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Empty cups of tea were always on the coffee table, usually with a bowl of dried, encrusted cereal kicked underneath a sofa. Giant rucksacks were dropped in the middle of the floor, usually with a pair of trainers somewhere nearby.

From my vantage point behind the kitchen counter, staring out at all this mess, and the mud, and the noise, and the chaos, open plan living became absolute hell. Nothing could be hidden, and there was nowhere else for them, and their mess, to go.

So, we decided to put the house on the market and a few months later we found ourselves moving out, and into a pretty old house tucked between Long Island Sound and a tidal creek. The rooms are small, but filled with light, and at the back of the house, is a large kitchen. It is not open-plan. There is just room for a table and chairs, but no room for sofas, armchairs, coffee table, or dog beds.

There is no television.

I have finally got my kitchen back, and in doing so, have once again found peace in the only room in the house that still feels like mine. We do have a family room. It is on the other side of the house. I wish I could describe it to you, but I never go in there.

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