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post #21 of 77
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Originally Posted by amyamanda View Post
I hope you don't mind me writing so much about my stuff. I feel like I've gotten this to work and I want to share! I've gotten so many good ideas in this forum, I want to pay it forward.
I don't mind at all! Its inspiring to read and you should be proud.

Thanks for taking the time to be so detailed!
post #22 of 77
Amanda, I am insnaely jealous of your finished basement. Sooo nice!

I'm uploading pics now and commenting in flickr, will post the set in a bit.
post #23 of 77
Amanda, I don't have a large family but I've got a need for organization without any. So I'm glad I clicked on this link--you're pictures were inspiring and helpful!
post #24 of 77
Theresa, I'm looking forward to your pics!

DBZ, I'm about an hour from you.
post #25 of 77
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Amanda, I don't have a large family but I've got a need for organization without any. So I'm glad I clicked on this link--you're pictures were inspiring and helpful!

Same here!! Thanks for posting your pictures!
post #26 of 77
okay, here's mine I did it in order from walking in the front door, but then when I uploaded it reversed - sorry!

Like amanda, this is pretty much how it is on a daily basis, there's nothing lurking in closets or anything, LOL! I will say that it has taken me a LONG time to get to this neat stage, and being married to a very anal, obsessive DH who needs the neatness in order to function, well, it helped, LOL!

I know I've posted them here before, but I will again because I think they're so helpful. The best thing I ever did for my home was develop my brain files - they take the "thinking" out of housework for me, I just do what is on the page for the day.
post #27 of 77
Great pics! Love how cozy your home is.

We're close to Philly, too - I noticed the Phillies banners in your boys room.
post #28 of 77
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Originally Posted by MonkeyPrincess View Post
Great pics! Love how cozy your home is.

We're close to Philly, too - I noticed the Phillies banners in your boys room.
Thanks!! Cozy it definitely feels when all 4 of the boys are home and underfoot all day long, LOL!

Oh - the Phillies. It's love/ahte for me - DH is a die hard Phillies fan, as are the boys. But I grew up in NY, so it's hard for me to give up the Yankee love. But, they've somehow convinced me to go to Phillie's spring training for vacay this year, so I think I've finally been dragged to the dark side.
post #29 of 77
Theresa, I loved seeing your pictures! I especially loved how you identified what was hiding behind doors and drawers. LOL. I never thought about it before, but that is one of my decluttering strategies, too. I think if I pulled out all the hidden stuff even I would be amazed at how many things we use regularly are tucked away, hidden, most of the time.

I think the key is having furniture with doors and drawers! I love where you keep the piano music. I am still trying to decide what to do with ours (some of it's in the bench, but often the rest is on top of the piano, not so lovely a place).

Also I love that you keep art supplies in the dining room. Makes sense to me!

And I think it's great how you prioritize your knitting. It's obvious from the comfy chair and all your baskets and spots that it's a huge space priority for you, yet I would not have noticed any of those things in the pics had you not pointed them out.

Thank you for sharing!!

post #30 of 77
Thank you so much to both of you for posting pictures! It motivated me to clear my kitchen counter hotspots and I'm so so so much happier with my kitchen now! to you ladies!!

Keep the pics coming! I only have 3 kids, so I don't qualify as a largish family, but I'm very motivated that mamas with more kids than I have are doing such a great job at being organized
post #31 of 77
I love all the pictures posted already.

I almost feel like posting too, but we don't quite qualify since there are only 5 of us, but we do live in only 1050 sq ft. Maybe we need another thread for medium size families in small spaces?

I've been really cutthroat about getting rid of stuff, almost to the point of some rooms looking really sparce, but it makes me feel better. I do need to add some more coathook's in the entryway though - with all the winter gear, there's just not enough.
post #32 of 77
Okay, I can't get photobucket to work the way I want it to, so I guess I'll just paste all of the links here instead of linking to one big slideshow.

So we're a family of 6. Two adults, four homeschooled kids ages 8, 7, 6 and 4. We moved to our home this summer, and I'm still trying to get things exactly the way I want them, but I'm pretty happy with our house for the most part. We have a rambler with 1400 sq ft., 3 bedrooms and 2 baths on the main level, and an unfinished basement. Our main living area is open, with the living room, kitchen and dining area all open to each other when you walk into the house.

So here we go....

Living room. The TV in inside the armoir, the stereo is on top of the armoir. The stereo speaker is to the right of the armoir. There is usually a chair in the corner where the Christmas tree is. At the bottom of the photo is the top of a bookshelf (for kids' books) that sits at the end of the hallway/top of the stairs.

Still the living room. You can see the front door, which isn't used very often. The railing behind the brown couch is for the stairs to the basement. As you can see, we don't keep ANY toys in the living room. If the kids bring toys out, they must be put away before bed.

Living room. To the left of the armoir is a CD rack. We had to stop using this when we had toddlers, but the kids seem to leave it alone now that they're older. You can see an original nintendo system on top of the stereo speaker, we get it out for the kids to play with occasionally.

