Wednesday, March 3, 2010

In real life

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been just a teensy weensy obsessed with the decrapification of our basement. Usually I wait to attack that space every year after I’ve decluttered every room in the house, but I just could NOT even stand it anymore.

It was making me just sick every time I walked down there…really. The amount of crap was overwhelming. So a couple weeks ago I started the biggest decluttering project of my life.

This year I am determined to get rid of items we don’t need anymore. Most of those items are at least on shelves or packed away in bins, but I am feeling a desperate need to get the crap out.

I want to simplify…breathe…

But if you looked at the other two floors of our house you’d wonder why in the heck this woman does not clean her house.

If you’ve read this blog for awhile, you know I’m not afraid to show you the little messes around our home. But when I’m taking pictures for a decorating post, I try to keep the clutter to a minimum – for all of our sakes. ;)

What you don’t know is often I will simply shove the mess out of the way with my foot to prepare for a good shot. I am also known to chuck a couple (or 15) toys across the room before a picture.

Today, my basement is looking fanfreakingtastic. I have put all my “housekeeping” mojo towards it for the past couple weeks. But the rest of our house…ummmmmm…

This gorgeous view of our dining room:

Has been littered with door knob parts for a week (or has it been two?):

The balls and the basketball hoop are constants in here anyway, but the busted plastic shelving unit from Walmart is just the icing. ;) Those beautiful oil rubbed bronze knobs would have been installed the day they arrived if I hadn’t hit a little snag with them. (More on that later.) For now, they sit exactly where I left them that day – screws and all. Argh.

Yesterday, the foyer to our house looked like this:

041Seriously, who needs to work out when they can take 852 trips up and down the basement steps in a week? Seriously.

Our family room cabinet redo looks like this at it’s best:

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But lately it’s become what any flat space becomes – a landing zone for just about anything:

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Complete with the DVD door left open by a little munchkin. ;)

This next one is just laughable anyway. I mean, are you kidding me? Our playroom looks like this about five days out of the year:

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Two of those days were days I took pictures for a blog post. The other three were for parties. Ha! You think I’m kidding.

Most days, it’s thoroughly trashed. But today, there’s an extra special touch:

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A half nekked window from when I took the muslin drapes downstairs to see if I liked the light drapes in the family room against the tan walls and sooooo didn’t (ick, they were so blah) and they laid on the couch for a week and I’m lucky they are even back upstairs today…whew.

Anymore the view into our bedroom NEVER looks like this:

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First of all, it’s become the second playroom, which is truly fantastic. Especially in the middle of the night when one of us either cries out in pain from an itty bitty teeny tiny toy in the foot, or said foot hits a toy that starts woo wooing or reeeer reeeering or whatever.
 
But even better lately – the beautiful fireplace has been covered with crap that needs to go down to the basement:

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Did I mention I decluttered this room three weeks ago? Hmmm? Three weeks this stuff has been sitting there. THREE.

And my favorite. The view to our room on days we have people over, cause that’s the ONLY days I make the bed:

Today, the bed isn’t made, but that’s not unusual. What’s extra fun is the toilet seat sitting in our lovely, relaxing bedroom:

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Oh yeah baby. A booty seat. A seat for the tush. The throne. Whatever you like to call it. It’s on my bedroom floor.

So you see, it’s not perfect around here. It’s not usually quite this bad either. ;) But even at it’s worse, it’s HOME and we LOVE it.

Once I show you the basement, you’ll understand why living like this has been worth it. At least that’s what I keep telling myself. Over and over. Every time I step on a toy.

I’m off to install a toilet seat. Oh, who am I kidding? I’m off to declutter the basement some more.

Please be kind Squeezies. Kisses.

 

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204 comments:

  1. Oh am I ever feeling this post! I think we've all reached the breaking point of crap accumulation...is it the winter? the cold? holidays frought with gifts and extras? Good luck on your projects!!

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  2. Thank you for making me feel better about my own house! The only days my house is clean is when someone is coming over. I have not let my aunt in before b/c she just stopped over one day.

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  3. All I have to say... is thank you for keeping it real!! I type this while nursing a broken toe received yesterday trying to do a flight of the bumblebee cleaning before my mother arrived - even cleaning the garage. WHY? When in all actuality my house more resembles the pics you posted today.

    Glad to know that I'm not alone in my control of messes in my house (or lack thereof).

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  4. I am SO GLAD that your house looks like mine does! I've always got an excuse, but what it boils down to is that I'm just plain lazy when it comes to cleaning :)

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  5. Thank you for helping me to feel a little bit more what my hubby keeps telling me, "NO ONE has a perfectly clean house all the time!" not even you! I am currently redoing the guest bedroom, so I feel this post! I currently have easter eggs all over the house from the "hunt" that the kids were having...and never finished! Gotta love it!

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  6. OMG, I really needed this post today!!! I have worshipped your blog and gorgeous house for months! I *just* started my own blog! BUT my house is always a bit messy (especially the playroom), but is worse lately and I feel so bad scootching the crap out of my pics (not an easy thing to do). I still worship your blog, but it's so nice to know I'm Not Alone!

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  7. Oh, I am taking a really deep breath of relief! I took a few "vignette" photos to post and also had moved the pile out of range. You ARE a real person! Love that!

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  8. That brought back memories for me! Whoo hoo! I remember those days well. I miss it. The toys and shoes and stuff...It looks perfectly normal to me, and I can't wait to see the basement!

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  9. Thank you SO MUCH for keeping it real. Seriously. I wish more bloggers would. It is nice to ooh and aah over all of the creativity and beautiful homes but after awhile it can become depressing when there are toddlers and 'stuff' surrounding you. I too am on a mission to declutter but have a LONG way to go. You have encouraged me!

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  10. Ahhh....makes me feel normal! lol I loved the part about pushing the stuff out of the way or chucking the 15 toys...nice to know I am not alone! :) Thanks for keeping it real!

