When Char turned nine, it's like she instantly became a big girl, a "pre" pre-teen, if you will. No more "baby stuff" (except for her Unicorn, Uni. Uni can stay). No more "baby colors" or "fluffy baby things" (except for her blankie. Blankie can stay, too). More neutral tones with pops of color. More hand woven baskets and more floating shelves. More nature, like plants and succulents and floating glass globes to keep them in (I've ordered those via Amazon). Who is this child? I wanna cry. She's totally me, style and all!
The other day Char made a Pinterest board of room inspiration for me to browse through. I discovered that her taste is quite lovely, and furthermore, I need to up my game because I caught myself saying I want a "big girl" room, too, and I am grown. With that inspo came "can we make my big girl room happen today?" No, we couldn't do it that day, in that very second, but I did tackle her room when she left for her dad's for the weekend. She's going to be surprised!
This room update cost me almost nothing. It merely required me to get rid of stuff. Char had accumulated a lot of things over the years we've lived here, and that was the issue. Toys on toys, clutter on clutter. So her room got a minimalist make over too. My mom and step-dad came over to help me take down her wall unit that she's had since age 3. We moved her bed, donated lots of toys, games, and stuffed animals. I swear we had an entire ToysRUS section in her room. Ridiculous. Nevertheless, we made due with that she already had! Kept the few things she loves dearly and plays with. I also made a note to re-organize her bookshelf which was a complete disaster. I ended up donating a lot of books that she's had since age 2. It's crazy the things we hold on to for fear of losing a memory (more so me than her).
Looking at my big girl's room, I feel proud! I know she will like it. It's not exactly a Pinterest room but it'll do for now. We held off on the big makeover because we will be moving in May (if all goes well) and there wasn't a need to invest in anything brand new when we'll only be in our apartment for another 5 months or so. I fought the urge to go to the store and buy an "extra this" or "additional that." It was hard but I got the job done without spending an arm and a leg.
The few things I did buy, which were her plants + vases, cost under $40. They will be worth it!
What I learned: re-creating a bedroom doesn't have to be expensive!