Having children can be an expensive task. Not only do you have to feed them, clothe them, buy them nappies when they’re young and other stuff when they’re older but they can also cost you a ton of money by deciding to wreck your things. I should know, Olivia headbutted me the other day and cracked my glasses – I’ve now got some strong black tape round them until I can get to the opticians!
They can also be very expensive when it comes to renting a property. We have it in our contract that after five years, certain things can’t be charged out of our deposit. The carpet where we live is horrible. It was horrible before we moved in and then they rented to a couple with a newborn and knew we planned to be here for a good few years – hence why our letting agent ensure our contract covered us for certain things. After all, we’ve weaned two babies in this house and have currently potty trained one with another potentially starting in a few months time. It got me to thinking though – if we owned this house, what decoration options would we go for that are budget friendly in both cost and lasting?
I wouldn’t bother with wallpaper when it comes to children – children like to draw on walls and even though you may tell them not to, its still going to happen. At least with just a painted wall, you can paint over it if needs be. I would choose hardwood flooring – it is generally more affordable than carpet when buying it for your house and is certainly more child friendly when it comes to mishaps and accidents!
I’d also opt for leather furnishings – we have a leather sofa as it is so much easier to clean. We made the mistake of having a fabric sofa when Jack was little and when it finally broke and went to the dump, it was stained and disgusting. Leather is easy to wipe clean and ages well.
Lastly – and it may sound silly – but limit the amount of breakable decor you have in the house as it will cost you to go out and replace. If you have to have breakable items on show in the house, keep them out of reach of your child to reduce the risk of accidents. I have some beautiful crockery that I collected with my Dad – as I have nowhere to store it here without it being on my children’s level, I’m keeping it at my Mum’s house until we move somewhere bigger because I don’t want them getting broken.
Do you have any tips for budget friendly decor ideas when you have children in the house? I’d love to know your thoughts.