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What does your house look like RIGHT now?

post #1 of 57
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Share what your house looks like RIGHT now! Not after you clean it, right this instant! Looking at all the pictures of those who have completed their decluttering / organising quest is great, but I think it helps to know you aren't the only one who isn't finished. So, show us what you got! I bet you can get good ideas from each other even if our houses aren't perfect!
post #2 of 57
Thread Starter 
I'll go first, here is my house right now:

Kitchen:
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...t/New_0045.jpg
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...t/New_0017.jpg
Don't fool yourself, the cabinets look nice and white and new, but the old owner just tore off the old doors, painted the cabinets themselves and replaced with ill fitting laminate ones. Yes, the countertop laminate extends all the way up the walls as a backsplash. Curtains are the previous owners. Yes, DD is still wearing her PJs at 2 in the afternoon.

Playroom: (formerly hte dining room)
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...t/New_0047.jpg
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...t/New_0046.jpg
Pretty clean, its been a lot worse! Paper and curtains are the previous owners.

Living Room:
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...t/New_0042.jpg
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...t/New_0044.jpg
Note the large blank wall. After looking at coupon queen's houe, I'm debating whether the pictures I put up are too cluttery. Also, its amazing the cushions are on the couches - they spend 89% of their time on the floor. One of the two rooms we actually painted. Note no window treatments other than shades.

Office / Exercise / Craft Room:
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...t/New_0015.jpg
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...t/New_0030.jpg
Everything has been thrown onto the bookcases willy nilly to keep it off the floor, the tables have piles of rubbermaid containers under them. Another owner left window treatment.

Upstairs! The upper hallway:
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...t/New_0007.jpg
I was thrilled when I found my children had emptied the towels out of the closet onto the floor, but was too depressed to attempt to put them back yet.

Bathroom:
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...t/New_0008.jpg
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...t/New_0009.jpg
Very Blue, this is in its 'clean' state.
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...t/New_0011.jpg
The 'well organized" (ha ha) bathroom closet. Decor is all original owner.

DS's room aka spare bedroom at the moment:
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...t/New_0053.jpg
This is my current project - the pile of boxes is supposed to go to the basement for further processing. (Wait until you see the basement)

DD's room:
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...t/New_0054.jpg
I keep very little in here, so it doesn't get too bad, though she regularly takes all the clothes out of her dresser and throws them on the floor. Sigh. This is the other room we managed to paint. Also note the lack of curtains. Bah. Also note the stickers DD has decorated her little ikea mirrors and wall with.

Our room:
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...t/New_0055.jpg
Wallpaper is courtesy of previous owner, DS sleeping on lower twin bed.

And the piece de resistance! The basement:

Stairway leading down:
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...t/New_0018.jpg
This is significantly better as DH has been working on removing the pile of cardboard at the bottom of the stairs. I'm serious it was at least 3 steps higher about an hour before this.

The laundry half of the basement:
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...t/New_0034.jpg

The "other' half of the basement:
Cue the scary music...
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...t/New_0035.jpg
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...t/New_0037.jpg
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...t/New_0038.jpg
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...t/New_0019.jpg
Much of this will be going, a big part of it is my uncle's "estate" I need to sell. That's the stuff that isn't on the shelves. Most of the shelves are taken up with toys I evicted from the playroom but have not gotten rid of yet.

The garage:
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...t/New_0025.jpg
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...t/New_0026.jpg
The garage is full of outdoor stuff taken in for the winter, it actually somewhat organized, though everything on the shelves was just thrown there, not in an orderly fashion so it still has a ways to go.


Okay, that's it, does that make anyone feel better?
post #3 of 57
Off to take pictures to make more people feel better
post #4 of 57
mightymoo... I have to laugh with relief at your basement We are almost basement twins, but I am working on ours, so it is slowly getting organized. Dh has the camera out sledding with the kids (thank God!)

