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My Tips for Finding the Home Decor/Baby Balance

August 24, 2017

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.

Keep cleaning supplies nearby: I think I was watching Ash’s video where she mentioned she finds it easier having lots of glass furniture as you can see the dirt and clean the hot spot areas, I agree with this. We have a lot of mirrors in our house and Rory loves nothing more than making mates with himself and having a good old chat to the mirror. This obviously involves grubby hands. To keep on top of cleaning them I have decanted white vinegar into smaller spray bottles and keep them nearby along with a micro fibre cloth. That means that once he is done playing I can take 20 seconds just to clean up after him. I think when you have a baby it’s really easy to get into the habit of sacrificing things you like through fear of them getting dirty but actually you have to weigh up whether you can just make the clean up easier for yourself. 

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.

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  1. Maisie Gibbons

    August 24th, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Cleaning wipes are bloody amazing haha! Wilkos do some for 50p and they're brilliant! Such a good post! I too struggle for the balance, especially as we are renting at the moment, makes it even tougher as we just have to work with what we have!

  2. caitylis

    August 24th, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    We're moving out of our tiny studio-flat soon and since we're also welcoming our first child into the world I really want to get this balance 'right'! Because i'm so excited to have an actual house to decorate and be proud of but I also dread the amount of plastic toys…! Lovely tips! You're home is certainly Instagramable BTW!
    Much love, Caitylis x x

  3. Debbie - Hello Deborah

    August 24th, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    I definitely struggle with the balance. I find if I make certain rooms toy free then at least I have somewhere to escape to. The lounge is full of toys most of the time and as soon as E is in bed I make sure there's no plastic in sight. Although her wooden toys are usually out for display.

  4. Five Little Doves

    August 24th, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    I struggle with balance too! We try and keep one room pristine, the front lounge which the children never go in. The rest of the house is pretty much a bombsite!

  5. Angela

    September 5th, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Great post. I'm obsessed with cleaning my house due to our baby coming but I think I need to let go a little bit as it's not always going to be clean and tidy especially with a newborn about xx

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