Thursday, March 10, 2011

10 Ways You Can Clutter Your House Like We Did.

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful."
~William Morris~





This is my new philosophy.

This coming from a woman that decluttered because she HAD to :)

Here are 10 ways that you too can clutter up your house like we did before selling it all, in case you were curious.

1) Accept any and all free hand me downs from family and friends, its FREE for goodness sakes.

2) You see a deal, buy it. It doesn't matter if you need it, you might in a few years.

3) Save ALL your children's clothes, they will never forgive you if you get rid of their cute toddler dresses.

4) Save ALL things written by your children because if you home school their stuff might really come in handy if ever audited.

5) That ugly picture that "you know who gave you", you have to keep it in case they come over searching for it one day.

6) Keep any and all Rubbermaid containers because someday you may have a big party and need places to put all the leftovers.

7) Boxes, save all original boxes. If you ever want to sell an item later they are worth more if in the original box.

8) If its broken, give it to the kids to play with, they love old camera's, cell phones, and even batteries if anything like my son.

9) Let your rock loving daughter bring rocks in from the yard because well you are trying to teach them to explore their passions. She could find a gem worth lots of money one of these days.

10) Keep any and all crayons, even if they are half an inch they can still make masterpieces.



32 comments:

  1. i.love.this.post! awesome! hey, you still have a wing chair that needs to fit in that cute little storybook cottage!

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  2. LOL!!!! I think this might be true of most people!!!

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  3. Kristi, I have definitely not forgotten about her :) She has her own little place all ready :)

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  4. I'm guilty of a few of those things...like keeping ALL of my kids clothing! I finally sold, consigned, and gave away about 20 LARGE bins or more FULL of clothing last year....talk about major purging! It felt so freeing!! I always held onto them just in case we had more kids...which we did...but now that we are done (knock on wood) it was time to let it all go :)

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  5. Luv it! Wish I would of had your list 10 years ago! Oh wait...hummmm, I think I'm guilty of #4,8,9 and 10! Maybe I better go print off your list! :) Have a great weekend!

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  6. Ummm.... we must be twins. And I now have whiplash from nodding in agreement. ;)
    This is hilarious!!! Thanks for the laugh-
    Have a fantastic weekend!

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  7. Laughing so hard. Not only have I been there and done that. More like...yep, I'm here and doing it!
    Your kids are so beautiful....
    glad to meet you.
    : )

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  8. This was funny and clever. I think every mother can relate. What we sometimes forget is that all the junk steals time away from our kiddos and causes everyone stress (and we convince ourselves saving every little thing is good for the family). Ah, the irony!

    This is a very sweet website, by the way. I look forward to digging in and reading some posts.

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  9. This is too funny. I have done each and every one of those things-repeatedly. Right now I am digging out from under it! My boy, Elijah is the main rock collector in our house.
    Love this!
    xo, Angela

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  10. ~You have a beautiful home

    ~I am currently decluttering myslef

    ~Because it's sending me insane!!!

    ~lovely blog

    ~Hello & cheerio

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  11. Just wanted to let you know I loved this, so I'm linking to it from my blog today. Thanks! :-)

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  12. hehe too funny...my mom save all our baby clothes and toys and now she's trying to give them to my kids ugh...I don't want to become my mother! Decluttering here too!

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  13. Yeah I had kept four 18 gallon containers full of my daughter's clothes that I just recently realized I don't need to save! We are trying to get rid of at least half our stuff, it's just a very slow process!

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  14. Oh this gave me a good laugh. I can relate to it ALL! Love it.

    We moved last year and downsized - losing a double garage and a huge bedroom. So it has certainly made me rethink the stuff that comes into our home.

    My husband recently put a stop to the rock collecting! Ha. And the homeschool papers - seriously - it's a battle!

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  15. visiting from the simple mom link - this is funny and i do many of those thing. one of ours happens to be keeping party favors from every birthday party we ever go to so we can step on them in the middle of the night.

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  16. Too funny. I laughed until tears came out of my eyes. Thanks!

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  17. I was so excited to see your link from Simple Mom that I had to run over to give you a big hello.

    Your cottage is looking great and I'm excited for you all. I'll bet there's lots of snuggly reading going on there!

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  18. What a wonderful post!!!

    I am guilty of all 10 of them. Thank you for making me laugh at myself in a good way. We are getting ready for a move - I needed this!

    I found you through "Simple Mom."

    Thank you again!

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  19. Oh yeah, that's so me until we moved twice in two years and then survived a fire. If I have it, it's to be used (and loaned)!

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  20. That about sums it up.

    For me just add 40 million holiday decorations bought for 50 cents the day after Christmas to the list.

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  22. Also from Simple Mom... Did you spy on me? I don't think I know you but did you? I just could figure out how you could get the reasons of my actions so right. Maybe except for #10, my reasons were this:

    http://www.ehow.com/how_5447042_melt-crayons-shapes.html

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  23. you left out the best part of that quote! The"...or believe to be beautiful." part.

    Then your home is uncluttered AND nice to live in!

    I'm actually going to start scanning my son's art (or taking photos of the 3D) and then include the images in his memory books. That covers nostalgia AND auditing!

    great post :-)

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  24. Hi, I came from Hooked on Houses! This list is me and my husband in a nutshell. I'll have to show it to him! Great blog, I'd love to see the outside of your cottage - couldn't find a pic on your blog.

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  25. Hi, I came from Hooked on Houses! This list is me and my husband in a nutshell. I'll have to show it to him! Great blog, I'd love to see the outside of your cottage - couldn't find a pic on your blog.

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  26. Oh this gave me a good laugh. I can relate to it ALL! Love it.

    We moved last year and downsized - losing a double garage and a huge bedroom. So it has certainly made me rethink the stuff that comes into our home.

    My husband recently put a stop to the rock collecting! Ha. And the homeschool papers - seriously - it's a battle!

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  27. Oh yeah, that's so me until we moved twice in two years and then survived a fire. If I have it, it's to be used (and loaned)!

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  28. This was funny and clever. I think every mother can relate. What we sometimes forget is that all the junk steals time away from our kiddos and causes everyone stress (and we convince ourselves saving every little thing is good for the family). Ah, the irony!

    This is a very sweet website, by the way. I look forward to digging in and reading some posts.

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  29. i.love.this.post! awesome! hey, you still have a wing chair that needs to fit in that cute little storybook cottage!

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  30. Describes my Ex to a Tee! That's why he's the Ex.

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  31. Anytime I bring a new thing into my house an old thing has to leave. Never break this rule and your home will always be lovely. clean. and organized. 

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