Essential Cleaning Tips for Busy Moms


When you’re juggling kids, work, husband and a social life, housework can often be the last thing on your mind. When time is short and the chores are many, keep these tips in mind for a spick and span home in no time at all.

Get help from the rest of your family

We all know the old saying ‘Prevention is better than cure’. So this tip is good to keep in mind before the housework gets out of hand. Organise your family so that each member has a daily or weekly chore they must complete. Keep track of chores and whether they’ve been completed or not using a Star Chart, or you could use a Circle Chart where you can rotate the chores so everyone gets a new one each week.

Make sure you that everyone is capable and know exactly what to do to complete chores properly – you can even get them to work together to complete bigger tasks. But if the house is a mess and you have guests arriving, you need help fast! Design a competition where the person who helps the most wins a prize – a quick way to get some cleaning done.

Make sure you have the right tools for the job

Nothing is worse and will waste more time than trying to clean without having the right equipment. One of the best cleaning tools to have on hand is a powerful and versatile vacuum cleaner. This can help take care of hard and carpeted floors, pet hair, nooks and crannies around the house, as well as dusting and getting rid of crumbs from cooking and eating areas. Powerful and effective vacuum cleaners remove  more than just visible dirt and dust, they can also remove harmful allergens like dust mites and purify the air as you clean, leaving you with a safe and tidy home.

When it comes to cleaning cloths, microfiber cloths are some of the best you can get, making cleaning a breeze by trapping dirt, absorbing moisture and being quick drying, while still gentle on surfaces. A microfiber mop with a detachable fabric base is the perfect tool for cleaning of tiled surfaces, such as in the kitchen and the bathroom. After using the fabric attachments, it’s so simple to just throw them in the washing machine on hot and rid them of any nasty germs that might be lurking around.

Things don’t have to be spotless – clean enough is good enough

It’s so easy for us to put too much pressure on ourselves trying to keep our home spotlessly clean. But as a busy mom with a family such a feat is almost impossible! As soon as something is clean, it won’t be long until it’s messy again.

Taking a more relaxed view towards cleaning can be better for you and your family. In fact, studies have shown that overzealous cleaning may actually be detrimental to your family’s health. Bleach has recently been shown to be bad for children’s immune systems, and using antibacterial cleaning products has been shown firstly, not to be any more effective at preventing disease than other products, and secondly, to potentially lead to the development of resistant strains of bacteria.

In terms of cleaning products it’s better to choose natural and biodegradable products that clean effectively while being gentle on your family and harmless to the environment.

Consider hiring someone to help – it might not be as costly as you think

Sometimes we are just too busy to work a job, look after kids and hubby, and cook and clean for a family – we’re only human after all. If it feels a bit too much to handle, you’re not alone, with a million more people hiring a home cleaner in the U.K. now than just 10 years ago. In fact, these days with many families being dual income and both parents working during the week, having some domestic help is more often seen as a necessity rather than a luxury.

Many people choose a professional cleaning company for peace of mind and quality assurance, but freelance home cleaners advertise in local papers or online classifieds, where you can find a variety of options to suit many budgets. If you have friends who use a home cleaner, you could ask how much they pay so you can anticipate the going rate in your area. Don’t be afraid to ask for references from prospective cleaners, after all, this person will be coming into your home and you need to feel comfortable. Having someone come in and do a big clean once a week can be cost effective and time saving, allowing you to have more time to take care of business, or enjoy with your family.

Choosing a nanny


Deciding to bring a nanny into the lives of your family is a major decision. Whether a full time, live-in position or a number of hours each week as a live-out post, it’s vital to choose someone who is reliable and attentive. Using a reputable agency such as will mean you have expert guidance on every aspect of who to employ, so here’s some starter tips to help you think about your requirements.

Identify family priorities

The nanny will be your employee and needs to be a good fit with the family dynamics. The first area to think about is whether you need a live-in or live-out nanny and whether they will be full or part time.

If this is the first time you’ve had a nanny then there must be communication with those who will be sharing their home. It can take time to develop a relationship and thoughts should openly be discussed regarding the boundaries to be set up for both the nanny and the family as well as feelings about such a shift change in childcare arrangements.