Your house is very pretty, btw
post #5 of 57
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Originally Posted by Mom4tot View Post
mightymoo... I have to laugh with relief at your basement We are almost basement twins, but I am working on ours, so it is slowly getting organized. Dh has the camera out sledding with the kids (thank God!)
I'm having trouble with the basement, because I don't feel like my son is old enough that I can just leave him playing upstairs and go work on the basement, so I don't get down there much. I'm often guilty of throwing things down the stairs (boxes, etc) and when I declutter I tend to box it up and it goes to the basement, so that's not helping either!!
post #6 of 57
You're absolutely right. My kids are 6 and 11 now, so they play together and for longer periods. What helped us (believe it or not) was a small flood about 14 months ago in the basement. The sumpump failed during a storm and we woke up to a couple of inches of water, so no time to move anything. We lost some stuff, but resolved to get it cleaned up. Then about 6 months later we decided to move the computer down here (after resolving some of the water issues!) and make a play area. It helped me by getting the computer out of the kitchen and making it a space we want to keep cleaner. Now I am down here more straightening up, but too often I find myself here at MDC
post #7 of 57
post #8 of 57
Okay,
Kitchen, please keep in mind I JUST did my dishes and came on here to procrastinate more when I saw this thread...
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...r/IMG_0100.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...r/IMG_0099.jpg
Dining room, actually pretty impressed that the table is mostly clear
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...r/IMG_0101.jpg

Living room
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...r/IMG_0102.jpg
notice the computer is open to this thread on MDC
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...r/IMG_0103.jpg

bathroom, you can kinda see my cloth tp set up
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...r/IMG_0104.jpg

guest room
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...r/IMG_0105.jpg

girls room
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...r/IMG_0106.jpg
notice the EMPTY closet...
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...r/IMG_0107.jpg

Because all of the clothes are HERE, in my room, waiting to be folded...
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...r/IMG_0108.jpg

The basement...
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...r/IMG_0109.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...r/IMG_0110.jpg

dh's office
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...r/IMG_0111.jpg

And our very problem area, the garage. I am looking forward to when it is warmer and I can fix this stuff. My dh told me that if I break down the boxes, he will take them to recycling, but to be honest, as big as I am right now, I am not sure how much I could do.
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...r/IMG_0112.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...r/IMG_0113.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...r/IMG_0114.jpg
post #9 of 57
I'll always play this game!

I have pictures of what my house looked like yesterday on my blog- and today it's worse!!!!

Heres my living room- note dh on the couch holding my two sick dd's:
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f3...e/DSC02790.jpg

our room:
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f3...e/DSC02782.jpg

here's my dining area:
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f3...e/DSC02788.jpg

heres the kids room:
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f3...e/DSC02791.jpg

The rest of the house looks just as bad. Laundry is backed up, clean stuff is all piled up everywhere. Dishes are behind, toys are scattered. I was depressed this week.
post #10 of 57
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mom4tot View Post
You're absolutely right. My kids are 6 and 11 now, so they play together and for longer periods. What helped us (believe it or not) was a small flood about 14 months ago in the basement. The sumpump failed during a storm and we woke up to a couple of inches of water, so no time to move anything. We lost some stuff, but resolved to get it cleaned up. Then about 6 months later we decided to move the computer down here (after resolving some of the water issues!) and make a play area. It helped me by getting the computer out of the kitchen and making it a space we want to keep cleaner. Now I am down here more straightening up, but too often I find myself here at MDC
I so want to make the laundry half of the basement into a real laundry room - wall off the well and furnace into its own room, put a freezer down there, etc. Then make the other half (that isn't hte garage) into a playroom. It has a door out to the backyard, so it would be nice to have as a family area. But I need to reach a decluttering point whree I can give up that storage, so its a ways away!

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Originally Posted by Ambrose View Post
We don't have a digital camera so these are roughly a few months old BUT still pertain the the current "messy scale factor"
I like how your kitchen looks out into the living room. I wish mine weren't so broken up! Your couch looks so comfy...and like the cushions don't come off. And that bedroom looks so familiar to me!

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Originally Posted by Wild Flowers View Post
Okay,
Kitchen, please keep in mind I JUST did my dishes and came on here to procrastinate more when I saw this thread...
I like how your pots are arranged. I'd like to do something like that, but I'm not sure I have enough room over the stove. And I think our living rooms are very close in color, its such a tranquil color I think. My bedroom when I was a kid used to be a deep purple like your DD's room. I loved it!

