6 Tips For Keeping Your Home Beautiful and Child Friendly

Once that first child comes along your home may become a chaotic sea of toys, books, and games. You may wonder how you can ever have a great looking home again. Here are some ideas to help you keep your main living area beautiful while still being child friendly.

1. Slipcovers
Slipcovers are an excellent way of protecting your furniture while helping your room look beautiful. With children you really want everything to be washable and to wear well. This keeps all furniture child friendly without worrying about spills and messes. If you have had slipcovers in the past and did not like them, don’t worry, slipcovers have come a long way. Gone are the days of sitting down and having the cover come spilling down. They are now much more fitted and some are even stretchy so you don’t get the sag and pulling when you sit. It may be fun to buy 2 different colors so you can change them when you want a fresh look. It is certainly cheaper than buying new furniture and most are machine washable.

2. Pillow Covers
I always hate how even washable pillows seem to get lumpy when washed. Even if I try putting tennis balls in the dryer with them, they never seem to be the same. Pillow covers are a nice solution to this as well as a way to keep them fresh and clean. They are similar to slipcovers in that you can just take them off, wash them and put them back on. The great bonus to this is that you can change the look of your room very easily and inexpensively with various covers. Amazon and eBay are good places to look for some options. If you are feeling crafty you can make some of your own with easy directions you can find online.

3. Storage Bench
This next idea came from visits to my brother-in-law’s house. He and his wife have two active boys with a lot of toys, yet every time we would stop over, the living room was spotless. I was always shocked and a little jealous because I knew they let them play in the living room, but there was no evidence of it. I soon realized that they had a cushioned bench below the window. It was actually two smaller benches pushed together and each opened up for storage. What a simple idea! It’s a great way to store toys and also have extra seating. You could put even put baskets or containers in the benches if you wanted more organization.

4. Bookshelves
You can also purchase a bookshelf with vertical dividers that form “cubbies”. You can place baskets in each cubby for hidden storage or you can display photos and books. Baskets can be very stylish and are great for concealing any number of toys, books, games, diapers, wipes, etc. You could also use a bookshelf you already own and find baskets that fit on the shelves. This is such a great way to hide all of the “kid stuff” as well as being an easy way for kids to grab what they want.

5. Entertainment Unit
Another great piece would be an entertainment unit with doors for hidden storage. They come in such a wide variety of sizes and finishes and are a perfect storage solution for hiding clutter. Once again baskets or containers would provide organization. I have not replaced my big entertainment unit mostly because I would lose all of the great storage it provides.

6. Storage Ottoman
You may have had to get rid of your wooden or glass coffee table, but you can replace it with a great storage ottoman. The fabric and color choices are almost endless and will add storage and more extra seating. You can place a tray on top when entertaining and have a great place for food and drinks. They also have soft edges for the safety of the little ones.

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