As your family grows so will your need to make your home as practical as possible. Cleaning, cooking and laundry all take up so much of your time. And if you have small children and a career to juggle too, life can be so busy. Practical solutions in the home can help you find more quality time to spend with your family. Here are just a few of my ideas to help you find an easier life at home:
Furniture is the key to a practical life at home. You want plenty of places to store things, so look for cabinets and cupboards that offer the space you need. Drawers can be very handy when you want a way to organize those little bits and pieces we all have. When you’re buying new furniture, think about the different ways you can use it. If you’re buying a coffee table, can the kids also use it safely to do puzzles or coloring?
Sofas often double up as trampolines as soon as your back is turned. Even small children can end up pushing the furniture out of place. However, it’s best not to push it against the wall. Scuffs and dents from the furniture will make the walls look unsightly. They may even end up damaged. Sofas that have built-in storage can be handy too. But when it’s time to finally put your feet up in the evening, maybe a recliner will be more practical!
While we would all love our houses to look like show homes, we need to keep them practical as well. Choosing neutral colors gives them the show home look you want and provides a blank canvas for you to decorate with colorful wall art. And choosing a neutral shade means it is easier to paint over if the kids choose to add their own artwork!
Wall lighting is very popular in the family room. It means it is out of the way and not likely to topple on the kids! However, consider some of the other options too. You still want your family room to be stylish. And wall lights aren’t always practical when it comes to reading a storybook to the kids. Pick a good quality standard lamp that can be easily removed if the kids get too rowdy.
Kids have a bad habit of spilling crumbs and drinks all over the carpet. This can leave you with a bigger cleaning job than you want. Carpets need to be vacuumed daily when children are about. But if they need a deep clean to remove stains and spills, they can still be wet the following day. Hardwood floors look beautiful and are much easier to keep hygienically clean than fabric carpets. For extra comfort grab a machine washable rug for the kids to sit on and play.
Our homes are where our best memories of the kids are made. But if we’re too busy cleaning and redecorating, we’ll miss out on that quality time. Making our homes more practical can spare us those few extra minutes we need to be with the kids. Love your practical home.