Wednesday, 28 September 2011


In my dreams I am minimalist.  My decor has a simplistic style with clean lines and a contemporary feel.  I am ultra modern and chic and my home is an oasis of order.  The flow of  light respects the space and showcases my key pieces of furniture.

In reality, my home is the antithesis of this.   Five kids and a husband who hates throwing away anything 'that might one day be useful' has meant that my fantasy self has never existed.  'Things' are my nemesis.  Things are everywhere...every room has an abundance of them.  Hundreds of things without homes that invade every nook, cranny and corner of my four bedroomed home.

Freddy's toys are an ever growing community in search of a space to call their own.  They spill from the plastic boxes which once contained them.  They encroach upon my living space  threatening to take over the whole living room.  As I sit and type, Let's Rock Elmo and Interactive Winnie the Pooh are filling the space by my feet. A Buzz Lightyear Light Sabre, a packet of crayons that came free from a restaurant, a potty shaped like a duck and a double decker bus that sings the alphabet mock me from the laminate floor, letting me know this is a battle I simply can't win.  My daughters' shoes join in with the clutter.  Ella's Uggs here, Kizzy's slippers there.  I am drowning in the mess.  There is no Feng Shui here.  Light and space dare not compete with widely strewn bits and bobs.

There is no oasis of calm for me to retreat to.  The garden is well played in...trampoline, swing set, footballs and bikes are the order of the day.  Forget relaxing on the patio...that's where the sand and water tables live along with all the shovels, pots, buckets and boats that were once neatly placed inside, but now are making breaks for freedom. My own bedroom is not free of the clutter.  It is an overspill for books, DVDs and unclaimed piles of airing.  The kids play on my bed and I often find an abandoned Bratz doll lurking under my kingsize duvet.

I tidy up, but in a blink of an eye the mess returns.  Everytime we make strides to de-clutter: buying Ikea's finest shelving units or the latest set of Trunki toy boxes, or if we take a few trips to the charity never seems to touch the surface.  But the fact is, decluttering is a losing battle Inside the Wendy House.

To some, our clutter would be something they couldn't live with, but to me it symbolises our family life...full, mad, chaotic, fun and crazy.  The ideal minimalist world which I dream of is not conducive with a household full of kids.  Kids who have the freedom to simply be with the limitless abandon only children can enjoy.  One day when all the children have grown-up, I'm sure my home will lose most of the messes and muddles.  But I'm in no hurry for that day.  In hindsight my cluttered home really is just perfect!!

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  1. haha, I really laughed at this!! I once found about 30 packs of restaurant / party bag crayons tucked away for when I might need them...I binned them & felt liberated! within my sight (I'm in the garden now) are 2 plastic climbing/slide things,rocker, 2 trampolines, 3 sand/water tables,picnic bench, playhouse (filled to the rafters with 'stuff' 2 small bikes, a car & a space hopper! And this is after I did a carboot sale......
    Great post!

  2. I was nodding my head at your words!! I feel I am always tidying up after my children and boyfriend - and as you say, as quick as you put it away it comes back out again!! and its only going to get worse!! Aaaarggghhh!! Lol x

  3. This is just how my house is and that is only with 2 kids!!!! It is stuff everywhere like you said even our bedroom has a box of grown out of boys clothes someday waiting for selling etc but never got round to! it is amazing how much stuff having kids creates! I also dream of the minimal house....

  4. What I love about your house is that it is a friendly and homely place where I always feel comfortable so, in spite of the toys that occasionally take up a lot of space, it is where Freddy feels happy and it is all part of family llife. I loved your blog.

  5. It may be a bit of a mess. It may need to be tidied every now and then, But, It isn't dirty and every time we tidy we lose things. So, embrace the clutter, love the clutter, just don't let it overtake you. Love you wife.XX

  6. Oh that's lovely! I think it is really hard to live a clutter-free life when you have small children. We've been clutter-free for a few months now out of necessity as we try to sell our house but it is not easy and I wouldn't want to live like this permanently, life's too short!

  7. Great work buddy, keep it up




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