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You’re not messy – it’s your partner/colleague/dog who’s messy

Lucy Dunn on Other People’s Mess and finding the perfect storage solutions

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By Lucy Dunn on

Poor Katie Price. The other week, the star let cameras into her house for Through The Keyhole and the world (well, the Daily Mail and Twitter) went all mad and Marie Kondo-y about how messy her house was, calling it a “dump” and “minging” and all other kinds of unmentionables. Moral of the day, KP: tidy up before you let cameras into your home, because a few clothes left on the floor seems to make people very angry, even when, bet your bottom dollar, most of those insult-throwers were tweeting from their own equally messy living rooms and kitchens.

Pot, kettle… Because that’s the thing: mess is fine, but only if it’s your own mess. Other People’s Mess, on the other hand, is not fine. The main reason for this is that your own mess is not, technically, “mess” – there’s a reason for your mess (although that reason is normally only known to you). You’ve had that huge pile of laundry sitting in your bedroom for weeks because your drawers “need a sort out”, but grump at your kids for all the socks they’ve thrown at the laundry bin, missed and left on the floor for you to pick up. Your office desk is purposely “ordered chaos”, but then you can’t help getting all huffy when a pile of papers from your neighbour’s desk starts to encroach on your side.

My husband is totally incapable of putting – no, actually, he refuses to put – his smelly trainers away in the shoe cupboard

For me, my Other People’s Mess is my husband’s mess. (I’ve given up on my teenagers for health and safety reasons and have designated their rooms no-go areas for the next five years.) My husband’s big thing is that he likes to put stuff where stuff doesn’t belong. So, electric drills on the top of kitchen cupboards, piles of paper tucked in among the cereal jars, etc. He is is totally incapable of putting – no, actually, he refuses to put – his smelly trainers away in the shoe cupboard. And he is (deliberately?) blind to the fact that my kitchen shelf has a collection of nicely styled beautiful cacti and likes to plonk a glass of soaking rugby mouth guards into the display.

All just little things which, admittedly, really aren’t worth getting annoyed about. You most probably have mini irritations of your own that people around you do, but don’t even know they’re doing, like bowls left in the sink, piles of loose change scattered around the house and coats flung over banisters instead of hung up on the hook.

Everyone, it seems, has their own untidiness quirks. I bet even Mr Marie Kondo (yes, there is one; he's called Takumi Kawahara) gets cross about something the high priestess of neatfreak-dom does behind closed doors. No one is perfect. Except you and me, of course. Those wet towels we left on the floor on our way out of the house this morning – they're there because we deliberately put them there, right?
 

STORAGE FOR MESSY PEOPLE (BUT NOT YOU)

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