Tue 19 Jan 2016
Inevitably you can’t avoid the finger prints on the walls, smears on your French doors and food squashed into the carpets but there are a few things you can do to ensure it’s still ‘your’ home and ultimately safe for your children. Some of these tips can also be applied when you’ve got to tidy up for that last minute viewing when your house is on the market.
•TOYS – Even if you are lucky enough to have a playroom, children will of course bring all of their toys into the living room! Keep a couple of stylish stowaway boxes in the living room and at the end of the day or when you’re suddenly expecting visitors you can easily bundle all of the toys up and quickly hide them away.
•ARTWORK – I for one hate throwing away pictures that my children bring home from school. Rather than sticking them to my kitchen work tops I have invested in a large pin-board and keep their most recent pieces stuck on there instead. I can then take old ones down and put them in a keep safe box when the board is getting full. Again, if you choose to put your house on the market and are about to have your property photos taken, the pin board is quick and easy to hide, helping to keep your home clutter free.u can easily bundle all of the toys up and quickly hide them away.
•RUBBER DUCKS – mermaids and most likely boats will of course be a new feature in your bathroom. Similar to the living room, keep a basket to hand that’s in keeping with your bathroom and at the end of bath time ‘hey presto’ you have your bathroom back to how it was.
•MESSY PLAY – What child doesn’t enjoy playing play doh, creating a master piece with 10 different coloured paints or sticking glitter and feathers to numerous pieces of card?! My tip would be to invest firstly in a foam cover for your dining table and then a cheap plastic wipe down table cloth to go on top or to use on the floor or on your patio. This makes it a five minute job to clean and at the same time protects your dining table from scratches, dents etc. Again, also saves time when a quick tidy up is required!
•STAIRGATES – An absolute necessity where toddlers are concerned but they don’t have to look ugly. Choose a stairgate that blends with your flooring/walls and that can easily be removed without leaving a lasting mark (if you can help it), this will save you re-decorating when you no longer need them or if you decide to move house.
•SAFTETY CATCHES – For just a few pounds it is worth buying safety catches for any accessible kitchen/bathroom/utility cupboards. They fit inside your cupboard so can’t be seen on the outside and protects your little ones from accessing anything they shouldn’t.
Laura Steel, Central Admin & Marketing (Mum to two little monkeys!)
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