A clean and tidy life makes a mess of fun

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I don’t know any­one who likes mess. Clean­ing up is one of my least favourite house­hold tasks, well be­hind do­ing the laun­dry or the gro­cery shop­ping.

But on the rare oc­ca­sions when I’ve sat in my com­pletely clean and tidy house, I’ve al­ways felt a lit­tle sti­fled, like it’s all a lit­tle too per­fect.

So I’ve learned to em­brace the mess as a wel­come part of a busy life full of kids, cre­ativ­ity and work.

Grow­ing up, my mother al­ways gave me free rein in the kitchen and I’ve ex­tended that to my own kids.

The pro­viso is that they clean up at the end of their ex­ploits, but of­ten it’s a less than suc­cess­ful at­tempt.

When they were young enough to be thrilled by glit­ter, glue and paper plates, I gave over the din­ing ta­ble to var­i­ous crafts, much to the sur­prise of vis­it­ing friends who looked on with vary­ing de­grees of hor­ror.

I’ve used the din­ing ta­ble for my own projects and we’ve spent more than one evening eat­ing din­ner in front of the telly be­cause my sewing was only half done.

We also have dif­fer­ent lev­els of re­cy­cling so that po­ten­tially in­ter­est­ing items like long card­board tubes, egg car­tons or pris­tine pieces of card are set aside in case they are re­quired.

It’s not a par­tic­u­larly tidy way to live but it does have its ben­e­fits.

There are no last minute dashes to the art shop to fin­ish the school project be­cause, by and large, ev­ery­thing is al­ready there.

The kids are now ca­pa­ble of mak­ing a full fam­ily din­ner and they know, in the­ory, where ev­ery­thing should go when they’re fin­ished.

It also helps that we have a re­ally good vac­uum cleaner.

You have to clean up some­time.

Aus­tralian artist Me­gan Ske­han’s Coastal Co­ral Fox is one of her hand­sewn de­signs for Eco Chic us­ing cru­elty-free feather in­serts. Avail­able with print both sides or con­trast­ing back. $120, ecochic. com.au

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