Family Friendly Solutions
Does your household include young children with piles of toys or
teenagers who always seem to be complaining about having no room for
their clothes? Save yourself a lot of aggravation, as well as time and
money, by arranging rooms and furniture in ways that create a family-
friendly living space.
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The first step is finding room for the stuff. Kids come with a lot of
gear, from the time they’re babies until they’re out the door and into
their own place. In the meantime, you have to find ways to accommodate
everything from strollers and building blocks to hockey sticks and Barbie
collections. When there’s a place for everything, there’s a better chance
that the stuff will get put away. Don’t waste closet space. Add a
shelving unit and storage bins, and put up hooks on the back of the
closet door wherever possible. The small dresser that served your young
child can be put into the closet at a later age.
Children’s beds often come with storage compartments underneath, and
nightstands can have either drawers or shelves. When children share a
room, bunk beds and sleeping lofts are obvious choices for saving space.
Teenagers, especially those 6-footers, may very well need a full size bed
rather than the standard twin. Again, think storage space underneath or
headboards that incorporate storage space.
Even if your school-age child has a computer desk, he or she may still
not have enough room for spreading out books and binders at homework
time. Consider a large desk if there’s room, or maintain an open policy
about using the kitchen or dining room table for homework. But remember
that a young child’s feet should touch the floor to prevent restlessness,
so if the dining room chair is too tall, use a box or stool under their
Toys and sports equipment can be kept under control by using storage
chests, large plastic cubes, or shelving units with bins. Hall trees
often come with a storage bench, and are a great solution for coats and
boots and skates.
Save yourself a lot of trouble by painting children’s rooms rather than
using wallpaper. Children quickly grow out of cute prints, and new paint
is a simple solution for changing tastes.
Keep living room and family room furniture looking good by choosing
fabrics with a high thread count and tight weave that clean easily and
hold up to hard use. Flat weaves are better than textured fabrics for
durability. The new microfibers are a good choice for surviving kids and
pets, and nothing is easier than slipcovers that can be removed and
washed. By the way, sectional sofas are very versatile, able to adapt to
any room and comfortable for everyone in the family. Add a set of nesting
tables that can be handily moved from room to room for games and
Don’t trip over the stuff of family life. There’s a way to make everyone
happy . . . especially Mom.