Solutions For The Weary Home And Wearier Mom
Being a mom is hard. Everybody agrees with you on that one. You have to run around frantically after your child or children as they grow at a phenomenally fast rate. There’s certainly no guide for success when it comes to parenting because every child is different and every household is different. Of course, the household does play a huge part in family life.
In fact, the home is probably the thing people mention last when it comes to the long list of things you have to worry about as a mother, but it’s certainly not the least important aspect of your daily life. As your children grow bigger and bigger, it feels as if the house becomes smaller and smaller. Things start to break more frequently and everything becomes a mess. Here are some solutions for the weary home and even wearier mother.
Make a plan.
If you think the house needs improving and you keep discovering new things which need fixing every week (or every day, most likely) then you need to get organized. It’s time to start making a list of everything that you’d like to improve about the house along with potential solutions so that you can start to get an overall idea of the work which needs to be done. You’ll forget things, otherwise; how many times have kept meaning to fix that leaky faucet or even do small things such as rearranging the furniture in your lounge?
A plan is a good way to get your head around what you really don’t like about the house. It can also help you to start costing all the improvements which need to be made and start to get a rough figure for this renovation project. Don’t worry if that total cost is too high right now. The rest of this article will help you find innovative solutions to improving your family living situation in a cost-effective way without skimping on quality.
Before we consider ways in which you might improve your home, it’s worth considering the alternative option. If you’re looking at your long list of things which need to be fixed and still feeling as if your humble (or a little less than humble) abode is beyond saving then it might be time to consider moving on. You’ll have to talk through this idea with your family, of course, but sometimes it’s the only solution for a family which has outgrown its home. This decision is about weighing up whether it’s easier to continuously maintain your home as things continue to break more and more frequently or to simple move somewhere new.
And, believe it or not, it isn’t such an arduous ordeal to move home in the modern age. You might even want to look into international removalists to help you with the process of moving all your possessions if you’re considering the possibility of making a big move across borders. The point is that a well-planned moving process can be far simpler than years of constantly fixing a broken home. It all depends on your personal judgement and whether you think your current household is beyond repair.
Find cheap solutions.
If you’re willing to stick it out because you believe the family home can be saved then it’s time to think of ways to lower your costs. If you think you can cut things out of the ‘To Do’ list then that’s always a great solution, but it’s best not to opt for the half-complete renovation because you’ll only find that you’re left half-happy with the state of your home afterwards. Of course, what is most important is not to cut corners. This is the place in which you live and you don’t want to give your home the ‘cowboy builder’ treatment.
Money shouldn’t hold you back if your home needs improvements. There’s always a way to upsell your household for a lower price than you’d imagine. For example, you could head to a charity shop for cheaper deals on furnishings and other things which need replacing if you’re nearly passing out at the sight of the prices that mainstream stores are charging in their home section. If you’re savvy and determined in your search then you can find some absolute steals in terms of second-hand possessions. People often give away things in a near-brand-new condition. You’ve just got to be ready to spot those deals; don’t always settle for the first TV, sofa, or coffee table that you see; you might be able to find the exact same thing for a better price elsewhere. Do your research. Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree, and other buy-and-sell sites are a great place to start.
Fix the kitchen.
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. If you want your home to come back to life then you might want to turn your attention to improving your cooking area. This is the place in which you and the family will be congregating most often throughout the day. It’s most likely the place that the kids are likely to leave in a mess (along with their bedrooms). Work hard to create a minimalistic and kid-proof zone. Keep cupboards elevated so that your little ones can’t hurt themselves with dangerous objects or break things. Essentially, the solution is to keep everything out of reach and install surfaces which are easy to clean.
Every family needs cozy spots in which they and other people can relax. It’s those comfy zones which make a house a home, and it’s important that every member of your family has one. Everybody needs to feel as if they have somewhere in which they can occasionally get away from all the madness (that includes you). Perhaps it’s a bedroom, perhaps it’s a hideaway under the stairs, or perhaps it a spot in the lounge area. It might help keep the clutter and mess contained if your kids have their own little lairs or dens to call their own; perhaps the lounge area will look a little tidier.
Opt for minimalism.
This may be the final point but it’s definitely one of the most important. Less is more when it comes to interior design. If you want your family home to look better then cut down on the clutter and make things simple. Fewer furnishings means more space and less chance that your kids will knock into things and break them. Mess will also be easier to clean up, and a minimalistic design is very stylish. Everybody wins.