    Hugs,
    Victoria

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  11. Hysterical! When I was redoing the kids' bathroom, I had crap in my living room, dining room, and the upstairs hallway. My favorite was when my hubby put the toilet in the bathtub to get it out of the way while he worked on installing the vanity cabinet. Crap, crap, crap (literally) :)

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  12. I am so excited to see your basement... ours is the thorn in my behind... i need some inspiration!

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  13. Love the honesty! Thanks for keeping it real. My favorite is the entry way. That took guts! LOL.

    I love the family room tv/entertainment center redo. Where did you get the cabinet below the TV? I LOVE it!

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  14. Thank you very much!!! We are really and truly kindred spirits!!!

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  15. Thank you for sharing that today... I sure needed it!!! =)

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  16. Thanks for keeping it real! I see the beautiful photos from everyone's gorgeous homes....leaves me feeling a little overwhelmed sometimes. I have been on a major decrapification mission lately myself. We finally emptied our storage unit right into our garage. If that won't force you to decrapify - don't know what will. Ha! Got a Dyson today and I am in love, love, love! Also, love the beautiful job on your stairs. You are such an inspiration girl! Thank you.

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  17. Hooray!! You are normal too!!
    Thanks for making the rest of us feel better about "living" in our homes too!
    ~blessings to you~

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  18. It was so refreshing and such a weight off my shoulders to read this :) I am glad I am not the only one whose house had stuff ALL OVER and out of place :) LOL

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  19. I so appreciate you and the other bloggers that keep it real! I totally can identify! Especially the part about rooms looking ideal only for parties. Ha ha! I always say I have to invite people over or plan parties to ever get my house really clean. :) Anyway, thanks again! Can't wait to see all the progress you have made on your basement (I REALLY need to get down to ours to straighten things out...)

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  20. I'm so glad you are a real person. I love that you show how to have beautiful home, but still live in it.

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  21. Ok let me make you feel even better....ready? My whole house looks WORSE then your foyer on a GOOD day! Seriously! I think I started blogging thinking that would motivate me to de-crapify my house...but then I realized I could just take close up shots of what I was blogging about and no one would know....oh boy! lol Real life huh?

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  22. I hear you, loud and clear! Do ya know what I did all day today? I cleaned my messy cluttered house cause we have people coming over for dinner tonight! That's just the story when you have kids in the house...well, they're a good excuse anyway. Thanks for sharing your truth- it's everybody else's too!

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  23. I'm not surprised or shocked at seeing life happening in your house. This is real life! I am impressed that you shared it, although I'm sure we've all done the shove-this-over-there-while-I-take-a-picture-here thing. I'm also impressed that a PB&J didn't make it's way into that DVD slot, so temptingly open! ; )

    Even though my kids are young adults now, there are definitely projects I put off. Plus, I have a massaging seat thingy that doesn't work that I got my hubby for Christmas, that's been sitting by our kitchen garage door waiting for me to try and get an exchange or store credit at Tuesday Morning, and, of course, I can't find the receipt!

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  24. omg. hilarious. i love LURVE it! it's good to know that you have a life and it doesn't always involve keeping things tidy and neat. you live in your house too. i think you deserve some sort of blog award just for showing us what it looks like. maybe a "de-crapification award" or "say yes to toilet seats" or something. :)

    good for you! and thanks! :)

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  25. I love seeing the pretty, perfect pics, but I REALLY love seeing the not so perfect ones! It helps me to know that I'm not the only one living in something that isn't magazine shoot ready at the drop of a hat! My greatest fear...winning some prize and them delivering it to me with no forewarning and a camera crew! YIKES!

    Kat :)

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  26. Thank you so much for sharing these pics. I've just started reading all these wonderful blogs about all these great room re-dos and thinking how in the world do all of you girls keep your houses so perfect and get all these wonderful projects done. Nice to know that you are just like me!

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  27. I suddenly feel like I am part of a larger group than I thought. Thanks for the reality share. Love it.

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  28. Life at it's best! None of us live in a model home, most of the time there is clutter, toys, etc. about in everyone's home. Thanks for the reveal, it's makes us love you even more.

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  29. I totally understand and feel you on this one. Practically every room in my house right now needs, as you so perfectly put it, "decrapification". It's incredible how stuff piles up so fast and all of a sudden you're going "okay, that's it...time for the house to have an enema!" :)

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  30. Evidently there are a bunch of us! Makes me feel better!

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  31. You have EXTRA brownie points for this post!!!

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  32. You know the way to your readers' hearts! Love this post...I love to see bloggers being real. It makes me feel better about sitting here blogging instead of cleaning up. :)

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  33. I just took 7 trash bags to Goodwill today-and it was mostly toys and tired Christmas decor-at least I was tired of it! Still have a long way to go to clean out the rest of the stuff. Watch "Hoarders" -it always inspires me to de-clutter!!

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  34. awesome thanks for keeping it real, and helping us feel better about our homes

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  35. I so get the toys in our bedroom! Thanks for keeping it real.

    I'm working on only one small kitchen wall right now but the barstools, paint can, shelf brackets, storage jars....have spilled over into the family room. Now the family room looks like chaos. UGH!

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  36. Thanks for keeping it real. Life is not a magazine. Life is not 5 books on a coffee table with an antler on top. Life is a coffee table with a kleenex box and a remote.

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  37. I really appreciate this! I always feel bad because my house isn't perfect, and the hubs and I are too tired to clean after work. This makes me not feel so bad!

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  38. That is so funny. You do have a beautiful home and we get to see what it really looks like right now. I need to declutter our bonus room. It is like a basement because we don't have a basement. All the extra stuff or junk as my husband calls it has to go somewhere. As soon as it gets warmer a lot of it is going to the consignment store and goodwill. Just enjoy your family while they are young. When you become empty nesters then you can have a clean house except for all the dog toys.