Showing pictures of what my house looks like right now definitely is motivating me to get it cleaned up! I do find that the more I declutter the less far from 'clean' I am each time. Like the living room in my pictures - other than the cushions ending up all over the floor and the hats nad gloves getting thrown around (they live in baskets under hte bench) there isn't much in there to get dirty, so it cleans up fast. DD's room is like that too. My goal is to get that way with the whole house.
post #11 of 57
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Originally Posted by cdmaze View Post
The rest of the house looks just as bad. Laundry is backed up, clean stuff is all piled up everywhere. Dishes are behind, toys are scattered. I was depressed this week.
I know how that feels last week I did everything on my custom motivated moms list, this week I did only about half my daily stuff and none of the weekly stuff. I definitely go in spurts - some weeks I'm crazy getting stuff done and other weeks I hardly manage to feed us all.

PS. I love the color of your kitchen / eating area!
post #12 of 57
I know it's not super bad, but considering we've only had a year and a half to accumulate most of this stuff, and that we don't have kids yet, it still makes me I'm hoping that knowing there are pictures of it looking messy posted here will encourage me to get it organized and do some major decluttering before we move. Knowing that we're moving in the next few months actually demotivates me from making stuff look nicer, since we're just going to pack it all up soon anyway.

Living Room (See the laptop open to MDC? That black lump on the floor is DH sleeping - we keep our bed in the LR)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...1-27-07001.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...1-27-07002.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...1-27-07003.jpg

Kitchen (We haven't done dishes in at least a week, and are using our freezer as extra counter space because it was ordered before we knew we were moving, but arrived after, and we don't want to fill it up just to have everything need to be moved soon.)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...1-27-07004.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...1-27-07005.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...1-27-07006.jpg

Office/TV Room/Craft Room (We use the air mattress on the floor when we watch movies in here.)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...1-27-07007.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...1-27-07008.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...1-27-07009.jpg

Spare Room (We used to rent this room out to a friend, but after we accepted that no one else wanted to rent it, it became our garage/basement and is mostly full of empty boxes. I really should have opened the closet for these pics - it is chock full of crap.)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...1-27-07010.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...1-27-07011.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...1-27-07012.jpg

And, to make me feel better, Our Bathroom (The only room I've actually thoroughly decluttered and like how it looks.)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...1-27-07013.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...1-27-07014.jpg

I have to say, I'm jealous of all the pretty colors everyone's rooms are painted. We'll be renting for quite some time, so we're stuck with plain white for now.
post #13 of 57
Thanks, we gutted the kitchen and totally redid it when we moved in. My dh was talking about getting a pot rack, but we have too many pots, so we got that at a store closing, $15, and it really is a space saver. We put it up instead of putting a cabinet there, and well worth it.
My girls got to pick their color, I like it also
And my living room color, we weren't going to paint, we are only planning on being here for a few years, but in all my labor dreams, that is the color I saw, so I told dh, I need to paint where the birth tub is going to be:
post #14 of 57
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Spare Room (We used to rent this room out to a friend, but after we accepted that no one else wanted to rent it, it became our garage/basement and is mostly full of empty boxes. I really should have opened the closet for these pics - it is chock full of crap.)
"The box room" as we call it! We have yet to live without a box room. From our condo to our old house to our new house, our goal is to one day not have a box room....

Quote:
I have to say, I'm jealous of all the pretty colors everyone's rooms are painted. We'll be renting for quite some time, so we're stuck with plain white for now.
I know how you feel, we've all been there I'm sure!. We wanted to paint our whole house when we moved in, but the owner had put wallpaper up over wallboard and it took us the month we gave ourselves just to get the living room halway and DD's room done. The rooms that are painted are paint over wallpaper, sigh. I'm tempted to gut, but I don't have the energy for it I'm afraid.
post #15 of 57
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Originally Posted by cdmaze View Post
I'll always play this game!

I have pictures of what my house looked like yesterday on my blog- and today it's worse!!!!

