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Teenage living 

Hollies bedroom was by far the worst room in our house. It was drab, cold and it had lost its way. She had been banging on about a new room for months and it was something we were putting off in fear of loosing our life’s in there. The problem with teenagers is that one minute their into One Direction the next minute they are wanting to live as a hippy,  you need a blank canvas so it’s possible to change when they’re  having an interior meltdown without being boring or having to spend their university savings on doing it up. It needs to be light for homework ( yeah right), it needs to be as spacious as possible for all those screaming headache inducing sleepovers and it needs to have their personality written all over it. So we went into it knee deep in paint or rather Sam did and got off to a relatively positive start. My wonderful landlord put down a much needed neutral carpet with underlay which to be honest made …

Old habits die hard 

I can’t leave the house knowing there’s glasses and pots lying around, I can’t not make the beds and I feel positively disgusted with washing not in the washing basket. It’s hard, I just have these habits and if they are not done I can’t settle, I will openly admit to being a tidy freak. Toys have places, everything has a box or gets put away and if it’s not I’m on edge. This sometimes puts me under pressure, all from myself. I wish I could just leave it and walk out the house I’ve tried but I know it’s there, I know when I get back il still have to do it. I love it the most when everything is in order and my house is clean and tidy it gives me a sense of satisfaction and even when I worked full time in London I still had my little habits. Sam and Hollie let me get on with it, we have often spoke about Hollie earning money for chores and it makes me …