This observation baffles me, because I think our house looks quite well, thank you! But, seven people live in it, and perhaps that explains their cruel judgment. Besides, I suspect their parents of Minimalism!
Yesterday the boy next door had a new point of critique: 'Your front door is always open! Burglars can walk right in!'
'Well,' I struck back, 'that's because you never close the front door behind you!'
That one he had to think about. After a few minutes of solemn silence he told me in hopeful tones: 'Perhaps burglars will steal all your stuff, and then your house won't be messy anymore!'