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Cleaning with Kids: Tips for Cleaning by Age

by Craftmel

Cleaning with Kids: Tips for Cleaning by Age

I have three little girls, two of which are very good at distributing toys, clothes, and books all over the house.  After too many days of me chasing after them and cleaning up their messes, it was time to put them in charge of pulling some of the weight around the house.  My sanity depended on it. 

So, how do we distribute chores among children at different developmental stages?  Here are a few tips, and printable helps, to encourage you in the process.  

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Furniture Designer Legally Employs Young Sons to Add Imperfect Finishing Touches

by Chris Gardner

Furniture Designer Legally Employs Young Sons to Add Imperfect Finishing Touches

Dutch industrial designer Lucas Maassen painstakingly creates smooth, straight-lined designs, flawless and contemporary in their construction, then pays his kids to mess it up.

"Thijme (9 years old), Julian and Maris (both 7 years old) work in compliance with Dutch child labor laws. This means, they’re limited to working only three hours per week. The three sons work every Tuesday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a 15-minute break in between. They receive €1 per furniture piece completed and have employee benefits such as 12 vacation days per year and receive a 5% salary vacation allowance per annum."

Watch this excellent video to see the boys in action:   

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Pallet Craft: Rustic Baby Nursery

by Craftmel

Pallet Craft: Rustic Baby Nursery

Instead of the run-of-the-mill baby nurseries that are in every catalog out there, this mom-to-be wanted her little guy's nursery to have something extra that would stand out and grow up with the baby.  That called for something a little more masculine than Winnie the Pooh.   

Using untreated pallet lumber and a good deal of problem solving, this nursery on the Bower Power Blog has a rustic and awesome accent wall.  Because the wood was...

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Before & After: Ultimate Playroom Makeovers

by Capree K

Before & After: Ultimate Playroom Makeovers

Yes, makeovers plural!  And yes, they're all ultimate!  Don't believe me?  Read on.  

created at: 05/23/2011

These playroom makeovers are all the work of Minor Details, a design firm focused solely on creating awesome spaces for kids.  A peek through their portfolio was enough to make me want a playroom of my own, that's for sure!  Check out more of their work here and let me know what you think!

created at: 05/23/2011

P.S. Minor Details also has a pretty sweet blog focused on mod toys, furniture, etc. for kids!

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Before & After: A Bland Basement Turned Fantasy Playroom

by Capree K

Before & After: A Bland Basement Turned Fantasy Playroom

This basement renovation took a little over a year, but I'm willing to bet the "after" is what little kids' dreams are made of!  

created at: 04/25/2011

created at: 04/25/2011

Jessica Levitt, a designer, crafter, and blogger, turned this drab and dark basement into a playroom fantasty for her brother-in-law's three children.  I don't know about you, but I would have LOVED this space as a kid!  Heck, I even love it now.

There are loads of incredible pictures on Jessica's blog Juicy Bits, so be sure to check it out!

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Totally DIYable LEGO Toy Box

by DIY Maven

Ogle Wooden Toy Box

I spent several hours on Christmas putting together various LEGO sets for my nephew, Gavin. After the first set, he grabbed the next and the next. I couldn't say no, as I, like Gavin, love the LEGOs. Which is why I'm thinking this LEGO brick toy box might be in Gavin's future. Called

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DIY Toy Kit for Adults

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

DIY Toy Kit for Adults

This DIY gift is sure to keep you and your tinkering-hungry significant-other busy during these cold, gray winter days. Not exclusively an adult gift, the box full of three simple building elements will also send a volt through the young tinkerer's creative wiring.  What you build is entirely up to you. That's a beautiful thing.

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Modern Doll Houses

by Alicia Lacy

Modern Doll Houses

Recently, I stumbled upon these amazing doll houses (read: works of art) by Brinca Dada. Not only would I love to have one of them for our daughter Ayla, but I'd love to live inside one of them. They are simple and stunning. 

The company's philosophy is that "toys should be beautiful and fun." They believe they should be athestically pleasing to parents and inviting to children. They pride themselves on skipping the flash and noise, in favor...

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