Keeping your home clean when you have small children can feel as though you are fighting a losing battle. No sooner have you mopped up the spilt milk from the carpet than they have thrown up all over the sofa.
As with everything in life, being a parent is a huge learning curve. Not only are we faced with the challenges of looking after a new baby, but we also find ourselves with huge lifestyle changes ourselves.
Being a mum is far more demanding than any full-time job. The days are long, the nights even longer and you are never off duty. Meal breaks are irregular, and there is no ‘out of the office’ status when it all gets too much.
That said, it is important that we make the most of any tips and advice on offer to make our lives easier, and what better place to start than at home. Pre-children we enjoyed a pristine living space where everything was in its place, and minimal maintenance was required. Nowadays things are very different, leaving us feeling like we are playing a never ending game of catch up just to keep our homes in a reasonable state.
There are however a few simple home improvements which can help make our lives as parents easier.
Change the flooring
It is a good idea to replace carpets in your main living space with some kind of hard flooring. If you like the traditional feel, then go for a wood or laminate option. Both are easy to clean, and any spillages just wipe away. If you prefer a more modern and contemporary feel, have a look at tiles. Do some research and treat yourself to the Best Vacuum for Tile Floors to keep your home looking and feeling great.
If you miss your carpet, you could still get a rug to add some warmth and interest to the room. This will also double up as a soft and cosy play area for your little ones. Choose an inexpensive option so that if there is a spillage or accident, it won’t be the end of the world.
Replace the sofa
Before you became a parent, you may have been the proud owner of a luxurious cream suite, and the chances are that it is ruined already. These days fabric sofas are not the most practical and you will probably spend your life in a state of panic and anticipation of the next cup of spilt juice. Try replacing it with a leather option. They are hard wearing, extremely durable and can be easily wiped clean. If however, you choose to stay with a fabric sofa, then make sure it has been pre-treated with a stain repellent before it leaves the store!
Use stair gates
If there are some rooms or areas that you would prefer your little angels not to go then put up some strategically placed stair gates. They not only serve to keep them in but also do a great job of keeping them out.
With some of these practical improvements in place, you can probably afford to relax just a little bit ..until the next feed that is!