I have three small children, yep three. They are delightfully messy creatures who are often too wrapped up in their own little worlds to remember to put things back where they belong, or to notice when they knock something over etc. They are just the way they should be! I however am a compulsive neat freak. How do we get along? Well, they're teaching me to not care too much about order, and hopefully they will be successful, responsible adults in about fifteen years - I"m choosing to take the long view! As I was carry another load of "stuff" from one room back to where the "stuff" actually belongs I noticed something. There is one corner of my house that is usually mess free.
The kids rarely sit in this chair, and the top of this storage piece is too tall for them to see; so they leave it alone! I'm going to consider this corner, mine, and look at it more often when I'm feeling frenzied. I like this corner because it's a lot of my favorite colors; blue, gray, yellow. Lovely. I also like it because of the layering of pattern. Chevron, large scale modern damask, and the geometric print on the candle. And the books underneath the metal bowl, those are mine too. Yep, I'm feeling calmer already :)
Do you have a space that is yours? How does it work for you?