But the dear little red, white and blue Wooden Horse of Troy does it so much better than I could.
The red, white and blue sofa is a great starting place.
When I took the photos earlier this week the sofa was looking as good as it gets.
Dear Sarah and Serenata's cushions had a fitting home for their beauty and friendliness.
But yesterday evening the sofa was a real state, with cushions all over the place, feather stuffing coming out a little bit and making everything look messy, and dog footprints and burrs from the garden more evident than I would like.
This morning I tidied it and I feel Oh So Much Better!
So this is the controversy, or, perhaps, just a chance to ask your opinion. The sweet and forthright Thrifty Mrs has done a post on mess recently - have a look at it here!
Of course the debate isn't new - Sarah and I were going round in circles on it back in November 2009, and we hardly invented it. Look at the comments on that post - what great variety of thinking there is on the subject of mess in homes and on blogs!
It's slowly coming to me (and I'm 42 now - how long did that take?) that I resent other people telling me how tidy my home should be, and that, out of rebellion and general ignorance, I let my home be far messier than I wanted for years. I'm now working on keeping our house just as tidy as I want. Not anyone else. It's all about me. How shellfish. But it works - for me, that is the secret of keeping a tidy-enough house. Not tidy by someone else's definition, but tidy-enough for me. I'm not perfect (note yesterday's sofa disaster, left over until today) but I'm working it out for myself now. Ha!
I'd love your comments, and have this super-duper thought by a new (to me) 16th century French philosopher to set us off:
"Everyone thinks himself the master pattern of human nature; and by this, as on a touchstone, he tests all others. Behavior that does not square with his is false and artificial. What brutish stupidity!”
Thanks to The Happiness Project to pointing me in the direction of Montaigne, with that quote. I'm going to be taking my week off blogging now. I may just pop in to see if you've said anything about tidiness etc, but I won't be visiting your blogs or posting myself for a week now. Thanks so much for joining in this week's red, white and blue fun!