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A home makeover with the little ones to watch: is it doable?



Unless you’re lucky enough to feature on an episode of Extreme Home Makeover, renovating and redecorating the home can be a nightmare.

This is especially true when you’ve got kids to watch over as you do it. It can quickly become quite a stressful process and it’s not surprising many parents put off a home makeover until their kids are at school.

If you’re worried about how you will cope then below you’ll find some of the best advice to successfully makeover the home, even when the kids are around.



Making big changes


When it comes to making big changes in the home, ideally they will need to be done when the kids aren’t around.

It could be that you need to rip out your current kitchen to have another one fitted. Or maybe you’re having a new bathroom put in? Invariably your children will want to nip to the toilet or enjoy one of their favourite snacks the moment these projects are underway, so you’ll need to be sure you choose a reliable company to do the job quickly and professionally.



Another big job you should ideally do when the kids aren’t around is installing double glazing. The fact there’s glass involved could create potential hazards meaning you should avoid having your kids nearby if you can. Double glazed sash windows  can really enhance the home providing you have them professionally installed.


Keeping your kids busy

All jobs that you’ll be doing yourself will require 100% concentration. The good news is if your kids are anything like mine, you’ll be able to distract them while you get the job done.

There are a number of ways to distract your kids and the main ones include:


  • Stick a DVD on

  • Create a time consuming game they can play

  • Let them join in


Sticking on a DVD is a lazy way of keeping them distracted, but it’s also one of the most effective. Kids love watching their favourite movies over and over again. It will give you at least an hour to get things done.

Similarly, you could come up with a creative game they can play. Letting them make something out of various materials will really keep them busy and entertained.

You could also let them join in. You’ll be surprised how much some kids want to join in with the DIY tasks. They feel a real sense of pride and achievement if they help you do something. It will also help them to develop various skills.


Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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