If you’re interested in kid-friendly ideas when it comes to decorating your home, try to do a little “thought experiment” for a moment. Imagine that a very upset Hulk just got his little hands on the piece of décor you want to display. Does it survive? If losing that item would affect your emotional well-being and your pocketbook, perhaps consider something a little less sentimental or expensive.If you’re interested in kid-friendly ideas when it comes to decorating your home, try to do a little “thought experiment” for a moment. Imagine that a very upset Hulk just got his little hands on the piece of décor you want to display. Does it survive? If losing that item would affect your emotional well-being and your pocketbook, perhaps consider something a little less sentimental or expensive.

Here are some kid-friendly decorating ideas that have resulted in fewer headaches for homeowners:

1. Imagine the life of an item before you purchase it. Before you purchase any new home decor take a second to imagine how you would feel if it were to be broken or ruined. Would it break your heart a little? Would it hurt your wallet a lot? If you said yes to either of those two questions you should put the item back. You don’t want to have too many items if any at all that would really upset you if they were destroyed. Little ones somehow manage to break even the things that are said to be unbreakable. Don’t let your home decor be too precious or expensive that it’s irreplaceable.

2. Avoid any and all light colored rugs especially white! When you think of kids you probably imagine their cute little smiling faces and tiny hands. You probably also think of all the messes that kids create and that definitely includes spills. If you are thinking about getting a rug for your home you want to stay clear of any that are light colored and especially if they are white. The ideal rug colors to purchase are dark red and brown. Those colors will hid any spills and stains the best.

3. Pass on any expensive breakables. Kids are notorious for breaking things. They don’t always mean to break things but it’s just in their nature. You don’t want to have any breakable home decor items within a little ones reach. It’s best to put away all breakables until your little one is older but if you still want to keep some breakables out you should keep them up high and out of the sight of little ones.

4. Don’t buy anything that can’t be wiped clean. When you purchase a home decor item or even just rearrange your home decor only have items out that can easily be wiped clean. Little ones love to look at things with their hands instead of their eyes. They leave little finger prints on whatever they touch so if all of your home decor is able to be cleaned by just simply wiping it off it will make your life so much easier.

5. If something has a lot of nooks and crannies pass on it for now. Little ones are messy eaters especially when they are still learning how to feed themselves. It can even look like a food fight when on around them. When food goes flying you never really know where it may land so its best to have most of your home decor be made up of smooth surfaces. Smooth surfaces are easy to clean and also easy to sanitize. Little ones will eat off of any surface so being able to quickly and easily sanitize an area is almost crucial when little kids are around.