quite an adjustment from having two adults sharing a nicely
decorated, tidy, home to suddenly finding an array of children’s
things everywhere. The key is finding proper storage for everything,
in a way that looks smart, while ultimately making life easier for
the whole family.
a living room, choosing pieces of furniture that have multiple uses
is the best way to go. A lovely wooden sideboard can display a vase
of flowers and some family photos, while also creating
a storage space
the kids’ blankets and toys. TV cabinets or ottoman
brilliantly this way too – and mean that your kid’s stuff can be
stored within arm’s reach so nobody has any accidents! The smarter
storage units mean that you have your nice living room for relaxing
or entertaining in the evenings, while the kids have a playroom
during the day.
a dining room that works for everyone can take some creative
thinking, but it is possible. Choosing a tall
can be affixed to the wall means that any fancy china or glassware
can be safely stowed away from prying hands. Again, utilising height
effectively, lower shelves can be saved for children’s things –
plastic plates and placemats, tablecloths, or a little hostess might
want to have a tea party set within easy reach. This makes it easier
once little ones are old enough to start helping with mealtime
preparations, like setting the table.
a priority once kids learn to walk, so think carefully about where
you store equipment. The knife rack might have to be moved into a
lockable cupboard for a few years, with ovens and power sockets at
waist height as well to minimise accidents. That said, it can be
worth having some counters (or substitute a folding table) at child
height, for little
baking sessions. Considering how varied the use of a kitchen is, from
crafting dinner to studying, it can be worth designating a drawer for
storing books and school supplies.
is another biggie when adapting a bathroom to fit four or more people
– you’ll need space for everyone’s toiletries, child-proof space
for razors, as well as bathtime toys. Nautical
classy but remain fun for kids, especially if they can have toy boats
for bathtime. If you have enough space, consider having two cabinets:
a bathroom mirror cabinet, for storing razors, makeup, and parent
stuff; and a ground-level chest in which you can store spare linens
and bubble bath.