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#1 of 77 Old 12-25-2007, 06:47 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I ask this because I drool over these wonderful spaces people have posted on other threads here, then console myself (AKA cop-out) by saying, ahh they have 2 young dcs, or one so THAT'S why they can live like that. Just WAIT tuntil they have a 7 yo with comic book/rock/wood collections or a 5 yo who produces more art than the entire freshman class at an arts college.

I know I'm kidding myself.

I need inspiration.

So lets see it: clean uncluttered real-life pictures of uncluttered homes of families with 6 or more people.

Maybe someday I'll post my own!!

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I will try to post some at some point. I didn't want to post in the "clear spaces" thread because my house really isn't perfect. But I think it's pretty good.

You've inspired me. I will try to get to it soon.

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Subbing to this thread because I think the same things! I am un-decorating tomorrow, so if I get everything done, I can post pics - but just of the downstairs!
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As soon as I put away all the pots and pans from Christmas dinner, and clear out the living room from the gifting, I'll post pics of mine
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We're a family of five, but I would love to see the pics for inspiration!

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We are a family of five. I would consider most areas of my home clean and clear except my storage room. I just started a challenge to get this room done. Then I will post my pics.
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Hi everyone!

I can't wait to see the pix! Now I'm motivated to figure out how to post pictures myself, though my space is definately a work in progress.

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Just updating to say I took photos of almost all our house yesterday and I am going to try to find a way to get them up to share later today or tonight.

Also when you're looking at people's pics, take into account whether they homeschool or not. My pics will show a tidy house because I scurried yesterday to get on top of things, but in general there are at least a couple of rooms with stuff spread out in them. We homeschool and there is almost always someone home and making some kind of a mess. LOL.

I think my biggest tips are: Have Less Stuff, have a place for everything, and designate approved "drop spots" for things in the places where they usually get dropped. I have a basket for boots near the door, a basket for laundry in the front hallway (and one in each bedroom), a small urn for loose change and bits of things in the kitchen, a recycling bin near the art supplies, trash and recycling in the kitchen, office, laundry, and boys' room. If stuff gets dropped there anyway, might as well give it a tidy spot to sit until it can get collected and put away (and patrol these spots pretty often, every day or couple of days, to make sure nothing is overflowing or rotting).

Okay, I have a little more tidying to do and more photos to take! Thanks for inspiring me.

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Looking forward to pics.

I"m going out today, so I won't get pics up until later tomorrow.
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Ill try to post some pics from m parents camera if I can get them uploaded, otherwise they will ahve to send them to me when they upload them at home on their kodak photoshare thing.

I am a mom of 4, ages 8, 5, 2, and newborn. I am not a neat freak, I have decluttered some recently, but mostly have worked really hard to instill the cleanup before lunch, supper, and bedtime, and tried to find storage that works well for us.
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I'll try to post pics too...I currently have 4 girls ages 7, 5.5, 4 and 2.5 w/ a baby due in March. We homeschool as well. It is SO helpful to have children at ages that they can help out, my girls do a GREAT job of helping to clean up. I love to declutter as well, so tha helps =) We currently only have 1 toybox on the main level and then one larger toybox downstairs (we have our homeschool area downstairs but have been homeschooling upstairs more this year)...I'll try to get on this tomorrow =)

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I did it! Hope this works. Here are pics of my house:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/amyaman...7603566322347/

I have four kids ages 9, 8, 5, and 3-1/2. We homeschool and are at home most of the time. Our walls desperately need new paint/wallpaper and our ceilings need work, too, so that unfortunately adds to the cluttered feel, but I don't think it shows much in the pictures. It's a work in progress. I didn't feel comfortable posting pics at all until now, because I wanted to make sure that we could reasonably maintain the decluttered look, not just have it after a cleaning frenzy. And now we do! I included "real life" pics of my kitchen sink area and the boys' stuff just to keep it real. Looks much better when the dishes are nowhere in sight and the boys' stuff is all neatly on their shelf, but that is the exception rather than the rule.

Anyway, I am very excited to finally have pics to share.

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amanda, your house is so clean!

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I think I have too many people in a small place for it too look up to par most of the time. Just before xmas I had 70% of the house presentable. Now it looks like a bomb went off. I can't wait to get rid of the xmas stuff. I'm a single mom of 3 kids in a 800 sq ft home. We have a baby coming too.

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OMG amyamanda, that's a lot of photos! I am totally inspired to have more kids. and to declutter a lot, too. Thanks!
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Amanda I have to say I love that basement space. My daycare self just wants to get in there. I can picture being used as a perfect play/homeschool space with centers set up like my daycar days, no worries about crafting messes thanks to the sink/counters etc down there. Of course that is just the weird in me, after so many years in daycare and the few times I have run a dayhome and that part of me comes out when I see a perfect space like that.

