Back to school is always a hectic time for both kids and parents. Children have to adjust to new classrooms, new teachers, new subjects, and new schedules, while parents have to adjust to added demands on their time.
This can be a stressful time of year for families, but it also represents a fresh start. New clothes, new haircuts and new backpacks can help kids start the school year off right, but it’s also a great time for kids to get fresh starts in their rooms as well.
With kids often having schedules just as demanding as their parents, it’s essential that their rooms are well-equipped to handle all of the challenges of a new school year.
To get your child’s room up to speed for the school year, check out Blindster’s tips below:
The value of your child having access to a study or work desk in his or her bedroom can’t be stressed enough. Homework and long study periods are the norm for students of all ages and grades in 2016. Having a place to focus and complete assignments and study before an important exam can make a big difference in grades and test scores. Desks are also essential for long writing or reading assignments, as prolonged work sessions on the couch or dining table can lead to discomfort and difficulty focusing.
For most elementary school-aged children, single or twin-size beds are more than adequate to provide comfortable rest and relaxation. But as children grow to reach middle school and high school age, their sleep patterns change and getting a full night of rest can become more difficult. Larger beds, such as full or queen-sized beds, make it easier for older children to fall asleep and stay asleep longer, which can significantly improve their academic performance and ability to stay focused throughout the day.
Bright sunlight is great for lighting up your home, but it can be a kid’s worst enemy in the morning or while they’re attempting to study and finish homework. To help your child sleep better and focus after school, consider installing window treatments that are designed to block sunlight and reduce outside noise levels. Our selection of blackout cellular shades not only block light and UV rays from entering your child’s room, they’re also great insulators, making them ideal for climate control and noise reduction.
It’s well known that colors have a profound impact on mood and energy levels. If your child tends to be hyperactive or has difficulty sitting still and focusing on homework for long periods of time, consider painting his or her room a cool and calming color, such as light blue, green, or yellow. If your child has difficulty waking up in the morning or getting motivated to study, choose energizing colors like red, orange and purple.
Displaying your child’s accomplishments can be a great motivator to keep him or her striving for more success in the future. A few prominently arranged shelves serve as the perfect displays for your child’s achievements, and you can continue adding to it as he or she grows in both academic and after-school activities throughout the years.
Kid’s rooms can go from neat and tidy, to total disaster areas in the blink of an eye. Trying to keep your child’s room 100 percent clean day in and day out is often a losing battle, but you can cut down on the mess by supplying him or her with plenty of storage spaces. Label crates or tubs and keep each separate. Then use one for sports equipment, one for art supplies, and one for instruments or music-related equipment, etc. When everything has its place, your child will find it much easier to keep his or her room tidy without your help.
Managing an ever-evolving list of appointments, meetings, errands, and family get-togethers is difficult enough for adults, but nowadays, many children have schedules that are just as busy and hectic as their parents’. Instead of hoping that your child can rely on a small, school-issued planner, hang a large wall calendar or white board in his or her room. That way he or she can list and easily keep track of all upcoming assignments, sporting events, tryouts, and other activities.
Mornings are the most hectic time of day for both adults and kids. For kids, the hectic nature of mornings is often due to desperate searches through closets and dressers to find something to wear. Make it easier on your child by making sure his or her closet is organized and all clothes are accessible. Move clothing that’s out-of-season to another closet or push them to the back to make room for season-appropriate clothing, and be sure to regularly sell, donate, or hand down clothing that your child has outgrown to avoid overcrowding closets and dressers.
Technology is an essential part of life for everyone, including kids in school. However, that doesn’t mean that it should be allowed to take over their lives or create major distractions that get in the way of homework, studying, and excelling in extracurricular activities. If you find that your child is having difficulty staying on task, consider moving his or her computer, television, gaming console, or tablet to another part of the house. This makes it easier to monitor your child’s usage and set time limits if their usage gets out of hand or interferes with school work.