Having kids means having a mess in the house. Kids want to explore, try new things, get loud and explosive, and have fun. In short, it’s nigh impossible to maintain a clean and tidy home when you’ve got your children tearing through the place and exploring the world through play – or so you thought.
The key to designing a great home with kids in the house without breaking the bank is to consider how kids play and what materials can withstand the rough and tumble of play. If you aren’t sure where to get started, don’t worry, as this guide will take you through everything you need to know:
To Start: Some Money-Saving Tips
Regardless of where or how you shop, it’s important to know how to get a better deal. One of the best habits to get into, especially when shopping for furniture and décor, is to look for any promo codes before you pay. Do this even if the item in question is already on sale since you never know when discount or coupon stacking is permitted. Don’t just click on the first coupon site you find, however. You can do good while saving. Use this Plowhearth promo code to save on décor pieces, for example, and you’ll help raise money for the American Cancer Society.
You’ll also want to practice how to negotiate, for when you shop at markets or second-hand. The worst that can happen is that they’ll say no, and you’ll need to pay the original price. Negotiating is a fine art, but you won’t get better unless you practice, so start today.
Go With Solid Wood
If you want furniture that will withstand the test of time, opt for solid wood pieces. The pieces in question should be heavy and sturdy and can take a dent or two in their time. Don’t be afraid of scratches on wood, either. Regular treatments and, in a pinch, sanding can restore these pieces throughout the years.
Use Dark Colors
If you want to keep your home looking great, then you’ll want to invest in dark colors. Nothing is more stressful than a pristine white couch in a home with kids. Even with your best efforts, that white couch will end up being more of a hassle than it’s worth. By opting for darker shades, you can keep your furnishings looking great with less effort.
Large Storage Units are Your Friend
It’s a pain to tidy up, even if you have your kids working on good habits. Rather than have everything in small, specific spots, give yourself a break and rely on large storage pieces. A toy chest is a classic for a reason. You can also make tidying up faster with large baskets, with multi-purpose furniture like a couch that has storage space under the cushions, and so on.
Use Museum Wax
Displaying delicate pieces? Even if you put them up high, there will always be a risk of your kids running into furniture and knocking it over. That’s why you need to do two things. The first is to secure tall pieces to the wall so if they do get knocked into, they don’t fall over. The second is to use museum wax to keep décor pieces in their place.