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Home Organisation Tips For Busy Parents

When we started having kids, I realised it was much more difficult to keep our home organised with young children running around than it was when there were only two adults in the house. Our normal routines just didn't work well anymore, and the clutter and chaos seemed to be increasing by the day. We had to change how we organised our home by streamlining our belongings, altering our daily routine and developing new habits. In time we learned some quick and efficient ways to keep the key areas in our home clutter-free. I started this blog to share our experiences of transforming our home and pass on our tips for organising your home when you have young children to look after.

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How to Refresh a Guest Room for Christmas

Do you have friends or family coming over for a few nights this Christmas? Have you put them up in the same guest room before a few years ago but never redecorated it? If so, then you will certainly not be alone. However, since a spare bedroom is a room which probably gets the least attention in your home, having guests over to stay probably means that sprucing it up a little is on your mind.

In the run-up to future holidays, you won't want to start a full redecoration programme which will take lots of time at a busy period of the year. Instead, follow the tips below to refresh your guest room and make its occupants feel as though they are staying in an entirely redesigned space.

Rearrange the Furniture

This is the simplest thing you can do to make a spare bedroom feel different from when your guests previously came to stay. Place the bed or beds at the other end of the room or shift them around by ninety degrees. A new sleeping orientation will make the room seem as though it has been completely refurbished. Bedroom storage units can be rearranged, too. Work with the larger items first, such as wardrobes, and place smaller ones, like bedside cabinets, only once the major items have found new homes. Better still, invest in some new furniture that will make the room feel as though it has been redesigned even though it hasn't fully.

Change the Soft Furnishings

Relaying your spare room's carpet may be overkill in the run-up to the holiday season because you will have to move everything out temporarily. Instead, lay a new rug down which gives a different texture to normal. New linen on the bed is the next best step to take. Go for something that reflects the tonal qualities of your new rug. At Christmas, deep reds and greens are very seasonal options that make sense. Ideally, you will also have enough budget to change your guest room's curtains for a similar colour. If not, then why not consider hanging your bedroom's curtains in the spare room and using the latter in your bedroom for a few weeks?

Add Some Seasonal Touches

Bedrooms don't really suit extensive Christmas decorations in the same way the reception rooms do. However, a little tinsel hung over a mirror or a Christmas wreath that is placed over the bed or on the bedroom door will make for a touch of magic. Christmas-themed pillowcases are also a pleasant thing to add for guests at this time of year and help to make the room look different to how it used to.