Duties of the nanny

The role of a nanny isn’t set in stone. You can tailor the job to the thoughts you’ve already had and incorporate others after talking it through with everyone; it then makes it much easier to find a candidate with the qualifications and experience to match.

Many nannies have a number of responsibilities including:

  • School run
  • Preparing meals for the children
  • Ensuring their rooms are tidy
  • Helping with homework
  • Shopping for their food
  • Guiding the children when they are in their care as to discipline and manners

One area which will need particular consideration is if any of your children have specific physical or learning needs. This will need to be discussed at the outset to find a nanny with experience and qualifications in perhaps lifting and carrying or dealing with behavioural issues. Don’t hire a nanny without this knowledge as it’s not fair on you, the children or them and will lead to a break down in the relationship sooner rather than later.

Experienced nannies are flexible and can also offer to help with other responsibilities if needed. If you are looking for someone to run errands which don’t involve the children or perhaps take on aspects of pet care such as daytime dog walking, include these in the job specification from the start. Nannies who have worked with families for a number of years will expect to see a fully comprehensive picture of what is expected of them.


Transport and family holidays

A financial area to consider is use of a car and family holidays.

If your live-in nanny has the responsibility of taking the children to school or to activities and clubs it’s only fair to provide a car for them. This will need to be factored in to the overall budget as will the position with regards to your family holidays. If you have a live in nanny or one who is live out and full time, a decision will be needed as to whether they accompany you on your holidays to continue their role. This will mean paying for an extra flight or transport and an extra room if you’re staying in a hotel or hiring a villa.

Hiring a nanny is an excellent way to free up time and enrich the lives of your children. They will be a boon to your busy day and you’ll know your loved ones are in safe hands. Take your time to find the right candidate, be specific about your needs and then work with an agency which can find you suitable candidates you can welcome.


Top Tips for Getting Fit Post-pregnancy

Having a baby changes your body forever. It’s never going to be quite the same as it was before your pregnancy. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get back into shape once you’ve got some energy back. Celebrity moms make it seems so easy, but we know they have a nanny, a personal trainer and possibly a surgeon to work their magic. For everyday moms, it can be a little harder trying to find the time to get something resembling your pre-baby body. There are ways that you can make getting fit easier, however. Try some of these solutions that could help you.


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Buy a Jogging Buggy

If you were a runner before you had the baby, you could still be one after. Getting out and about once the baby’s born can be difficult. It can feel intimidating to do ordinary things like walk to the store or get on the bus. But once you have the courage to leave the house with the baby, you can use the great outdoors to get fit. Although you could use any buggy to walk or jog, it’s much better to have a jogging stroller. They have better suspension, sturdy wheels and will keep your little one safe. Try going for a run at nap time to help lull your baby off to sleep.

Get on Your Bike

Perhaps you’re more of a cyclist than a runner? If you would prefer to go for a bike ride, you can take your baby along. There are a few ways that you can go cycling with your little one. The first of them is to use a child’s seat on your bicycle. If you don’t already own a bike, you can look at Shinola’s bicycles and other brands to find something you love. Your baby needs to be able to sit up on their own to sit in a seat. Another option is a trailer, which you can attach to the back of your bike. You then pull it along behind you, which you might find more stable than a seat on the back. Finally, a slightly more expensive option is to buy a bike that fits a seat for your baby on the front.

Mother and Baby Fitness Classes

It might feel like it, but you aren’t the only mommy who needs to get back to life and get fit. And since there are thousands of other new moms just like you, there are fitness classes that cater to them. Fitness experts know that it’s difficult to get fit when you have a baby to look after, so they provide classes where you can take your little one along. Look for mommy and baby classes near you and you’ll be able to meet other new moms too.

Work Out at Home

You can also work out at home. It might not get you out of the house, but sometimes you don’t need to go outside. Exercising at home is convenient and easy. You can do it while your baby is sleeping, and you don’t have to get dressed properly if you don’t want to. Buy some DVDs or find some workouts online that you can follow.

