Now that your wedding planning days are over, it’s time to start thinking about how your new life with your spouse will be. For many, a family isn’t complete without a little one running around, making life both messy and beautiful. However, many couples don’t anticipate the shock to their lifestyle that a child can be. To help you and your spouse have a smooth transition between couple and family, here are three tips for making your home fit for a family before you even have children.
Create Your Dream Yard
If your home has a yard space attached to it, now is the time to work on your landscaping in order to create the perfect yard for your future family to enjoy. Kids love spending time outside, exploring the new world around them. With a beautiful yard space, you and your spouse can take advantage of all the outdoors has to offer while you’re still just the two of you—outdoor cocktail parties and rowdy BBQs—as well as look forward to building snowmen and putting up holiday decorations when your children come.
Keep Some Storage Space Empty
Bringing two lives into one may take some consolidating of your assets, but bringing a baby into the mix requires even more space than you may even realize. For this reason, you may want to save some storage space in your new home for your future baby. To help with this, Nesta.ie recommends for couples to make space for a new arrival by moving some of your own stuffinto this empty storage space as well as leaving room for some of baby’s things when he or she outgrows them or for before it’s time to use them. This will help you to easily make room for a few more people in your home.
Choose Kid-Friendly Home Decor
One of the most exciting things about starting a new home and family with your spouse is the idea of having your own space together. Choosing furniture pieces and decorations are the things your Pinterest dreams are made of. But before you begin making large purchases, Gabby Blair tells Mary Swenson of Momtastic.com that couples should look for pieces that will age well and still look great after a little wear and tear from your rugrats. By picking pieces that will be sturdy around kids while also creating the look and feel you’ve always wanted in your home, you won’t feel like you’re having to settle for lackluster design elements just because you’re sharing your home with children.
Making your new home fit for a family can add another layer of fun and excitement to building your new life together. Use the tips mentioned above to create a living space worthy of everyone you plan to bring into your future life as a family.