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Byline: with Andrea McLean

IHAVE two children. I am a normal mum and they are normal kids. This means there can be times where there is a stand-off between us of High Noon proportions. This usually ends up with me huffing that they treat their bedroom like a dumping ground for everything they own.

HAVE two children. I am a normal mum and they are normal kids. This means there can be times where there is a stand-off between us of High Noon proportions. This usually ends up with me huffing that they treat their bedroom like a dumping ground for everything they own.

It''s even worse after friends have been round when things just don''t seem to fit back into the space they were crammed into.

It''s even worse after friends have been round when things just don''t seem to fit back into the space they were crammed into.

But can I really blame them? One day, when two sets of large puppy eyes replied to my yelling with "...but we don''t know where to put our stuff" I realised that neither did I. Were they really messy kids or was the room simply under-spaced and over-stocked? It was time to find a solution.

But can I really blame them? One day, when two sets of large puppy eyes replied to my yelling with "...but we don''t know where to put our stuff" I realised that neither did I. Were they really messy kids or was the room simply under-spaced and over-stocked? It was time to find a solution.

The secret was to provide adequate and accessible storage... which solves the problem, but also means there''s no excuse for not putting things away!

The secret was to provide adequate and accessible storage... which solves the problem, but also means there''s no excuse for not putting things away!

| Space dog duvet set, PS14.99; curtains, PS12.99; storage box, PS3.99; star-shaped rug, PS19.99; printed cushion; PS3.99; yellow cushion cover, PS2.99; 18-piece glow-in-the-dark wall decorations, PS7.99, all H&M. Selje bedside table, PS20, Ikea | Space dog duvet set, PS14.99; curtains, PS12.99; storage box, PS3.99; star-shaped rug, PS19.99; printed cushion; PS3.99; yellow cushion cover, PS2.99; 18-piece glow-in-the-dark wall decorations, PS7.99, all H&M. Selje bedside table, PS20, Ikea | Kids will love having a crate on skates to chuck their things into. Personalise with their name to stop arguments Tidy-up-time crate-on -skates toybox, PS50, Lovestruck Interiors | Kids will love having a crate on skates to chuck their things into. Personalise with their name to stop arguments Tidy-up-time crate-on -skates toybox, PS50, Lovestruck Interiors Special cases Special cases | Kids will love having a crate on skates to chuck their things into. Personalise with their name to stop arguments when they share a room. Tidy-up-time crate-on-skates toybox, PS50, Lovestruck Interiors | Kids will love having a crate on skates to chuck their things into. Personalise with their name to stop arguments when they share a room. Tidy-up-time crate-on-skates toybox, PS50, Lovestruck Interiors | Buckets like these are invaluable when you are snowed under with plastic - as anyone with small children knows. Choose a variety of shades to add pops of colour to a bedroom and keep the floor toy-free. House by John Lewis felt storage bucket PS15, John Lewis | Buckets like these are invaluable when you are snowed under with plastic - as anyone with small children knows. Choose a variety of shades to add pops of colour to a bedroom and keep the floor toy-free. House by John Lewis felt storage bucket PS15, John Lewis | Sometimes we need a massive clear-out of stuff - do we really need all that clutter? School holidays are the perfect time to get the kids to knuckle down and sort out the trash from the treasure. And when you can finally see the floor, perhaps invest in a soft and durable new covering. Wool Kansas Sandstone KA103 carpet, PS66m2, Crucial Trading | Sometimes we need a massive clear-out of stuff - do we really need all that clutter? School holidays are the perfect time to get the kids to knuckle down and sort out the trash from the treasure. And when you can finally see the floor, perhaps invest in a soft and durable new covering. Wool Kansas Sandstone KA103 carpet, PS66m2, Crucial Trading | Between-agers won't want the brightly coloured storage boxes that worked so well when they were little. Understated cupboards and bedside tables with clever accessories can be practical and fabulous.

| Between-agers won't want the brightly coloured storage boxes that worked so well when they were little. Understated cupboards and bedside tables with clever accessories can be practical and fabulous.

Bird boxes, PS34.95 for three; Bambi rug, PS49.99; Cassandre child''s vintage chest of drawers, PS299.90; Cassandre child''s curtain (250cm x 102cm), PS29.99; Cassandre decorative star garland (165cm), PS6.99; Lapinou night light (rabbit), PS5.99; Cassandre light-up garland, PS16.99; Cassandre decorative cloud garland, PS6.99; Cassandra wardrobe PS389.90; cushions from PS15.99; mattress in mauve, PS59.99; mattress in taupe, PS89.99; bed, PS199.90; throw, PS17.99, all Maisons du Monde Bird boxes, PS34.95 for three; Bambi rug, PS49.99; Cassandre child''s vintage chest of drawers, PS299.90; Cassandre child''s curtain (250cm x 102cm), PS29.99; Cassandre decorative star garland (165cm), PS6.99; Lapinou night light (rabbit), PS5.99; Cassandre light-up garland, PS16.99; Cassandre decorative cloud garland, PS6.99; Cassandra wardrobe PS389.90; cushions from PS15.99; mattress in mauve, PS59.99; mattress in taupe, PS89.99; bed, PS199.90; throw, PS17.99, all Maisons du Monde

CAPTION(S):

| Southside cabin bed, PS450; Ivy duvet set, PS35; Tessera 9 Cube storage unit, PS450; striped rug, PS175; plain wool blanket, PS55; giant alarm clock, PS39; lime flower clock, PS30; wool cushions, PS25 each; Rules To Grow By wall art, PS45, all Aspace | Southside cabin bed, PS450; Ivy duvet set, PS35; Tessera 9 Cube storage unit, PS450; striped rug, PS175; plain wool blanket, PS55; giant alarm clock, PS39; lime flower clock, PS30; wool cushions, PS25 each; Rules To Grow By wall art, PS45, all Aspace
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