Make your home cozy and more kid-friendly that will give them a place to explore and grow.
Make Your Home Cozy for Kids
It’s a big person’s world out there, and the little ones don’t always have the room they need to play and learn.
Making your home more kid-friendly will give them a place to explore and grow. It will also instill in them memories of home that they’ll cherish for the rest of their lives. Simple touches can make all the difference to a growing child and help him or her feel loved and safe while providing responsibilities and new discoveries.
If you’re stuck for ideas, start with these four useful tips.
1. Kid Space
Give kids their own area in which to let their creativity run free. A space with kid-sized chairs and a sturdy table will let them explore the arts and sciences without destroying the rest of the house. From paper crafts and drawings to ye old baking soda volcano, kids can and should make messes. And with everything in one spot, containment and cleanup are easy. This is also an excellent place to build a handy low shelving unit to store supplies and works in progress.
Rugs are not only soft and cozy but also great for constructing forts. Unlike carpets, they can be washed and dried, making cleanup of spilled drinks and cookie crumbs easy. Some kids love playing games on the patterns of colorful flat rugs, while others enjoy taking their toys on a stroll through the lush landscape of a deep, furry rug. Choose bright or dark colors to help hide stains without sacrificing style.
3. Clean Air
Kids thrive in fresh air, both inside the home and out. Having an inadequate HVAC system can result in stuffy noses and cranky children. It’s important to change filters monthly and have appliances serviced regularly. This will help keep allergens such as pet hair and dust from circulating through the home and affecting your kids’ sensitive respiratory systems. While you certainly want to encourage your kids to play outside, they’ll still be spending most of their time inside playing, doing homework, dining, and sleeping, so healthy indoor air is a must.
4. A Book Nook
We don’t all have the curtained window seats that heroines such as Jane Eyre enjoyed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a cozy place for kids to read. A beanbag or love seat with a view out the window can be a great place to let imaginations fly free. Install a reading lamp nearby for before-bed adventures. Pretty pillows can keep the scene looking inviting and comfortable.
We all want the best for our kids, and taking a minute out of our very busy lives to look at the world from a kids-eye-view will not only help them but also open up perspectives for us.
An art installation, for instance, has a totally different feel when seen from 3 feet off the ground than 6. Who knows, maybe you can find matching beanbags in adult sizes so the whole family can hang together.