Getting fit after having a baby take a lot of work, but it’s not impossible. Find your preferred way to do it and you could make friends and boost your confidence.

From Post-Pregnancy to Proper Parent – The Journey Starts Here

After 9 long, hard months full of anticipation and excitement waiting to meet your little one, post- birth can seem very daunting. Once you have taken your new born home and the visitors start to trail off, suddenly the weight of the task in hand dawns on you and it can be pretty terrifying! Do not panic though, it is completely normal to feel like this; in fact, it would be worrying if you didn’t!

Parenting is a huge responsibility and there is (within reason) no right or wrong way to do it. However, one of the biggest mistakes new parents make is actually worrying too much in the first place: “many new parents have overblown reactions to spitting up, vomiting and other things a baby does, and the baby picks up on that anxiety” says Leon Hoffman, MD, director of the Pacella Parent Child Center in New York. This worrying can take away from one of the most exciting and precious times you can have with your baby, so try to relax! In a bid to ease your nerves and remind you why this is such a magical time, here are some things to expect and even look forward to in your time as a parent.

Parenting Days

As new Mums and Dads, you automatically get entered into the Mother’s and Father’s day celebrations, cue another excuse for pampering! The only downside of this will be that you tend to have to rely on the other half of your parenting force for these celebrations for the next few years. Yet the days do signify a sense of achievement that deserves to be celebrated, and, as people spend more on mums than they do on dads (sorry dads!) it is certainly something to get excited about.

When shopping for the best gift, you can always go for something that will help a new mum or dad. This could be a local housecleaning service or some ingenious parenting gadgets that both of you could enjoy. Or, if you wanted to take the focus away from parenting you could splurge to show your affection with a luxury father’s day gift such as these incredible watch boxes, or some impressive designer stationery for him to use at work.

For Dads, if you’re not sure what to get the mother of your child, while designer clothes may not be the best idea with a new born, you could take a look at other gift ideas such as plus size designer Anna Scholz’s new luxury gifts collection, or a gorgeous Kate Spade changing bag to make her feel glamorous even when she is changing nappies!

Family Holidays

So your previous expectations of a holiday being the time to catch up on sleep and relaxation may need to be re-managed.[1] A holiday with children will never be the same again. However, it does offer you some time to spend with your babies and your significant other away from your usual routine (bar feeding times and nappy changes, obviously). While some parents claim that holidays with babies and children are stressful, they don’t have to be if you’re prepared.

Although airlines prefer babies to be over two days old before travelling, which age after that is up to you. In fact, flying when a baby is younger is significantly easier than when they begin crawling, talking and walking. If you do happen to need to travel when children are this more able, many parents (7/10 in fact) use travel gadgets to keep them entertained; while 8/10 download apps on their smartphones for a bit of peace and quiet![2] If you aren’t able to do this, generally children will find going away quite exciting so try turning the whole experience into a big game to encourage good behaviour.

Holiday Season

While going on holiday can seem like more work than ever, holiday season will seem so much more magical than ever with your baby. On average parents spend around £166 each on their babies’ first Christmas, it is the younger mums and dads that seem to get caught up, spending £245 on their little one’s first Christmas gift.[3] To save money however, buying a few bits and maybe wrapping up some necessary items so they can experience Christmas is enough, then you can put any money you have saved into a Trust Fund for them, or save it for yourselves!

Regardless of how much you spend on your baby at Christmas, you will want to capture the moments that’s for sure! It is a good idea to invest in a quality camera to make sure you don’t miss any good bits; many digital SLRs feature high quality video recording which is essential for recording memories. As you can buy so many different festive outfits to dress little babies in nowadays, it could make for a gorgeous family Christmas picture card to taunt them with when they grow up which is definitely something to help you through the sleepless nights!

Unlike the summer holidays, at Christmas you should be permitted at least some time off to spend with your family celebrating together, which makes child care much easier. If home baking and present making aren’t your forte to try and keep the kids entertained, you can always just employ their help with the wrapping of gifts and decorating of trees, and just fake the baking! Biscuiteers also do some lovely Christmas biscuits if you want to keep up that Nigella image!

