3 Tips to Having Nice Things When You Have Kids And Pets

Written by: Lianne Stokes

Published on: May 08, 2019

3 Tips to Having Nice Things When You Have Kids And Pets
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3 Tips to Having Nice Things When You Have Kids And Pets

You work hard. You bought a home. Because you're fully "adulting" you decide you want nice things. You buy a dining room table not made from particle board. It's glistening, that shiny wood table top. You even purchased special cleaner. Then you got a plant. Week 2 and the plant is still alive!  Fast forward, OK Cupid came through, you've got a spouse, a cashmere throw, and a home water filtration system.
Slow down!


We all know what comes next, you A-D-U-L-T, you!  The dog. The kids. But what about your custom designer leather chair? Can you build a Game of Thrones-style moat around your prized possessions? Do you explain to your 5 month-old that drooling is uncool? Or tell your toddler her crayons clash with the cashmere and to stay in her room (with her particle board)? What about the furry friend? Should he live a life without being able to pose for his Instagram account you made for him? He matches with your chair, after all! This is quite the conundrum you've got here.

3 Tips to Having Nice Things When You Have Kids And Pets

You work hard. You bought a home. Because you're fully "adulting" you decide you want nice things You buy a dining room table not made from particle board. It's glistening, that shiny wood table top. You even purchased special cleaner. Then you got a plant. Week 2 and the plant is still alive!  Fast forward, OK Cupid came through, you've got a spouse, a cashmere throw, and a home water filtration system.
Slow down!

Jengki Relax Chair Leather, Custom Designer Leather Chair

We all know what comes next, you A-D-U-L-T, you!  The dog. The kids. But what about your custom designer leather chair? Can you build a Game of Thrones-style moat around your prized possessions? Do you explain to your 5 month-old that drooling is uncool? Or tell your toddler her crayons clash with the cashmere and to stay in her room (with her particle board)? What about the furry friend? Should he live a life without being able to pose for his Instagram account you made for him? He matches with your chair, after all! This is quite the conundrum you've got here.

1. How to Protect Your Furniture From Pets.

Your fur baby is usually your first family member before the commitment of kids, and sometimes even a spouse. Dog owners know the quirks of a canine vary from breed to breed. Some dogs shed, others don’t. We know this sounds funny, but dogs dislike tinfoil. If you place a sheet on tinfoil on the seats of chairs or different areas of your couch, your dog will steer clear. Plus, it’s less work than draping your belongings in plastic covers. If you’ve got a puppy who thinks he or she is a lumberjack and loves the taste of your wood table legs, spray them with bitter apple spray. A few spritzes from top to bottom will repel your canine from chewing your prized wood pieces.


2. How to Protect Your *Nice* Home From Your Kids.

Outside of training your children to take off their shoes and only allowing them to eat in the kitchen- there are many ways to help wash away the damage our little ones inflict on our interior spaces. If you’re raising a budding Picasso, first off, congrats! Second, if your mini-artist chooses his/her first exhibit location on your living room walls, do not panic. Aerosol hairspray, a rag, and some elbow grease will remove marker stains from your walls. Toothpaste will wipe away any crayon marks. Little known fact, Pepsodent toothpaste works wonders, getting stains out of carpets/rugs and other fabrics (especially your nice quilts and blankets). Pepsodent is color-safe and helps shades maintain their vibrancy. We also recommend you hire a service that can spray non-toxic and eco-friendly solutions to protect your fabrics and leather.

How to Protect Your Furniture from Pets
How to Protect Your Furniture from Pets

1. How to Protect Your Furniture From Pets.

Your fur baby is usually your first family member before the commitment of kids, and sometimes even a spouse. Dog owners know the quirks of a canine vary from breed to breed. Some dogs shed, others don’t. We know this sounds funny, but dogs dislike tinfoil. If you place a sheet on tinfoil on the seats of chairs or different areas of your couch, your dog will steer clear. Plus, it’s less work than draping your belongings in plastic covers. If you’ve got a puppy who thinks he or she is a lumberjack and loves the taste of your wood table legs, spray them with bitter apple spray. A few spritzes from top to bottom will repel your canine from chewing your prized wood pieces.


2. How to Protect Your *Nice* Home From Your Kids.

Outside of training your children to take off their shoes and only allowing them to eat in the kitchen- there are many ways to help wash away the damage our little ones inflict on our interior spaces. If you’re raising a budding Picasso, first off, congrats! Second, if your mini-artist chooses his/her first exhibit location on your living room walls, do not panic. Aerosol hairspray, a rag, and some elbow grease will remove marker stains from your walls. Toothpaste will wipe away any crayon marks. Little known fact, Pepsodent toothpaste works wonders, getting stains out of carpets/rugs and other fabrics (especially your nice quilts and blankets). Pepsodent is color-safe and helps shades maintain their vibrancy. We also recommend you hire a service that can spray non-toxic and eco-friendly solutions to protect your fabrics and leather.

3. How to Protect Your Home From Your Adult Guests.

At most adult dinner parties there’s the pal (or two) who thinks gin is juice. The last thing you need after preparing your home for a dinner party is to spend the evening scrubbing red wine out of your white sheepskin rug. If there’s a nasty spill, pour white wine OR vodka on the stain. Then add some baking soda and blot with a towel. Any excess baking soda can be vacuumed. Blot with a wet sponge until the stain is removed. To keep your whites super white, consider hydrogen peroxide mixed with dish soap and two cups of water. Remember, hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent, so do not use on colors.


We hope these tips are helpful. If you have any suggestions for our Personal Space MB community please comment below!

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