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How to maintain your home: 5 top tips if you have a large family

Home maintenance is a large part of owning a house. It’s one of your main responsibilities, and there can often be a lot of it to do. That’s especially true when you have a large family. You could feel like you’ll need to clean constantly just to maintain your home, and that’s before mentioning anything else. Add in looking after your kids, and it could feel even more overwhelming and stressful. What if it didn’t have to be that way – we’ve got some great ideas on how to maintain your home even with a large family.

With just a few tips, you could look after your home a lot better than you’d think. At the same time, you’ll save yourself a decent bit of stress.

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Why maintain your home?

Before taking a look, it’s worth knowing why you should spend the time on it in the first place. You’ll know some of this already, but you could second-guess why you should put so much time and effort into it. It could be much more important than you’d think, especially when you have a growing family.

Some of the more notable of these include:

  • Keeping your family healthy – A poorly looked after home isn’t the healthiest to live in. There could be pests, bacteria, mould, and much more. That’s not good for you, or for your kids. Maintain your home to keep it healthy.
  • Saving you money – When you have a large family, money can be spread a little tight. By putting the effort into home maintenance, you save yourself money long-term. You’ll avoid needing to pay for extensive repairs.
  • Making your home safeDamage to your home can make it unsafe, even if the damage seems minor. By looking after everything, you make sure your home isn’t unsafe for you or your kids.

These can all be great reasons to maintain your home, especially when you have a large family. Figuring out how to do it can seem complicated, though.

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Where do you even start with it, beyond simple cleaning? While there’ll be more to do than that, this doesn’t have to be as complicated as you could think. Using a few particular tips can help with it a lot more than you’d think. It’s just a matter of using five of the more effective of these.

Maintain your home: 5 Tips when you have a large family

1. Create a flexible living space

Having a large family naturally means needing to look after quite a few peoples’ needs. This can often prove difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Thankfully, it can be relatively easy to address. By creating a flexible living space, you can do it better than you’d think. There are more than a few ways you can do this. Multi-functional furniture is a great way of doing it, and it’ll be easier than you’d think.

This helps you make your home easier to use and maintain, and you mightn’t have to put nearly as much time or effort into home maintenance.

2. Don’t put up with pests

Pests are one of the worst things you can have in your family home. They can make you and your kids sick, and they can often be quite scary.

That’s why it’s worth getting rid of them as quickly as you can. Take the time to get rid of them with the right products. Don’t just focus on the inside when you’re doing this, either. You’ll need to think about lawn pest control, too.

Once you tackle both, you shouldn’t have a problem with pests going forward.

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3. Declutter regularly

When you have a large family, you’ll know exactly how cluttered the house can get. Your kids could have countless toys and other belongings around the place.

While this can be fine once everything’s put away, that isn’t always going to be possible. That’s why it’s always worth going out of your way to declutter. If your kids have too many toys, for example, it could be worth helping them get rid of some of them before getting new ones.

Once your home is decluttered, it could be better maintained and nicer to live in – we’ve even got a great 30-day challenge to help you declutter onsite too.

4. Prioritise safety

No matter what, it’s always worth focusing on safety when you’re looking after your home. The more time and effort you put into this, the better.

A lot of this focuses on making sure your house is child-proof. There’s a lot more to it than that, however. It also means making sure anything you do to look after your home is also safe for your kids. Certain types of cleaning products, for example, could be harmful for children to breathe in.

If they’re around when you’re cleaning, this would be a bad thing. Make sure your cleaning products and other products are as safe to use as possible.

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5. Get help when you need

Sometimes, trying to maintain your home can get the best of you. You simply mightn’t have the skills or even time to look after various problems.

While your family can help with some of the more minor tasks, like cleaning, you’ll often need more help than that. You could need to bring in professionals to get a few things done. Don’t be embarrassed when you’re doing this. It’s what the professionals are there for in the first place.

Not only does this make sure everything’s looked after, but it also makes sure it’s done to a high standard.

Maintain your home: Wrapping up

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Looking after your home is a necessity as soon as you move in. Over time, this could feel more and more overwhelming, especially as your family gets larger.

It can often feel like there’s too much to do, and you mightn’t think you can actually maintain your home the way you want. This doesn’t have to be as stressful and as complicated as you could think. It’s just a matter of using a few tips when you’re doing it, and it’ll be easier than you’d think.

With how important it is to actually look after your house, you’ve no reason not to take advantage of them.

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Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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