How to Set Up Your Kids Room For Back To School Success

Can you believe back-to-school time is just around the corner? We all know what that means—supplies shopping! But instead of simply stocking your child’s backpack, consider how you can shop for their room in order to decorate with intention.

Styling your kids room the right way can contribute to a successful and productive school year.

Here are my top 5 tips to decorate and style your kid’s bedroom for back-to-school success:

Clean, Clear, Organized and Clutter-Free

How to Set Up Your Kids Room For Back To School Success

A space that’s clean and organized creates a harmonious ambiance. Dust and vacuum often. Create “breathing room” on kids’ shelves, under the bed and in the closet. Declutter toys and books periodically to create a healthy flow of energy in the room.

Before school starts is a great time to clear out the old and open the pathways for exciting new beginnings for the new school year.

Proper Furniture Size and Placement

Pick furniture that fits properly and proportionally to the size of the room. The ideal placement for the bed is referred to as the “command position,” when the bed is placed facing the door in the room (preferably diagonally, not directly in front of it or in line with it) so you can see the door and who’s entering. Also, a solid headboard against the wall rather than under the window is an excellent placement to help the child feel secure and peaceful. These simple changes make a significant impact on your child’s energy and sleep patterns.

Positive and Uplifting Room Décor

How to Set Up Your Kids Room For Back To School Success

Pick a room theme or décor that is comforting and positive. Refrain from picking harsh stimulating themes, décor or bed sheets. Avoid wild animals or prints, symbols of violence and destruction, or fighting superheroes or ninjas. These may stimulate young children, keeping them up and making it difficult to wake up in the morning for school.  What surrounds your child in their room inspires them when they’re awake and soothes them when they are sleeping.

Decorate with Symbols of Intention

Incorporate décor symbols of things they love, achievements they are proud of, or their artwork. Also incorporate signs of any places they want to visit or new things they want to do or try this upcoming school year. These symbols create a point of inspiring motivation, and decorating this way will build their confidence, self-esteem and happiness.

Inspire Them to Be Their Own Hero

How to Set Up Your Kids Room For Back To School Success

Have a symbol or décor item of your child’s role model in their room. It can be a real or fictional character they have a connection with and admire. The role model will give them a feeling of security and comfort that someone has their back. This feeling of confidence is a great way to start off the new school year!

By implementing these Styling with Intention tips, your child will be ready for an awesome new school year!

*Originally published in the August 2018 issue of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine. Updated in July 2022.

About the Author: Barbara Culkin of Styling With Intention ( is a mompreneur, fashion and interior stylist and lifestyle designer who helps you decorate, dress and live with intention. She is also an award-winning artist, certified Feng Shui consultant, speaker, published author and freelance writer.