Working, raising children, and keeping a secure, clutter-free home – seems impossible, right? Think again! These eight practical tips show that keeping a home both functional and kid-friendly is very much achievable.
First things first – you need to throw away everything you and your family don’t use or need. From old clothes and shoes to broken toys – what’s not used, must go. Sort through everything, and either sell or donate those items. Decluttering will free up some space so you can store things you actually need and use.
Tidy up regularly
Nothing says ‘welcome’ quite like a tidy living space. Cleaning your home on a regular basis can cut your cleaning time in half and help you keep your home more organised. Regular house cleaning also means fewer germs, reduced allergies, and improved air quality, which is a big plus when it comes to the health and safety of your family members. Aside from standard routine cleanings, your home should also be deep cleaned from time to time. Consider scheduling maid service every once in a while to give your home a proper clean and prevent dirt from building up.
Being space-savvy and installing practical storage units will keep your home clutter-free and make it aesthetically pleasing. Opt for open shelving units and baskets, bins, and boxes which can be used for different purposes. Include floating shelves for books and toys, and incorporate furniture with a lot of drawers. Beds with built-in storage are also practical for hiding all the things you don’t necessarily want displayed, such as off-season clothing and extra bed linen.
Childproof your home
Our homes should be places where our children can feel safe. However, there are many dangers lurking in different corners of our homes that parents need to anticipate and prevent. According to a research report, 48% of parents fail to take precautionary measures and secure their homes from furniture and appliance tip-overs, resulting in thousands of child injuries each year. Don’t leave anything to chance – instead, childproof your home room by room. Common areas that need to be childproofed are sharp corners, electrical outlets and wires, glass furniture, stairs, pools and baths, upper-story windows, hand tools, and cabinets storing household cleaners and chemicals.
Protecting loved ones is one of the top priorities when you’re a parent. Like many, you too might choose to own a handgun just to be on the safe side. If this happens to be the case, it is important that the firearms and weapons you own are kept out of your children’s reach. The best way to ensure that would be to invest in a sturdy handgun safe that will keep your weapons locked and stored safely. Top-drawer quality safes have enough storage space to store several handguns and are built in such a way that breaking into them is almost impossible.
From cuts to bruises to scrapes, children are exposed to a number of potential dangers around the house that can lead to minor injuries. A first aid kit would come in handy in case of these small injuries, but having one is also important in case there are more serious medical emergencies such as head injuries or broken bones. The same goes for children who are dealing with allergic reactions that may result in itches, rashes, hives, or cramps. Keeping things such as bandages, ointments, gauze pads and disinfectant wipes in your family medicine cabinet will help you provide proper care and make your home much safer. Just remember to keep it locked!
Put a label on it!
In order to avoid confusion and having to look for your things, consider labeling them. Group your items by categories and store them in boxes, baskets, or bins. Teach your children to keep their toys organised – like with like. For example, one bin is for stuffed animals, the second is for cars, and the third bin is for dolls. Print out some cute stickers, label the containers, and save your time (and nerves!).
Every item has its “home”
Creating an organisational system that your kids will follow is an essential part of keeping your home mess-free. Teach your children that every item has its “home”, and how their things, after they’re done using them, need to go “home”. That way, they’ll know they can’t just leave their toys lying around, which can be a potential tripping hazard.
A safe home is a happy home, and for each and every parent, child safety should come first. Use the tips above to create a comfortable and practical living space that is well-organised, highly-functional, and, most importantly, safe for your little ones.