When you have children, many aspects of your life change. One of them is your home. While your home might once have been a place of beautiful interior design and decor, a baby brings with it a lot of things that can completely change the look of your home. Keeping on top of your home might be difficult with children to look after, but there are some things you can do to make it easier. Take a look at how to maintain a clutter-free home with young children.
Learn to let go
Here, ‘letting go’ doesn’t refer to letting go of your home and accepting the mess, but rather letting go of the things that you no longer need. If you’ve got dozens of mugs and wine glasses that aren’t going to get used, it’s time to get rid of them. You’ll need to free up a lot of storage space to house everything that comes with your baby, so learn to let go of those things that once seemed important but now don’t seem essential in light of your new family life.
Find a place for everything
One of the best ways to stay on top of clutter is to make sure that everything has its own place. There are some lovely and stylish storage solutions for your home that will give you somewhere to put the toys, the changing products and all the clothes you’ll accumulate over time – helping you to keep your home neat and tidy. When everything has its place, it’ll be much easier to stay on top of it all.
Dispose of items you no longer need
Children grow quickly, and you can soon find yourself holding onto items that you no longer need. You can always give them to friends and relatives expecting babies, or even donate them to charity. If you’re planning on expanding your family or you hope to use the items in the future (perhaps after a house move), then using local storage services could be a good way for you to keep the clutter out of your home until you need it again. A regular clearout is a great idea to help you stay on top of things, helping to make room for the inevitable new items you’ll need as your children grow.
Teach your kids to keep things tidy
Picking up after your children can be a bit of a losing battle, especially when there are other household chores to take care of! It’s a good idea to start teaching your kids to put things away as they get older to help them develop these skills and to keep your house in order. Help them learn that they need to put something away once they’re finished using it to help them get into the habit. Hopefully, this is something that will continue until they’re teenagers so that you don’t have to battle an endless pile of clothes on the bedroom floor!
With your clutter problem under control, you can start thinking about getting your home back in order. Finding the home decor/baby balance isn’t always easy, but there’s no reason why you can’t have both. Find ways to stay on top of it all to help keep your family home free from clutter.
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