Husband will tell you that I’m not naturally tidy. In fact, he’ll probably tell you that I’m not in any way tidy, natural or otherwise.
My mum would vouch for that too. I’m from the school of organised chaos, as opposed to tidiness & order.
Unfortunately, my untidiness doesn’t work out too well when we’re camping. With four people, even in an eight-man tent, we can’t really afford to give in to the chaos or we might lose one of the Tinies under a pile of something.
But the major problem I find is that there really isn’t a place for everything, so everything can’t be in its place. Which leads me to wonder whether tidiness and storage are a bit like chickens and eggs. Which came first?
We’re going camping with some friends at the start if May. I’m a bit concerned because it will be their second-ever camping trip, and first with children, putting us in the position of “most experienced campers”.
In acquiring all of the kit they need to go camping C has bought a wardrobe. There will be four of them in a five-man tent and I’m wondering where exactly will the wardrobe go (and will there be a lion or a witch through the other side of it?)
Am I missing something? Would I be tidier if we had more storage? Should we invest in more shelves and actually hang up those funny ladder/packet things that came with the tent? We’ve only been for two nights at a time so far, so I’ve just kept clean and dirty clothes separate and that’s been the extent of it. We have a kitchen unit which has a couple of shelves for keeping cooking-related paraphernalia, and that’s it.
I know that in a small space it’s better for things to go away. I even make an effort to put the kids’ colouring things away and keep shoes in a designated corner (if we had the porch I’ve been after they could stay in there!).
But herein lies the challenge. If I demonstrate I’m able to be tidy while camping there will be an expectation that I can do it at home. And I have many, many more things to be doing before I can manage that…