That’s for babies. Your 12 year old might be right. If your child is starting high or middle school, it might be time for an upgrade to his/her room. Most likely, they will now change class rooms and have more teachers. Acknowledge change and new responsibilities in your child’s life by making physical changes to their room environment. You can do it easily, and you can do it on the cheap. Take advantage of college sales. I tend to be conservative about having kids be kids, but I think your guy has probably outgrown superhero sheets if not the posters and the movies. I tend not to recommend desks with a lot of drawers because things tend to get lost in the mess that will form. Although I generally believe in having good furniture, the teen years are one time I don’t think it is necessarily wise. Target advertised a Home Essentials Parsons black or white desk for $34. You can choose a 6 drawer dresser for $119 or a 4 drawer for $89, depending on which fits his/her floor plan better. There is even a night stand on sale for $49.
If your son is on the preppy side, TJ Maxx had Ralph Lauren blue and white mattress ticking or red and blue plaid (they could be used together) bedding. Pink and green plaid for girls with a white Target desk is great. There is a pink or green round hamper and other accessories as well. Girls would like a white framed bulletin board for notes or use it to hang jewelry. Boys might prefer a magnet strip (available at The Container Store or use a knife rack). An area rug or a bean bag chair make great spaces for entertaining friends or reading. Bed Bath and Beyond has bean bag covers and the beans so you can make your own. Bed Bath and Beyond has a 5 light floor lamp, as does Target for $18 or go more traditional with a white drum shade and a chrome base. Bed Bath and Beyond also has a 5 shelf black tower with a peg board back (10” wide x 11.8” deep x 69.5” tall) or black with a nickel finish (16.4” X 11.8” X 62.66”). It can go in a closet or next to a desk. An upgraded room is a signal to you and your child that they are starting a new period in their lives. My next blog post is going to help you and your student keep their school life and study environment organized before school even starts again. (Yes, it can really happen.)