Decluttering queen and funny mum Anita Birges sorts out the mess of motherhood one pantry at a time

Kinderling News & Features

It takes a certain type of person to spend their professional life sorting out other people's messes; that type of person is epitomised in Anita Birges of Mise-en-Place.

The mum of three helps families tackle the intimidating trash fires that can be the family pantry, wardrobes, or kids rooms; you name it, she'll organise it into piles and label it.

Anita shares her five reflections on parenting, how she stays centred, and how she keeps the messy parts of modern motherhood in check (one tupperware container at a time).

1. What is your favourite thing about being a mum?

I know it sounds corny, but I love the unconditional, undeniable, squishy soft love with my children.

2. What’s your favourite thing to do with your kids?

I love talking to them and telling them childhood stories and listening to their stories. Having a good chat. 

3. What is the thing you miss most about life before you became a mother?

The spontaneity and being able to do things on a whim, like going away without planning.

4. What has been the biggest surprise for you about being a parent?

The disciplining, I thought it would be easier!

5. What does 'me time' look like for you?

Me time is really having a morning of peace, tranquility and calm with my partner (not being woken by children!), and bikram yoga.

Hear Anita and other favourite Aussie parents on The Parent Panel, Fridays at midday, or listen back anytime wherever you get your podcasts.