Monday, May 20, 2013

Keeping your home stylish while raising a family

When we moved two years ago, it felt like we had made a transition.
The kids were 5,8 and 11 at the time and while they still played with toys, it wasn't like the days when they were toddlers when I transformed our formal dining room into a play room.

We no longer had plastic kitchens and bins of toys lining the shelves in our dining room.
Probably because we now had a bonus room with a HUGE walk in closet that stored all of the kids toys.
Our kids had gotten to the point that they weren't home all day every day, and they didn't need toys to entertain them while I got work done around the house.
They had school to occupy their time, friends to play with outside, and big kid things that were more fun to them than toys.

However, we can't limit every evidence of kids living in our house to our bonus room.
I have always wanted our home to be kid friendly, but still feel homey and stylish at the same time.

I'm sure it's not the best kept secret around, but I am a door junkie.
I love to have a mess of toys, crafts, or whatever on one side and be able to close it off with a door so that no one is the wiser!
I don't like visual clutter.

Case in point, my now 7 year old, still has lots of kid stuff.
Toys and collections that his older siblings have traded in for books, musical instruments and shoes {yes, my daughter is a shoe horse!}.
This is Owen's closet in his room.
I love being able to close the doors and not think about what is behind the doors.


 When the doors are open, built in shelves that my husband made help Owen store his legos, robots and science kits.


We haven't banned toys downstairs, but the only place that we have kid toys is in our entertainment center.


Again, I have doors that I can easily close to contain the mess.
The kids can find puzzles, books, drawing paper, Lincoln logs and leapsters in the cabinets.

I have never wanted our kids growing up in a house where I cared more about the furniture and decorations than I cared about their well being or their development.  Most of our furniture and decor is second hand and has been bought at garage sales or on craigslist.  If a vase gets knocked over and broken because they are having a nerf war, so what, I paid a dollar for it.  

Drawers in my buffet may be filled with crayons and coloring books instead of the latest home decor magazines, but my kids know that this is their home, not a magazine photo shoot.  

We may not have the nicest furniture from the most upscale stores or the latest trends in home decorating, but my family lives here.  I have three kids who tromp through the house in muddy shoes, kids friends who break things and a house that we live in.  My kids and their childhood experience mean more to me than the upholstery on my couch.

So remember, the time that your kids live with you is short.
You will one day have your house back and you will be able to keep it clean for longer than 20 minutes.
Just not today.

If you are anything like me, in life, sometimes we all wish that we could close the doors to our messy selves and only let our pretty exterior show, but that isn't always the case.

I had the opportunity this week to view a sneak peek of the newest Lifetime reality show Pretty Wicked Moms and thought it was fabulous!  I'm a sucker for crazy train wreck like reality TV and this show totally fits the bill!  

Pretty Wicked Moms is a cast of six young moms {well, one mom is a dog mom...does that count?}, living in the Atlanta area.   Sad to say, but as a stay at home mom for the past 15 years, I have encountered just about every one of these moms at play groups, birthday parties or Bunco nights.  If you have young children, I think you can relate to these moms or at least know a mom who is just like one of the cast in this unscripted Lifetime reality show.

All of these moms want to portray a perfect life with perfect kids, but their "closets" are a total mess, they just close their pretty doors and hide all their dirty little secrets and now you can get a behind the scenes look at what those little secrets are!

Tune in to watch parenting like you've never seen before with the first episode of Pretty Wicked Moms on Tuesday, June 4, at 10:00 pm ET/PT on Lifetime

I look forward to catching more of this show when it airs.
Set your DVR's!  You won't want to miss it.

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