Back To Work

Going back to work after what is often up to a year off on maternity leave is tough. Many new mums wonder how they could ever go back to that lifestyle, or even be able to sit down long enough to send an email again. Then there is the guilt; understandably leaving your baby in the hands of anyone but you is daunting, but it must be done.

It is important to remember that you are not alone: 67% of working mums experience separation anxiety on their return to work.[4] In actual fact, however, it has been proven that babies that attend nurseries go on to achieve significantly better GCSEs which could earn them an extra £27,000 in their careers; so you’re actually doing them a favour returning to work![5] If you’re still not sure, have a look around some of the children’s nurseries in your area and speak to other mums there. Many offer an exceptional level of care even from an early age and by seeing this first hand and speaking to others about their experiences it may ease your worrying.

On the career side, with the availability of flexible hours it is incredible how easy it can be to return to the office. Gone are the days where motherhood replaces a career; once you have adjusted to leaving your baby it will feel good to have something else to do and get back into. This being said, flexible hours are still relatively new in business so make sure your company has access to reliable HR advice and that you are aware of your rights as an employee too.

If you are returning to work, even if it is from home, expect to be doing a fair amount of working on-the-go between school runs, appointments and meetings. It is, therefore, a very good idea to invest in a wireless headset that permits hands-free movement which you will be very grateful for. Multi-tasking will soon become your biggest strength and it is better to do this with both hands (legs and feet) where possible. Much like with travel apps to keep your children busy, it is also a good idea to utilise this technology where possible.  The dragon dictation app allows you to dictate an email, message or reminder directly into your phone and so can be used through a headset when driving, cooking or even nappy-changing!

Life with a baby can be quite difficult to adjust to, especially at first. But by fitting the baby in around your existing routines as much as possible, rather than the other way round, you can minimise disruption which will make the baby, and therefore everyone else, happier! There is so much to enjoy as a parent: from your baby’s first smile, words and steps, to the last nappy change you ever have to do, that will make the first few months of hard work completely irrelevant. Until they are, however, just think of all the good things you can look forward to!

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Great Ideas For Evenings At Home After The Kid’s Bedtime


Obviously, you love spending time with your children.  That does not mean that you don’t feel a certain amount of joy when that time of day comes.  When dinner has been eaten, when they have had their bath and you tuck them up into bed for the night.  If you are like most parents, this is a highlight of your day.  The only problem you can sometimes have is how you are going to spend this time.

Not being able to leave the house without a babysitter can make certain activities out of the question, but as you will see below there are plenty of other things you can do from the comfort of your own home.

Catch Up On Some Reading

If you are a bookworm, it can be hard to find the time when you have kids to allow yourself to escape between the pages of a good book.  This is what evenings at home, chilling out in front of the fire or tucked up in your bed, are all about.  After your kids have gone to bed, kick off your shoes and read that best-seller you have been meaning to.  Not only will the reading help you relax and wind down before your own bedtime to help you sleep better; it will also provide your brain with a workout.  You don’t even have to buy shelves and shelves of books if you invest in a handy and portable e-reader.

Have  A Little Gamble Online

Mobile phones and now tablets have really revolutionised how we live our lives, interact with people and entertain ourselves.  You can now even gamble on them, meaning that from the comfort of your own home you can get the same experience you would if you went to a casino or bingo hall.    Bingo Extra is a great and easy to use website that gives you the chance to wile away the quiet hours in the evening while your kids settle down, chatting to other players and trying to win one of many cash prizes.

Take A Long Bubble Bath

If you have been running around busy all day – cleaning the house, working, feeding and spending time with the kids – it can take it’s toll.  Why not use the time you have to yourself in the evening to pamper and indulge yourself a little by having a relaxing, warm and very bubbly bath.

As you can see there is more than you can do in the evening than just spending it in front of the television.  Whether you try Free Bingo, one of the other activities mentioned above or something else, the rest and “you time” will help you to feel refreshed and ready for the next day.


