14/08/2014 12:57 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Kirstie Allsopp Claims Housework Keeps Mums Sane


While we may be resigned to getting the hoover out and doing a quick pile of ironing, how many of us would happily give up household chores in a heartbeat if the cleaning fairy offered to take over?

Not so, TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp, mum and step-mum to four boys.

"I'm not doing the ironing because I have to [lucky her!], but if I get a chance, I find it immensely therapeutic," the TV presenter revealed to Western Daily Press.

"I'm absolutely convinced that those repetitive tasks that one does every day, organising and regularising one's home, and keeping it tidy, is enormously therapeutic. I know it is for me, and I have many, many working mum friends who feel the same. That to know that their child is going to school with clean hair, clean teeth, clean uniforms, and their house is clean is what keeps her sane."

Kirstie's domestic goddess stance will come as no surprise to fans of her Homemade Home TV series, but it is hard to believe she's being entirely honest with us (or with herself) when she claims that housework is what keeps her sane - especially as she also confesses to having help with the cleaning.

While a tidy home and well put-together children are certainly good for your piece of mind, we wonder if these alone will be as good for your sanity as taking up some of Kirstie's other habits - like having a coffee with a friend at least once a week and prioritising time spent with your partner, which Kirstie says maintains her wellbeing "most of all."

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