It has been killing me sitting on this! Months ago, Ikea Family Live Magazine got in touch and asked if I would like to featured in their magazine!
Scrape me off the floor - of course I said yes!
I am glad they do these features, showing real homes with real people. Our home looks lived in, it's not perfectly tidy, it is organized but not to the point where it loses that homely feel. I use the same system that I teach in Clear The Clutter to keep everything under control, I have to because I am not a natural neat freak, so if I don't keep on top of it, chaos reigns.
I think it also helps with that new phenomenon where people beat themselves up because their home doesn't look like the beautiful pictures they see on Pinterest! I would put money on the fact that if you walked into one of those 'perfect' homes unannounced, it wouldn't look so darn perfect.
When I agreed to do this for Ikea, I wanted to stay true to myself, yes, I could have squirrelled away all the books off the bookshelf, leaving just a desirable one or two and moved things out of shot so it looks 'prettier' but at the end of the day, I wanted it to really reflect our home as it stands, a real home with real people living in it. Click HERE to see the whole article, it is in the paper edition too but it is also all Japanese! I will post the translation below.
Before we get to the translation, I want to remind you that Clear The Clutter will be opening it's doors again soon and I will be running the totally fabulous and FREE Kitchen Bootcamp again, pop your name in the box to join in the fun!