Although babies, toddlers, and older children can bring a lot of joy into your home, it is undeniable that kids can quickly destroy the décor and peace and quiet that you have worked hard to create within your home. If you want to give your kids the best home environment possible while protecting it from your kid’s chaos, this guide brings together the best steps you should take towards this. It is like a full time job looking after your home when you have kids running around.
Look for Durable Materials
Once you have started a family, when you are investing in new furniture, you should consider looking to buy those that are made from durable materials that are difficult to damage, such as metals and hardwoods. When you are buying new soft furnishings, you should also look for washable materials, such as leather, rather than softer materials, like velvets. If you do decide to opt for these luxury materials, you should consider using a cover to protect your home from the worst of the damage that it could face.
Invest in a Carpet Cleaner
When you have kids, your carpets can often bear the brunt of this gradual destruction, with years of muddy feet and spilled drinks taking their toll on your flooring, and it can be difficult to get the time to clean your home properly in the hustle and bustle of daily life. This is even more true in the residential areas within London such as Fulham, where there are perhaps more spills and carpet accidents than anywhere else in London. To prevent spills and to protect your home from the damages that children can cause, you should consider investing in carpet cleaning Fulham that can help you to maintain pristine carpets that look like new for many years to come. You should also consider using these services for soft furnishings, such as curtains.
Rather than have your home filled with knickknacks and ornaments, you should consider opting for minimalism within your home. This will prevent your treasures from becoming damaged and knocked from sideboards while also creating a safe space for your kids to play that will keep them away from hazards.
Invest in Storage Solutions
One of the major problems in family homes is space, with many homes becoming disorganised and messy because no object has a place. However, you can solve this problem when you have kids by investing in storage solutions, such as cabinets, hanging baskets, or under the bed drawers. These options will allow you to make sure that all of the bric ‘a’ brac of family life can be easily put out of sight at the end of the day, returning your house to its pre-child state.
Your walls are often the first part of your home to be damaged by playing children, with paints and wallpapers becoming easily chipped. If this is the case, you should consider repainting your home once your kids have grown up, as this will allow you to keep your rooms looking fresh and bright while also covering the worst of the crayon and scrapes that often cover the walls of family homes.
Kid-Proof Your Furniture
However, as well as protecting your home, you need to protect your kids too. This includes placing guards on the corners of furniture, taking up any loose wires and soft furnishings, such as rugs, which could be trip hazards, and ensuring that all of your cupboards and stairs have locks and gates on to keep dangerous chemicals and areas out of reach of your kids.
These are my tips on looking after your home whilst you have kids around, do you have any other tips? I would love to know in the comments below.