5 Ways to Care for Your Lawn


The lawn is a quintessential feature of just about any house. A bright green expanse of turf is what many people are aiming for and working towards. But lawns can be hard work! Luckily, there are companies out there like Hancey’s Turf that can help homeowners achieve the highest quality results from their yards. If you’re not relying on professionals to care for your lawns, here are a few tips to help you achieve the bright green, flawless lawn that you desire.

1. Fertilise

Many people think water is the only necessity for a healthy lawn. But lawns need food too, and fertiliser is that food. It can come in many different varieties customised for your lawn type, soil type and pH balance. The outlet where you purchase it from should be able to provide you with recommendations for feeding times and amounts. But, if not, follow the instructions on the back of the packet. Also make sure to look for a lawn-specific fertiliser; most fertilisers specialise in promoting flower growth instead of the leaf growth that lawns need.

2. Mow

Mowing is not just needed in order to keep the grass short and presentable; it is also essential for a healthy lawn. Giving the lawn a short trim every week stimulates growth and the promotion of thicker, healthier leaves. Be careful not to mow it too short as this will have a negative effect. Mowing off the tips of the leaves will stimulate growth; however, mowing off the entire leaf will badly harm it.

3. Core

This is the part of lawn care that most people forget about. If the lawn is being used regularly over time, it can become compacted, and the soil will lose the ability to absorb water and nutrients. It’s therefore important to aerate the soil twice a year. This is the process known as coring. It is easy enough to do this with a garden fork, but there are also specialised tools on the market to do the job.

4. Weed

Weeding is a tedious procedure, but it is necessary in order to ensure your lawn is in the best condition it can be. This can either be completed manually or by using a chemical weed killer. If you are using a liquid, care must be taken in order to make sure the chemical won’t also kill the grass.

5. Water

Watering can sometimes be tough due to water restrictions being imposed in many countries around the world. Always follow the restrictions in your country. However, giving the lawn a quick spray with a hose will benefit it immensely, so make sure to do so if and when appropriate. Check with a specialist or online to see how frequently your particular type of grass should ideally be watered.

Caring for your lawn can sometimes feel like a 24/7 job. But by using the tips above, you should be able to enjoy having a beautiful green lawn in no time. Have some yard care tips of your own to share? Leave them in the comments below!

A Few Simple Tips for Maternity Wear for New Moms


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Being pregnant and watching your body go through changes to accommodate your little miracle can be such a fantastic experience, except perhaps the bit where you don’t seem to fit into most of your favourite types of clothing. It can be an exceptionally daunting experience trying to find clothes to wear that won’t cost more money than you are willing to spend, with the baby on the way.

Fear not, the moo-moo wearing mom to be of yester-year is not something you have to become in your time of excitement. There are fantastic ways to get affordable maternity wear that will make you look and feel like the miracle you are being. This is a short and handy guide to buying maternity clothes that look amazing and cost very little.

  • Understand what you need

Since you are pregnant, your clothing needs differ somewhat from what they were before. The changes your body is going through will make you sensitive to discomfort, heat, and air flow. Your body will need to breathe so it’s not really a good idea to wear stifling and even mildly uncomfortable clothing. Free movement is very important for your comfort, and this should be at the forefront of your thoughts when you are choosing outfits to buy.

Maternity dresses, leggings, and loose tops will be your new best friends over the coming months. A need to dress as comfortably as you can is no reason to give up your fashion sense. You will be strongly affected by the ravages of the climate you live in, so if you are looking for cheap maternity clothes in Australia, be sure to find items that accommodate for a hot and dry climate.

  • More you means more style to play with

A lot of women make their fashion choices based on the fact that they want to hide their big and beautiful bumps, and I can’t help but to ask, why? If ever there was a time in your life where a nice, healthy tummy can be celebrated, it is this one. There’s no need to stick to dark colours and plain patterns to hide your new curves, rather opt for vibrant colours, good cuts, and stylish patterns that will accentuate your natural, mothering beauty, and your blossoming skin.