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  39. thank you so much for posting this...Sometimes I get so overwhelmed and think I just can't make my home pretty like the pictures I see...and then Irealize, you're just like me...you just did a good job for your "guests"...

    xoxo

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  40. Thanks for keeping it real. It's so easy to get caught up in the perfect (or really really nice) part of bloggy land that we forget the reality that lies outside of it. I can't thank you enough for showing the good, the bad, and the beautiful! :) Can't wait to see your basement... I'm about a week away from a garage overhaul. It DESPERATELY needs it! Love your blog! :)

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  41. You are HYSTERICAL! I love that you're keeping it real. :)

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  42. Thanks for keeping it real!!! So glad you aren't one to keep your house spotless all the time ... that is just plain, (I want to be nice)not normal. I have gone into homes of CEO's who have stacks of stuff all over the house & into homes where the homeowner won't leave the house unless everything is picked up & vacuums every day. And then there are people like us who do projects all the time & our house is in a continual re-organizational state.
    I love Hoover's (the vacuum cleaner) slogan : life's messy, clean it up.

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  43. OH BLESS YOUR HONEST HEART!!! THANK YOU for keeping it real! I feel so much better about mine now knowing its normal to not be able to keep up on everything all the time!!

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  44. Where did you get the doorknobs?? I've been searching for the best price and am itching to replace all of our brass. Also, what do you do about he hinges? Do you leave that brass??

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  45. Love it! Seriously, I always wonder how people keep their house perfect all the time. I just can't. Thanks for showing us the real life pictures.

    -FringeGirl

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  46. This soooooo reminds me of my house whenever I "decrapify"......I start in one room and all the crap moves to another room....and on to another....and all of my ideas (sitting on the floor in home depot and target bags) start to pile up! I'm cracking up at you.....this is exactly what happens when "the house manager" gets preoccupied on a project, everything else goes to h-e double hockey sticks in a handbasket! I love it :-)

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  47. I don't think I've ever posted a comment although I read your blog often but this post was just so wonderful! It's nice to know even the craftiest of us all can occasionally have a mess in her house. Thanks!
    Nicole

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  48. OH my gosh...I LOVE this post! It is SO real life!! We don't live in model homes...Thanks for the great laugh!

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  49. I just want you to know that I really appreciate this post. I am just a casual blogger, but I KNOW how hard the pull is to ONLY post the most flattering aspects of your home and your life. It's not that you want to appear perfect, but you also don't want to publicize what some people might judge, or what you're not particularly proud of. And to some extent, it's necessary. I mean, who wants to read about the wart on your foot, or that you just had a huge fight with your husband??

    Anyway, my (long-winded) point is that it's so nice to get even a small view into the home of a blogger you admire to remind you that hey, I'm not alone!

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  50. I love this post how very fun!!

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  51. I am so glad to know that you are human! And that your house looks like mine does sometimes. Thanks so much for the laugh.

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  52. After reading through several pages of your blog yesterday I was inspired to keep decluttering!! And today this post makes me feel better about it not always being perfect. Thanks! :)

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  53. I just absolutely ADORE your house and how you've decorated it!

    We are hoping to get our first house soon, so I can follow suit!

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  54. my new favorite post ever.
    thank you!

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  55. thank you for posting this. somedays i feel like i am the only one in the world whose laundry basket and sink overfloweth, and whose house doesnt constantly look like a page out of a magazine. i appreciate seeing a slice of real life:)

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  56. It's hard to find the time in the day to do everything. My house looks this almost everyday. It looks like this now. haha

    At least you're getting the basement organized. Go you!

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  57. Thanks for keeping it real! I love to see how my favorite bloggers really live. And I can't wait to see the basement!

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  58. This post is so comforting. I think we all can relate! The pretty magazine pictures and show room set ups are nice, but sometimes you want more reality. I would like to see more bloggers following suit (and Martha Stewart). Thanks for sharing!

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  59. I don't know one honest person who's house hasn't looked like that at one time or another...or most of the time! Way to be brave and post about it! :)

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  60. well aren't you the cutest, darndest, most adorable, woman ever! I too have the same thing going on in my house. I laughed when I read you throw and kick things out of the way to take a pic. We are birds of a feather you and I. Maybe one day I'll post what my house looks like ALL the time too. Except for those "five" days out of the year. ha ha
    Thanks for the laugh and the boost tonight.

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  61. You have no idea how much I needed this post! I have three kiddies and I've been slowly personalizing my home- but I look at these (before) photos and wonder what the heck I'm doing wrong! I want my kids to be kids, but want a nice home, too. Anyway, thankyou for the very REAL post.

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  62. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!

    I am trying to make more time for projects and crafts, but made the decision that i can't start anything each day until the basic chores are done around the house... ARE THEY EVER DONE? NO!!!

    So frustrating!! I am so glad you posted these reality shots... i feel so much better...

    And dag-nabbit, i am starting my kitchen island re-do tomorrow! no more waiting!!! i'll catch up with the housework later... cause i know you will too!

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  63. Loved the post! My nephews (1&3) are spending the week, and I can totally relate. :)

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  64. ahhh welcome to the world we ALL live in!! Thank you thank you for keeping it real!!! *hugs* *kisses*

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  65. It's so refreshing to see a post like this...you know, a house in the raw. FANTASTIC! I love every bit of this post and can relate to it all. I call it "running in circles". By the time I get one thing sort of perfect, the rest of the house has gone to crap. Oh and I never make my bed except when company comes over either and I'm so glad to see someone else admit that too! Looking forward to your basement reveal!

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  66. I don't even have small kids anymore and mine's not much better! ugh....When my kids were little and I would get the urge/energy or energy/urge to clean, the kids would always come up to me and ask, "Who's coming over mommy?" lol They were pretty much used to seeing me clean only if we knew someone was coming over! lol I'm still in that same mode...=(

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  67. LOVE it, you made me smile...I even called my husband over to look at this post. I told him, "see, they're just like us!"

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  68. Bloggyland rule #1 for The Blue Ridge Gal: Thou shalt only let the camera lens see what I want it to see.

