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:
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!
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'.