Dallas, TX: Tyler & Crispin DeneaultTraditional Kids, Dallas
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Day 3: Deep clean.Cleaning tasks: Hopefully after Days 1 and 2, your child’s room will be less cluttered and more organized. Now it’s time to tackle the dirt. Thoroughly vacuum the room, including the ceiling, fan blades, window treatments and floors, and behind the furniture and inside the closet.If your child has asthma or allergies, consider renting or purchasing a sanitizing steam cleaner to remove allergens from floors, rugs and even toys.Have your child help you give all of the hard plastic toys a “bath” in dishpans filled with warm, soapy water. Work in batches and spread the toys out on towels to dry.Clean crayon marks and other “artwork” from walls.Spot clean upholstered furniture.Launder pillow covers, bedding and small, washable rugs.Wash the windows.
A sunny playroom and a half bath are located just off the living room. “I grew up in a house where everything was very pretty but old and expensive,” says Crispin. “We had sofas you weren’t supposed to sit on and breakables covering every inch of flat living space. It wasn’t what I would call very child friendly. So my design plan has been to decorate our space with things that can be replaced, changed out or moved to another room.”Paint: Smoked Tan, Behr; shelves: Expedit, Ikea