  • Don’t change your shopping rules

I imagine you have been meticulously crafting your personal style for years. Feeling like you need to change the sense of style you have built is not necessary. The rules for buying clothing don’t simply change because you are pregnant. If you are a jeans lady, they are still perfect for just about any occasion when you are pregnant, so long as they are comfortable. Investing in a descent pair during your pregnancy is a good idea. Just make sure it accommodates for any further growth you still need to go through if you are in the early stages of your pregnancy.

Remember, shop around. There are plenty of places that sell quality maternity wear at very reasonable prices, so there is no need to settle on just a few. If your neighbourhood doesn’t have a wide a range of items available, check the internet. There are some fantastic maternity clothes available online, which offer a wider set of choices for any stylish mom to be.

Above all remember this is an exciting time for you and your family, and that there are a lot of preparations you are expected to make. Once the baby comes, money isn’t as easy to come by as it was before. You need to consider where you are spending it. There will be baby clothes, cots, toys, food, nappies, walkers, and various other baby products which you will need, and which should be a financial priority. Spending all your money on clothes for yourself, if you’re on a budget, shouldn’t really be an option. There are some very affordable maternity clothes available, especially on the net, if you just take the time to look around. The best thing about buying them online, however, is not the possible savings you can make, but the ability to select the outfits you want without having to even leave the house.


How Does Sleep Apnoea Affect Me And My Family?

You may or may not already know this, but sleep apnoea is a serious sleep disorder and occurs when your breathing is interrupted whilst sleeping. If this is untreated it can mean that you stop breathing at multiple points throughout your sleep.

As we’re sure you can imagine, it can be a big strain on your personal life but it can also be quite difficult for your family too. There are a number of effects sleep apnoea can have on you, and these include some of the following:

  • Diabetes
  • Strokes
  • Heart Attacks
  • Heart Failures
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Headaches
  • Depression

This is just a small list of things that can be caused by sleep apnoea but as well as these this disorder can also affect your quality of life too. In fact, it can also have an impact on your daily performance which includes working or when at school and your driving ability too, which can turn out to be extremely dangerous.

With this, if you have to take your children to and from school, do daily chores like cooking and cleaning as well as hold a job, then sleep apnoea can be a real strain on yours and your family’s lives. Not only is sleep apnoea a sleep disorder commonly found in adults, but children can also be affected too, so it is something to be aware of with your children too especially if you have the disorder yourself.

Therefore, it is very important that you try your best to manage your sleep apnoea by consulting with a doctor and trying to keep up with the techniques that help ease your sleep apnoea. One of these techniques is to use a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and is a machine that helps to pump compressed air into your nose and mouth as you sleep o help prevent your throat from closing.

These machines can be a bit of a burden at first but it is important to try and persevere with it as this can ultimately improve your quality of sleep, which in turn will help to improve your quality of life, as well as your families.

Sleep apnoea can have a huge impact on your family but with the help of a CPAP machine and other techniques, you and your family can prevent this sleeping disorder get between your relationships.


Keeping Your Home Free Of Children’s Clutter Isn’t As Hard As You Think

As parents, we know that when it comes to children and clutter, they go hand in hand. Toys, games, clothing, and play equipment – kids come with a lot of stuff. It’s not that we mind our children having lots of toys and games to play with, what bugs us is that our homes resemble an exploded toy shop.

Living in a home that is constantly cluttered with toys might be perfect for your children, but it is probably causing you a lot of stress. If you are feeling stressed out because of the clutter in your home, the first thing that you need to do is take a deep breath. There might be toys, games and goodness knows what else, scattered around, but you can easily change that, so don’t stress out.

If you are wondering how you can take your home from a cluttered space to somewhere that is free of clutter, we have everything that you need to know, below.

To help you keep your home clutter-free, we have put together some simple tips:


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Clean up as you go

The first thing that I would recommend doing is cleaning up as you go – this is the best way to beat clutter. If your children are old enough to help you around the house, explain to them that they can play with their toys, but must put them away, afterwards. If they are too small to put their own toys away, you will need to do it for them.

Teaching your children the importance of cleaning as they go, will not only help to keep your house clutter-free, but it is also a good life lesson. It might be hard at first to get your children to remember that they must clean as they go, but after a few reminders, they will soon pick it up.

