Family-Friendly Home Improvements

It perhaps won’t come as a surprise when I say that family life can put a strain on the interior decor of your home. As any parent will know, the introduction of a baby and subsequently a mischievous toddler means you can spend a large portion of the day, cleaning, wiping and tidying. But there are certain home improvements you can make to make your home a little more family friendly. 

Wood flooring Whereas many people may find they have to replace or repair their carpet every five to ten years, a good quality wood flooring can last for decades and will need only minimal maintenance. They are also so much easier to clean then carpets and require just a simple brush and wipe to remove dirt with ease. If you, like we do, have a carpet in your dining room, you’ll be only too familiar with how hard it can be to keep your carpet clean and stain-free from all those messy meal times! Wooden flooring is also by far a more hygienic option than carpet which can be host to a whole range of parasites. Wooden flooring is also easy to treat if you get any scratches or wear and tear to it.

Stain resistant paint Using stain resistant paint in your home can keep it looking great for longer. When you have little ones you’ll be only too familiar with tiny fingerprints from sticky hands decorating your nice clean walls! With a stain resistant paint your walls will be easier to clean and the paint will also repel the stains meaning you can go a lot longer before having to redecorate.

Repurposing rooms Having a dedicated play room for example can ensure that the general wear and tear that comes about from your busy little ones is confined to one area of the house. This isn’t to say that your little ones can’t enjoy spending time in other rooms of the house, but by making one room bright and appealing – with a dedicated reading corner for example, they will naturally gravitate to that area the most. If you have the space, having a dedicated dining room can also be a godsend for mealtimes. You can put down a splash mat for all those mealtime spills and by encouraging them to eat their meals at a table they will learn a host of new skills too. This room can also be the ‘heart’ of the house where the whole family can engage with one another.

The garden Your garden is an extension to your home, think of it as a whole other room if you will, and so with a bit of love and care, it can be an area that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Outdoor play can be educational, fun and stimulating for little ones as they can engage with nature, get some much needed fresh air and exercise as well as making very happy memories. You could even set up a dedicated sand-play area, mud kitchen or have a mini vegetable patch, for example. They are guaranteed to have hours of fun!

So there you have it, just a few tips for making family-life a little easier. But remember a home can be a happy one regardless of the size, the money spent on it or the contents within it :) 

*Post written in collaboration.