We would all like our homes to be spotless havens of relaxation and comfort. But the truth is, when you have a family, things don’t often work that way. Toys and books get left out, plates pile up in the sink, the recycling gets mixed up, and there’s often general chaos. Despite your best efforts at cleaning and clearing up, nothing stays pristine or in its designated place for long. But all hope isn’t lost. There are a few ways to keep your home tidy and presentable. Even with pairs of little feet running around.
I’d advise getting a darker coloured carpet for high footfall areas anyway. But if you do like cream or neutral-toned carpets and can’t bear the thought of them getting run down and stained, then all you need to implement is one simple rule: shoes off in the house. This will completely eradicate worries of mud being walked into the pile.
Buy durable furniture for your home. We cannot emphasise this enough. Whether it’s a chesterfield leather sofa or a bunk bed for the kids’ room. The extra cost involved in high-quality furniture is worth every penny. Remember, your home is not a showroom. It’s going to be well lived in. Kids will jump on the bed, wrestle on the couch and create all sorts of havoc. So get something that can withstand a bit of tough love. We’d also recommend getting wipe-clean seating where possible. That way, you won’t be left crying over spilled milk.
Kids love pets, and at some point, they’ll probably come home asking for a dog. If you do decide to get a pet but can’t stand pet hairs covering all of your belongings, then consider breeds such as Bichon Frises, Poodles, Lhasa Apso’s and Bedlington terriers. These breeds make perfect companions, but do not shed fur at all.
Kids have tons of belongings. Toys, games, books. The list is endless. Invest in efficient storage space. This way, everything will have somewhere to go, and things don’t need to be left out all of the time. Consider bookshelves, trunks, and baskets. Make use of cupboard space too. Most people let it go to waste.
Build up a chore rota, with each of your children being designated certain tasks on certain days. Don’t overload them with things to do. But chores are beneficial. They teach your child essential life skills that they will need when they grow up and move out. The bonus? They’ll think twice before creating a mess if they know that they’ll be responsible for cleaning it up.
Have a Clear Out
Kids outgrow things all the time. This means that a lot of their toys are left untouched and unwanted. So have a clear out every so often. Once a year, at least, get your little ones to gather items that they no longer want or need. Then take them to your local charity shop or make a date out of a car boot sale. It will be fun and will also mean less mess to deal with in your space.
Do you have a large family? Do you have any tips on how to keep a presentable home? Leave them below!