    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal
    (that's my rule and I'm stickin' to it. LOL)

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  69. Soooo funny and soooo real life! I can totally relate! Sometimes we DIYers have the messiest houses. We ALWAYS have a project going on. My house is upside down right now because we are re-doing our master bedroom. We are sleeping on a mattress in the den! The boys love jumping on it every morning! :0)
    I'll be sharing some of my mess on my blog soon.
    Thanks for keeping it so "real" with us. And congrats on tackling that basement! Can't wait to see it!

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  70. Haha! I LOVE this post! Now I don't feel so bad about my messy house. Thank you =).

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  71. oh yes-- i am ALSO familiar with the "throw a bunch of stuff to the other side of the room before i snap the picture" trick!

    i couldn't help but notice the box your doorknobs came in-- did you get them the same place i got mine? yourhomesupply.com? do you love them? mine are the same shape, but i got the matte black instead of ORB.

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  72. Holy Crapification! You doubled your followers since I last visited you... AND cleaned your basement??? That's what I call cleanin up, girlfriend.

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  73. You are freakin cool. Thanks for sharing and showing us that we don't have to be PERFECT ALL THE LIVE LONG DAY!

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  74. YAY FOR THE REAL PHOTOS OF YOUR DAY TO DAY! Makes me feel way better about what I like to call our "DORM ROOM BEDROOM" - you know completely with clothes in piles and messes etc. I'm happy to see that all amazing images aren't a constant but are able to happen when you wanna make the perfection shine through! ox Thanks for making us all feel better superwoman it's nice to see your human too :) ox

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  75. I LOVE this post! Anytime a fellow blogger gets real it encourages me! Loving it!

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  76. Yeah, you're not a stepford wife! As a mom of 3 boys I have felt your pain. Literally, from a tiny army man's bayonet in the foot! But my youngest is now 16 and sadly I have not gotten any better. I still have crap everywhere, its just different crap, more grown up crap. And now I get the added aroma of the oh so lovely teenage boy funk! I think I'd rather pick up legos :)

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  77. i can soooooo relate. at any given time, it is absolutely amazing the bizarre things that can be found from room to room. especially considering there are 2 of us, yes - only 2 of us, living in this house.

    i blame it all on the fact that we have 4 grandchildren & 8 grown children (including sons & daughters in law) traipsing through our house all week long.

    but the truth of it is - life happens & we allow it, we embrace it & we love it.

    (& so do you!) that's why we all love you so much!

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  78. My sister always teases me that my house looks like it is straight out of Homes & Gardens, but I always know when she is coming and have everything looking perfect, or close too! One time her daughter brought a rubber ducky decoration out to me from the bathroom and pointed out the dust on it! I about died laughing because my secret was out!

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  79. I'm new to your blog but I already love your writing and humor. The whole "booty seat" thing cracked me up!

    This is what my house usually looks like...hah..unless company is on it's way. I'm like the clean in 5 minutes Jedi Mistress.

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  80. Thank you for this post! I'm constantly struggling with keeping the messes and clutter in our home at bay.

    In fact I have a friend with 2 kids under the age of 4 who sent me an email the other day (she lives out of state) and she was almost in tears because "my house looks so 'together'" (online, of course) and her's is a "disaster". I quickly sent her a photo of the Goodwill boxes in my hallway, my half finished bathroom, and my collection of paint cans (and 1 can of hair spray...don't ask) on the dining room table. It's very reassuring to know that most of us are in the same boat.

    Whoa that was a long comment ;).

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  81. um...I love this! So funny. I was really about to do a post about this exact same thing! Only since I don't have a basement...our spare room gets all the junk we toss in there! Can't wait to see how your basement turns out! I'm sure it will be worth living with the clutter for a couple days!

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  82. Seriously one of the most perfect posts ever! My house is three lego blocks away from being unrecognizable as a home. I'm blaming the impending move, but lets be serious--it looked like this long before that went into action. Thanks for keeping it real!

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  83. There have been many times ive thought "thrifty decor chicks house would never look like this!". I am so glad you are human like the rest of us :)

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  84. Hilarious! By the time I got to this point: "or said foot hits a toy that starts woo wooing or reeeer reeeering or whatever", I was laughing out loud! I currently need to carefully wend my way down my basement stairs. :)

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  85. I LOVE IT! THank you thank you thank you for making me feel not-so-bad about MY "lived-in" looking house. . .I would KILL to have my house look like your "after" photos. . . but am kind of relieved to find out that more often than not - even the "pros" live in their houses!! :)

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  86. you could do a "here's my real house party"....lol! come on everyone join the fun :-0

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  87. I didn't think it was possible, but I like you even more now!!!! :)

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  88. Ah, great post!

    I did a major basement overhaul last spring, but then we moved, and in this house it's the garage that I've been slowly attacking. We've yet to park in there.

    When decluttering, I always seem to create way bigger of a mess than I started with, but at least I know that and can make myself push through it!

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  89. HAHA LOVE IT! My house looks like Goodwill ripped open the roof and puked in! Everything is "I gotta paint that first" or "I'll find a place for that" or "I can re-upholster that!" But girl you know we gotta get our messes cleaned up....Yard Sale Season is knocking at the door, time to drag in all new stuff :)

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  90. I love it! I always say my house will be clean and orderly in the fall when the last one goes to Kindergarten. I was told last week I am living a pipe dream! My aunt said this once and it has become my motto: If you came to see me, come on in. If you came to see my house, make an appointment! Your home does not look any different than mine; you just have the b, a, double l, esses to post it~! Kudos to you!!

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  91. It's nice to know your human and your house is lived in because it is very beautiful and what you do with it is amazing! Joan

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  92. It was the toilet seat that made me laugh out loud. THIS is why I love your blog! You are real, lady, and it's a breath of fresh air!!

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  93. LOVE it! Nice to know not everyone lives in perfection. Isn't it amazing how the toys travel everywhere?

