Does anybody else suffer from Intermittent Domestic Goddess/Domestic Whore syndrome? Not much routine, not much motivation until you want to scream?
The answer, I've found, is the humble kitchen timer. Faced with some boring household chore I give myself so many minutes then OFF I GO and try to beat the clock. It's kinda fun.
Voila! Here is what I did to my study in 45 minutes today. I'm sure some people will hardly be able to spot the difference (like my sisters?) but this is how I like it.
This cartoon is by the late great David Austin, who worked on The Guardian. Many years ago I cheekily wrote and asked him for it and he sent me the original. It seemed to resonate with the wise advice of one of my kids' godfathers: "When you have children, keep your standards.. DOWN."
All images © Rosie West