The house that untidies itself

I don’t know what your home is like, maybe it is perfectly ordered and something akin with a glossy interiors magazine or maybe it’s like a toy shop threw up in it, as much as I wish it was the former mine is usually the latter. Yet, it’s not just toys it’s all sorts of random cr*p, from tools, to bikes, to bits of paper and pens, oh and clothes, everywhere. I feel like I spend my whole life trying to tidy it, I say trying as it never seems to reach that state of actual tidiness. It’s like shovelling snow while it’s still snowing.

I try and keep this ever present state of mess away from Instagram, not because I want to project an image of perfection (cough) but because who really wants to be faced with photo after photo of untidiness? I certainly don’t go on Instagram for that, well unless it’s artistic untidiness obvs! Now you certainly will not find this photo in my Instagram feed…

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(this is what my office looked like on the first day back at work earlier this month! Their aren’t enough ‘scream’ emoticons in the world to accompany that photo)

I’ve come to terms with the fact that the girls rooms will always be messy. I swear it takes less than a minute to go from tidy to looking like a hurricane has hit it, if the hurricane was a small child that has to get everything she owns out at once and leave it strewn all over her floor. I am now banned from entering the eldest’s room without permission. It’s already got boyband posters on the wall and bottles of nail varnish everywhere, she’s only 7 for goodness sake, I thought I had a few more years before that happened!

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If only it stayed like this!

It’s not just the kids though, my husband will openly admit to not being the tidiest person in the world. He tells me that he doesn’t even register the mess, he could sit in a room full of mess and clutter and be non the wiser. I on the other hand get twitchy and then go on a rampage threatening everyone with THE BINBAG you know that one that EVERYTHING left lying around will go in and then never be seen again. I think they’ve all become wise to this threat now as it has little effect anymore, maybe I’ll actually have to follow through with it one time!

It’s as if as soon as I’ve finished off tidying a room and move onto another the previous room just untidies itself, so that when I’ve gone through each room and think it’s all done it really isn’t, it’s actually back to the way it was before, or is even worse! Honestly I despair of the whole thing.

I would love to have a house that pulls off a minimalist look and I’d love a family that would enable this to happen.

 

How do you keep on top of everything?

Do you have a family that doesn’t see mess?

Or is your house like a glossy magazine?

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  • Sharon - January 26, 2015 reply

    Oh boy, my hubby can walk through a room and leave a mess. Once my kids reached teens I banned myself from their rooms (not my problem). The rest of the house I *try* to keep tidy but there’s so much more fun things to do … unless I have a deadline which is when mopping the kitchen floor becomes *so* urgent 🙂
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  • Aimee - January 26, 2015 reply

    My house is ridiculous!

    We’ve had the gas man in and out for days trying to fix the boiler, as soon as I opened the door for him I died a bit inside, even more so today when the stuff still piled on the stairs on Thursday morning are still in the same place. just with more stuff on top.
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  • Donna - January 26, 2015 reply

    Our kids rooms are generally clean but a bit on the messy side, same with our room – piles of clothes to put away, still clean enough to wear again etc. The kitchen, dining room and lounge are forever in a slight messy state with piles of things that need a home and need to be sorted. I’m just used to it now! x
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  • Zoë - January 26, 2015 reply

    I think it really helps to have a cleaner. I know it’s an indulgence but it means you get everything really tidy once a week and it’s easier the rest of the week. Plus it stops the general cleaning of the house being my job which was just really pissing me off.

  • Katie @mummydaddyme - January 26, 2015 reply

    I have to admit that I am one of those annoying people whose house really is always clean. I hate clutter and as such there isn’t generally anything out of place. It doesn’t look like something out of an interiors magazine though cause it’s only a 3 bed semi on an estate haha but I am a bit weird when it comes to cleaning. I am one of those people that clean up as the girls are playing and it drives my husband mad. In fact it drives me mad sometimes as I am so uptight about it, in a way I would rather not let it bother me. But each to their own I guess. 😉
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  • Rachel Edwards - January 26, 2015 reply

    Ha ha!! I would LOVE my house to look like the pristine, organised space it was pre-children, but the truth is it is usually fairly chaotic! My boys can turn my freshly cleaned immaculate house upside down in thirty seconds flat, so that by the time hubby comes home there is no evidence that I so much as raised a duster to my surfaces, much less vacuummed throughout…. makes me think I should just not bother because no one would notice either way!!
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  • brummymummyof2 - January 26, 2015 reply

    I’m OCD and this is not good when you are in charge of two small children. I live my day on the edge with a dustpan in one hand and a pack of baby wipes in the other. I know full well when the rents are here? They let it get in a complete state and then panic ten minutes before I am due home. We also seem to have drawers just full of utter crap. And I just don’t know why? I clean them out. A week later? They are worse! x
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  • Esther @ Inside Out and About - January 26, 2015 reply

    I don’t mind clutter on shelves or things looking pretty on the sides but I hate clutter on the floor. It sends me a bit crazy! I used to be quite scatty but I think my tidy hubs has taught me to appreciate a tidy home – which I know must sound really weird! If he was messy…I know I would probably just snowball with him so you are so very good for getting the bin bag out! Long live the bin bag! x
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  • Sarah - January 27, 2015 reply

    Omg that first photo looks like MY girls bedroom floor right now. Complete with headbands, Princess Belle toy, hair brushes, etc, I don’t get it. I try and keep a pristine home but with 3 girls it’s a losing battle. For me its not about how it looks, its about health and safety. With a almost 2 year old we can’t leave sharp or small toys lying around. I’ve stepped on lego and I dont with that pain on my worst enemy. My children are also sensitive to dust so vacuuming and dusting are daily chores.
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  • Becky - January 28, 2015 reply

    chaos reigns here specially int he kitchen mys ons room the hall the lounge (pretty much everywhere actually!!)

  • Ruth - March 8, 2015 reply

    I’ve just discovered your blog thanks to Avril from School Gate Style & I am glad she introduced me!

    I just had to comment on this particular post.

    I am anal when it comes to tidying up and it drives me mad that the children don’t seem to register mess! The children get pocket money every week & are supposed to do “chores” for that pocket money! This evening J was asked to hoover the living room – which he did IN THE DARK!! I said “how can you see you’re doing it properly in the dark” He’s almost 17 so the answer was something along the lines of “meh”

    Anyway needless to say I had to re-hoover

    butwhymummywhy - March 10, 2015 reply

    Thanks for such a lovely comment, so pleased you like my blog.
    At least I’m not alone in this, I dread to think what my two will be like when they are teens! I think I need to step up my game and start doing the pocket money for chores thing. xx

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