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  94. thank you!!!!!! this is one of my favorite posts because I love your rooms but despair that mine would never look like that because of all our stuff (& my two boys - toddler & Husband). Glad to know you lead a real life :)

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  95. As has been said a hundred times, thank you. While I LOVE your blog. and others like it, they leave me feeling like I should Light a fire and start anew. Real life gets in the way.

    My mother used to say that dull women had immaculate houses. She rarely had clutter, and it wasn't HERS, but my grandmother still clucked over dust. Yes, that sound is her rolling over in her grave because my life, and certainly that of my child came before cleaning my house.

    Now that she's gone (actually, now that all three are gone- in different ways...) I have a hard time finding a place (and the energy) to begin.

    I never have that problem with a project...

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  96. I love it! I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one!

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  97. i so needed to see that in all your creative genius that you are normal and your house does get messy. i love your house and all your projects! good luck on finishing up the basement. can't wait to see the end result.

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  98. okay, I'm convinced - I need to take pictures when the place is clean to remind myself of what it can look like! Now, to set aside 10 or 29 hours this weekend to get it clean...

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  99. "You have kids" - This was the best thing ever told to me when I was a bit embarrassed about my home. Since then I have discovered that most people live a bit messy we all just go around pretending like we don't. I love this post! Too cute, and your home is beautiful in ALL of the photos!

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  100. Oh, I feel so comforted!!! Thank you!

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  101. Its been a while since I've stopped by and what a coincidence! I'm doing a series about my own decluttering battle. I appreciate you divulging that you let junk hunker down for a while before you relocate it. That is real life, at least where I come from.

    Your blog looks so official and professional! Great job.

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  102. I love this post! My house seems so cluttered & some times I feel like it is just me. It is so nice to see what normal is for someone else!

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  103. I have been reading your blog for months now and this is the first time I've left a comment. This is by far my favorite blog post EVER!!! I love looking at your projects and home when its all clean but now its REAL and a little closer to mine. Thank you for the giggle!!

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  104. I am so glad to see that you are just like the rest of us Sarah. Loved seeing your little messes. Really made my day!

    XOOX
    Jen

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  105. I love it! Thanks for posting the real stuff - the stuff that we all experience!

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  106. This is great, about 5 days out of every week (my working days, fancy that!) my home looks like a bomb has hit it but on the weekend I clean it right back up so I can relax and enjoy. Don't think I could ever face up to publishing my messy photos on the web though, but it's definitely nice to know not everything is perfect 100% of the time for others!

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  107. Thanks for that post. I always thought, "wow, how did she manage to be so tidy?". I love your blog and all the stuff you show us. Thanks. Have a great day. Greetings from Germany. ines

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  108. Oh, gosh!! I totally understand!! I actually just took a pic LAST NIGHT of my purses hung on the closet wall (my latest project) and I moved a few piles of semi-organized clothes out of camera shot first. Oh, and I started my de-cluttering of the whole master suite almost three weeks ago and it's been a major disaster zone ever since because I absolutely refuse to pile all my husband's clothes back into the closet till they are gone thru...and I still have some toiletries in the bathroom (all over the counter) to organize back into the drawers!! I've been fortunate to have a handle on most of the house besides the master suite during this time, but no one needs to see our office...it's downright scary (and I'm sad to say it's been scary since before our baby was born in JULY)!! I just tell myself that all the stuff that didn't get done after moving here last year and all the stuff that piled up just before and after baby arrived is slowly but surely getting dealt with and I'm hoping to move on to other projects besides decluttering soon!!

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  109. Thank you for sharing this pictures it makes me feel much better and besides if you have a house with stairs and children now one needs to work out "en plus"!

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  110. seriously, this is te first thing I will show my husband when he gets home! ;) my hubby swears we're the only one's that live in a pig sty. now I've got a lil proof! haha.

    I did a mini post on our messiness, too. if you want to feel good, check mine out. at least I didn't see any stray food in your pics.... or did you kick those out of the way? ;)

    http://onefamilymanylives.blogspot.com/2009/12/keeping-it-real_116.html

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  111. Oh, I feel sooo much better right now! It's nice to see that all those beautiful pictures of your home aren't permanent! :) When I get stuck on a project, the rest of the house falls apart.

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  112. Wheeeew! It is nice to see that you are normal! I feel much better now. Our basement is finished...all but the small room that is our laundry/storage room. It is great having the extra living space, but we are short on storage, so our laundry room is packed with stuff that we don't want in the attic. I don't have a garage either. So that is my dilemma when it comes to decrapifying.....Where to put the crap! Can't wait to see your basement!

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  113. Thank you so much for sharing your real pictures! I can totally relate. Love your blog!

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  114. I always tell my hubby that it will look worse before it looks better. This is usually when he gets home and the house is in total chaos because I decided to rearrange or declutter something. Although, lets be totally honest. my house on a good day probably looks like your on a bad day lol. And Im glad to see that Im not the only one who has kids toys in my room. Only in our house its either a lego in the arch of a foot or a doll thats starts sneezing and cooing when you step on her. A little disconcerting in the middle of the night. Thanks for sharing your house in its not so perfect state as well as the pretty times!

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  115. I always tell my hubby that it will look worse before it looks better. This is usually when he gets home and the house is in total chaos because I decided to rearrange or declutter something. Although, lets be totally honest. my house on a good day probably looks like your on a bad day lol. And Im glad to see that Im not the only one who has kids toys in my room. Only in our house its either a lego in the arch of a foot or a doll thats starts sneezing and cooing when you step on her. A little disconcerting in the middle of the night. Thanks for sharing your house in its not so perfect state as well as the pretty times!

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  116. Haha! I love it! Makes me feel more normal now & I've only been in my house for 3 months now. Can't wait to see the basement! :-)

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  117. I loves ya, Sarah!!! ;) The first floor of my house constantly looks like a tornado made up of small children and their toys came through. It should be called in as a National Disaster. I appreciate you sharing with us that your house isn't always magazine perfect. You're real too!

