8 ways to make your home Montessori friendly today!

Recently, I have joined a collaboration on Instagram about how to "make do" Montessori on a budget or even without spending money.

Nowadays, Montessori at home is often associated with wooden toys and expensive furniture. It doesn't have to be that way!

Montessori is above all a philosophy, a set of principles and a way to observe your child to better fulfill their natural development. 

I talk about this a lot on this blog and in my e-courses. 

In today's blog post, I want to share with you how to make your house  more Montessori in one day without spending money!

You can also watch the video as I show you how I make my house suitable for little children once more. My own children are older and don't require many specific child-friendly space or what you would consider a Montessori play space. 

So it was fun for me to go through my house and showing you what I would do if I was discovering Montessori for the first time.

Side note: I say without spending money but I do suggest to use some command hooks that you may have to buy.

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1. Command hooks

Command hooks are the perfect solution if you rent your house. Also, your house will evolve as your child grows so command hooks are a great temporary solution.

In my experience, the brand Command hook works better. When you remove them, it does take away a bit of paint. They work best on wood or furniture. I have one inside my son's wardrobe that is still up after a few years.

2. Masking tape

Instead of taking weeks to hang the perfect child-safe frame at your child's level, just use masking tape to hang a printed picture.

Delimit an area on the floor for your child's shoes or to show where to park the scooter. 

Again, masking tape is ideal in a rental or if you go on holidays. 

3. Use any surface as a shelf

I will  never stress enough that you don't need to purchase specific furniture to start Montessori at home. At some point, you may want to redesign or to invest in some specific shelves. If you want to start today, just use what you have already:

  • free the bottom shelves of your bookshelf
  • use the coffee table
  • if you don't have any furniture available, place a rug in one corner of your living room and set up a few activities accessible to your child. 
  • I love to use some Ikea round placemats in my playgroup

4. Use the space you have:

You don't need to do the Ikea kitchen hack today or to make a child-size vanity table to allow your child more independence. Free a drawer or a lower cupboard in your kitchen. Have a basket with your child's toilet accessories in the bathroom. Do whatever you can today to help your child to participate in your daily life. 

5. Add art and plants:

Print a picture and stick to the wall with masking tape. It is as simple as that! 

Allow your child to water one of your house plant. Or pick some flowers and show how make a bouquet.

6. Anything can be a tray

This is a very common question in my FB group "Where can I buy some nice wooden trays?". The point of the tray or basket is to show toys or activities. Seeing them will allow your child to select one and the tray/basket will allow him to carry it to his play area. 

The tray in itself doesn't matter. You can use shoe lids, take-away containers, cheap baskets and second hand trays. Don't stop yourself to introduce some activities until you have found the perfect tray!

7. Less toys

While decluttering and sorting the toys might take more than one day, you can already make sure you set up only a few activities to choose from. 

When it comes to sets of toys, such as blocks or train set, reduce the quantity. My rule is to divide the quantity in two and two again to only offer a manageable amount. For a train set, for a toddler or young child, I start by giving the number of pieces for a circle or 8 circuit which are around 10-12 train tracks with one locomotive and 2 or 3 wagons. 

8. More reality, less fantasy

If until now, the majority of the books you have had "speaking animals" and fantasy-based characters, swap them for some more realistic books such as books with human characters, nature books, books with fictional but realistic stories... Make use of your local libraries. 

I hope this post was useful to you, let me know in a comment!

About the Author Carine Robin

Carine Robin has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, specialising in child psychology. She worked for various social services in her home country of Belgium, before moving to Ireland in 2006. It was there that she started working in a nursery and discovered Montessori education. After having her first child, her passion for the philosophy grew and she qualified as a Montessori teacher and managed a preschool. Carine has been running a Montessori based parents and toddler group and coaching families for 9 years. She now also runs an online group for over 14000 parents, sharing her knowledge and passion with people from around the world. In 2018, Carine realised families needed more support and launched her popular online parenting courses and monthly subscription boxes, full of personally designed Montessori materials.