Real Life at the Savvy Household

6.28.2014

I know I mostly share the cleaned up, fluffed up, and styled shots of my house, but today I am going to share a shocking reality. Yep, Mr. Savvy we are hoarders. There, I said it!

This is what one side of our garage looks like now after the mister finally started cleaning out our utility/storage room last weekend. Stuff was slinging and flying left and right along with a lot of grumbling.

See the door to your left. That is the L shaped room that all this CRAP came out of. Yes, there is no sugar coating it. It is accumulated crap. Well, it is finally getting tossed.

 This is the room it all came out of and now we can actually walk in here. I have told him we need shelves to store the things that we need to keep and that will get it all up off the floor. So shelving will be bought soon.

This is the rest of the room. Two old dressers hold lots of miscellaneous items like golf club parts and housing materials from all our DIY projects, etc. This is such an improvement over the way it did look.

Now, to get the garage cleaned out so he can park his car in it again. He said that will motivate him to finish.

Then on to the hoarding room upstairs that I need to clean out.

I just thought I would share the ugly side of life here.

Here's to purging!

Have a wonderful summer weekend and come back tomorrow for something much prettier!

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43 comments:

  1. I looking forward to seeing your hoarding room upstairs...will you show a before and after?

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  2. Whew, I was hoping I wasn't the only one with this problem. I've been purging the attic and garage for the past month. The great part is we took all the ahem, 'treasures', to the auction and made $700!!! Now that's motivation!

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  3. jeeze kinda looks like mine did up until a couple of weekends ago . for fathers day we cleaned and painted the garage...my hubby is weird like that, thinks the garage has to be cluttered free. Hello, it's a garage.:)

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  4. How nice to have a room like that for storage! I would definitely turn it into a "girl cave" ~ crafting room!

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing. I feel much encouraged to continue our "purge". Sweet Husband is a TV engineer and we have tons of electronics stuffed everywhere. Now that I've got several DIY projects in the garage, there's not enough room to change your mind, lol. Thanks again for the inspiration!

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  6. Ha! That's nothing! You should see our 2,000 square foot basement. We have a big room in there that's pretty full of stuff. Then, there's the garage, which I only have 1/3 of. I try not to look at the junk. Have tried many times to have the Mr. clean it up, but it reverts back to it's old self and I've given up. The office/bonus room is another room we have trouble with. I can keep my stuff neat and organized, it's just the other 2 people in the house. I always said keeping everyone's spaces neat and tidy was like standing at the seashore trying to keep the tide from coming in with a bucket.

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  7. Hi Kim - Congratulations on your purging project! We just worked on our garage last month & it's a great feeling once it's done. I noticed your paint cans & we had a lot to get rid of as well. I encourage you to recycle it -- check out the http://www.atlantapaintdisposal.com website. Our Benjamin Moore store is a retail location & although there is a small charge per can, it is worth it (in my opinion) from an environmental standpoint. Happy Saturday!!

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  8. Oh the reality of "real life"....I think we all have those spaces!....However, your hoarding room can be turned into a "shop"....I have seen it...many of us would love to "shop the hoarding room"!!!...

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  9. You should see our basement! I have all kinds of crap in there too. I keep saying that I should go through all the plastic tubs I have down there but, I keep whimping out. It's huge project and would take me all day and I figure its the basement who's going to see it. I have so much furniture in my garage that I can't get my car in there either. I will start hating that again come winter trust me!