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  118. Oh man, thank you soooo much!!!! I have about 15 or 20 blogs that I read that give me great inspiration, but always leave me feeling dissatisfied with the usual state of affairs around my own home. I wonder what is wrong with me that I can't find the time to raise two kids, re-caulk the tub AGAIN, switch out the light fixture in my dining room, paint my bedroom, move my furniture around, lead my small group at church, put together the photo montage of my grandma for her memorial service, shovel the driveway, pay the bills, mop, dust, do laundry, cook, etc, etc, etc...when all these women seem to be able to do all of that. How incredibly refreshing to know that you (and they) can't do it either!!!

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  119. My mom's house is always picked up and always clean. She has the remaining family members so well trained...they do not leave stuff all over. My family is just the opposite...including me. I never put things back in their proper place, so I am always rushing around and picking up crap when someone comes over. I want to be more like my mom.

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  120. Hey! We're parents. Its impossible to keep every room neat and tidy every single day.

    Due to lack of space, our house is pretty messy all the time. There isn't enough space to put everything, unfortunately.

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  121. Your house is "lived" in and not what I consider "party" ready. You know party ready is when it looks like you're getting ready for party people to be there.

    Since I've started watching the show Hoarders, I feel really good about my lived in house.

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  122. This is awesome! The post -not your mess :) You made me laugh out loud with that pic of the entryway and the toilet seat in your BR. omg.

    Thanks for showing all of you. It makes me enjoy coming here all the more and I cant wait to see your basement!

    Cheryl

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  123. This is awesome! The post -not your mess :) You made me laugh out loud with that pic of the entryway and the toilet seat in your BR. omg.

    Thanks for showing all of you. It makes me enjoy coming here all the more and I cant wait to see your basement!

    Cheryl

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  124. Yep. This looks familiar. I've been working on some get-rid-of-stuff projects too. My question is...how to keep the rest of the house decent while I'm doing all the cleaning out?!

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  125. You have such a beautiful home! I love all the decor :)

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  126. Thank you so much for this! We just finished remodeling our kitchen this past weekend and today is my "clean up" day. I am feeling totally overwhelmed! But, so glad to see that I am in good company! Thanks for keeping it real!

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  127. I love it! Thanks for being real! There are days when blog perfection really gets me down because I'm so far from perfect.

    Keep up the good work! That moment when you've finally worked your way through all of the clutter and can turn around and see the finished room completed is the best.

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  128. Thank you so much for posting this! I'm so glad that my house isn't the only one that looks like that!

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  129. I love your honesty. When you read blogs and magazines the pictures are always beautiful and you wonder if people actually live in those homes. Thank you for showing us that you are a real family.

    Heidi

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  130. De-crapification . . . love that term! I'm a professional home stager . . . think my clients would think it's odd if I tell them it time to start the decrapifaction process? Too cute! Love your blog

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  131. I can't even tell you how happy this makes me.

    Clutter is the biggest struggle for me!

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  132. Probably my favorite post of all time! We are in the middle of finishing our basement. Up to my elbows in tile grout, primer and paint. The rest of my house is a disaster! Glad to know I'm not the only one whose house gets a little neglected in the midst of projects.

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  133. I have to say your son has a ton of toys! I would go crazy having to pick them up! My son is toy deprived, but for that reason, I can't stand the little toys everywhere!And the only reason my house has stayed clean lately is because i'm pregnant, and nesting like crazy......so no worries your normal :)

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  134. SO glad that I am NOT the only one who lets the house go to pot for the sake of a declutter project. So, what does your fanfreakingtastic basement look like? I am in need of inspiration. I, too, feel my stuff/junk/whatever closing in on me. Ready to do an overhaul.

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  135. God bless you for posting this...we are in a constant state of mess here, always have half finished remodel projects going on, homeschooling two boys, one of whom is into paper modeling (neat hobby but such a mess!)... so THANK YOU, thank you, thank you for keepin' it real. ;)

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  136. Thanks for this post! Makes me feel so much better to know I'm not alone!!!

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  137. awesome post - why is it that it is so effortless to have the house get this way, but "reversing" the process is so difficult? it is a scientific mystery never to be solved...

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  138. Thank you so much for your transparency! This is how our house looks most of the time. Now I can stop feeling so guilty!

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  139. You're so hilarious. It's great when us girlies can be honest & not pretend to be perfect housewives & Moms. I think it gives us character.

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  140. Oh my goodness! It is so nice to see your beautiful house in the state that our house is sadly way too often in. Our bedroom is also a second playroom and I had to rearrange/organize the night stands to accomodate our 2 year old's books & toys. We have a basement too and always seem to have piles of things here and there that need to be chucked downstairs. Preaching to the choir! :)

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  141. Decrapification is the best word ever. Good Luck

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  142. Thank you for being so REAL! Some days you think you are the only woman who has witnessed the aftermath of a tornado that has only hit your home!

    Can't wait to see the basement!
    Kelly

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  143. This post is me almost everyday of the week. I like loveliness but can't seem to keep the lovely in my home. I'm new to blogging but am sure when I start snapping pics of my projects, I too will use the ol' foot to kick something out of the shot. Tomorrow we're having a maid service come in (I had a coupon) and I wonder how long it will stay nice and neat. I swear if she does a good job, I'm willing to bump the Directv down a notch or two so she can come every so often. I feel your pain. :-)

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  144. Wow, this makes me feel a lot better about my own clutter. Thanks you for putting a human spin on your post. I think we have a tendency to forget that everybody has a life. We all know what it feels like not to have cleaned up and the clutter is just everywhere. Happy decluttering :)

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  145. Thank you, thank you, thank you a million times over for this post. I thought I was THE only one whose house has constant crap in it. UGH! Talk about me feeling like a failure! So, thank you and thank you to all those that posted before me telling me it isn't just me! XOXO

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  146. See, this is exactly why I love your blog. Thank you for being real. I read a lot of decorating blogs that while I enjoy seeing their projects and lovely homes, they leave me depressed about the state of my own house. I never leave your blog feeling that way, it feels like reading a friends blog even though I don't know you in real life. So thank you for making a tired, pregnant, nauseous woman with a messy house's day.

