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12 Ways To Keep Your Home Stylish When You Have Kids And Pets

Being stylish isn’t always so easy. Fortunately with the Formica® Brand line of easy-to-clean laminate, now it is.

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1. Invest in plants that are easy to take care of.

We all love a bouquet from time to time, but for everyday decor, consider nontoxic, easy-to-take-care-of plants like American rubber plants or bamboo.
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We all love a bouquet from time to time, but for everyday decor, consider nontoxic, easy-to-take-care-of plants like American rubber plants or bamboo.

2. Invest in erasable surfaces.

Let your kids get creative with surfaces that are fun and easy to clean.
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Let your kids get creative with surfaces that are fun and easy to clean.

3. Keep your tables set, even when you’re not about to eat.

This will keep your home surfaces from getting cluttered with mail, homework, and other knickknacks hanging around the house. It also looks gorgeous!
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This will keep your home surfaces from getting cluttered with mail, homework, and other knickknacks hanging around the house. It also looks gorgeous!

4. Designate a special craft space.

This way, you won't have to worry about things like crayons and paints all over the house. Materials will always be in the same spot, and you can concentrate on mess-proofing that one particular surface.
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This way, you won't have to worry about things like crayons and paints all over the house. Materials will always be in the same spot, and you can concentrate on mess-proofing that one particular surface.

5. Make the most of your closet space.

Knowing exactly where everything is in your closet will help shave off some time in the morning and give you that extra few minutes to walk the dog, dress the kids, make breakfast, and get the little ones out the door on time. Phew.
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Knowing exactly where everything is in your closet will help shave off some time in the morning and give you that extra few minutes to walk the dog, dress the kids, make breakfast, and get the little ones out the door on time. Phew.

6. Create a special space for your pooch.

Give your dog a super-cushy place to sleep so you don't feel totally guilty not letting them on the couch.
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Give your dog a super-cushy place to sleep so you don't feel totally guilty not letting them on the couch.

7. Area rugs are your BFF.

They're easier to clean than wall-to-wall carpeting and more affordable to replace. Plus, they prevent scratches from those doggy feet and kid shoes.
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They're easier to clean than wall-to-wall carpeting and more affordable to replace. Plus, they prevent scratches from those doggy feet and kid shoes.

8. Put a shoe rack in your entryway.

It will encourage your kids to take their muddy shoes off before going into the house and won't cause a mess in front of the door.
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It will encourage your kids to take their muddy shoes off before going into the house and won't cause a mess in front of the door.

9. Go with a big sink.

Invest in a large kitchen sink to make family dinner cleanup a breeze. No piles of dishes for you.
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Invest in a large kitchen sink to make family dinner cleanup a breeze. No piles of dishes for you.

10. Use tile or faux wood in high-traffic areas.

This is a great way to avoid an uncleanable mess. Kids, dogs, and carpets do not mix!
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This is a great way to avoid an uncleanable mess. Kids, dogs, and carpets do not mix!

11. Give yourself as much counter space as possible to dedicate to laundry.

A laminate table or shelf can be installed to give you extra space for folding.
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A laminate table or shelf can be installed to give you extra space for folding.

12. Invest in low-maintenance countertops.

Counter materials like granite, copper, and stainless steel can scratch pretty easily. Try a durable laminate to create an easy-to-clean and stylish space in any texture you can imagine.
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Counter materials like granite, copper, and stainless steel can scratch pretty easily. Try a durable laminate to create an easy-to-clean and stylish space in any texture you can imagine.

With durable Formica laminate, cleaning and looking good has never been so easy.

Find out more at Formica.com.
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Find out more at Formica.com.