Heres my living room- note dh on the couch holding my two sick dd's:
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f3...e/DSC02790.jpg

our room:
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f3...e/DSC02782.jpg

here's my dining area:
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f3...e/DSC02788.jpg

heres the kids room:
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f3...e/DSC02791.jpg

The rest of the house looks just as bad. Laundry is backed up, clean stuff is all piled up everywhere. Dishes are behind, toys are scattered. I was depressed this week.
I love your couch. It looks so comfy.
post #16 of 57
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Originally Posted by mightymoo View Post
"The box room" as we call it! We have yet to live without a box room. From our condo to our old house to our new house, our goal is to one day not have a box room....
Yeah, I think my goal will be not to move the box room with us this time. The problem is that we only need a one bedroom, but when we find an apt. we like, they only have two-bedrooms available, and we can afford a 2-BR, so we take it. Ideally, I'd just like to keep that room and the closet in it empty, but it inevitably fills up with stuff. Our long-term goal is to build a 600-700 sq ft house with no garage and only a root cellar. Then we'd be forced get rid of all that extra stuff and non-essential stuff would never even make its way in. (Speaking of non-essentials, did anyone see the infant bike seat we have in the spare room - I was so strongly compelled to pick it up from the side of the road, but even if we get pg our first month TTC, there is no way we'll be able to use it in less than two years from now. Oh yeah, and we also don't own bicycles

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Originally Posted by mightymoo View Post
I know how you feel, we've all been there I'm sure!. We wanted to paint our whole house when we moved in, but the owner had put wallpaper up over wallboard and it took us the month we gave ourselves just to get the living room halway and DD's room done. The rooms that are painted are paint over wallpaper, sigh. I'm tempted to gut, but I don't have the energy for it I'm afraid.
I have a feeling when we do finally end up somewhere we can actually paint, I'll probably stick with white because I get color paralysis and am scared I will get sick of anything bright. My dad refused to paint rooms bright colors when I was growing up, saying that only hippies have burgandy living rooms ("hippy" is my dad's worst insult ), so I think I have some issues to work through first.
post #17 of 57
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Originally Posted by Sihaya View Post
Yeah, I think my goal will be not to move the box room with us this time. The problem is that we only need a one bedroom, but when we find an apt. we like, they only have two-bedrooms available, and we can afford a 2-BR, so we take it. Ideally, I'd just like to keep that room and the closet in it empty, but it inevitably fills up with stuff. Our long-term goal is to build a 600-700 sq ft house with no garage and only a root cellar. Then we'd be forced get rid of all that extra stuff and non-essential stuff would never even make its way in. (Speaking of non-essentials, did anyone see the infant bike seat we have in the spare room - I was so strongly compelled to pick it up from the side of the road, but even if we get pg our first month TTC, there is no way we'll be able to use it in less than two years from now. Oh yeah, and we also don't own bicycles

I have a feeling when we do finally end up somewhere we can actually paint, I'll probably stick with white because I get color paralysis and am scared I will get sick of anything bright. My dad refused to paint rooms bright colors when I was growing up, saying that only hippies have burgandy living rooms ("hippy" is my dad's worst insult ), so I think I have some issues to work through first.
There are lots of great neutral colors other than white. We have a color called stone on our living room walls. It's just a very light tan. Goes with almost everything.
post #18 of 57
well mine is clean because we got a call at 9:30 this morning that someone was coming through to look at the house (we are selling) so i ran around like a maniac for 4 hours cleaning it. I even took down a strip of wallpaper in the bathroom that i had ruined the first time putting up. I put a new strip up and it looks as good as new!! I am sure we will sell it now
post #19 of 57
We had Dh's family Christmas at our house today, and now it's a wreck. 20+ people in a little over 1000 sq. feet was interesting. This is what the aftermath looks like.

My girls room:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/58145956@N00/371303390/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/58145956@N00/371303097/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/58145956@N00/371302897/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/58145956@N00/371302250/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/58145956@N00/371301587/

My living room/dining room:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/58145956@N00/371302558/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/58145956@N00/371298828/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/58145956@N00/371298581/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/58145956@N00/371300468/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/58145956@N00/371299113/

My hall(if you look through the door at the end you can see all the stuff we threw in our bedroom right before people arrived):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/58145956@N00/371300806/

My computer area(Dh's uncle did some work on our computer today. I spent an hour searching/turning this area upside down, looking for a disk that I never had.): http://www.flickr.com/photos/58145956@N00/371299447/

My kitchen(I didn't buy all that soda, I swear.):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/58145956@N00/371299721/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/58145956@N00/371300325/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/58145956@N00/371300021/
post #20 of 57
I would show y'all what it looks like around here, and make everyone feel better, if only I could find the camera...
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