When you have kids, any notion of those pre-kid decorating ideas usually go by way of the 8-track. In their place are more practical and functional designs that can stand up to the enthusiasm kids exude in everything they do.
This isn’t to say you can’t have a stylish house that’s warm and inviting at the same time. It just means you’ll have to think differently in terms of décor and functionality. So, get rid of those delicate vases and that bright white couch and instead, get these must-have pieces if you have kids.
1. A Coat Rack
The entryway into any home tends to get chaotic with all the stuff each family member stows there. From shoes, purses, backpacks, coats, hats, and more, you need something that lets everyone store their things in a neat and orderly manner.
A coat rack is a great option for the entryway as it keeps everything in the open where it’s easy to find, and because it is out in the open, it’s easier to keep neat and organized.
2. Washable Rugs
It didn’t used to be a thing, but these days, it’s easy to find washable rugs in a variety of sizes. If you have kids (or pets) in the home, you must invest in washable rugs because you never know when one of your little cuties is going to spill something right in the middle of your favorite floor covering. If it’s washable, you simply throw it in your washer and it’s good as new.
3. Easy to Clean Sofa
When you have kids, your goal should be to have as many washable things as possible in your home. This includes your couch because we all know kids never spill water. They spill grape juice, and it never comes out of furniture completely – until now.
Although you’ll pay a tad more for a washable couch, the investment will be worth it when all you need to do is remove the cushion covers and toss them in the washer to clean.
4. Low Bookcases
Little kids like to climb – everything. Those tall bookcases you love so much? They’ll be too tempting for your little one to resist, which could end up in disaster if they topple over or their contents fall on top of him.
Rather than take the risk, furnish your home with low-rise furniture such as short bookcases and the like. Although your child may still try to climb them, they won’t pose such a danger as their taller counterparts.
5. Cubby Storage
In case you haven’t already figured it out, a majority of parenting involves picking up after your little angels. To make this chore easier for everyone, invest in a family cubby storage system that gives each family member their own cubby. This way, when you’re tidying up for the hundredth time that day, you’ll have a convenient place to put everyone’s things and they’ll know just where to find their stuff.