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It’s been a hectic morning! You’ve got your man off to work, harassed the kids out of bed, prepared breakfasts for everybody which is a major operation these days because you need to make an individual meal for each one of them separately! Here’s a reminder – don’t ever let it get that way in your house. You have to be strong. Insist on buying just one brand of cereal, only one type of bread, and a maximum two flavours of jam. If you stick to those strict guidelines, you won’t have to put up with the early-morning shenanigans of separate breakfasts.

I don’t know about you, but when everybody has left the house and peace and quiet reign supreme, I crank up my little coffee machine, get out my coffee, take a big breath, let out a bigger sigh, and sip my coffee with a generally blank mind. The TV and the radio are both off and the only thing I sometimes hear is the neighbour’s dog barking. So while I sip my coffee, I look around and mentally check off the things that I need to do to get my house in order for the day. I do allow a little bit of technology in by turning on my iPad and seeing what’s on my schedule.

I can cast my eye around the family living area and the kitchen to work out what needs to be done and in what order. With the amount of junk that I can see lying around on the sofa, armchair, coffee table, and the kitchen bench I know for a fact that in my perfect world I could never have too many bookcases. Fortunately, my kids still like to read their storybooks, my husband and I are both avid readers and don’t always resort to our computers for our information, so the one bookcase we have in the living room is full. Because most of the furniture we have in the house is made of solid wood I put a reminder on my iPad schedule to check out similarly made bookcases and where I can buy one.

There are some wholesale furniture trading companies that provide good quality solid wood furniture these days. Come to think of it, I should see if our budget can extend to a smaller model bookcase for our bedroom so that the books we are reading and some that are not suitable for the children can be stored there. One thing is for sure, there never seems to be sufficient room in either bookcases, cupboards, or coffee table shelves to store everything. It’s a vicious circle. We keep accumulating material which then forces us to go out and purchase articles of furniture in which we can store all this excess material. It has to stop!