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post #21 of 38
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Originally Posted by Zach'smom View Post
I really would like them to have a follow-up show in a year to see what the house looks like then.
I'd like to see that for other organizational shows, too. I think that would help people be even more motivated to REALLY change their lives.

I'm watching it now on the TiVo and I really like it so far.

Also, that mom has GREAT hair! So shiney
post #22 of 38
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I thougt it was so funny when they revealed that the first mom worked ina container store
I giggled at that too!
post #23 of 38
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Originally Posted by nova22 View Post
I'd like to see that for other organizational shows, too. I think that would help people be even more motivated to REALLY change their lives.

The show Clean House recently did an episode like this revisiting several people they had helped. The people had stayed tidy. One couple broke up though. But you could see it in their episode that they weren't getting along. Oh well, at least when one of them moved out there was less mess to clean!
post #24 of 38
I liked the show. I had gone through all of ds's toys last week, and this show inspired me to go through and get rid of even more toys. I NEVER want my house to be like that, and believe me, it has been about half as bad before, and that is BAD. I am basically now getting rid of almost all my plastic toys and just keeping wood or plastic toys that ds really loves.
post #25 of 38
I loved how the host of the show focused on the reasons for and psychology behind their over-cluttered house. It really helped you see how living that way can affect your entire life and mental and physical health.

My house appears to be pretty clutter-free, but we are one of those families with a "secret" spare room full of $!@#, and don't even look in our garage! I'm even more determined to tackle those areas now.
post #26 of 38
I just couldnt believe that family lived there! How did they walk around?:
post #27 of 38
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Originally Posted by chanibell View Post
I just couldnt believe that family lived there! How did they walk around?:
You just stop seeing the mess, and can sit of stuff and not even notice it. It really does affect your mind. I am resolved to have every inch of my life organized by the time I move next week!
post #28 of 38
I really liked the show. I was expecting it to be more of buy these fancy organizers for your 300 pairs of shoes and that kind of thing. I was pleased that it was about decluttering and how the clutter effects all areas of your life.

I just wish they had shown a bit more of the process. They were able to declutter and reorganize and decorate that home in 3 days.
post #29 of 38
I always love seeing the before and afters, but I always wonder; everything was just done for them in such a short time were they really given the skills to maintain it? Id like to see a followup in a year if it still looks the same.
post #30 of 38
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Originally Posted by MamaKalena View Post
I loved how the host of the show focused on the reasons for and psychology behind their over-cluttered house. It really helped you see how living that way can affect your entire life and mental and physical health.

My house appears to be pretty clutter-free, but we are one of those families with a "secret" spare room full of $!@#, and don't even look in our garage! I'm even more determined to tackle those areas now.
We have one of those "secret" rooms to! I am motivated to get mine cleaned out though b/c I have comapny coming next month and that is our guest bedroom! I am glad that we are not the only family that has a junk room!
post #31 of 38
We don't have a t.v. but I've learned some tips from reading this thread.
Thanks.
post #32 of 38
I loved how he said that almost every family has one of "those" rooms..
post #33 of 38
I just watched it and I thought it was a pretty good show. The focus was on decluttering, not organizing. And though I hate when they say 'Oh look how they did it' - yeah well, they didn't do it alone though - someone else took everyone out of their garage for them, etc. One of the hardest things about decluttering other than choose to let go of stuff is to actually get rid of it. It's not as simple as throwing it out now a days, it takes work to get it physically out of your house.

But I liked it, they were working with real people, maybe a little more extreme than most, but at least not too much more - I felt like I could relate to them and their problem, not like they were abnormal. I liked the idea of telling the boys they could choose what they wanted to sell at a yardsale and what they wanted to donate.

I think I'll set up my DVR to record clean sweep!
post #34 of 38
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Originally Posted by ipfree View Post
We don't have a t.v. but I've learned some tips from reading this thread.
Thanks.
If you're interested, you can get a recap and see pictures of the house on Oprah's site.

http://www2.oprah.com/foodhome/home/..._350_101.jhtml
post #35 of 38
I wish my mom had seen that. We have been trying to explain to her what we are doing and why. She told me, I love this, alright I guess as long as you don't get rid of your husband or kids But I know that if Oprah had it on all of a sudden it wouldn't be some weird hippy freak thing I am doing...By the way I told her that we were getting rid of things that weren't useful, loved or enhanced our lives in some way, there is no way, to me at least, that a family member would ever fall under those catogories, at least not the ones I have living with me.
post #36 of 38
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Originally Posted by Wild Flowers View Post
I wish my mom had seen that. We have been trying to explain to her what we are doing and why. She told me, I love this, alright I guess as long as you don't get rid of your husband or kids But I know that if Oprah had it on all of a sudden it wouldn't be some weird hippy freak thing I am doing...By the way I told her that we were getting rid of things that weren't useful, loved or enhanced our lives in some way, there is no way, to me at least, that a family member would ever fall under those catogories, at least not the ones I have living with me.
I haven't even discussed the concept with my mom. I mean I talk about organizing, but I haven't discussed the 'decluttering' or 'simplicity' stuff. It's so foreign to my mom. I mean, she isn't as bad as the folks in the show, her house doesn't have piles of stuff everywhere, but she has tons of stuff everywhere, a basement full and an attic full. Her house is huge, so there is a lot of stuff, its just well hidden. Every shelf has some little trinket or thing, etc. So in that sense, its cluttered, but not messy. Anyway, I just don't even see the point of talking about it with her at this point. She is a shop-a-holic. I figure I can only focus on me and my family and if she gets anything from my example, great but otherwise
post #37 of 38
I actually just sent them the link to the Oprah show. My mil totally got what I was trying to say, we talked yesterday, she saw the pics of the kitchen and was saying how good it looked. I told her it was my before pics, though Ihave already decluttering the kitchen once. I don't care if they do it, but I want them to stop sending me stuff They collect things and keep things forever. I think there was a thread awhile back about saving things for your kids. So it really has made a difference on what we are saving for our kids. Because I don't want them to get the boxes of stuff that we saved for them that really have no meaning for them. And we kinda want to stop the endless gifts to our girls.
post #38 of 38
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Originally Posted by Wild Flowers View Post
I want them to stop sending me stuff They collect things and keep things forever. I think there was a thread awhile back about saving things for your kids. So it really has made a difference on what we are saving for our kids. Because I don't want them to get the boxes of stuff that we saved for them that really have no meaning for them. And we kinda want to stop the endless gifts to our girls.
I totally agree! DH has every stuffed animal he ever owned and pretty much everything else. I have very little. As DS grows up (he's almost 1!) I want him to have good memories and scrapbooks of those good memories, not all the crap he ever owned! So I just started paring down his stuffed animal collection! Figure he really won't miss them now! I would love to have pics of DH from when he was small but his parents haven't located them yet... lol... (and no, they've never moved so they didn't get lost in a move!)
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