You found out you were pregnant what feels like only yesterday and yet the milestones have flown by. Their first smile, first steps, first day at school…now they’re getting older and suddenly you have a tween at home.
They’ve outgrown a lot of their favourite cartoons, their stuffed animals are a little lame, and they’re showing an interest in new hobbies and wanting to spend more time with their friends and less time with you. Ultimately, their cute bedroom is no longer fit for purpose and your tween is going to need something that reflects their age and this new stage of their life. Thankfully, you don’t have to spend a fortune to update their bedroom. Here we’ll explore how you can transition your kid’s room into a pre-teen bedroom with some easy tips.
If your tween has got their very first smartphone already, then chances are it’ll be jam-packed full of selfies and their favorite moments with their friends. So, why not help bring them to life? Creating a photo collage made up of all their amazing photos will certainly make their bedroom look a little cooler and more tween-friendly. Whether they have a particular color scheme in mind or they want to edit their chosen photos further, click the link to find out more about bringing their photos to life with a photo collage.
Go through the clutter
As you’re probably aware kid’s rooms get messy, and tweens are no exception. However, you might be able to control the chaos and help transition their bedrooms into something a little more mature, by going through all their junk. From stuffed animals to storybooks, hand made crafts they created in school, posters of TV shows and cartoon characters, old clothes, broken toys that are no longer loved or played with. Let them take the reins and get rid of anything they don’t want. You can either sell it online, hand them down to a younger sibling or donate the items to charity.
Create a place to study
Now they’re getting older, they’re going to have more school work and projects to handle. So, make sure that any bedroom update comes with somewhere they can study and complete school work. A small desk with a desk lamp and a comfortable chair shouldn’t take up too much room and will be invaluable.
Update with a lick of paint
You don’t have to be a master decorator to pick up a paintbrush and brighten up a wall. So, give your teen some creative freedom and let them choose a new colour for their bedroom – or for a feature wall. It’s a wonderful project for you to complete together – if it’s not too cringe for them, of course!
And finally, update their accessories
Those brightly coloured stools, cartoon bedding sets and toy boxes have had their day…and as sad as it may seem, you’ll both enjoy choosing some updated accessories for your tweens new room. Storage baskets for clothes and shoes, a comfy chair or beanbag for gaming and reading, jewellery stands, a new mirror. Have a discussion about what your tween needs and you’ll soon reach a compromise.