Posted on by Love Dodd

Having children may be one of the most rewarding accomplishments in your life. Once you have them, it’s hard to remember a time without them, and certain things are bound to change. In fact, everything in your daily life will change — forever. The things you do on the weekend will revolve around them instead of yourself, but one of the biggest changes you’ll likely have to make is how your home looks.

When toddlers are under the same roof, say goodbye to clean spaces and organized rooms. Instead, say hello to constant messes and toys everywhere. While this is inevitable, you don’t have to live in constant disarray. The living room, for example, should be a place where the family gathers to watch tv or movies, or just to spend time together playing games. There’s nothing worse than finishing a long day at work wanting to cozy up on the couch only to find toys everywhere and no place to store them.

In an effort to make your living room more a smart and efficient kid-friendly space, we’ve come up with some tips on how you can keep your living room tidy, without compromising your style.


Wall Storage
Most furniture stores have a variety of storage options for your home. An easy way to hide toys, games, and other things your children may love to play with is to hang some baskets on the wall. They give you the flexibility to grab them when needed and also put them away and out of your children’s reach.

Multi-Purpose Coffee Table
This is a no-brainer! Throw in some kids chairs and make a space for your child to either colour or do their homework on. You can also choose a coffee table (like this one from our own furniture stores) that has storage compartments so that you can hide the crayons and games when they’re done with them.

Bean Bag Chairs
Ok, this may not be something that makes your living room tidier, but it’s definitely fun and can add a little flair to your living space! Your kids (and even you) will love hanging out on these chairs when you’re spending time together as a family.

Hidden Storage
As we said, furniture stores have tons of storage options to choose from so have hidden storage anywhere you can. If you have a lot of chairs in the room, get an under-chair basket to help store some of the clutter. If there’s room, you can also store stuff in a basket under your sofas. If you prefer ottomans to coffee tables, choose ones with hidden built-in storage to keep your space tidy.

When you’re ready to kid-proof your living room, head over to Dodd’s furniture stores. We want you and your family to enjoy spending time in your living room and let it be a place your kids can have fun. If you’re looking to take it one step further with some new cozy sofas or coffee tables, head to one of our showrooms and start picking out some new furniture from brands like Ashley Furniture. We offer great pieces at furniture liquidator prices, so you don’t break the bank. Come and check us out today!