Choosing a Rug for a Child’s Room

Your child’s room is like their own private retreat, and one way to create that cozy feel is by using a rug. A rug not only warms up a space, it softens the floor and provides plenty of room to spread out and play. Even if you have carpet in the room, rugs add a layer of color and pattern, enhancing the décor. When it comes to choosing a rug for a child’s room here are four things to consider.

Choosing a rug for a child’s room
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Size

Decide where you want to use a rug. In a bedroom, you can use a rug to anchor a bed, placing it completely under the bed or under two-thirds, leaving the space around the nightstand. A general rule of thumb is to have 18 to 24 inches of rug around the sides and foot. If one side of your child’s bed is against a wall, you can place the right to the side where they get up. In this case, a 5’ x 7’ rug is ideal. You can also use a rug to define a special area, such as a play corner or reading nook.

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Material

The rug material is especially important in a child’s room. From jumping and playing to food and craft materials, you need a rug that is durable and easy to clean. Wool rugs last a long time, but they’re also more expensive. Blends are stain resistant and more affordable, making them perfect for kids. Plus, they come in a variety of colors and patterns, so finding one that fits your child’s décor will be a breeze.

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Color and Pattern

Your child’s room is a place where design rules go out the window, and the more playful or whimsical the style the better. Decide if you want use a rug to complement the décor? Add a pop of color? Or introduce a fun pattern? The sky’s the limit, so have fun with this rug.

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Safety

Finally, when choosing a rug for a child’s room, make sure your child’s rug is safe. If it isn’t anchored under the bed, make sure you use a non-slip rug pad beneath it. This will ensure that the rug doesn’t slide under your child, causing them to fall and possibly become injured.

Create a Bucket List of Fall Family Activities

Summer might be the season for vacations, but fall is the time for day trips, outings and weekend fun. The weather is just right, and the scenery is changing every day. Before the hats and boots come out of the closet, put these 10 items on your must-do bucket list of fall family activities.

1. Go apple picking

Here’s a list of orchards to help you find one close to you. Then get the family together and make apple pie, applesauce or apple cobbler.

2. Learn to knit

You’re going to need a scarf soon. Why not make one? Check out this beginner’s tutorial on YouTube.

3. Jump in the leaves

Raking doesn’t have to be a chore if you’ve got a fun goal. Get the kids some rakes and see how high you can get your pile.

4. Go on a color hunt

Challenge yourself and your child to find leaves in all of their transformative colors. Walk around your neighborhood or take a trip to a local hiking trail.

5. Make a Halloween costume

Be creative and assemble a costume from what you have on hand. Or check out these no-sew versions from Martha Stewart.

6. Play touch football

One of the fall family activities that provides exercise is touch football. It’s the perfect thing to do on a crisp afternoon, especially after you watch the Detroit Lions or Chicago Bears. Gather friends and neighbors and play ball.

7. Go on a hayride

Nothing says fall activities better than a hayride. Here is a list of hayrides in Michigan. Or find one near you by searching “[city name] hayrides.”

8. Run or walk in a 5K

Fall weather is perfect for outdoor exercise. Find a race near you with this link. Many also have one-mile run runs that are perfect for young kids.

9. Visit a cider mill

Who doesn’t love cider and donuts? Here’s a list of popular locations.

10. Go to a haunted house

Older kids and adults might love a good scare. If you’re brave—here’s is a list with hours and ticket prices.

Have fun and be sure to let us know how many of these fall family activities you do.

How to Design a Home Office for the Whole Family

Millions Americans work from home and as technology makes it easier and easier to communicate with employees and customers at far flung locations, that trend is expected to continue. If you’re among this group, you can get more done by taking the time to design a proper work space. Whether you log in full-time hours or simply manage household affairs, here are seven ways to design a home office to work efficiently—and in style—from your home sweet home (office):

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1. Claim a space

If you haven’t done so already, choose a spot in your home that can be used exclusively for work. A formal home office or spare bedroom is ideal – a spot on the sofa with a laptop is not. Look for an area where you can place a desk and storage system –you can even if you convert a closet if need be.

2. Choose a work surface

Every home office needs a desk or work surface. From a sleek writing desk to a larger executive set, the amount of space you have will dictate which style is best for you. If you have the room, consider an L-shaped desk that will offer room for your screens as well as a surface for writing.

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3. Clear out distractions

When you design a home office, sometimes it needs to double duty as a guest room or den, but you’ll want to get rid of anything that might steal your attention. This includes everything from clutter to media components, such as a television – you want your space to be focused on work. If your job requires you to watch videos, however, the TV can stay; if you’re tempted to watch Judge Judy, it should go.

4. Personalize your room

Just as you would place a picture of your loved ones on your desk at an outside office, personalize the area so it is welcoming to you. Choose a paint color that makes you happy, hang art on the wall, and consider furniture beyond a desk and chair. For example, a loveseat or accent chair might make sense if you do a lot of reading at work and want a comfortable place to sit.

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5. Incorporate good lighting

No matter what kind of work you do, you’ll want to do it in a room that is well lit. This means including an assortment of lighting. Overhead lights are a good place to start. Then add task lights at your desk or workstations, as well as accent lights that will help create an inviting atmosphere.

