She’s known as the real life Bridget Jones thanks to her clumsy nature, and Kate Garraway certainly lived up to her nickname when a snap of her scruffy spare bedroom was shown on Good Morning Britain.
But rather than feeling shamed into giving her house a good scrub, Kate, 51, insists that she’s happy living in a tip.
‘When you’re juggling children, a marriage and a couple of jobs, something has to give and, for me, it’s living in a perfectly tidy home,’ she says. ‘I think it’s important to keep things clean. It’s just the neatness I struggle with.’
Her horrified co-host, Ben Shephard, was so disgusted by her messy house, he started slapping on hand sanitiser and shifting away from her.
A sign of success
‘It can’t have come as too much of a shock, given that the last time he visited our house he was so stressed out by the sight of our kitchen cupboards overflowing, that he insisted on getting down on his hands and knees to reorganise all the pots and pans,’ laughs the presenter. But Kate, who is mum to Darcey, 13, and Billy, nine, insists that her messy home could even be a sign of success.
‘Some of the most productive people in history have been self-confessed “muck-middens” – Agatha Christie, Benjamin Franklin and even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. I’m highly organised in my own way and in other areas I can even be a bit of a control freak.’
Kate claims her inability to tidy has actually helped her mental health – but admits that her husband of 13 years, Derek Draper, isn’t quite as thrilled about it.
‘A few years back I longed for a third child and I could not give away the pram or the baby gear that cluttered up our hallway,’ she explains. ‘It drove my husband crazy, but it helped the dream to quietly fade, rather than having to face reality before I was ready.’
Kate concedes that while Derek doesn’t mind the kids’ chaos, the neat freak isn’t always best pleased with her involvement in the mess, adding, ‘Derek and I have learnt to compromise. I keep away from his desk and he lets me make a mess in the spare room.’
Sounds like the perfect marriage to us!