This week we have Tania from Interior Philosophy joining us to discuss the overlooked design secret to stylish kids rooms. Tania is a professional home de-clutter, organisation and interior stylist and highlights some really valuable tools which I know I will be taking on board in my own home.
Scan any glossy magazine featuring trendy kids rooms and you will notice one design rule holds true no matter the style; the rooms are kiddy clutter free. And it’s not just about what’s out on display. If we could magically jump into those beautiful images and open drawers and cupboards, their contents would be as well considered and organised as the rest of the space.
Parents with design nouse looking to create a welcoming, stylish and personalised environment for their child understand they need to employ design elements such as colour, tone, pattern, repetition, proportion and texture to create depth and balance; but may miss the critical design necessity and important first step to style success – curation by way of de-cluttering. Imagine investing time, money and design flair creating a beautiful room for your child, only to see it get lost under a surplus of unwanted toys, bits of paper and clashing colours over-flowing from in-effective storage ‘solutions’.
(Beautiful girls nursery styled by Belinda @sweethomestyling, featuring Bespoke Moments ‘Pretty Fox and Bunny’ prints)
Successful styling starts with de-cluttering and curation of what your child already has. The great news is that there are wonderful short and long term benefits to de-cluttering with children; from laying the groundwork for your styling efforts to empowering your child with important life skills.
Teaching your child to de-clutter is a positive experience which focuses on keeping only those items which create true happiness and add value to their life. For children over 5 years old, it is crucial you teach them how to de-clutter for themselves; and not do it for them; for 2 very important reasons. First, if you discard their items without their knowledge or consent and make the wrong decisions, you risk breaking the trust bond between you, which can be deeply upsetting to you both. Second, it is a powerful ‘teachable moment’ not to be missed. Much like training them to set the table and feed the pets, this is an opportunity to teach them life skills including decision making, assessing & prioritising, and managing & respecting their space. Skills many adults struggle with.
(Nursery and kids room inspiration featuring Wildberry Art prints.
Images LEFT: @our_small_adventures RIGHT:@mowgliandthebear_ )
At the end of the de-clutter process, kids feel empowered and proud of their efforts. And with less possessions and a renewed sense of interest and investment in their room, your child will find it easier and be more inspired to keep their space in order.
This newly clutter free environment paves the way to creating and maintaining your child’s dream room, and let the décor really sing. You can examine what your child has selected to keep, and look for style, theme or colour patterns. Take these observations and built upon them by creating a mood board with your child. By working this way, the toys which have been selected to stay will work with the aesthetics of their room, and not against it. The room will genuinely reflect your child’s style and personality, and you will achieve a cohesive space; well on the way to creating a ‘glossy mag worthy’ room.
(LEFT: Clutter free space styled by Sarah @sassdotxo, featuring MK Watercolours limited edition “Second Star on Left” print. RIGHT: Rachel Winton Photography, featuring Little Design Haus “Bear and Squirrel” prints.)
Even if your child’s room is already fully styled, it’s never too late to de-clutter with them. In fact, regular de-clutter sessions during school holidays are recommended. If you know there are toys going unused, clothes un-worn and artwork piling up. There is an opportunity to de-clutter and empower your child, practice these skills and improve their space.
Tips for de-cluttering with kids:
- In the lead up to de-cluttering, talk with your child and focus on the benefits to them (such less time spent cleaning). Don’t just spring it on them.
- Support and guide your child to find what they love and use regularly. Let them be honest about their thoughts and feelings, even if they’re not the same as yours.
- Have plenty of bags or boxes at the ready and take any discarded items out of the house as soon as possible.
- Watch for decision fatigue and take breaks if needed.
- Discard items responsibly. Only donate items without rips, tears, stains or other damage. Recycle where possible and keep items out of landfill where you can.
- Do not buy any new storage solutions until all de-cluttering is completed and styling decisions made.
If you’d like to learn how to talk to your child about de-cluttering, what you can expect for their age and stage, different de-cluttering techniques suitable for children across all ages and much more, you can order a copy of Tania’s eBook “De-cluttering with Children” available now HERE
Tania is a professional home de-clutter, organisation and interior stylist with her own business Interior Philosophy, and a graduate of The International School of Colour and Design. Follow Interior Philosophy on Facebook HERE.