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6. Find a place for paperwork

No matter how much of your work is digital, you’ll most likely have papers you need to keep and reference. If your desk doesn’t have adequate drawer space, include filing cabinets or bookcases that can handle the excess. You’ll find several options that look like furniture, which will help keep your room from looking like an office supply store.

7. Maintain a clean-up routine

Once you’ve organized your space, do the work to maintain it. Every evening before you quit work, take a few minutes to put away papers. On Fridays, take out the trash and to run the vacuum cleaner so that everything is fresh and ready when you come back on Monday. And reserve your office space for office activities. If kids bring toys in, remove them at the end of the day. Do a visual sweep each day, and you’ll stay organized.

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Six Tips For Getting the Kids To Sleep

Getting the kids back into a regular bedtime habit at the end of summer can be daunting. Tucking your child into bed at night is supposed to be a special and calm moment, but it can often turn into a struggle when kids don’t want to go to sleep. (Particularly after a summer of later bedtimes and sleeping in!) These tips can help you get your kids back to a regular bedtime routine that supports healthy sleep habits and happy, productive days. 

Start in the morning. Teach your child to make their bed when they get up in the morning. People who make their bed in the morning are 19% more likely to get a good night’s sleep every night, according to the NSF. While it’s not clear why, we’re guessing there is a connection between feeling good about where you sleep and your tendency to sleep through the night. 

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Pay attention to texture. Select soft linens and pajamas. Three-quarters of us claim that comfortable sheets and bedding are important to a good night’s rest. Since kids tend to kick off their covers at night, dress yours in pajamas made of breathable fabrics that keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Provide the right bedtime snack. Think about what you offer your child to eat or drink before bed. Foods containing tryptophan – the amino acid that is a building block of the sleep-related chemical serotonin – could encourage drowsiness. Turkey is a well-known source, but so are eggs, chicken, fish, and nuts. Another good bedtime snack is a light carbohydrate, such as whole -wheat crackers with a small amount of peanut butter, or cereal with milk. But avoid fatty, fried or spicy foods before bedtime that will upset the stomach and can interfere with sleep.

Set a bedtime routine. An early bedtime is important for kids – between 7 and 8 p.m. works best for most, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Since kids thrive on structure, creating a bedtime routine can take away the stress. Start 15 to 30 minutes before their actual bedtime by turning off the television and playing relaxing music. You might even dim the lights and talk softer. The most important part of your bedtime routine is that it’s consistent.

Create the ideal sleeping environment. If your child’s room is filled with too much excitement, it could be physically hard for them to fall asleep. Keep things calm, quiet and soft. A nightlight can provide just enough illumination to make your child feel safe. Soft fabrics for pillows and comforters can also be soothing.

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Remove electronics. Limit screen time before bedtime, which can activate your child’s brain. Also keep technology, such as televisions, computers and video games, out of your child’s room. The light these gadgets emit mimics daylight and tricks the brain into thinking it needs to stay awake.

 

 

Storage Must-Haves for Kids

If getting your child to clean their room is a constant struggle, it may be time to set them up for success. Too often kids’ rooms become activity catch-alls: part bedroom, part den, part playroom and part library. Keeping all of those tasks neat and contained is a challenge – especially when you’re four feet tall or under. Smart parents take time to bring in storage solutions for kids that can make cleaning a room easier. Here are ten tips for helping your child’s keep their room tidy:

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1. Include them in the organizing process

It’s tempting to rush in and take care of it, but getting your child’s input on furnishings and where things go is important. If they have a say, they’re much more likely to keep up with it.

2. Get rid of extras

Make sure everything that is in your child’s room needs to be there. For example, store out of season clothing and neglected toys in bins in the basement or attic.

3. Create zones

Organize your child’s room with a designated area for sleeping, studying and playing. Then add storage solutions for kids that can accommodate the items needed for those tasks. Place a bookshelf near a beanbag chair for reading, for example, or include basket or bins for storing toys.

4. Set a limit

Keep things fresh by keeping toys to a minimum. Decide on a number of items that is manageable and rotate out the toys so they play with them more.

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5. Reclaim wasted space

Maximize storage capacity by looking up and down. Choose a bed with storage drawers built in the base – perfect for storing clothing as well as toys. And hang pocket organizers on closet doors to hold small items such as socks or stuffed animals.

6. Display special items

Have a space where your child can keep treasures, such as trophies, awards, artwork and vacation souvenirs. A shelf or bulletin board will keep these things neat and contained.

7. Think small

Consider your child’s size when you bring in storage solutions for kids. For young children, keeping shelves low will encourage them to put things away. Make sure closet rods are multi-level, helping your child get ready in the morning.

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8. Label where things go

Help your child know where things belong by making it clear. You can use words, pictures or a combination of both.

9. Color code for siblings

If children share a room, consider assigning each a different color. Then use bins and hangers in those colors for their toys and clothing.

10. Schedule in regular maintenance

Make cleaning up a habit by creating a routine. For example, create a rule that beds must be made before breakfast. Or wind down every day with a 15-minute tidy-up session before bedtime. Set a timer and it will feel like a game.

When kids make picking up their rooms a habit, the whole house will feel more organized!