Being a mom of one or more is already a full-time job, and regardless what prompted you to reach above and beyond the call of duty and try to build a successful career at the same time, you are to be commended. However, oftentimes such a hectic lifestyle can present seemingly insurmountable challenges on a daily basis. Here to make your life infinitely easier are best tips to make the design of your home work in your favor.
Keep the walls scot-free
Cleaning the walls can be a real nightmare most moms never get around to doing amidst all the daily chores, so eventually a dirty or damaged wall becomes a constant thorn in your side. One of the best ways you can prevent damage in the first place and even make your walls easy to clean is to invest in quality paint.
Painting the walls with quality paint will do wonders for the cleanliness of the surface, and it will safeguard it from your little devils’ wrath in the process. If you have quality paint on the walls, you will be able to clean them easily with a damped cloth when they do get dirty.
You would love to read about Ideas for Kids room decor!
Ditch the rug area
When creating a functional living environment that works for you, flooring will play a key role. While you might feel tempted to add a fluffy rug in the bedroom or the living room to elevate the aesthetic appeal of the place, it’s not a very good long-term solution.
Rugs get dirty quite quickly and they are difficult to clean, all the while accumulating dust, debris, and pollutants your younglings are inhaling daily. Instead, opt for easy clean flooring such as vinyl, stone, or even hardwood. These sleek surfaces will make it infinitely easier to keep the place looking spotless with little effort.
Opt for durable and easy-clean amenities
The amenities and appliances around the house should be built to last and withstand all kinds of circumstances over the years, from the kids’ war games, to the dog’s constant gnawing and chewing. Moreover, they need to be easily cleaned with a gentle swipe of a damp cloth and some mild soap.
To that end, think about quartz and natural stone countertops in the kitchen, and durable stone bathtubs and vanities in the bathroom, with stainless steel appliances across the board to minimize the upkeep. Not only will these features make your life easier, but they will allow your daily routine to be less stressful than ever before.
Make the furniture work for you
The furniture around the house needs to tick three essential boxes: it needs to be easy to clean, it needs to be functional, and it needs to be safe for the kids. Opt for easy-clean furniture fabrics such as microfiber (excellent for kids), wool (very durable), or leather (sleek, easy-clean surface). You can also have slipcovers tailor-made to fit your furniture design, as they are work as wonderful alternatives; just make sure they are run through a washing cycle beforehand.
Get creative and organized with storage
Finally, a family home lead by a busy mom can never have enough storage space. But storage in your case doesn’t just mean filling up the basement with junk; no, your storage solutions need to be smart and functional. You want to be able to know exactly where everything is at all times.
So choose vertical storage hierarchically organized by relevance, with sliding storage gracing the underside of your bed, the corners in the kitchen, and the pantry. Devote time once every few months to thorough decluttering, and your home will easily become a powerhouse of functionality.
It’s not easy being a working mom, but fortunately, with these essential tips in mind you will have no problem creating a home design that works for you and your family.
Thanks Catherine for sharing these tips!
Catherine is a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable. She also like sharing her advice and knowledge with people. That is why she is also a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog. Besides all this, she loves reading and enjoys a superhero movie from time to time.
Connect with Catherine at: