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How to Design a Stress-Free Floor Plan For Working Moms

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How to Design a Stress-Free Floor Plan For Working Moms

These design tips from Housing Design Matters seek to reduce "working mom's guilt" by keeping common household stressors out of sight


March 28, 2023
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For working women, the struggle to do it all—have a successful career, raise a family, and keep a clean house—can lead to an all-too-common phenomenon known as “working mom’s guilt.” To alleviate the stresses of being a full-time mom, wife, and working professional, Housing Design Matters suggests creating a floor plan that prioritizes relaxation and keeps messes out of sight. 

One simple approach is protecting the path to the owner’s suite with a layout that leads directly into the primary bedroom and avoids the laundry room, the shared bathroom, or the secondary bedrooms. 

I recommend zoning a floor plan so the kids can be at one end of the house and the parents at the other – their paths should not cross. Give kids the shortest distance possible to the bathroom – because inevitably, one of them will forget their clothes and have to do the naked run back to their room. And since the invention of the baby monitor, kids’ rooms can be separated from mom and dads.

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