Many women want a beautiful home, even when they have children. Here are 4 tips on how to achieve this without too much effort.
Don’t give up on yourself
Or rather: don’t give up on your lifestyle. Being a new mother brings a lot of changes to your life anyway. It’s important that you feel especially comfortable and secure in your home. So get everything you need to know about the children you love and enjoy watching. This starts with the crib – there’s a beautifully woven one from Bernbach, for example – and ends with the child’s seat, which will remain on your dining room table for years to come. But be warned: compromise, too. You don’t have to pull your style all the way down to the dining room bib. Otherwise, it will be quite stressful. Ideally, you should gather all the furniture and accessories before the birth. You have more time then – at least if it’s the first child – than after. And don’t just look in the usual furniture stores. There are plenty of nice stores that deviate from the standard line.
Nothing works without storage space
Storage space is the big magic word when you have kids. Because, as we all know, little ones prefer to play near adults in their early years. In other words: in the living room or in the kitchen. And with them travels the play blankets, the wooden trapeze, and later the racing cars, Schleich horses and Playmobil figures. So that you can make it all disappear in style at night – without having to lug everything into the kids’ room – you need storage space in the living room and dining room. This comes in the form of enclosed shelves and storage boxes or baskets. Be sure to choose pieces that work for you – so rather than the bright yellow plastic box from the hardware store for cars and dinosaurs. It’s practical, but also deadly ugly.
Find the right balance
Put aside any perfectionism. Especially when friends – also young mothers – come to visit. You can rock yourself awfully hard to be the perfect mom if possible. Forget about it as quickly as possible. It’s more honest to leave the toys lying around, not make the cake yourself, but go shopping or cancel if you’re too tired. The goal is the middle ground; don’t descend into chaos, but also don’t spend your free time tidying and cleaning.
Get rid of things
Put a memory box in the screed or basement. This is where you can keep your cute pennant chain, your favorite onesie or the cute wooden duck. Only choose pieces that mean something to you and are memorable. This will set you apart from the rest. Because new toys and furniture are constantly being added. So get rid of the one year old kitten book if your offspring is already in first grade.