My second pregnancy has dictated a lot of life changes in a very short span of time. Before we wanted to have another baby, we wanted to move to a bigger home, buy a bigger car etc (basically be better planned) but sometimes life has a funny way of making the decisions for you! The day I found out I was pregnant, we went into “logic mode”, either we moved and we did it fast or we made the home we were adamant we wouldn’t stay in, a forever home.
We needed to make some changes, have a clear out, make room and make the house practical and cosy. When I bought the house I aimed for it to be as Instagrammable as possible but Instagram homes and babies just don’t mix. How many lovely minimalist, monochrome Instahomes have a sodding great Jumperoo in them right? I ditched my gorgeous white wood floorboards in favour of cosy grey carpets and painted the last of the white walls with warm colour. Practicality trumped Insta.
However, after reading about the Summer Interior Trends Home Inspirations ebook from Chill. ie I did find myself lusting back for elements of my Insta home and it had me wondering, can you find the balance?
Storage is everything: Out of site, out of mind right? I love the Ikea Trofast range as it conceals those garish bright coloured toys that clash with anything and everything but also it allows me to ‘section’ Rory’s toys, so if we are doing sensory play it’s all in one box or the same for musical play etc. I always find when the house doesn’t have enough storage that’s when chaos ensues.
Cherry pick the best looking toys for “show”: On top of Rory’s Trofast storage in our living room I keep all of the nicer looking wooden toys which I think gives a really nice look.
Have ‘Instagrammable’ areas but make them easy to clean: I am all for a “shelfie” – I love neatly organised areas of piled up books with strategically placed candles on top and I think you should have elements of that but I do think it’s important to keep them easy to clean otherwise it gets on top of you. Don’t over complicate the trinkets so that when it comes to dusting its a quick job. If you do want little trinkets or perfume bottles etc, keep them on a tray so it’s easier to lift and polish underneath.
Cleaning wipes are life: I was a little late to the party to discover these as pre-baby me never really saw the point but they are so convenient. They’re great for quickly wiping down worktops, high chairs, splatters on the floor as well as keeping a pack in the bathroom so when your baby is having a bath you can give the sink and toilet a little wipe down.
Let go a little: Like all aspects of your life post-baby, things AREN’T going to be the same and you do have to roll with it. Unfortunately some baby things just cannot be concealed and as much as we can buy aesthetically pleasing baby toys – the babies just don’t like them as much and want bright clashing colours. You are not superwoman and you can’t do as much anymore so you do need to accept a new level of tidy.
*This post is in collaboration with Chill.ie