Running a house and caring for young children is a challenging task, especially as kids tend to have a knack for undoing all your best efforts to keep your home neat and tidy. With the added pressures of entertaining children and keep them on the straight and narrow, a range of affordable solutions to make your life easier is essential to help you to keep on top of the workload.
Invest in a handheld vacuum cleaner
Most mums will be familiar with this scenario: you have only turned your back for a moment to pack away the vacuum cleaner to discover a trail of freshly-laid crumbs across your lounge carpet, leaving you with the choice between ignoring the mess and starting all over again. Investing in a cordless handheld model is a great way to keep your home clean without the hassle of dragging the hoover around the house. Minor messes can be easily removed in a matter of seconds, leaving you with more time to enjoy being with the family.
A useful guide to choosing the right model for your home can be found at Which.
Ditch the dirty carpets
From mud-caked shoes to yoghurt splats, children can effortlessly wreak a trail of dirty destruction on any carpet leaving unsightly marks and stains that can only be removed with intensive scrubbing or professional cleaning. A realistic and practical solution to this problem is to replace carpets with vinyl flooring, particularly in vulnerable areas such as in kitchens, underneath breakfast bars or around external doors where filthy feet come in.
Easy to clean, hard-wearing and simple to install, vinyl is an enduringly popular choice for family living so click here for the full range of Vinyl flooring from Wickes.
Paint not wallpaper
Children, crayons and walls are a bad mix but when faced with a fantastic blank canvas many toddlers cannot resist the temptation to engage in a spot of creative art work. Wallpaper that is pen-stained or paint-marked can be difficult to clean without damaging the surface so a worthwhile investment is to paint plaster walls or use lining paper which can then be painted. A painted surface, especially if an emulsion is applied as the top coat, is easy to wipe clean and withstands most household cleaners if necessary.
See this article for information on how to clean painted walls.
Children seem to possess an unlimited number of toys which, in the spirit of Toy Story, find their way across floors, under furniture and between rooms the moment you aren’t looking. Keeping them neatly-stacked and organised is probably unachievable so investing in some stackable plastic storage boxes is a simple way to pile the toys together, keeping your floors clear and removing all those risky trip hazards.
If your child is particularly young then she may not appreciate the glare of bright lights when trying to sleep while older toddlers fear sleeping in the dark. A dimmer switch is a simple yet highly effective way to adjust the brightness in your child’s bedroom so that you can achieve a not-quite-dark level of light which your child will find more comfortable.
www.homedepot.com provides useful guides for many home improvement projects including installing a dimmer switch.
Keeping your home in tiptop condition even with a young family is not an impossible task but take time to make some simple changes to your property to help make your role as mum far easier and less stressful.