It is no secret that keeping a pretty home is so much harder with kids. There is always more messes, questionable sticky marks on the floor, the never ending supply of Magic Erasers, and of course random leggos and doll shoes hanging around on stairways, bathroom sinks, and under couches. As parents we struggle harder to keep our houses clean and organized and sometimes want to give up on all of it. Love my kids, but hate their messes.
I find one of the hardest parts to keeping my house “pretty” is the organization of their toys and belongings. There is nothing like having a bright red ball sitting in a room that you have grey painted walls and white furniture. Lucky for the ones that have basements to hide all this non-appealing endless supply of TOYS in. For this lady…I have not one extra inch of space to keep the kids stuff after shoving most of it into their bedroom closets.
SO, I had to learn to live with it! And there is only one way to do that….use their belongings as part of the room and hide what is not appealing in decorative storage spaces that will work with your house. I promise, it is possible!
Here is what I’ve done in my home…this is the main area that I store their toys besides their bedrooms and I found smart ways to conceal their toys or use them as part of the decoration.
Above is a new/old table for the kids. The hubby found this Pottery Barn Kids Table on the side of the road last week. Eek can you believe it? I know I was thrilled to see four legs pulling into the driveway on the roof of his care last week. He knows what woos me! I painted the top with chalk paint, and cleaned up the chairs…like brand new! The table matches our decor in this space and it is a great place the kids can play and do projects. By adding decorative accessories to the table it helps to keep the table sophisticated to fit within this space.
These boxes above are a RH Book Knock off that I created. I will post how I did this at another time, but these look fabulous on this grey top table.
I love decorative pillows just because they add a cozy feeling to the room, but they are also great to use when you get that unwanted stain on your couch. My kids don’t hesitate to destroy the couches. I have stains no matter how many times I clean them. I have to say it is not their fault, I am the one that loves light colored fabric couches. So in this case when I do get a stain, I just add a pillow or throw blanket to cover it up the best I can. This couch is not too bad since the kids rarely watch TV in this room, mainly the couch and chair in our family room are usually being covered by throws and pillows. Though they have slipcovers on, the stains still do not come out that well in the wash…and it does take a lot of work taking those covers off, washing, drying, and then putting them back on…phew!
The above photo you can see just about the entire room here. The color of the table matches so nicely with the rest of the decor in here. If I had bought a primary colored table and put in this same spot, this would definitely make the room clash. At first sight you may not even realize it is a kids table. I just love how it all blends together. The table may be temporary, but it still needs to fit within the space to keep it feeling my kind of pretty in here.
Yep those drawers in our TV stand are filled with coloring books, puzzles, and activity books for the kids. Since it is so low for them, they can easily grab what they need.