I love the idea of the socks in the entrance, we are not sock wearers unless going out, but my entrance does not lend itself to baskets like that(it goes right into the living space. SO many ideas to work with now.

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Amanda, those are great pictures and commentary - I feel like I walked through your house!

I love the containers on your kitchen counter. And what do you keep in the cabinets in the basement...anything?

I stayed up tonight to clean up the rest of last of the Christmas mess - my 3 year old wanted to keep the tree up an extra day, so it just went out a few hours ago.

Tomorrow I'll be home and hopefully, I'll get to my pics then.
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Amyamanda, just want to say that I really enjoyed the pics of your house! And I love your use of baskets.

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Thanks.

Let's see...

swellmama, about the basement space - I'm not tempted at all to use it for more - and I love having that space almost completely empty. When we had toys and things down there I often didn't make it down there during my "morning rounds" to see what messes had been made and deal with them. I tried assigning the kids to that space and it didn't work very well. Now, if they use something down there, it's generally not much - they use that space for running and climbing and jumping but I prefer to keep the messy and small-pieces-play up near the kitchen so I can keep track of what's going on and stay on top of cleanup.

I don't let my kids have free access to art/craft stuff except for paper and drawing pencils (and, recently, crayons). Too much potential for mess and destruction with my kids. I learned this the hard way. I have all our other art/craft stuff on a bookshelf in small tubs in the garage right outside the kitchen, a remnant from the days when I had to "lock" up messy and dangerous stuff or my boys would decorate the walls, furniture, etc. This is also why our knife block is on top of the fridge!!

DBZ – what part of MA are you from? (Curious, as I'm near the MA border and grew up in MA). About house size…our house feels TOO BIG. I know that probably sounds ridiculous to someone with a really small house, but it's true. Maybe when I have teens I will reconsider, but with smaller kids I think for my family 1500-1800 would be a much better size. We are planning to downsize in a few years anyway (buy land and build a smaller house) so I am thinking in terms of living in a smaller space anyway. I have tried to centralize our "space use" to the kitchen/living/dining rooms (also my desk is in the office, and the boys have some things in their room). I also encourage my kids to play outside a lot. Not sure if that helps...

monkeyprincess, about the cabinets in laundry room...the cat litter is under the sink. My seed-starting and gardening supplies fill a lot of the cabinet space, and some canning supplies also. And our "pool stuff" (we have a pool) - goggles, pool toys, etc. The highest cabinet has my cleaning supplies and one drawer holds my Scooba. Puzzles are in one cabinet. The cabinet above the sink has all the DVDs and VHS videos (because when the kids were little they would help themselves and damage them if I didn't store them out of reach). Um, what else? Re-useable grocery bags, which I mostly use for scooping the cat litter into. That sounds like a lot but actually some of the cabinet shelves are completely empty. I'm trying to wean myself from using that space in anticipation of living with less storage space.

I should disclose that we use our garage for storage and right now it's full of some big things I'm planning to sell in the spring (crib, filing cabinets, strollers, changing table, etc). We could fit our cars in the garage if we got rid of that stuff (a major accomplishment - I've gotten rid of 75% or more of the stuff that used to be in the garage). Also we have a small shed where I store all sizes of kids' clothes and shoes in tubs, plus our camping gear.

I want to say again that the pics I posted are really and truly of the normal state of my house after a short tidy-up in the morning. Less than 1/2 hour and my house really looks like that, without hiding things in closets or boxes or under the bed....like I used to...LOL!

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.

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DBZ – what part of MA are you from? (Curious, as I'm near the MA border and grew up in MA). About house size…our house feels TOO BIG. I know that probably sounds ridiculous to someone with a really small house, but it's true. Maybe when I have teens I will reconsider, but with smaller kids I think for my family 1500-1800 would be a much better size. We are planning to downsize in a few years anyway (buy land and build a smaller house) so I am thinking in terms of living in a smaller space anyway. I have tried to centralize our "space use" to the kitchen/living/dining rooms (also my desk is in the office, and the boys have some things in their room). I also encourage my kids to play outside a lot. Not sure if that helps...
I live in Ayer. I think somewhere around 1500 would be ideal. It could even be smaller as long as there was a cellar or garage. I drive around here and see all these huge houes and find out only 4 people live there. It seems like a waste in so many ways. I used to live in one of those house when I was a kid. The formal dining room and formal living room never got used.

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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!
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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.
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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!

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Theresa, I'm looking forward to your pics!

DBZ, I'm about an hour from you.

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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!
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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.
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Great pics! Love how cozy your home is.

We're close to Philly, too - I noticed the Phillies banners in your boys room.
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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.
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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!!


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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

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