You may or may not know that we recently made the move from the Upper West Side of Manhattan to the quaint suburbs of St. Louis. Home for both Tyler and I so we are thrilled to be here. The last month (and a half) has been a month of transition as we get settled into a new, bigger space, Tyler starts a new job, the girls new schools and I adjust to the new normal. Since we moved from a tiny, 1,000 SF apartment to a suburban home we have had to make many new purchases.
Our new house is one in which we plan to be in for a lonngg time, maybe forever so our home purchases have been more thoughtful and of slightly higher quality than our condo/apartment furniture of the last six years. We have bought several new rugs, including one under our kitchen table. It was still reasonably priced (less than $300) but over the three years of having kids, we have had about 4-5 different rugs under our kitchen table thanks to our messy but adorable ladies. I didn’t want to be searching for a new rug in a year because my now new rug was destroyed by a stray blackberry, plate of spaghetti, smoothie spill – you know what I mean and I set out to find a solution better than loads of stain remover.
I turned to Google, Amazon, all of my #1 resources for a pressing problem. I came up with nothing. All I wanted was something like what an office chair goes over… a Chair Mat I guess it would be called? Then the light bulb went off… why not get one of those chair mats? I bought the smallest chair (my rug is 4′ x 6′) mat I could find for carpet and laid it down. Somehow it fits nearly perfectly to provide ample coverage underneath BOTH girls chairs. Sure you can still sort of see it but only if you really know its there. It is the PERFECT solution and makes clean up after meal time SO much easier.
So as I continue to get in to the new swing of things I had to share this discovery with you. If you have a messy eater, I strongly suggest trying out a Chair Mat! Maybe this is way old news but nonetheless, mom trick I was happy to discover and hopeful that one of you out there is looking for this very solution. I had originally planned to cut it to just fit under our messiest eater, Margaux’s chair but it just happened to stretch the width of my rug. I think these would be pretty hard to cut though because they are quite thick.
Any other awesome mom tricks to share? We all need them so please share!