Sunday, December 30, 2012

Their space

When we lived in our rental house one of the things I loved to do was look at blogs and websites to see how people decorated their houses. I really looked forward to was decorating my boys' rooms. I imagined their rooms looking sort of like this:
or maybe like this:

but what I got were rooms with mismatched furniture and decorations that I hadn't quite planned on. It seemed that as soon as the fresh coat of paint was dry, my boys would start drawing and finding things to hang on their walls. I would cringe as they took their pictures and taped them to their walls, or put up stickers that I knew one day would be hard to remove. At first I hated it. With all of their stuff on the walls I knew I was never going to have a cute "blog-worthy" boy room, but then I finally accepted that it wasn't MY room. It was their room and they should be able to decorate it how ever they wanted. The other day I was on a cleaning spree so I cleaned their rooms and rearranged the furniture a little. When they saw what I had done they added some more of their personal touches and I was fine with that. After all, it's their space. I want them to feel like they can do with it what they want. I want them to be creative and feel free to put things on the walls that they chose and to enjoy being in their rooms. It's hard to let go of my image of the perfect room and give them the freedom to do what they want, but I figure after they move out I can decorate any way I want.
Trevor's wall
Colin and Logan's drawings and stickers

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have tried to let my kids have freedom in their room decor too, and as they get older they seem more open to my input. Something to look forward to. =)

Love, Melissa