How to make a small home work for your large family

How to make a small home work for your large family

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Large families with two or more children tend to struggle when it comes to finding somewhere to live. If you have a large family and are living in a small home, you’ll know how hard life can be. There doesn’t seem to be any space, and you feel like you have to move into a bigger house. This can cost way more money and be completely unaffordable.

What can you do? Well, you could start saving for a bigger place to live, or you could make more out of what you’ve got. Keeping that in mind, I have some advice that all families can benefit from, particularly large ones living in a small home. Read on, and you’ll find out how you can make a small home work for you.

Sharing Bedrooms

It’s highly possible for a family of five to survive with only two bedrooms. Especially if you have young children between the ages of around 0 and 10/11. All you have to do is stick all your kids in the same bedroom, so there’s no need for any extra rooms. Now, you could have a room spare to turn into a playroom or something more practical for your family. How can you fit three kids in one room? It’s easy if the room isn’t large enough for three single beds, then you’ve got triple bunk beds to help you out. This gives all three kids a bed and frees up loads of space in their room too. So, they can rest comfortably, enjoy a cool bunk bed, and have plenty of room for activities.

Smart Storage

One of the worst things about having a large family is that you make a lot of mess. Having multiple kids means there will be loads of toys everywhere, and your home gets cluttered up easily. To solve this, you need some smart storage space. Buy things that have dual functions and serve a primary purpose while doubling up as storage. I’m talking about a footstool that opens up to reveal storage space or a bed for you and your partner that has storage underneath. Find ways of storing all the clutter out of sight, and you will make your home feel much bigger.

Open Plan Living

This final tip might take some work, but it’s well worth the hassle. Instead of spending money on a new home, why not invest in a renovation? Design your home, so you’ve got an open plan living design going on. Your dining area opens up into your lounge, and it creates one gigantic area, compared to two separate rooms. As a result, you feel like you have way more room and you don’t feel as crowded and cramped. It helps your house feel less claustrophobic

By applying these tips to your home, you can make a small house work for your large family. Now, you don’t have to worry about finding somewhere larger to live – at least not until your kids are more grown up and can’t share a room. But, by then, you should have enough savings to make a move without worrying about money.  

Letting go and moving on…from neglected toys.

Letting go and moving on…from neglected toys.

Do you have a hard time getting your kids to let go of stuff? Even though they haven’t worn or played with something for ages, and have mostly even forgotten it exists, they’re resistant to get rid of it. No amount of reasoned and logical arguments will get them to let go, and it’s frustrating for both you and them. If you’re struggling to get them to give up something they no longer use, there are some things you can do about it. Here are a few methods you can try to get them to change their mindset.

 

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Do Regular Clear-outs

One of the first things you can do is regularly clear out your home. Don’t just do the kids stuff, but do your things too. You can turn it into something that’s routine, and not a huge ordeal that you have to go through once a year or so. You could even make it into a game, or make it a chore that your child gets a reward for completing. The more you do it, the more it will just be something that you sometimes do. You can let your child have some control over the process, just as long as they get rid of a couple of things each time.

Sell Stuff for Money

If you don’t mind encouraging a love for money and maybe a little bit of materialism, mentioning that you can sell things for money could be a good idea. You might already give your child an allowance, or maybe they’re saving up for something. You can encourage them to let go of things by mentioning that the profits could buy them something new. You can use websites where you can get cash for old electronics, toys, and other items. Or you could choose an old-fashioned yard sale. Your kid could learn some skills from helping with the sale of their things too.

Encourage Giving to Charity

Not all children are immediately receptive to the idea of charity. Empathy takes time to develop, so don’t be surprised if the suggestion that a toy goes to another deserving child is met with resistance. But plenty of children are open to making kind gestures for others and clearing out your home is a great time to encourage charity. It gives you an opportunity to talk about those less fortunate than you and give your child a wider perspective of the world.

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Discourage Materialism

If you’re unhappy with how materialistic your child seems to be, you might want to take some steps to change that. There are ways you can try to get them to look at the world differently and care less about material things. Some parents try to avoid showing adverts on TV and other places to their kids. This can help because they’re not being told about the next best thing that they need to have – at least, not by the TV. You can also try to encourage different types of play, like imaginative play outdoors, where toys aren’t necessarily needed.

There are a few different ways to approach the situation if you have a child who’s very attached to their things. Don’t let them rule the roost if you’re determined to free up some space.

How do you encourage good “toy habits” in your kids?