My six year old girl, Mitra, has influenced my new design style. Our home is designed purely to make things easier, safer and funnier for Mitra. Let’s call it “House of Mitra” or in a nicer language “Mitrashus”.
When we’re out with Mitra, we have to stay close to her constantly. So home needs to be the place she can have more freedom and we can have much less stress. It’s hard to make an entire flat safe for her, a strong and active kid, with limited sense of safety or rules. I want this room to her sanctuary.
The room, though bare, doesn’t scream “demanding child!”, rather a relaxing place with no disturbances.
I think Mitra really enjoys her room (to be honest I use this room a lot myself for relaxing:)). When her “motor is running high” she can go there to calm down or just to relax.
Mitra’s Activity Room
Another room is used for Mitra’s activities. She has her toys, her music instruments and a comfortable sofa there. This is the place where she has much more freedom to make a mess:). And of course, she helps me to clean it from time to time. I plan to build a climbing wall for her here.
The rest of the house is also facilitated for Mitra. There is a yoga swing in the living room which can be unmounted and from time to time she has her trampoline there too. All places have Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) or photos that are laminated. This makes it easier for her (and us) to communicate and helps her to find the things.
There has always been a lot of work to clean after she finished playing with her toys and they took a lot of place. I decided to use the wall in the hall and make a type of activity wall for her. All toys are screwed to the wall and it is easy to change them by time. A small foldable table is used when she wants to play with kinetic sand or do other activities.
I could go on. There are so many ways I have altered the design of the house and the design of our lives to meet Mitra’s needs. I have to admit that I am pretty happy about it. Mitra is safe and comfortable here. And there is beauty in that.
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