Juggling a family life can be quite difficult. Especially as your kids grow up and they expect you to entertain them more. This can make it tricky creating a balance with all the other things in life.
One aspect that often gets forgotten about is home maintenance. DIY can easily get left by the wayside when we have family and work to worry about. Looking after kids while working on your home can be very tricky and puts many people off sprucing up their home. But that shouldn’t stop you. Want to know how you can improve your home when you have a family? Here’s how.
1. Hire in help. This tip is for those who are struggling to find the time to fit in some improvements. And also for those who are worried they might go one step too far and mess their place up! Don’t stress about doing the work yourself; hire in some contractors. Even if you can’t afford them to do the whole job, it might still be worth calling a company for a chat or asking questions. They can let you know about products and safety aspects, such as fall protection tips.
2. Send the family on holiday. If you are taking on all the work yourself, the first thing you need to do is empty the house. And not just of all your belongings! Your kids can get in the way of your DIY work. So, when you and your partner have settled on the week you will be carrying out the work it’s a good idea for the rest of the family to go away for a few days. You’ll be given plenty of space as well as all-important peace and quiet to get the jobs done. There’s no need to pay for them all to go to a hotel. See if any relatives can let them stay at theirs. Another benefit of this? You’ll be able to relax in your man cave without any distractions!
3. Increase safety. If the family is hanging around at home as you work, you need to keep everywhere very safe. Sure, your house is no doubt already very child-friendly, but now it will have to be even more so. Don’t let the kids enter any rooms you’re working in while you are working. Things can get really noisy from all the hammering and drilling. So think about buying some noise cancelling headphones to protect their hearing.
4. Get the kids to help. Obviously, you can’t have the kids helping with any physical work, like knocking down walls or plastering a room. But you can get them to help you when it comes to the finishing touches. If they are old enough, give them a paintbrush, and they can help you paint the walls. Younger kids will love painting their own bedrooms. You can even let them paint their very own pictures and patterns so they can personalize their decor.
Improving your home isn’t an impossible task when you have a family. It just takes a bit more organization!