We want to help give a nine year old girl a new start, by making her room more habitable and homelike for when she returns
She has been wanting her room
redone since she got it, now seems to present a good opportunity, and she loves the idea. The plan is to make the room that she currently has feel more like home and a welcoming place worth making stable.
She has had a rocky start, first being raised in significant neglect by her mother who is currently a guest of the State, and now being raised by her father as a single parent in a house with myself another tenant and our landlord. She has had escalating behavioral issues at school and in the care of babysitters, each of whom in turn refused to continue caring for her, eventually overwhelming her fathers ability to logistically and emotionally cope. This all culminated last month in her being surrendered to CPS where she has been getting help while her father arranged for therapy, better after school care, and support for himself.
She is now returning soonish and could use a more pink, girly, adventurous organized environment. Unfortunately neither her father, the other housemates, nor I are all that connected to what interests nine year old girls these days. From what I can recognize, she is into Hannah Montana, Dora the Explorer, singing, dancing, drawing, periodic rambunctiousness, sleep overs with a friend who is occasionally a bad influence, sneaking up on people (she giggles to much to be effective), and Sponge Bob Square Pants.
It obviously needs storage space, are there nine year old appropriate storage solutions? Creative things we could do to make the ceiling more attractive? The floor? Should she have a desk? What are some things awesome to a nine year old that wouldn't occur to us?