PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS AND A VERSATILE SPACE

Children's rooms don’t take long to become chaotic and from time to time it is necessary to restore order, removing what they no longer use and organizing the rest of the things that they need each day. Children grow rapidly and have new clothes, new toys, books and study material every year. Trying to organize all this maelstrom in a single room so that they can be happy and do well, yet at the same time have everything orderly, is a challenge. It also involves large doses of patience. If you have two, three or four small children then the task becomes more complicated.
I will help you to do this, together we will discard whatever your children no longer need and we will bring order to the rest of the room. I will provide practical solutions and teach you how to achieve order that is going to last. I will make your children's room a versatile space where they can play and study.

WHY DO CHILDREN’S ROOMS BECOME DISORDERLY?

It is curious that children's rooms tend to be the smallest in the house, often lacking built-in wardrobes. However, we tend to keep in them clothes we no longer wear, toys and even items from other rooms. We cannot expect our children to be organized if their cupboard is overflowing, or if the drawers cannot close because they are so full or the toys are all over the floor because the shelves are full. Even less should we demand this behaviour if we open our own closets and the clothes fall on us, or we usually go around in the morning looking for the mobile, the keys or the sunglasses. Let's practice what we preach!
The task is not easy but the solution starts with the challenge of classifying (donate, give away, throw away, recycle or keep)
Do not tackle this task alone unless your children are babies. Rather, make them participants in the organization sessions (if your children are small it will take you more than one session) and consider this process a learning activity. In this way, and making it a game you will be teaching them, without them being aware, the logic of organizing. At the same time they learn how to keep their room tidy. You will need a lot of patience. It is true that organizing would be quicker on your own, but remember that the goal is that they will be responsible for organizing their own room in the future. Or are you still preparing breakfasts and keeping T-shirts and socks for the whole family even when they are 17 and older ...?

NI ADULTO NI NIÑO. ADOLESCENTE

The most difficult stage of coexistence between parents and children is adolescence. The good thing is that we all go through it, so when things get complicated, we can look back and help them during that crazy period by sharing with them our own experiences, concerns, desires and passions.
Who did not want to isolate himself in his room for an "indefinite" time? You remember? Being organized helps all members of the family feel good at home and that includes teenagers. An organized home relaxes you, frees you from stress and allows you to spend more time with your loved ones. Avoid dedicating the time you are at home only to cleaning, cooking and organizing. A good schedule of all the tasks involved in a home (meals, shopping, cleaning ...) will save you countless hours. Take advantage of these moments to be with your teenager, now they need you more than ever. Show them you are their friend without them noticing. And if you feel overwhelmed and do not know where to start, do not wait to go into crisis and throw in the towel. Ask for help from a professional organizer.
In this stage of change it is advisable that adolescents have a room adapted for them where they can take refuge. Prepare this new space together that will shortly give way to adulthood.
Do not worry if your tastes do not match. Not only is it natural but very healthy. It is very possible that you do not share your teenager’s gothic, hippie, Lolita or posh style, remain quiet. A decoration and organization of the well-studied and planned room will make you arrive at a meeting point. You can even perhaps change your heeled shoes from time to time for those green military boots of your son.

STEPS TO FOLLOW

PLAN
The key to good organizational work is good planning. Observe the space, the furniture you have and all the belongings; clothes, toys, books and study material. Determine whether the storage areas are sufficient and adequate; keep in mind that adult organizational systems do not meet the needs of the whole family. Sliding or folding doors catch fingers and get out of the guides. The bars of the cabinets are usually out of reach and large toy boxes house a hodgepodge of various objects.

STORAGE SYSTEMS
Although it would be necessary to assess each case individually, it can be said that generally the basis of child storage is the ease with which children can remove and reposition. Following this premise, use containers at ground level to store toys such as baskets without a lid. Use rectangular containers for books and boxes for socks. The large folding filing cabinets are ideal for preserving the collection of drawings made throughout a school year. Invest in flexible structures that adapt as they get older. The bed drawers for example are extra storage space very useful for additional bedding. There will always be more toys tan packing space so taking advantage of every corner is essential. The way you present and decorate the room will also play an important role in maintaining order.

LEVELS IN THE ORGANIZATION
Organize from bottom to top and take into account the child's height. Based on this, the most used toys and belongings should be placed in the lower drawers and shelves or at ground level. At this age, children do not usually have endless clothing, so a hanging bar at eye level should be sufficient. If this is not the case, place a second bar just above, for the most casual clothing. You can store socks and underwear in boxes.

LABEL
The printing of graphic labels with images of socks, T-shirts, dolls and building blocks will help the child remember the designated site of each object. The investment in a modern DYMO will be of great help in this tagging task. You will see how useful and addictive this small machine can be.

