The Messy Person’s Guide To A Tidy House. Part 1.

A family, particularly one with small children, is by nature, messy. Emotionally, financially, organisationally, there is mess whichever way you turn. And then there is the state of your house.

A Tidy Person can often get on top of the piles of laundry, mountains of toys and the landfill in the spare room if they try really hard and send the children to a kindly relative for, ohh, about 3 months. For the rest of us, mess was a part of our lives prior to children – but even we, The Messy, have our limits. Usually sometime before the day we can’t actually push open the front door. Usually.

Fortunately there is a very simple solution – a fast, inexpensive and simple solution. Unbelievable, yet true.

It is The Basket.

It’s that simple. Here is how it works. Buy, beg, borrow, or steal a large basket, or a medium basket per child, and at the end of each day, pile all the toys and mess into the baskets. Get the children to help. Which is not as difficult as it may seem – it is all in the marketing. “Time to tidy up now” doesn’t often get the desired result. Try ‘who can throw all their toys into their basket? the winner gets [insert preferred reward]’ or a variation of this. Push the basket to the side of the room. Throw away any remaining toys (harsh, but this step encourages diligence) and sit down in a tidy room with a glass of wine.

Next week, The Family Beast will show you an advanced technique that even Tidy People don’t always get right!

Still living in a bombsite? Keep reading:
The Messy Person’s Guide to a Tidy House: Part 2
The Messy Person’s Guide to a Tidy House: Part 3
The Messy Person’s Guide to a Tidy House: Part 4
The Messy Person’s Guide to a Tidy House: Part 5
The Messy Person’s Guide to a Tidy House: Part 6

 

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