Oh, all of you sweet young mommas, with your perfectly decorated nurseries, freshly painted walls and everything arranged in pretty little baskets. . . Just you wait. Your day is coming—even if you think it never will.
Today was the first day all three big kids had a full day of school, and I walked into the girls’ bedroom thinking I might do a sneaky clean up. Then, I saw this, got discouraged and walked back out.
(No matter how many baskets, bins or drawers I give them, there is some magical magnetic force that causes it all to land on top of the dresser.)
While it looks like “stuff” to me, it looks like treasures to them. I see a door covered in papers held up by electrical tape (!?). They see an ode to Taylor Swift, cute dogs, Gabby Douglas or whatever it is they happen to love at the moment. I can remember being so proud of my space growing up, and I want them to feel the same.
Because I write a blog about decorating our house, I’ve had to be a little more conscious in making the decision to let them have some “free reign.” (Even if that means biting my tongue. Often.) I have to remember that they didn’t sign up for this blogging thing. They were just kind of born into it.
I’m not giving up on decorating their rooms completely. For now, I’ll just try to give them a good base to pile all of their treasures up on and, as we like to sing around here, “let it go.”
And, maybe on occasion, I’ll shove everything in the closet and under the beds and take some pictures for the blog so that you’ll know there really are some pretty pillows under all of those baby dolls.
How much control do you give your kids when it comes to decorating their rooms?