We’ve already looked at some of the most important points about designing your family-friendly pool, such as pool size, pool depth, safety features, paving, interior patterns, and add-on features (see Parts 1, 2, 3 & 4). In our final article, we’ll take a look at the practical side of caring for your family-friendly pool. By following these time-saving tips, you’ll be able to enjoy hours of extra fun with the family instead of hassling with endless pool maintenance.
Have a Place for Everything and Keep Everything in its Place
This wise bit of advice applies to all sorts of areas of daily living, and taking care of your family-friendly pool is no exception. Designate a place to store all of your pool accessories. This would include things like floats, pool toys, sunscreen, beach towels, and life jackets. Leaving them lying around all over the yard is both a safety hazard and a nuisance. Not to mention that they won’t last long if they’re constantly left exposed to the elements. Instead, plan for some quick, easy storage solution locations for all of your pool-related items.
Get a Storage Shed
If you don’t have a storage shed in your yard, now is the perfect time to get one. If you already have a storage shed, declutter it to make room your pool items. You can hang up your pool toys in mesh nets so they’ll drip dry. This will help to keep them from acquiring that unsightly mildew and mold they can get if they’re left in a damp place for too long.
Set Out Separate Bins for Different Pool Items
If you want to be organized, you could consider getting several different storage bins. One could be specifically for small pool toys, another for floats, and another for life jackets. Make sure whatever type of storage bin you use is made of a material that will hold up well when housing damp items. Those made from heavy plastic-based materials are ideal for this task. You can find them at a home improvement store or a pool accessory retailer. Place these in strategic locations where they’ll be out of the way yet easy to access. Let your kids know exactly where everything goes and try to train them to put the right items in the right places. Having a place for each type of pool accessory will cut down on losing and having to replace different items as well as make clean up time run more smoothly.
Start a Cleanup Routine
While we’re on the subject of cleaning, you’ll want to get your kids involved in the pool cleaning process as soon as they’re old enough to help out. Make sure to only give child-safe, age-appropriate responsibilities. Leave adding chemicals and testing the water to the adults! There’s no reason, however, that a child can’t get involved in brushing your pool walls to help keep them free of algae. Choosing a pool with a round, oval, or rectangular shape can make cleanup easier than it would be with an elaborate shape that has lots of curves and contours. The fewer places there are for grime and debris to go undetected, the better.
There’s no one-size-fits-all pool design that’s right for every family. You can pick and choose which of the above tips are best for your unique situation. Have fun creating that backyard oasis of your dreams!
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