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Tell Cif how has your home changed since having children? £250 voucher prize draw NOW CLOSED

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MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 15-Nov-13 09:37:04

Cif have asked to find out if Mumsnetters have changed their homes since having children.

Here's what Cif have to say, "We all know that children see the home as a playground, and playgrounds get dirty. But we also understand how difficult it can be to clean up after your child, so we want to help make that process as easy as possible."

So, have you changed your home since having children? Have you rearranged it to keep more valuable breakables out of reach? Have you rearranged your living spaces to make room for their toys? Or perhaps you have you stopped buying more expensive furniture in fear of your child spilling their drink on it? Maybe it has been a more gradual and unintentional change?

Whatever it is, we would love to hear about how your home has changed since having children.

Everyone who adds their thoughts to this thread will be entered into a prize draw to win a £250 Love2Shop voucher.

Thanks and good luck,


LackaDAISYcal Fri 29-Nov-13 23:38:27

WEll Done to Chaffinch smile

MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 29-Nov-13 09:38:01

Hi everyone,

Thanks for adding your comments to the thread. Congratulations to ChaffinchOfDoom who has won the prize draw for a £250 Love2Shop voucher!

SolomanDaisy Thu 28-Nov-13 10:32:10

I spend a lot more time cleaning and tidying now. I'm naturally quite untidy, but it's not safe with toddlers around.

I started off moving valuables higher and higher as he crawled then walked, then realised he could climb and there was no point.

BooMeowson Wed 27-Nov-13 14:26:13

My baby is only 7 months old so our home will soon change when he starts crawling and walking etc. But for now the main change in the stuff... the stuff... our living room is now a giant play pen and he is only small!

We have pets so keeping on top of hairs when he spends a lot of time on the floor is a challenge.

serendipity1980 Wed 27-Nov-13 13:52:38

Since having children our house is definitely more messy, as soon as I tidy it seems to get messy again! We have moved furniture to make room for their toys but as they get older we are hoping to move more toys to their bedrooms so that we can reclaim some space.
However, I wouldn't change anything - I love our children smile

star1000 Wed 27-Nov-13 12:31:31

I now have padding permanently in place around my fireplace to protect both the edges and little ones falling on the corners. My glass coffee table now lives in the corner of the room rather than in the middle. My lounge now looks like a playroom although I aim to put more in their bedrooms as they get older.
I can non longer keep vases of flowers down low or any of my things lying around.
I have to be a lot more organised and clean up a lot more since having children - it's a never ending job!!

StairsInTheNight Tue 26-Nov-13 20:36:10

Storage is much more of a consideration- and having to be ruthless about getting rid of unused/outgrown stuff.

Cleaning- same standards but less time! So anything that makes it quicker is good. Cover sofas with throws as they get filthy and can at least be washed!

Not enough time for 'extra' jobs- e.g. windows or oven. Not ever.

DoctorGilbertson Tue 26-Nov-13 19:08:24

The big change for me pre- and post- children is the change from living in shared houses to living with a family. In the space of a few years I find myself living in a home with a family instead of on my own in a room. The shift in my home isn't so much to do with stuff than to do with the children themselves.

But I am sure that I have said it before but I am sure I LOVED the Cif renovar tus cosas advert that was on huge billboards around Buenos Aires with a pair of old trainers on - half having been cleaned with cif. I probably buy cream cleaner more than I did before children too.

Yes, that's it. Post children my home has more cleaning products in it.

Lent1l Tue 26-Nov-13 14:59:11

Our house is a home now we have a little one and I am a lot less precious about everything being in its "right" place than I was before. Now so long as toys are all in the box at night, and things are straightened slightly then does it really matter that there are fingerprints here and there or lip marks on a window from where she was blowing kisses to the squirrel? I'll clean it tomorrow when I have 5 minutes.

I do quick cleans, taking 5 minutes here and there to attack something as I have 5 minutes, rather than the mass clean I used to do on an almsot weekly basis where I would do the house top to bottom, getting into every little corner, nook and cranny. Now I clean as I go.

MaryannM Tue 26-Nov-13 14:25:33

I was amazed at how much stuff children have! At first our house was just cluttered with stuff but now we have a big wooden toy box down stairs and one upstairs, it's not just for toys, just all the kids stuff so it's all packed away and we can have our space back albeit for just a few hours at night when the kids are asleep.

Our home is actually cleaner since having kids, before they came along, we would tidy whenever/if ever we had the chance. But since kids came along, there are only certain windows of opportunity to clean and tidy, so I grab them when I can.

We do now have flooring instead of carpet and slobbery handprints everywhere!

lorka Tue 26-Nov-13 10:39:28

I could stir it with a stick!! smile

janeyh31 Mon 25-Nov-13 22:28:16

Children have meant a lot more mess, chaos & noise but I wouldn't have it any other way :0)

moomoo1967 Mon 25-Nov-13 21:25:58

To be truthful i was very glad of the chance to have a clearout before my daughter was born. I guess I'm lucky in that my daughter has always been ok and not really gone for anything but then when she was smaller she was at nursery so was only at home two days a week.

