So now your “baby” might not be that “baby” anymore. This means you will have to redecorate their room. Where to begin? Let us help you with some of these helpful steps and utilize your self-storage unit so your child can move on up to a “big kid” room:
Step 1 Get a Storage Unit.
If you don’t have a storage unit, no problem you can get one. For renovating a kid’s room, you will likely only need a 5×10. If you plan to use it for other items as well, go with a 10×10 for the extra space. You can rent or reserve a unit 24/7 online or stop in at our location and our property manager can help you get the best storage unit that fits you.
Step 2 Design.
What does you kid like, who is their favorite character or color? Start your new design with these factors in mind as the love for a specific color tone usually last a long time, sometimes forever! Ask for the ideas and opinions of your kid, after all it is their room. Getting them involved with the decision making makes them feel like a “big kid” and their opinion counts. They may want a princess bed or a foam mat like they have at preschool.
You also need to think about your budget. You don’t want to spend a tin when you know in about five years your kid might be too “grown up” for everything you are doing now. If you want the design to last a long time, do not choose expensive items to match the theme. Say your big guy is now into and loves trains, you can purchase train lamps, vinyl wall art or a train track accent rug, stay with inexpensive items and easy to replace as he grows out of it. If you keep the walls a solid color, you can change the theme as they get older without needing to repaint.
Another idea to save money is buying second-hand items. There are major benefits to buying goo condition used bed frames and dressers. You can paint them or decorate them to fit the theme of the room. You can use chalkboard paint or whiteboard paint, both very popular today, to paint the dresser or toy chest and make it like new. They’ll enjoy that they can draw on their furniture and not get in trouble. You can also enjoy all their creations.
Step 4 Accessorize.
You can purchase decorative knobs and handles for dressers and toy storage boxes. Your local craft store is a great place to find theme items like animals, boats, locomotives and more. These stores have plenty of items to fit your child’s favorite theme and for affordable prices and you can check online before you visit the store for coupons.
If you can find stackable egg crates they would be perfect to store books or games. Spray paint them to match the theme of the room. They are low enough to the ground that reaching for things will be easy for them. It has the added bonus of teaching your child to stay organized and they can put whatever worldly belongings they pick up in these crates. You can also stack boxes at the corner of the room to add toys or just put more crates.
Step 5 Use Your Storage Unit.
Changing the “baby” room into a “big kids” room requires some time, planning and space. While you’re purchasing and gathering the items for the transition, use your storage unit to keep everything together, out of the way and safe until the redecorating begins. Keeping it all together will make it easy to see at a glance if you have everything or if you still have items to buy.
Once you are ready to start painting and renovating, move all the “baby” stuff to the storage unit so you have plenty of space to work. You can keep the crib, changing table, walkers, and swings your child has out grown until you figure out what you’d like to do with it. When you are all done with the painting and decorating you can start adding in the big kid stuff back into the room. Be sure to let them help decide where everything goes keeping them involved start to finish.
The most important thing to remember is to have fun with the whole process. It can be bittersweet that your baby is growing up so fast and you have to put away all the baby stuff. But, cherish the time spent with your child during the move to their “big kid” room, and it will be a memory that lasts forever.
If you are ready to start renovating your child’s room, or any room, in your home, rent a storage unit to gain extra space to work and organize. You won’t be sorry you did!