Monday, February 27, 2012

There are two types of people in this world. . .

There's a great comedy sketch by a guy called Jon Richardson where he talks about there being two types of people in the world - putters and leavers.

A putter quite clearly 'puts' things where they belong. They are organised, efficient, successful human beings.

A leaver is so busy running around doing stuff and enjoying life that they don't have time to put things in their place - so they 'leave' them where ever they happen to fall.

I am a leaver.

Unfortunately my husband is a putter.

What this means in real terms is that our house is a constant mess and he walks around in a constant state of disbelief that I can actually live like this.

So this weekend I attempted to change my status from leaver to putter. I scrubbed, cleared, wiped, washed, shined, dusted, sorted and decluttered to an inch of my life until tah-dah!! - the house was clean, organised, calm.

I then cooked the dinner, gave the kids their baths and took a well deserved break.

This morning after the school run I came home and looked around. The dinner and breakfast things were scattered all over the kitchen. The dirty clothes from last nights bath were all over the bathroom floor. The kids pyjamas lay on the landing, a trail of odd socks and bits of discarded uniform behind them. The floors which had been lovingly cleaned just 24 hours before were awash with cereal crumbs, cars, books, nappies and shoes.

I then realised that being a putter for one day only doesn't cut it - you have to remain a putter every moment of every day.

So I came to the conclusion - being a putter sucks.

Long live the leavers!


  1. Ha ha that really made me laugh! It is true being a putter is a tough and constant job! I think I used to be a putter but now with four children I am a leaver as I have no time to be anything else!

  2. I think it might be genetic, I try to change and become a putter, but it is physically impossible!


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