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  147. Thank you Sarah! Now I can let go of the guilt of not making my bed everyday and letting routines go while I work on something more creative and fun! Glad to see your beautiful house in all its realness : )

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  148. Oh how I love your honesty!!!!! I LMAO reading and agreeing with everything you admitted to!

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  149. While I adore the gorgeous pics of your house when it is all made up, I love the fact you can show it NOT made up. Not to mention, haha, that I feel SO much better when I see that other people are "normal" too. :)

    Also, I too struggle with the fact that whenever I am focusing on one area of the house, the rest of the house suffers badly.

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  150. Oh thank you...I feel a little better now! I dread Fridays because I have to clean up my clutter before the housekeeper comes. The worst always seems to be my bathroom vanity. Hubby's side never needs to be de-cluttered!

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  151. What a great dose of reality!! Thanks for reminding us that even the best (like you!) still have "stuff" around like the rest of us... just not nearly as often! :)

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  152. What a great dose of reality!! Thanks for reminding us that even the best (like you!) still have "stuff" around like the rest of us... just not nearly as often! :)

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  153. You are so funny! What a fun post to read.

    Honestly, I think this post is an encouragement to a lot of us. You are so organized, so with it. . . and yet look at these photos. They show us that, even with great organizational skills, every homemaker has days of having her house messy! Sometimes I think it's just me.

    I think I'm going to share the word "decrapification" with my husband. I have a feeling he's going to incorporate that into our family vocabulary. In fact, I think decrapification may be his love language!

    Can't wait to see what you've been up to in the basement. Good luck!

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  154. at least its not a dirty toilet seat on your floor.

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  155. I posted a comment but something happened to it... So, with my computer skills being pretty nil, I will cross my fingers and try again! I love this post and it is so nice to see a "real" house on a blog. For me, I get so caught up in the "eye candy" and try to duplicate the look on a day to day basis and get frustrated. Your keeping it real post helps me keep things into perspective. Thanks so much for the wonderful, honest post.

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  156. I read your blog. I look at your pics for ideas and inspiration. All the while, I'm thinking to myself, "Erin--you are so inadequate, messy, and an all-around train wreck compared to Thrifty Decor Chic." Ahhh...sweet relief--you aren't Super Woman, and I can stop beating myself up for not having a gorgeous home free of toys and random stuff lying everywhere. lol Thank you for sharing your secret! Now if you'll excuse me, I have some dust bunnies to chase down with the Dyson.

    Erin D.

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  157. Thank you. Thank you. I so feel human again. I'm constantly thinking of your home and thinking why can't I be so tidy... I have to say, HUGE *sigh* of relief. =)

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  158. I just peed my pants I was laughing SO HARD!!! And I sooooo sympathize and empathize. My house has looked like that for months now....and I don't HAVE a basement!
    I am working on decrapification though, just check my blog! Slowly but surely....

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  159. I think everyone has two homes: the ones we live in and the ones we make people "think" we live in :)
    PS I just stumbled upon your blog and I can't stop reading it!! I have added you to my faves. I also take to doing Goodwill transformations althought not as neat as yours. Check this one out:
    http://sergioandpattymartinez.blogspot.com/2010/03/kitchen-table-redo.html

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  160. http://sergioandpattymartinez.blogspot.com/2010/03/kitchen-table-redo.html

    Oops the linky thing didn't work right the first time.

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  161. I totally have to laugh at this because I just did a post about this the other day on my design blog! People think that designer's homes are always perfect and they are SO not! I sometimes think that our homes can be worse than others since we always have projects going. Thanks for the smile!

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  162. Thank you Thank you Thank you..... I look at your photos and think, oh my gosh, what AM I doing wrong.. my house only looks like that on a good day for 10 minutes! Thank you for keeping it real and reminding me that alls good!

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  163. I was walking over to the computer to leave you a message, but on the way I stepped on 7 pointy, plastic rings, tripped over 14 baby dolls, kicked 67 play dishes & silverware pieces, and then got distracted by a googleplex crumbs around the kitchen table along with 89 pieces of miscellaneous WhatTheHeckIsAllThis paperwork next to the laptop.

    ....anyway, Home is Where The Crap Is, eh? Kudos to you for sharing yours.

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  164. My mom and I were just talking over the weekend about a blog we both read that seems too perfect and sometimes unauthentic....funny because we know this person in real life!! Anyway, I enjoy your blog always, but this post was great...real life! And the only reason my basement is not FULL of junk...because over half of it is finished...otherwise, I would be right there with you!

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  165. Thank you for the reality check. I'm on a super-big cleaning and organizing kick because I'm about to have my 5th baby, but every time I turn around it's messed up again. Oh well.

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  166. Thank you for the reality check. I'm on a super-big cleaning and organizing kick because I'm about to have my 5th baby, but every time I turn around it's messed up again. Oh well.

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  167. Praise God. I was getting so worried that you were perfect. ;)

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  168. Much like everyone else, thank you SOOOO much for keeping it real. I can't tell you what this did for my heart today. With four little ones 3 1/2 and under, my house never looks put together, although I try so hard to keep it so. I love your blog and have used many of your rooms as inspiration in my home - - - and now I can relax that it isn't like your "after" posts all the time! And - I'm glad I'm not the only one with packages of wipes all around the house in random places. Ha!