Have a rule for how many toys can be out at once

Does your child have a habit of pulling out all of their toys at once and spreading them across the house? If your child spreads their toys all around the house, it can be incredibly annoying, as it makes it look cluttered.

A good way to deal with this issue is to introduce a rule about how many toys your child is allowed to get out at once. Sit your little one down and explain to them that from now on they may only get out five different toys at once. It might take a little getting used to, but after a while, your child will catch on.

If your child purposely gets out more toys than he or she is allowed, make sure that there is a consequence for it. For example, if your child gets out one extra toy, tell them that the next day they will only be allowed four toys out at once, instead of five.

Ensure that you have adequate storage in every room


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The key to keeping your home clutter-free when you have little ones is ensuring that in every room, you have adequate storage. By having lots of storage all around the house, you will have plenty of places to store your children’s toys.

In the living room, perhaps you could add a toy chest that can be used for your child to store all their bits and bobs in? If you have a look online, you can find some stylish children’s toy chests that will look great in any living room.

In the kitchen, maybe you could dedicate a draw to you child’s art supplies and kitchen games so that your kitchen stays neat? Or, if you don’t have room in your draws, perhaps you could invest in some stacking boxes for your child to use as storage?

In the bathroom, perhaps you could invest in a vanity unit and use part of it as storage for your child’s bathtime toys? If you want to get an idea of the different styles of vanity units, you can view them here. There are lots of different styles available, so make sure to choose one that is child-friendly.

Create a playroom

If you are lucky enough to have a spare room in your home, consider turning it into a playroom for your child. If your child has somewhere of their own to play, then they will keep most of their toys and games in there, and so, your home would be kept free of clutter.

As parents, we know that kids come with a lot of stuff, and we’re fine with that, as long as it doesn’t overtake our homes. It can be hard keeping your home clear of clutter when you have little ones, but if you follow the tips above, it is doable.



My Tips For Taming An Overgrown Garden Space

When you leave your garden for a while, you will see that it starts to look an awful mess. We’re all guilty of ignoring our duties from time to time. The problem is that once it gets overgrown, it is hard to tame it again. If you are anything like me, the idea of tackling this massive job may scare you. Never fear! Read my tips and get started today.


Take things step by step


You have to understand that you can’t tame the entire garden in a short space of time. That is not practical at all. If you try to tackle it all at once, you will burn yourself out super fast. Instead, you should take things one step at a time. Maybe you ought to make a list of stuff you need to do. That way, you can use the list to make a plan.


Start by shearing


If your lawn is a mess, you may need to shear it before you can use a traditional mower. Yes, this job is laborious, but you have to do it. Spend some time trimming the grass so that it is an average length. Then, you can use a lawnmower to finish off the job. Once you get the lawn in a good condition, you will see that the entire project is not as hard as you might have imagined.






Get rid of weeds and brambles


Weeds and brambles tend to grow when you neglect your garden for a period. Don’t use weed killers with harsh chemicals in them or they could affect the rest of your plants. Instead, you should get a natural weed killer that suits your garden. Check out some of the best formulas online and see which one suits you.


Fence off separate areas


To make sure that you have excellent sections in your garden, you need to fence them off. Companies like Alsford Timber Merchants can help you get the right material for the job. If you want your garden to look chic, it is best to opt for heavy duty timber panels. When you find experts in the area, you can ask them for their advice. That way, you will get fences that last forever.





Replant the flowerbeds


The chances are that your flowerbeds have started to look a mess. Sometimes, you can go about saving your flowers while other times it might be too late. If your plants are dead, you need to replant the area with fresh bulbs. Choose some bulbs that grow fast so that you will have new flowers before you know it. You may also need to buy some new soil. Dig out the beds and replace them with fresh soil and bulbs. That way, your garden will look as good as new.


Add some extra touches


Once you have done all these things, it is time to add some finishing touches. You can get little extras, such as benches, online at reasonable prices. You may also want something more extravagant like a water feature. Once you have added these extras, it’s time to enjoy your garden!