Once children enter your life, your world will change dramatically. So should your home. While some parents leave it until the last minute to adjust and accommodate for their little ones, you should always be one step in front. Make your home child-friendly and safe for everyone in the family to enjoy by taking some of the following ideas into consideration.
1. Make space. As it’s probably the most important factor to consider, this needs to be put ahead of all the other tips. Giving your child lots of room in your home will assist in many ways, particularly in regard to them being safe when you’re not around and making them feel comfortable. Push your furniture back into corners, de-clutter and make more room for them.
2. Wooden play kitchen. Parents are often concerned about their child playing in the actual kitchen, so buying a wooden play kitchen may encourage them to be as involved in trying to cook, but without the risks that come with it. They are great for both young boys and girls, so you won’t even have to worry about having children that aren’t always into the same things. All kids like to do the things that their parents do, so give them the chance to.
3. Incorporate alternative storage ideas. Not all storage solutions will be right for you, so work around the sizes and shapes of the corners of your main storing rooms and see how you’ll be able to make the most out of the space that you have.
4. Relaxed decoration. You might be tempted to create rooms which are perfect in every way, all of the borders are neat and there’s no room for clutter. Instead, make it so that there’s a bit of leeway. It’s inevitable that you’re children will make a bit of mess in there, so don’t feel as though you have to keep some rooms in the house in impeccable condition. Allow some of them to be lived in.
5. Shelving. In order to make space for some of the other items in the home, it’s a good idea to put together shelving which you could use to keep certain items away from the reach of your children. It can also be used in their rooms to keep some of their clutter off the floor; up into places which you have easy access to, but they would have to ask you for.
6. Texture your rooms. Spillages and scuffs are inevitable. We expect a bit of wear and tear with anything, but when you have children, you can never be quite sure of what’s around the corner and how it could detract from how clean the rest of the room may seem. By adding texture on the wallpaper, it has a similar effect as the addition of colour has.