When my daughter was born, I knew our home would never be the same. Now I’m not talking about the love we have for her, or how our family is changed forever for the better, or any of that mushy stuff. I’m talking about the state of our physical home and how a kid could seriously alter it.
First came an overwhelming amount of baby stuff, followed by a mountain of toys. Where did it all fit into our small, but lovely, house? Then she quickly began crawling, walking, and now running from room to room – often leaving a trail of destruction in her path. Was it time to give up on having a nice-looking home and accept that mine will forever have the sticky and messy mark of a young child?
Well I’m here to let you know that it is possible to have a clean, tidy, and dare I say beautiful home, even when you have kids. Here’s a few tricks I’ve learnt along the way…
Bins, baskets, and boxes are your best friend. Stash the toys in baskets that match your decor. Put up shelving to house the books and ever-growing collection of stuffed animals. I like to keep art supplies like crayons and paint brushes neat and organized in mason jars. Create a system that keeps things off the floor and easily accessible. Bonus points if you can find storage solutions that match the look and feel of your home.
Use durable materials:
It’s best to assume that at some point in time, every piece of furniture in your home will get drawn on, spilled on, and jumped on. When you’re investing in new pieces, make sure they can hold up to the wear and tear your kids will inflict on them. Anything with a solid wood base is ready to last a lifetime. And when it comes to fabric, leather, ultrasuede, wool, and linen are all crazy kid-friendly.Invest in furniture that can hold up to the wear and tear your kids will inflict. #decorating #kids Click To Tweet
Stay away from white:
I’m not suggesting your house has to be every colour of the rainbow, or share the colour palate of the kid’s department at Ikea, but anything in pure white is just a bad idea. Try to avoid the meltdown you and your toddler will have after they splatter finger paint all over your white fluffy pillows. Now is the time to embrace neutrals, darker shades, and patterns that will help hide inevitable stains.
Move the breakables up and out of reach:
You can ask them not to touch that glass candle holder a million times. You can tell yourself one day they’ll be old enough to understand a picture frame is not a toy. But you know what’s easier? Move it out of reach. Keep items that are breakable and sentimental somewhere they’re not tall enough to get to until they’re teenagers.
Give them their own space:
Whether it’s their bedroom or a playroom, make sure your little ones have a space all their own. This is where you funnel all the crazy kid items you don’t want overtaking your house. And this is where your kid gets the say over what it looks like. They want lime green walls? Go for it! A Peppa Pig bed set? Sure! This is their space, so let their personality dictate what it looks like. And don’t be afraid to let it get a little messy now and again.
One last little tip from me to you? Never, ever, buy crayons, felts, or paints that aren’t washable.