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  169. One word for you. Flylady. www.flylady.net
    Not perfect, but better, much better. You can do anything for 15 minutes. Housework, done imperfectly, still blesses your family. Still fluttering, but I wish I had found it when my kids were little. ;-)

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  170. I was so glad to read this post! I often walk into my home and think, ugh why can't my house look like the ones in the blogs!! I take one look at the clutter, take a deep breath and then presume to remind myself I am a full-time student, a full-time hospital employee and full-time girlfriend...it is ok if it's a mess! After reading this post I breathed a sigh of relief..even the cutest bloggy homes get messy sometimes :)

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  171. I'm changing out all of our door knobs, too, and there have been door knob packs, parts, and old door knobs and parts strewn all around our house for a month. It's ridiculous!! I never feel like doing anything during the week because I'm pooped after work (I teach, it's tiresome but I love it) so we (I) work on things on the weekends, then they sit...and sit...and sit until the next weekend or longer. :o(

    julie
    julie.dunworth@yahoo.com

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  172. Always love the fab pics you post, but especially love when you show you are a "real person" with "real stuff"!!! Blessings!

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  173. Thank you so much for your honesty! I am a "thrifty decor chick wanna be"- you have inspired me a ton... today I had off from work and my husband said that I am not allowed to be alone in our home again... I made things beautiful(in my eyes) and a mess at the same time!!! Your the best!!

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  174. Like so many others have said, it is so nice to know that is isnt "just me" who has a hard time staying on top of the crap. My husband has even gone as far as to tell me so and so might stop by, so I do a quick clean sweep of the first floor only to find out, he really hadnt asked anyone over, ughhh! Our bed very rarely gets made, I like to do almost anything over cleaning. We are starting a new business and if it's a go, I told the hubs the very first thing we are doing is hiring someone to CLEAN!! Thanks for your honest post!

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  175. Possibly my favorite post of all time...because it makes me feel normal! I'm so glad to know that your GORGEOUS, PERFECT home doesn't always look perfect!! (Mine never hits it, at least not for more than 5 minutes at a time, or more than 2 rooms at a time! I have a teenage girl and 3 boys under the age of 10!) Thanks for sharing your reality with us!!

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  176. I can not believe that you don't make your bed every day! LOL!

    I do and I just assumed that you were so paticular that you did too. To funny. I remember the days of toys everywhere. I look back at pictures and wonder how I ever stood it. I cleaned our basement last weekend and I have many things that will be going to the consignment shop. I don't like to keep things so if I am not using it, it goes.

    Thanks for showing us your 'true life'.

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  177. Thank you for sharing! Looking at all the beautiful,tidy homes (yours included) blog hopping was giving me a complex. Sometimes it gets so bad in my house that I think what if I died in the middle of the night and someone found us living in this. Ha! Total crazy exageration, but that is how my mind works. No one ever thinks your house is as messy as you do; at least that is what my friends say to me :) Great post! Thanks again.

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  178. THANK YOU!!! For making me feel NORMAL!! I have been struggling with the constant mess and clutter in my house, have been begging my three 8 yr olds to help me (and dad too!) Oh, and my hubby is doing some renovations to our basement, so the eternal wood chips and saw dust is adding to the fun! I missed your post b/c I've been trying to decrapify my own house this week!

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  179. THANK YOU!!! For making me feel NORMAL!! I have been struggling with the constant mess and clutter in my house, have been begging my three 8 yr olds to help me (and dad too!) Oh, and my hubby is doing some renovations to our basement, so the eternal wood chips and saw dust is adding to the fun! I missed your post b/c I've been trying to decrapify my own house this week!

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  180. It's good to see I'm not the only one!

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  181. I love this post! Thank you, thank you, thank you! That IS real life! (speaking as a mother of two little boys and one big boy-man)

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  182. I can totally identify. Life goes on hold when I'm doing a project. And when I'm done said project, I make everyone come and admire it numerous times, even it is just some clean bathroom cupboards. Thankfully everyone humours me.

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  183. Decrapification is totally my new favorite word!!! Thanks for that! :)

    Tracy

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  184. All I have to say is I HEART you, girl! You make me laugh so much and you are my inspiration! teehee.

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  185. Sometimes it can be easy to feel sorry for myself when I look through all these amazing blogs at the amazing houses that have been poured over and decorated and I wonder, why can't my house look like that. Thank you for reminding me that I am normal...right?
    http://www.biscuitsngravymama.blogspot.com/

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  186. Thanks for making me feel not so alone in the clutter of life! I thought I was the only one...

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  187. I always felt so terribly bad when I read your blogs ( that is everyones!) I can clean my house to spotless for a party, but within a few days its back to normal ( and with 3 kids, a cat and 2 hairy dogs- oh and the turtle- you can imagine the dustbunnies and wet footprints and...I could just go on...
    Thanks for showing me that Im not the only one!

    Mwah xx

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  188. PLease, please, REVEL in the mess! I just said a final good-bye to my mother as she succumbed to kidney cancer, and not for one second did I think about what our house looked like as we were growing up! I remembered her patience and grace and love of us kids as I held her hand. A clean house will never replace those memories! Most of you are too young to know what it is like to have your mother die, but it boiks down to the important stuff pretty quickly. And it is never what the damn house looked like!

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  189. Thank you! You have just made me feel like a completely normal person.I LOVE To be clean and am always fighting for it, but I just can't always win against the mess!
    Love that I can relate to your blog...and I love that you hardly make your bed either :)

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  190. You're just keeping it real at su casa! :) Love that it's actually lived in and doesn't look like a "model home" every single day... I mean, whose really does?! Not mine... and there aren't even any kiddos!

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  191. I laughed out loud at this post! So refreshing! Your blog is the best. :)

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  192. haha, I am so glad that you confess to not making the bed unless some visitors are near.
    I am the same way.
    I do make my bed - just before I get in it.

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  193. I love it when people are real. This needs to be added to one of my Fess Up Friday posts :) I know everyone keeps telling you this, but it really is nice to know that we aren't the only ones with a messy house every once in a while (okay, maybe all of the time). I always remind myself that when my kids are older, they won't remember the dirty dishes in the sink, they'll remember the games that we played together instead. So, I focus on the kids first :)Dishes can be done when they are in bed! Thanks for the post. Your house is still gorgeous, even when looking "lived in".

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  194. Ha ha ha... I LOVE you girl!!! Thanks for keepin' it real!

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