Living room as seen from the front entryway. I don't like the look of all the stuff on top of the piano, the pointsetta will find a new home after the holidays. You can't see it from here, but on the far side of the brown couch is a large basket for library books. The hallway leads to the bedrooms, bathroom and laundry room. The doorway on the left is the laundry room.

Front door entry way. It is really easy to keep this clean because we rarely use it. The closet has two doors, and goes all the way through to the other side of the wall near the door to the garage.

Front closet. I work really hard to keep this area clean. You can see a door behind where the closet goes through to the other side. The basket on the shelf holds hats and mittens. Because the kids can't reach the basket, I maintain the area.

Floor of the front closet. I make sure to put shoes and boots away as soon as they are dry, otherwise we trip over them. I also keep extra grocery bags, my purse and my backpack in this closet.

Door to the garage- this is the entrance we use most. Closet on the left goes all the way through the wall to the front entrance. DH just came in with wet boots from feeding the chickens, I'll wait for the boots to dry before putting them away. On the wall is a key rack and bill holder.

Kitchen. We have an open floor plan, so the dining area is to the right and the living room is behind me in this picture. I generally try to keep the counters clean. The island countertop is a hot spot, I have to work hard to keep it clutter free.

Kitchen, as seen from the living room. The railing is for the stairs to the basement. I do have clutter on the fridge- magnets made by the kids and my weekly menu.

Kitchen again. I try to keep the counters clean. There is an appliance garage/bread box next to the fridge, the toaster and coffee maker live there. There is often a a bowl full of food for our chickens sitting on the counter right here. I do keep a fruit basket out for the kids to munch on.

This is a kitchen drawer nearest to the dining area. Not organized, but it keeps the crayons, markers and art supplies contained.

Lower kitchen cabinet closest to dining area. This is where we keep the homeschooling materials that we're currently using.

Dining area. The kitchen is to the left. There's not much here other than the table. We recently painted the entire living area (living room, kitchen, dining area) and the old window treatments no longer match. I will be getting new window treatments soon. We spend a lot of time at this table- we eat here, do lessons here, work on projects here, do crafty things here....

Dining area again. As you can see, I recently celebrated a birthday The dining area is immediately adjacent to the kitchen, you can see the kitchen island in the lower left part of the picture.

Laundry room. As you can see, it is very small. On the top shelf are rarely used cleaning products. On the lower shelf is laundry detergent and mop heads. On the left side of the shelf is my pile of unmatched socks and a pile of clothes that have been outgrown. About once a month I organize the pile- either giving away clothes or storing them in the basement for my younger kids to wear later. On top of the washer is a laundry basket where I put all of our napkins and kitchen towels- anything that might get mildew-y if not washed soon. All of the dirty clothes are kept in the main bathroom, there isn't room for a hamper in the laundry room.

Main bathroom. Towel on the counter because there isn't a towel holder (must fix that someday). Toothbrushes, combs, etc. are kept in the drawers. Towels are kept in the cabinet under the sink. To the left of the sinks is the clothes-sorter for dirty clothes. It has wheels, which I LOVE. When it's time to do laundry I just roll the whole cart over to the laundry room.

Main Bathroom. Real life- clothes rack for air-drying clothes in the bathroom. It sets up over the air vent, so the clothes dry quickly. When not in use I fold it down and store it behind the clothes sorter on the right. There is a linen closet to the left of the clothes rack, this is where I keep the sheets for the kids beds, extra blankets and old towels. The toilet is behind the door to the left.

Main bathroom. Just showing our family cloth set-up. Clean washcloths on top of the toilet, dirties go in the covered garbage can next to the toilet. I wash wipes when the garbage can is full (once a week or so).

Boys' bedroom. Not the cleanest it's ever been, but oh well. They generally don't keep any toys in their room other than legos. The large box is a pretend TV they made and have been playing with. This room will be painted and redecorated soon.

Boys' closet. Keeping the dressers in the closet gives them more room to play on the floor, it's a pretty small room.

Girls' bedroom. Again, we don't really keep toys in the bedrooms. The girls have a bookshelf, legos and a few dolls in their room. All of the other toys are kept in the basement.

Girls' bedroom closet. I'm not really sure why this dresser is in the closet, as it's empty.

Dresser in the girls' room. Jewelry and hair binders are kept in the purple Caboodle (yes, it's mine from when I was a kid). This room will also be painted and redecorated within the next couple of months.

Master bedroom. This is my nightstand, I usually have a book or couple of magazines there to read before bed. I also have a tendancy to leave a glass of water there, I'm trying to get better about that.

Master bedroom again. The desk is mostly DH's stuff, I take no responsibility for it being cluttered DH works from home twice a week, and he usually works at this desk once I finally drag myself out of bed in the morning.

Master bedroom. DH and I use this as a dresser for underwear, pajamas, etc. Door to the hallway on the far left, door to our closet to the left of the dresser, master bathroom to the right. We do have a TV in our room, this is where DH plays Xbox 360.

My closet. I'm trying to get this area a little more cleaned up. But the clothes are fairly well organized (dresses in the back, then pants, then skirts, then tops in order of color).

