates this is a weekend project. Surely, it is a project that is appealing in so many different ways.

                18. Paper Lanterns

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                  Choose white paper lanterns and adorn with colorful stickers for a charming and whimsical look for a child’s room. The paper lanterns can be found easily online. Colorful lanterns are also available, should you choose to go that route. Little ones gain through identifying the colors.

                  17. Chalkboard Wall

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                    A chalkboard wall is one of my personal, easy-as-pie favorite DIY project for kids. Children of all ages gain the privilege of scribbling on their own walls. Parents can leave important or loving notes to their kids on the child’s special wall. The project is easily completed.

                    16. Rain Gutter Bookshelf

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                      Rain gutter bookshelves are a useful and worthwhile addition to any room. Especially, as parents strive to stay neat and organized. Kids are bound to love this project as well. Books can be easily accessed. Hanging the gutters at eye level or near a bed gives even the smallest child easy access to their growing library.

                      15. Denim Pockets

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                        This DIY idea can also serve to hold various office supplies when hung near a child’s or teen’s desk.  Or hang these denim pockets at eye-level, so little ones can store their precious trinkets.  In any case, the project is easy and a real winner for kids and parents alike.

                        14. Cork Walls

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                          Want to lessen the sound that’s blasting from your teen’s room? Or just give a child the joy of being able to pin up their work? Then installing cork walls may be the answer for you. Kids can have a blast, as cork makes for a great addition to any child’s room.

                          13. Skateboard Shelves

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                            Have a skateboarder?  Rock his or her world by adding skateboard shelves. Choose inexpensive boards from a department store or scour the neighborhood for used boards. Boarders will get a real kick out of this cool way to share their hobby.

                            12. Mushroom Stools

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                              Add extra sitting space with these absolutely cute and practical mushroom stools. Choose logs and even the surfaces. Glue on a circular pillow and enjoy. Children will appreciate having a spot for friends and parents will truly love the ease of adding extra seating.

                              11. Clutter-Free Desks

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                                De-clutter desks with this nifty idea from Better Homes & Gardens. This  project can be done in minutes.  The kids gain in having a spot for their school work, awards, or pics. Papers are secured above the desk for easy viewing and retrieval when needed.

                                10. Re-Purpose Kitchen Tools

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                                  Ordinary kitchen tools can be re-purposed and used to increase storage space. Place hooks in rolling pins for hanging items. A muffin tin can hold small trinkets or create a magnet board with a tray. Parents should let their imaginations roam on this pretty project.

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                                  9. Back Door Space

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                                    Hang a memo board with pegs to create space in a child’s room. This small DIY project helps also to hide added clutter. The project becomes all the more useful with an over-the-door shoe organizer. Kids can store video games, small toys, and more in an organizer.

                                    8. Triangle Shelves

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                                      Triangle shelves are stunningly cute and are absolutely an adorable addition to any child’s room. The making of these tiny shelves does require the use of a miter saw. Perhaps a neighbor or friend has one, otherwise a saw can usually be rented or cuts made at the local hardware store.

                                      7. Cork Pegs

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                                        This little project is worth ooohs and aaahs, because it is perfect for the nursery or for a toddler’s room. Draw and cut out simple silhouettes in the shape of anything. One idea would be to use the alphabet as shapes to glue to the cork. Parents can use the pegs to hang the next day’s clothing or for simple decorations, as pictured.

                                        6. Re-purpose An Armoire

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                                          This incredible idea is from The Detailed House. Of course, the project begins by finding a used armoire from the local craigslist. The author notes that many times such large items are available for free. The ‘down-side’ is that the piece of furniture will need to be refinished and completed as shown above.

                                          5. Reading Nook

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                                            Re-purpose a crib mattress to create the perfect reading space for a kid. Make use of colorful crib sheets, suitable for an older child, of course. Throw in a matching pillow and he or she is on their way with a good book. A curtain can be hung from the wall or the ceiling for added privacy.

                                            4. Dress Up Furniture Legs

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                                              Dress up furniture pegs with a little paint. Simply purchase new and unpainted furniture pegs from the local hardware store. Then add some color or shapes and bring new life to any kind of furniture in a child’s rooms. Parents get the chance to boldly create with paint, with this project.

                                              3. Pallet Bed

                                               

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                                                Re-purpose old pallets, add a futon mattress to make a comfortable bed for kids. The project is one that parents will love. If desired, wheels can be added to the bottom of the bed to free up space and for cleaning. Kids will love the comfy fit.

                                                 

                                                2. Birdhouse Night Light

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                                                  This absolutely adorable idea makes having a night light cool for kids. Purchase an unpainted birdhouse and hang as is or paint to suit the room. Note that in the picture the cord itself has, in some cases, been painted to match the wall. Insert the night light at the opening of the house in the back.

                                                  1. Roll-Away Bookcase

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                                                    This cute and adorable project is again a real crowd-pleaser for parents and kids alike. Parents need only add wheels to a wooden cube and books are as on-the-go as the kids!

                                                    Featured photo credit: Leonid Mamcheknkov via flickr.com

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                                                    Last Updated on September 28, 2020

                                                    The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                                    The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                                    At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                                                    Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                                                    One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                                                    When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                                                    So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                                                    Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                                                    This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                                                    Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                                                    When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                                                    Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                                                    One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                                                    Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                                                    An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                                                    When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                                                    Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                                                    Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                                                    We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                                                    By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                                                    Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                                                    While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                                                    I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                                                    You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                                                    Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                                                    When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                                                    Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                                                    Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                                                    Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                                                    One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                                                    Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                                                    Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                                                    This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                                                    While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                                                    Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                                                    Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                                                    This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                                                    For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                                                    Con #4: Unique Distractions

                                                    Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                                                    For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                                                    To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                                                    Final Thoughts

                                                    Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                                                    We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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