As tweens become teens, self expression becomes very important. I remember begging my parents to let me paint my room and decorate it exactly how I had envisioned it (likely an early indicator of my passion for interior spaces, but I digress...). I knew what I liked, and I wanted to surround myself with those things! I was starting to figure out who I was, and who I wanted to be.
This is also the time when homework becomes more involved. Having a special place to keep everything homework related is a big help to avoiding distractions! The computer, or ipad, have a special place and there's no searching for a pen or a highlighter and getting side-tracked. I'm notorious for procrastinating with cleaning the house, and trust me this started at a young age!
Having a designated work space is also a great way to encourage creativity in teens and tweens. They can keep their favorite things at hand: painting, drawing, coding, crafts. When it's easy to pick up where you left off, it's easy to do regularly!
And it doesn't have to be expensive! Refinishing an old table in a fun, bright color and covering cardboard magazine holders in patterned paper are simple and inexpensive ways to customize a teen's space. There are tons of ideas out there, and it's a great bonding experience, working together to bring their ideas to life.
Creating a comfortable and efficient space for your tween to grow in their studies and express their personal creativity is a great addition to the home. Home is a place to thrive, and learn, and feel most ourselves. If you need help with ideas, or someone to get the ball rolling, schedule a free consultation today!