As kids get older, they naturally want to exert more control over their own lives. They’ll want to choose their clothes, pick what they eat, and eventually, they’ll probably ask to redecorate their room. Some parents may hesitate to let their child redecorate. Is this just a phase that will lead to another room makeover in 6 months? Are you going to be the one doing all the work? How much is this going to cost you? But don’t stress too much. Check out these tips to make the process fun and easy for everyone.
Talk about What They Want
Before you jump to conclusions about how much work and money this will take, sit down with your kid and talk to them about what they want to do. Do they want to repaint the walls? Do they want to purchase new decorations? Is there a particular theme they want to follow? Get an idea of what they’re interested in, then set some ground rules.
These ground rules will probably be primarily based on a budget. You might decide to allow them to paint and purchase some decorations, but their bedroom furniture must stay the same. This is something you’ll need to work out as a family to come to an agreement that works for everyone.
Give Them Responsibility
Don’t let your kid dictate what changes they want and leave you to do all the work. Put a brush in their hand and put them to work too! They might not do a perfect job, but they’ll learn how much work these kinds of things require, and they’ll be that much more excited about their bedroom when the job is done.
It would help if you also let them have as much say as possible in the project. This ties into those “ground rules” mentioned earlier. Once you’ve set those, let your kid be in charge. Remember, they probably want to redecorate because they want to feel like they’re in control of some part of their lives. Taking over the project doesn’t give them that. Let them choose where to hang things and how to arrange the furniture. Make sensible suggestions, but ultimately, let them decide.
Small Changes Make a Difference
If you’re tight on your budget, remember that even the smallest changes can make a difference. A bucket of paint and a few wall hangings won’t cost much, but they can completely transform your kid’s room. Look for printable wall art and buy frames from a secondhand store. Change out the pull knobs on their dresser and replace their outlet covers and light switch covers with decorative switch plates. These budget-friendly changes will make all the difference, and your kid will feel like their room has been completely transformed without you having to take out a second mortgage.