1. Rearrange the room and place the bed on a different wall. A different view point can make all the difference and it is free.
2. Sort and throw out or donate toys and games that have missing pieces or children have outgrown. Games and books in good shape can be donated to shelters, after school programs, or churches. Less can be more by adding more space or an roomier feel. Decreasing clutter will make a room look larger and will entice the child to want to be there to sleep, rest, or study.
3. Older children need a place to study so set up an area in the corner with a flat surface for writing and a desk light. Desk lamps can be found for less than $10.00 at this time of year because of all the students returning to college and the sales that entice them.
4. Have the siblings change rooms. I had five siblings growing up and little money for make overs but if we wanted a real change, we would change rooms with each other. It cost nothing except the time and effort to move the beds and the dressers and it was fun to rearrange closets and clothes. Another opportunity to throw out, sort out, or give away.
5. Don't forget garage sales for finding great used furniture. This is an inexpensive way to find a desk, chair, or dresser for a children's room. Remember, those things that look rough may just need a coat of paint.
Paint, a new throw pillow for the bed, a bright desk accessory, a desk lamp, a new arrangement for the room, and a good cleaning and sorting helps each child to feel empowered to start the new school year off right. Working together will allow the child to take ownership of their room too so nagging for them to "clean their room" may be a saying of the past. Enjoy.