6. What about accessories?
Don't put out breakable
accessories on low tables and shelves within reach of the children. Remove
all glass. Use wood instead: wood figurines and sculptures. Artificial
flowers. You can still have decorative accessories down low, just make sure
they are unbreakable and harmless. Artificial plants in baskets are a
great way to decorate in areas where children might be active and you don't
need many to "fill" the space full.
Fill low shelves with books
shelved neatly and closely together (packed tightly). They look
attractive but are not the type of thing that interest children too much and
are not breakable.
Put away all candles or at least
put them up high. Hide or lock up the matches.
Accessorize the yard with plenty
of solar lights, especially around entries, for added security.
7. Is it possible to still get style with
practicality? If so, please explain.
There are many, many furniture
choices that are very practical because they serve a purpose that is more than
decorative: chests, armoires, shelf units, entertainment centers and so
forth. These give you added storage and that is always a good thing.
They also give you a way to store toys easily and keep them out of sight when
not in use, yet handy. Parents should teach children how to get them out
and, more importantly, how to put them away. Style is not just about
"shape", but includes cleanliness and organized spaces.
Use window treatments that are
washable: cotton, metal, plastic (blinds and verticals). Keep it simple. It's
contemporary and very So. California and helps protect children.
Children are easily bored, so the more simple something is, the more obvious
it is, the less they will be attracted to it.
PVC furniture is great for small
children's rooms. It's inexpensive and practically indestructible. By
using bold colors, you get plenty of style together.
Designate specific areas for
playing and specific areas for homework. If you are good about those types of
rules, your kids will follow your lead. This helps immensely with keeping the
home neat and stylish. My rule was that all messes were banished to
their bedrooms where the door could be closed. Parents must use
reasonable discipline (not punishment) to control the usage of the space. My
children were rewarded with points or coins for keeping their rooms clean and
orderly, starting with the bed.