Home Decorating with Kids: 5 Tips to Keep Your Home Stylish and Safe

When you have a baby you gain a lot but there are lots of things you have to give up. A little one at home means no more late nights out with friends, no more slow, sleepy Saturday mornings, and no more spur-of-the-moment trips to wherever you please. One thing you shouldn’t give up though is home decorating, just the way you like it.

While baby-proofing and adding toys and baby equipment to your floor plan can make decorating more challenging, it’s certainly possible to have a nicely decorated home after having a baby. Check out the tips below for home decorating in ways that are both stylish and kid-friendly.

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Keep toys minimal

Even though the evidence is clear that kids learn and play best when they have fewer toys it can be a real challenge to keep your space free of endless piles of cars, dolls, blocks, stuffed animals, and endless blinking and beeping gadgets. When your space is cluttered with toys though it will be hard to see past them to any of the other fantastic ways you decorate your home. To keep the toys to a minimum take a few hours every couple of months to go through what your kids have and donate or sell anything they haven’t played within a few weeks. If your kiddos love all their toys and aren’t ready to part with any of them, rotate toys from the playroom to a storage closet so that you never have everything out all at once.

Create lots of storage

One of the best ways to keep your home looking fresh it to make sure there’s not clutter on your floors or surfaces. When you’ve got little ones and a busy schedule though, it can be a challenge to keep your space clear for more than a few minutes. Instead of storing or displaying your kiddos toys or leaving your mail on the counter build attractive storage into your décor. Pick out a rustic metal bucket to store your kid's endless pairs of shoes, some cute boxes or bowls for your mail, keys and other pocket items and grab a few oversized baskets to hold the toys that would otherwise be spilling across the living room carpet.

Choose durable furniture

While kid-friendly furniture isn’t always known for being stylish, picking something durable that will keep looking good across the years is better than having a stylish piece that quickly loses its luster as your kiddos take their toll. Take your time finding something that you like with durability as much as a consideration as style.

Keep it comfortable

When you chose your décor and furniture the most important consideration is how comfortable and happy you and your family will feel in your space. Chose the chair that’s ideal for cuddling, the couch that’s perfect for story time, and the throw blankets your little ones will nap under on lazy Sunday afternoons.

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Home Decorating with Kids: 5 Tips to Keep Your Home Stylish and Safe

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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