From a good night’s sleep to an uninterrupted cup of coffee, you give up a lot when you have kids. But the design ideal you have for your home needn’t be one of them – honest!
Our three mummy bloggers firmly believe you can have a beautiful family home that’s also child friendly. Here are their top tips for keeping your living space as easy-to-clean and safe as it is chic and uncluttered.
How to protect your home from children (and stains)
No matter how quick you are with the wet wipes, young children’s grubby hands are magnetically attracted to any pristine white wall! But you can limit how much damage dirty fingers can do, as Polly at Enchanted Pixie explains. “Go for a paint that’s washable, so you can clean dirty handprints off your walls without removing colour.”
Choose family-friendly furniture, too. A fabric sofa with machine washable covers will look stylish and avoid costly trips to the dry cleaners. Lori at Wild and Grizzly says, “I always gravitate towards grey. The colour covers up the daily wear and tear and you can dress it with fab throws and cushions to add some pop and create a focal point in your home.”
Don’t add to your dinner table stress by fretting about spillages. Throw on a wipe-clean tablecloth before crafts or messy foods, says Alex at Bump to Baby – especially if, like her, your little one tends to draw on the table as much as the paper!
How to keep things out of (little) arms’ reach
Creating a stylish family home isn’t just about protecting your furniture from stains. Your furniture can protect little ones against household dangers, too. “Use the height of your room for extra storage”, says Alex. “Put anything dangerous, or which you don’t want broken, a few levels higher.”
“This should help to free up a bit more room space, too – which, when you’ve got young children with many toys, comes in very handy!”
Don’t forget storage
However much you try to keep things tidy, it’s likely that, by the end of the the day, you’ll still find toys dotted about your living room. The solution? “Get smart with storage and clear it all away once the kids are done playing,” says Lori. “Use woven storage baskets to keep toys organised.” Why not make your own, with this easy-to-follow tutorial?
Alternatively, storage footstools are another child-friendly way to clear away the clutter and earn some extra style points.
Crafts don’t have to end in stains – these furniture cleaning tips from mums show you how to tackle the mess with ease.