Tidy up time….

It is a bit sad really…..but I’m going to admit it anyway. 

I’ve spent most of my week tidying my house. I’ve reached the conclusion that I’m not particularly good at maintaining tidiness. I think when it comes to tidying I might be an all or nothing type of girl…. I am fortunate enough to have a lovely lady come in once or twice a week to clean my home, (I’m not very good at that either!) so I need to make it clear that I’m not cleaning, I’m just tidying. 


Lego friends table


It’s Saturday morning and I’m not quite finished yet. Why? Notably because, I tend to declutter and reorganise while I do it, so it always becomes a major job…

This week’s big challenge was the playroom, which has been a mess since our return from South Africa. The kids have been having such fun with their Lego that I haven’t had the heart to clear it away. 

I’ve also had motivation (more to that shortly) this week to ensure that everything is all tidy and has a home, and so I tackled the mess that should be our playroom.

First, I was placing the bulk of the toys into piles- imaginative, building, Lego, games, puzzles, fine motor and arts and crafts. Some toys already have boxes/ places in the playroom, so they didn’t get categorised. 

Art n craft table

Secondly, I reshuffled a couple of the pieces of the furniture and the started to put the toys away. 

It’s taken a while, but so worth it. The children love it and it has reignited their imagination and creativity. K is back to doing crafts, J has been tackling various tasks that will help him with his fine motor and hand writing issues and E has just enjoyed being creative with Lego. 

So I’m not quite complete- would you believe that I still have my paper work to tackle that I never finished from my November challenge, but I feel SO much more positive and I will get there, as I have a major motivating factor:


This little lady is joining our family later this month. Hubby finally aquiested and we are terribly excited. (The girls burst into tears when they found out.) Clearly, toys will need to be off the floor while we head through the puppy stage, so what a better motivator to develop tidy habits and routines in the children! (And me!)

So, huge discussions happening over names, routines, what the girls can or can’t do and such like. I think hubby is going to become seriously bored, as everything at the moment seems to be featured round her and getting ready for her arrival. Fancy joining in- any suggestions of names?

About Cheryl

I am a child of God, a wife and a mother of 4 children. Some days are good. Some days are frustrating. Some days are just plain insane. In between the mayhem, I loved to go for walks with our mutt, potter in the garden and enjoy the beauty that surrounded us. That all changed in August 2012 when we waved goodbye to our mutt and garden, our eldest at Uni in Gloucester and moved to Tokyo for 4 months. And yes- we are still here...
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5 Responses to Tidy up time….

  1. Kathryn says:

    What a cutie! Great photo of you both too. Suggestions for names: Flame, Chee Chee, Fluff, Woof, Roma, Dame, Iri, Pad. 🙂 🙂 🙂 I know, they are all marvellous 😉 Love the Lego table idea. Will do that! K X

  2. Sam Hozack says:

    I’m so excited and happy for you!!! Can we get a little help with a special japanese name? Xxxx

  3. Sarah says:

    She’s so cute – we’ve come up with Kuro and Yogi but what about Maki, Mako, Nori, Koko, saisho (as in first dog…) – can’t wait to meet her 😉 Sx

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