A clean and tidy life makes a mess of fun
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.
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