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We are not only knee-deep, but we’re also swimming in the “busy mom” phase of life, where days are spent cleaning, rocking, nursing, diaper changing, laundry washing, and trying to balance all the things. Yet, I want our house to still feel like our home. Today I’m sharing with you a few simple home design hacks so that you don’t have to sacrifice style in the name of sanity or comfort… you can work in both!
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Part of the susceptibility of my creative mind is usually a quick turn around of items or space in different rooms of my home.
 
I like change.
 
I find it fun, challenging and exciting to always tease finality – only to bring up another idea in the next season. In essence, I know a room is never completely finished forever, which helps me to enjoy each room and each space as it is. It also helps me try new things because I know that if I don’t particularly love it, there will always be time to change it later… it doesn’t have to be a forever wall of paint or a forever dresser. And yet, I have those as well… a buffet server that has traveled with me for over five houses and though I’ve changed up the way I use it (currently it’s my coffee station), the piece itself hasn’t changed.
 
Seasons bring change and with it ideas to try new things. That’s living to me. Luckily I have a husband who is on board and even encourages (enables) me to go for it.
 
So, while I love design, I also have SIX kids and all of the stuff that comes with little people, and that is what helps to shape my style. I need storage, I need spaces that can be cleaned, I need comfort… and these are things I always keep in mind when adapting a space to fit us when making our house a home.
 
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This is a great find for someone like me who likes to change things up frequently!
 
We checked out CORT Furniture Outlet this time around to help update our living room space for the holiday season. The showroom allowed us to see items in a workable space and how they would tie in with other elements in each room. Plus, each piece is thoroughly inspected, cleaned and sanitized… basically held to a higher standard so you know it comes used but in great shape.
 
For a frequent “changer” this is a great tool to satisfy my pallet in a way that will not break the bank.

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Home Design Hacks for Moms

My first couch option for our living room was a gorgeous gray couch that had a pull-out sofa (for those just-in-case weeks of family visits) and I loved so much about it… but it just wasn’t working in this space. So, we changed things up! That couch moved into our office/schoolroom and works SO perfectly in there. Plus, the hideaway bed makes more sense, since guests have an area to stay.

For our living room, we went with a different color than I had originally planned, and bold statement art that we thrifted – and it works so well! Paired with a huge, stuffed ottoman, this is my kids’ favorite hang-out spot and makes for a safer, cozier environment (no sharp edges!).

I guess this hack isn’t’ really just for families… I just want you to be able to look beyond what’s “normal” for you and you might be surprised.

Seeing past dated paint colors, a wall of mirrors, popcorn ceiling and mismatched flooring, this ultimate living room has been completely transformed to a cozy and comfortable open family living space with bold statement pieces like our Article sofa, neutral colors and touches of sleek mid century and Scandinavian inspired design. The ultimate living room makeover before and after for a busy family from popular Florida lifestyle blogger Tabitha Blue of Fresh Mommy Blog. | 7 Genius Efficient Home Design Hacks for Moms by popular Florida life and style blog, Fresh Mommy Blog: image of a black kitten on a camel colored leather couch.

Mom Hack for Home Design: Use furniture with storage.

This is a great hack for everyone, but if you’re using space for something, make it extra! We’ve got a side table that is super cute, and it’s also the perfect place to stash away blankets (I mean every family has a plethora right?!), used for blanket forts, snuggling for movie night, and chilly mornings. 

There are so many ways to add in extra little bits of storage, and I like to take advantage as much as possible.

Mom Hack for Home Design: A foldable rug.

When you’re changing out the look and design of a space, rugs are gold!! They instantly change a room – the feeling, the style, the comfort – it can all change with a rug. Here’s the thing, with kids, floors (and especially rugs) get dirty and stained, it’s just inevitable. So, find a rug that’s foldable and not stiff. This way, you can spray and wash it in a large load machine!

Say hello to my new rug! 

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While I was browsing CORT Furniture Outlet, I came across this beautifully simple braided rug. There were actually two in the showroom and I thought it would look great in our space… plus, it was NOT stiff and it’s foldable (mom hack for the win!). This rug was already cleaned, sanitized and looked like new, but I walked out with it for $100, a FRACTION of the cost of a new one!

I that in itself is a pretty great home decor party trick.

Mom Hack for Home Design: Mirrors are your best friend.

Hello, little spy hack. While mirrors have the ability to make a space look and feel larger than it really is (I think that is hack enough right?!), these reflective friends have the ability to do so much more… like adding a spy window for you to see around corners. 

Ever wonder how moms can “see” so much? Mirrors help! 

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Mom Hack for Home Design: Use popsicle sticks for paint.

We’ve been DIY-ing and painting our home from the inside out. And sometimes we’re out-and-about and find something we think might be a great fit, only to get it home and realize the color was off or didn’t work well in the room.

For home design hacks like this, use those crafting popsicle sticks that seem to find there way, well, everywhere, and paint one with each paint color you’ve used in your home (the interior and exterior walls, the furniture you’ve refinished, etc). Write on one side the corresponding room or piece of furniture and carry them with you in your bag. You’ll always have your house colors with you if needed for color matching – curtains, rugs, pillows, etc!

Mom Hack for Home Design: Use paint for mood.

Speaking of painting your walls, did you know that paint color says a whole lot about you? It also affects how you feel! So before you go slapping that brush on the wall, consider the mood you’re setting for the room, and for your family. 

I love me some deep, moody colors, but I like to keep my home light and airy (with an accent wall in a moody tone here and there). It sets the tone of my house as an easygoing, clean and spacious place, and is helpful for all the little people I have around. There are just some moods (aka colors) I’d like to avoid!

For example, you may not want to use oranges in a bedroom as it inspires creativity, though it would be great for bursts of color in a playroom, it’s not great for relaxation or rest. Whereas gray or blush tones are good for a restful space. 

It’s fun to read up on what colors can do for your home though. Grays and blues bring a relaxing atmosphere, green helps to reduce anxiety and is also great for entertaining, while red can be fun over the holidays by adding small pops of color (a whole room painted red can raise blood pressure or even invoke feelings of irritability and hostility.

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Mom Hack for Home Design: Use vertical space.

With kids, home design hacks for storage is a necessity. But finding enough of storage can be tough at times. Depending on the size of your space and home design, there are often hidden storage options if you look up!

This is part of the reason we built our rolling ladder. Our home had these cutaways in the wall (up high) and instead of just keeping them blank, removing them or adding a large decor item that we didn’t need, we added shelves and a ladder to use as actual book-case style storage.

In our boys’ room and in our school room, we also added an open shelf up high. It’s nice and out of the way, and yet now we have more room for storing books, toys, crafts, etc.

We’ve added hooks up the wall to store and display hats before (and I plan to again, just haven’t gotten around to it yet in this house, #momlife, right?). There really are so many options if you begin to look up and see what you can add to your walls. 

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So tell me, do you have home design hacks that are perfect for moms?! I’d love to hear, so feel free to share in a comment below!

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