Home Staging Tips for Kids RoomsLine Break
Author: Home Stager San Francisco Victoria Hunter (51 Articles)
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Moving can be extremely stressful for children of all ages. Children have fears and often anxiety about the move. They worry about leaving their current friends and having to make new friends. This fear and anxiety can cause children to not only not want to move but it can also cause them to be difficult during the moving process.
After you have told your children you are moving you need to get game plan in place to stage your home for sale. This means you must also stage their rooms. You will need to prepare your children by letting them know there rooms are going to need to be cleaned in addition to many of their things packed up temporarily so people can look at the house. Here are a few steps you can take to make the process as easy as possible. All of these steps you will need to modify for age appropriateness. However even the younger kids pre-school and kindergarten should be included in the process.
Younger Kids Step One:
All the toys need to be sorted into 4 piles.
- Keep to pack up to take to new home
- Garbage for broken toys
- Gently used toys you will donate to other kids in need
- Favorite toys to keep during the move
Now do the same process for clothes.
Kids really like to help other children so by letting them know there are other kids that don’t have toys is a great way to get them to give up those gently used unwanted toys. You can drop off to Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
The same process is used for older kids but instead of toys you will be sorting their “stuff”. Also have your teens and tweens go through their clothes and closets.
Once all of the “excess” is removed look at the walls. If you have lots of “stuff” on the walls take it down and pack up. Teens and tweens that have posters need to pack up the posters and keep just one to two. Before you replace artwork on the walls do they need a fresh coat of paint? If the walls have fingerprints, crayon marks etc wash the walls. If the walls need new paint its better to do it now. Paint a neutral color, shaker beige, or off white to brighten the room.
Pick up some inexpensive frames and frame the posters that are suitable and re-hang them. TIP: Don’t hang them too high.
Keep just a few of the really special toys, keep them room neat and toys put in a toy box. If the bedding is worn, buy new bedding and some decorative pillows. Use this during the day and just pull them down at night and keep your older bedding underneath. This will preserve the new look of the new bedding.
With all the excess toys put away, new paint and new bedding the room will pull together with a well organized look. Now, the key is keeping it that way. Younger kids will need some help in maintaining the room. Older kids you can get some help by negotiating a deal with them for a reward after the home has sold. Just ask them what they want. It could be tickets to a Miley Cyrus or Jonas Brothers concert for a tween. It could be tickets to Linkin Park, Black Eyed Peas or Pink or a cell phone for teens. For the little kids it could be as simple as a trip to Chuckie Cheeses.
Because moving can be stressful on all of us be sure that you talk to your entire family and get feedback on how they are feeling. Be extra understanding especially with tweens and teens. While we know as grown ups moving is not the end of the world and they will make new friends and get over it. Leaving their friends IS the end of the world for them. No amount of rationalizing will work with them. Acknowledging their feelings is extremely important. If everyone works together your house will be sold quickly and you will be in your new home before you know it. Get your kids excited about decorating their new rooms. Kids are only kids once and if they want to get a little crazy with paint in their new rooms, let them. It’s only paint it can be changed.
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