Master bathroom. I recently repainted this room, and really like the way it turned out. There is lots of cabinet space, so I don't have a problem keeping the counter clean.

Master bathroom linen closet. Sheets on the bottom shelf. Towels, extra shampoo and lotion, and nail polish on the second shelf. The next shelf up is organized with 3 plastic boxes; 1 for medicines, remedies and first aid supplies, one for soap, and one for extra toiletry items.

Master bathroom again. Just showing the family cloth set-up. Clean wipes folded on top of the toilet, dirties go into the covered wastebasket next to the toilet. Magazine holder on the other side of the toilet, cuz... well, you know

/main floor. Next up, the unfinished basement:

This is the 'family room' of the unfinished basement. In the back is my treadmill and exercise bike. There is no reception on this TV, the kids use it to play Xbox and the watch the occasional movie. I use it to watch movies while I'm on the treadmill.

Lots and lots of toys. We keep almost all of the toys in the basement. If the kids want to bring them upstairs to play, they can- but they have to put them back when they're done. Dress up clothes in the toy box. In the plastic boxes are the train set, action figures, little people, dolls/stuffed animals, and a misc. box. In small boxes on the bookshelf are blocks, lincoln logs, play food and dishes, doctor kit, etc.

Far side of the basement, as seen from couch area. Toys along the wall to the left. Straight ahead are old movies, a pantry shelf, files and bookshelves. In the back right corner is my sewing area.

Sewing Area. Straight ahead against the walls are two shelves with fabric. To the right are desks with my sewing machine and serger.

This is a bookshelf with homeschooling books, paper, coloring books and supplies that aren't currently being used.

In the back corner of the basement behind the stairs I have shelves for storage. Here is the shelf with out of season kids' clothes.
post #33 of 77
Okay, Amanda, I am so jealous of your laundry room! To have room to pot plants indoors... drool!

And Theresa, I am in awe of how homey, welcoming and uncluttered your big kids' room looks. Very nice
post #34 of 77
Oh, I am so excited to see everyone's pictures! I had to laugh...almost 1000 views of this thread alone, and only three moms had pics -- I think we are ALL trying to get some good hints and inspiration!

What inspiration it was ~~ you mamas are amazing. You homeschool multiple children AND you keep it that neat?

I am inspired and ready to go at it again tomorrow!
post #35 of 77
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Originally Posted by zersha View Post
I almost feel like posting too, but we don't quite qualify since there are only 5 of us, but we do live in only 1050 sq ft. Maybe we need another thread for medium size families in small spaces?
YES!!! Please! We're a family of 5 looking to downsize (once the housing market rebounds enough to sell our current place) and I'd love pictures for inspiration.

Love the pictures ladies!! Thanks for sharing!!
post #36 of 77
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Originally Posted by Knittin' in the Shade View Post
okay, here's mine I did it in order from walking in the front door, but then when I uploaded it reversed - sorry!

Like amanda, this is pretty much how it is on a daily basis, there's nothing lurking in closets or anything, LOL! I will say that it has taken me a LONG time to get to this neat stage, and being married to a very anal, obsessive DH who needs the neatness in order to function, well, it helped, LOL!

I know I've posted them here before, but I will again because I think they're so helpful. The best thing I ever did for my home was develop my brain files - they take the "thinking" out of housework for me, I just do what is on the page for the day.
I love the color of your living room. WHat is it? Also, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the tree on the wall. Where did you get that?
post #37 of 77
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I love the color of your living room. WHat is it? Also, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the tree on the wall. Where did you get that?
Thanks! the living room (and den/family room) are the same color, it's from Sherwin Williams. It's one of the Martha Stewart colors, called Pheasant, the trim is Bentwood. I adore them both, but Sherwin Williams discontinued the Martha colors so now you can only get it special order.

The tree, DH and I found the guy (Rob Hagerty, at Tree's Company) at the Philadelphia Flower Show, and both fell instantly in love with his work. It's breathtaking! It's actualyl funny the story of how it came to be in our home. When Christmas started coming near, we both (with the other not knowing!) ordered trees for the other for Christmas, and then both of us started telling the other how much s/he was going to LOVE their gift this Christmas. One day, I finally realized that we were both so excited about eachother's gift, that we must have both ordered each other a tree. But, not wanting to tell each other the gift, I went to MIL and told her what I was getting DH and that she needed to find out what he was getting me, and if it was the same thing that she needed to tell one of us to change our gift. She went to DH and told him he had to get me another gift, LOL!
post #38 of 77
I love seeing everyone's photos and am getting tons of ideas! We're a family of 5 in a home about 1100 sq. feet. I plan on doing photos sometime this weekend . . . I'm in the process of post Christmas/new year cleaning, so there will be some very "real life" moments!
post #39 of 77
We're a family of 6 (7 in 98ish days!) in a townhouse that is about 1100 square feet. I wish I could go through and take pictures of each room being clean & decluttered but it seems that they are never all put together in one day! We're doing a huge de-clutter/clean/re-organize so hopefully that will help and I can post pictures soon!
post #40 of 77
Wow. So inspiring! I am getting stoked reading this thread!
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