MAINTENANCE ROUTINES
As regular routines in the bathroom for meals or nap, establishing daily order routines will help the room stay tidy for longer. It is normal that from time to time you have to take a look at the drawer of socks or the bucket of toys; do not be alarmed. These are some of the routines that you could incorporate along with other daily habits. Morning pick-up: make up the bed, ventilate the room, dirty pyjamas and dirty clothes in the washing machine or in the laundry bin. Evening pickup: toys in place, clothes ready for morning, organized backpack, planned lunch.

RULES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Children are the mirror of their parents andmost of their behaviour is learned by imitation. Descale yourself when you enter the house and your son will follow you, clean your teeth next to him and he will soon ask you for a brush. Do not ask them to keep their room tidy if your room is a disaster. Share with them the time to perform the established routines and soon they will become a habit. You only need 21 days.

HOW TO DESIGN A ROOM FOR AN ADOLESCENT

MULTIFUNCTIONAL SPACES
Anticipate that your teen would like to invite some friends to stay for the night. Opt for the trundle bed, extra beds or divans. They are perfect for teen rooms. They are camouflaged and do not take up space.

PILLOWS
Do not skimp on good pillows. Teens spend more hours than we would like lying on the bed and turn it into a sofa where they read, play and even study at night. Choose the pillows and cushions with higher density of fibres in the filling. They have more softness and it will be more difficult for them to get impurities.

MIRRORS
Teens love changing their outfits: 5 times their clothes, 4 times their hairstyle and at least twice their shoes. A large mirror will cover this need. In addition to being a very decorative element, it will double space and light.

USE SEVERAL DRAWERS AS NIGHT TABLES
All drawers will be too small to house the amount of beads, notes and special memories and keep them safe from the prying eyes of the rest of the family.

CUSTOMIZABLE FURNITURE
If you have the new Agatha Ruiz de la Prada or even Bruno Rainaldi in your house, do not hesitate to let them express their personality by giving the furniture its final finish.

HANGERS
The fact that we want them to be children again will not change the reality that they get older, and just as clothes have become too small, infant and baby hangers are no longer useful. Buy thin and non-slip hangers of a size according to their size of shirts, skirts, dresses and jerseys that are not too heavy. On wooden hangers, that occupy more space, you can hang jackets and coats. The skirts can be hung on hangers with clips and for the pants there are different options that will depend on the design and width of the wardrobe. They can be properly folded or hung on hangers.

COAT STAND
Very useful and a double-edged sword for the most disorganized. They are ideal for preparing the next day's clothes and leaving the backpack, purse and coat hanging back home. The problem arises if it is used as an extra cabinet. I therefore recommend that you have a clear understanding of its function before purchasing one.

DESK
The time when we did our homework in the kitchen while our mothers prepared our lunch or dinner is gone. Now children from 8 years old already have homework, and like to have their own space to organize themselves and to play with mobile, tablet, computer ... If you have a choice, place the desk away from possible distractions. It is a good option to have a drawer and an integrated cable organizer. Buy an ergonomic and adjustable chair that grows with them for years.

LIGHTING
It is one of the most important aspects and yet one of the most forgotten. Our children not only sleep in the room, but they play, study and sometimes even snack. It is essential to have a good natural lighting with elements such as curtains and blinds that regulate the light, avoiding glare and excess temperature. In terms of artificial lighting, there must be different types of lighting to be used alone or combined depending on the activity or time of day. In this way we will have a general lighting (ceiling lamps that distribute light evenly), lighting of specific areas (reading lamps of adjustable intensity and angles), focal lighting (mounted to highlight decorative objects or furniture), and the environmental lighting (decorative lamps that offer a dim light and play with colour and shadows).

PHOTOMURALS
The decoration with photo murals is an excellent option to give life to a teenager's room. You can decorate an entire wall, a door, a closet or the desk. You just need imagination and a little skill with the paper. Keep in mind that to look good the surface has to be smooth. They are not suitable for stuccoed or textured walls. There are all kinds, from vintage to psychedelic flowers or personal dark comics. Use the help of a professional if you want a perfect finish.

CARPETS
Do your children always go barefoot? Unless they are allergic to mites, a good carpet will make their room really comfortable and protect their feet. With the rugs you can also define spaces and give warmth. The latest trends use a combination of different textures in the same space. Take measurements and go out with your son to hunt for the best carpet in the market. Yes, easy to clean!

THE ORGANIZATION SERVICE IN THE ROOMS OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

Practical solutions and versatile spaces will be the key to this organizational service. Children and teenagers will once again enjoy playing and studying in their rooms. No more chaos with piled up clothes, books and toys on the floor. How about a session of theoretical and practical organization with your adolescent children? I will teach them how to fold and organize their clothes, accessories, and cosmetics. They will like them as much as you. Practical lessons on how to organize everything for each member of the family. Do not hesitate to contact me for any questions!