The time for pretending is over, resistance is futile. The truth shall set you free and the truth is that all of us have a Pandora’s Box somewhere in our life. Often hidden in plain sight, this Pandora’s Box might take the shape of a beautiful wooden chest in our living room, charming storage space under the stairs or nifty drawers that push in under a king size bed. But mostly it presents itself in the shape of an innocent cupboard or closet, filled with all the stuff we never packed away properly and copious amounts of guilt. In this space we store, but mostly hide, our sins as supposed purveyors of the order and elegance akin to the beautiful rooms from glossy home decor brochures. We hope and believe that this box shall stay closed as not to release all the shame and horror of our daily untidy existence, into the open for the whole world to see… This space exists in all homes, I am convinced. For some people, it might only be an untidy drawer filled with all sorts of whatnots with nowhere to go, on the other extreme it might take the shape of a double garage filled to the brim with clothes, toys, exercise equipment, broken appliances, and boxes full of scrapbooking must-haves never to be opened again. When it comes to the illusion of order and elegance, having regular visitors over to my house is a necessary evil, and having a Pandora’s box is a non-negotiable in all last minute order-creating activities. Please tell me I’m not alone in my turbo-charged tidying-up efforts approximately 19 minutes before guests are due for an “informal” dinner date. I personally find that inviting overly-judgmental guests adds a bit of spark and excitement to the aforementioned efforts. I shouldn’t care, but I do, so save the sermon Susan… Anyway… as I’m sure anyone with young children at home can attest to, order and elegance are often as elusive as an annual vacation on a yacht in the Caribbean with babysitters included. But I think it’s nice that we try. And let’s face it, as cool as you and your friends might be with the bohemian style of your family abode, it simply is easier and quicker to get almost anything done in those rare instances when there is order in your home. When there is a place for everything and everything is in its place. I often find that after creating even a small amount of order in the corner of a room or just sorting my metal kitchen utensils from the wooden ones, I am filled with an unreasonable amount of accomplishment. Maybe it’s just me. I’m always on the look-out for clever storage solutions, and not because I’m an overachieving, neat-picking home organiser extraordinaire, but because I am a lazy person who would rather be relaxing than sorting and sorting and sorting the endless mess that comes with raising my munchkins and having a full life in general. Finding storage that looks good is great, and if it also serves a purpose beyond storage, I’m sold! Enter pouffe the magic seat… I’m already a fan of MiGi, a local company that designs and produces quality solutions for moms and kids, so it’s only natural that I should find my new favourite storage solution on their site in the shape of a pouffe. This magical pouffe serves as storage and as seating, it is beautiful, weatherproof, very good quality and you can wipe it clean with a damp cloth. You can stuff it with almost anything, from extra blankets to toys or clothes or those jeans you’ll never fit into again but you’re keeping the dream alive. And these pouffes come in four beautiful designs so you’re sure to find one that will blend in with any room. Need I say more? One last thing before I go… they have other functional decor stuff too, that is sure to blend in beautifully with your pouffe, like the canvas bucket for storing toys, sports equipment or whatever life throws at you. Their website, www.migidesigns.co.za, is very user-friendly but you can also buy their stuff through Takelot.com. If you’re a busy mom like me, you’ll know that there is a certain kind of magic in sometimes following the path of least resistance. Helping your kids to keep their rooms tidy might be easier than you think. And, you’re welcome.