Now they're covered with pages she's colored, paintings, pictures she's drawn, "notes" she's written, "ladders" that she's crafted, jewels that she's hung from the light switches, and even a few clothing tags and strips of blue tape for some extra sparkle. Once the walls are embellished she moves to the furniture, hanging things from every knob and propping her dolls around the bedposts. If I get distracted for too long, suddenly these creations start appearing on the fireplace, beside the tv, on the wall in the kitchen and in my office. And her creative mind is always at work looking for her next inspiration ... she's started to collect "craft supplies" like stir sticks, ziploc bags, buttons, french fry boxes, bubble wrap and more. Oh my!
Clearly my 4 year old and I have different feng shui styles. So where do I draw the line between my toddler's feng shui style and mine (and save my sanity!?!) I've talked to other moms that are facing similar challenges. It's important to me that I find a way to encourage my little one's creative spirit. But I really want to maintain harmony and balance in our house. So here are the guidelines that I've made up as we move along this path:
- She has creative freedom in her room. As long as it's safe, she can create, hang, and embellish away.
- Thanks to her teacher's suggestion, we've started a craft supply box where she can keep all of her inspirations. This has helped eliminated tiny piles that were starting to accumulate in several spaces.
- All craft supplies are subject to parental approval ... (anything that might attract pests does not make the cut!)
- Creations hung in common areas are temporary ... when they come down she gets to decide whether they go in the trash, in a keep box, or get hung in her own space.
Happy Feng Shui-ing!
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