If you have ever visited my home, you will know that I have a penchant for orderliness. I like everything to have its place and become quite restless if things are left to pile up, allowing untidiness to creep in. As you can imagine, in a household of 5 people, this happens on a regular basis.
But some people are bigger culprits than others…..
If you take a wander up our staircase, upon reaching the top, you will come face to face with this:
If you dare to open this door, you will be hit with this:
I have tried many, many techniques to alleviate the stress that this room causes: nagging, bribery, reward charts, punishments….but to no avail. The other week I got so fed up of seeing it in a state of disarray (this photo was taken on a relatively good day!) that I decided to have a ruthless sort out whilst The Teenager was at school.
That evening, as I went into her room to say goodnight (something I had started avoiding as my stress levels tend to rise the minute I walk through the door), I lay on her bed, sighing contentedly. I turned to The Teenager and asked: “Don’t you prefer your room like this?” She replied: “No, I hate it! Mess makes me feel at home“.
A lost cause I tell you!
Since then, my method of dealing with this particular ‘bone of contention’ has been to keep this door firmly closed. At all times. However, I do have another plan up my sleeve *rubs hands with glee*, one which will be shared with The Teenager when she returns from Guide camp tomorrow….she may not know what’s hit her!
NB If said plan works, I promise to share. Long-term silence on this matter means we are still working on it.
How do you deal with untidiness in the home?
Are you a neat-freak like me or do you manage to ignore?
This is my entry for The Gallery over at Sticky Fingers, where this week’s prompt was ‘door’.