Belgianchox Mon 25-Nov-13 13:31:05

Mess everywhere, lots of little pieces of lego and the like littering every available surface. Things got much worse when the balance tipped in favour of the kids when 2 became 3.... Not as spic and span as I'd like, but I'm becoming more accepting of this, no one wishes they'd done more housework on their deathbed do they?

mum2eci Mon 25-Nov-13 11:11:00

Pre-kids i used to be quite obsessive about housework and loved to have a clean and tidy house. Now with 3 kids i realise that a tidy house is not that important after all, there will be plenty of time to clean up when my kids have grown up and flown the nest. Time is precious and you can never get it back :-)

DrankSangriaInThePark Mon 25-Nov-13 10:31:03

Having a child has been good for me, because I was a total slut of a cleaner before.

My house has always been untidy (I like to call it lived in) but now although it's untidy still, it is a different sort of untidy. A sort of teeny-tiny-animally-thingies-all-over-the-place untidy.

We did do a swap round when dd was born, and the biggest bedroom became hers (to accommodate the hideously primary coloured ginormous plastic tat that came with her.) (hmm, on reflection, maybe the teeny-tiny-animal-thingies are not so bad)

I don't think I'll ever sleep soundly again if I haven't got a babywipe in the house though. I don't wipe babies with them anymore, but I use them for a quick whizz round the bathroom taps, flush etc.

I will not lie on my deathbed thinking I should have mopped more, that's for sure. grin But I do mop more than I did.

manfalou Mon 25-Nov-13 09:54:30

We havnt changed things in terms of re-arranging furniture or moving items, the kids have just learned what they can and can't touch. There's MUCH more 'stuff' around... Toys, Baskets of baby essentials stashes in various places. Having a 7 month old and 3 month old means we have a lot of big items in places making it look really cluttered (Jumperoo, baby walker, bouncer chair, horrid huge train track in the living room) but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Re-decorating is an absoloute waste of time as dirty handprints appear in seconds... We need a new sofa but won't buy one until the youngest is 3. Our current one is leather so great for wiping kiddy stuff off of.

Lilliana Sun 24-Nov-13 20:31:33

I clean more but the house is messier.
Toys and kids books have replaced dvd's, adult books and nice clear spaces
Everything is moved higher at regular intervals
I hoover and sweep/mop far more regularly

Wouldn't change a thing grin

Ilovetoread Sun 24-Nov-13 19:42:59

Messier, more washing, drying, pickingup, cooking, shopping...
Then as they get older (as mine have: 9, 10, 12) even more messy, messy, messy, even more washing/ drying/cooking/ shopping/ picking-up & everything is MUCH MUCH bigger. Oh how did my lovely home of 13 years ago ever come to this never ending tip! confused

Maiyakat Sun 24-Nov-13 14:29:08

Trying to keep everything out of reach - how can someone so little stretch so far?!!

LucyBucy Sun 24-Nov-13 10:52:19

Our house once had a Heal's chic look about it... now it looks more like the Tikkabilla studio, but messier.

gingercat12 Sun 24-Nov-13 10:48:05

It is more like our child rearranged our house. I have never been house proud, but now I solely focus on the basics. Make sure all surfaces are clean and nobody falls over in anything. Even with just one child you become very organised in terms of cleaning.

DS has just suggested we put all his toys (which totally overrun the house) into the loft, so that the Christmas decorations and toys can fit in. (DH must have put him up to it, so that we could lose half the toys accidentally.)

I used to make wonderful handmade Christmas decoration. Currently DS is colouring a purple angel and a pink Rudolph. Definitely a change for the better.

We'll only ever have our furniture re-upholstered when DS leaves home.

The change was not gradual. It was more like when a bus runs you over.

OPeaches Sun 24-Nov-13 09:58:59

I have less furniture. Surfaces = mess! We got rid of the coffee table and side tables as try were just used to pile things on. We also have a lot of baskets, e.g. Three nice ikea wooden baskets that fit neatly under the tv unit/sideboard thing we have. DS's room has lovely storage from GLTC, it's basically shelves with canvas baskets for toys. DD's room has the cheaper ikea version.

I've also just resigned myself to lowering my standards. Pre-DC there's no way I would have put up with the stained living room carpet, but now I look at it and think what's the point of replacing it, they'll just ruin it again.

katiewalters Sun 24-Nov-13 09:45:32

I have a 4year old and 21week old. The front room has been rearranged so there's more space for the toy boxes. We buy darker furniture and not as expensive furniture. We have a first aid kit, which we didn't have before. We have locks on cupboards, we have to keep certain items out of reach and once you have tidied up each day, in no time at all it's messy again

pussinwellyboots Sat 23-Nov-13 23:29:16

The main thing that helps us to.keeYoup.the chaos a little bit tamed is lots of toy storage. That said I have definitely lowered my standards and there's plenty of dust behind things. The sofas and carpet are old but very functional and there is little point in changing these with young children around. Mounting the TV out of reach has reduced stress as I would have been permanently cleaning it and rescuing children from the top of it!

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