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  10. This may motivate us to do ours. :/

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  11. Hi Kim - I'm just browsing my favorite blogs in search of inspiration this morning and had to laugh when I saw your post! We are preparing to move and knee deep in our hoards of "stuff". I wake up feeling exhausted before the day even begins. We are making progress in the purging process though and others are benefiting from our excess! LOL!
    Since I have nothing very pretty to share on my blog right now maybe I should go snap some pictures of my mess too!
    Blessings dear lady,
    Patti

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  12. Wow Kim that is a great storage room. It always feels so great after purging. Now you have inspired me to purge and clean out my storage area!! Have a great week end.
    Kris

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  13. Thank you for being real! It really doesn't look bad though, just very normal! I am excited to see the attic. Kathy. Eclecticallydesigned.com

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  14. I think every creative person has a space that looks like that...We are in the process of purging ours, too. It's always a tiny bit fun though to do, because you always find something that had been forgotten...or, at least, we do.
    judypimperl.blogspot.com

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  15. Kinda reminds me of my garage at the moment. My husband and I cleaned it up a little, but we need to get the smaller items off the floor. I never thought about adding shelves. Glad you mentioned that. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend, Kim!

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  16. It's amazing how stuff just accumulates, isn't it, Kim? We're living in an apartment while we wait for our new home to be built. Hubby is an artist whose art stash has slowly been creeping into every inch of this space. I am so ready to be out of here so he can have his own separate studio again, and I can have my house back. LOL Thanks for sharing this "real" look into your life. ~ Nancy

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  17. Our attic is the catch all space and unfortunately our kids store their stuff there too.

    Our little one car garage was a disaster and then one Saturday my husband came home with his dream sports car. By Wednesday, the garage was spotless, everything had gone to a new home or the dump and a garage door opener had been installed. Now the garage is always spotless so his love, Black Beauty, will stay shiny and clean.

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  18. Well, I for one am just shocked! Ha!
    Nice to see you are a human! At first, I thought you had a photo of my laundry room!

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  19. I think all of us have a room (or at least a closet) somewhere in our house that looks like that. For me, it is our basement and attic. Those are our dumping grounds. It definitely could use some cleaning out, but as soon as we do, stuff finds a way of creeping back in. That's just life I guess. I don't think I've ever seen that storage room of yours! It's nice that you have a utility sink in there. I would love to have one of those!

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  20. Kim! You have such good humor...gutsy lady to share the dark side ;)

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  21. Now that looks soooooo NORMAL !!!! What a great room and its so large too!!! Is it a laundry room too with the utility sink??? My garage and basement look just like that too........and, I'm just one person living here!!! There must be a medication for this.........

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    1. No, my laundry room is in the house. I use the sink to bathe Bailey and to wash out paint brushes and things.

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  22. Kim I think we all have a room like that...our garage is a DISASTER ZONE right now!! I want to start working on it next week (hopefully)!!

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  23. I feel your pain! We went through this when we moved. It was the ONLY way I could get Joe to get rid of anything was MOVING!!!:):) We still have alot of stuff and I DO need to get rid of some of it too, but there was a GOOD purge. Remember we got a dumpster and FILLED it! Oh Lordy!!:):) Have a great weekend. We just got our fridge fixed and are waiting for it to cool back down to put the stuff back in!

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  24. The down side is it's a big job but the upside is that you will have lots of space and room for shelving. It will most likely feel really good to get it accomplished.

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  25. I think I can out hoard you. We can have a hoard off. On second thought forget that idea...I'd have to first show my crap then clean the shed and garage out.

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    1. I don't know about that. This is just the tip of the iceberg. The bonus room is stuffed. Closets and cabinets are running over. It's just so pathetic, but at least we are starting on it.

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  26. From one messy hoarder to another... you are very brave! You garage looks a whole lot better than mine right now!

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  27. Kim - LOVED this post! I love to see before and after shots like this one. It motivates me to look in my garage and think about what I could let go. Will you PLEASE show your Hoarding Room sometime in the future? When you've referred to it in the past, it piques my curiosity. It would be so fun to see and hear the stories behind it. Take care, Jill

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  28. I have shared the hoarding room back in 2011. It is probably three times more filled now and is about impossible to walk through. You can type in bonus room in my search box and it will come up as the second post. It is just so much worse now.

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  29. It doesn't look that bad to me. Haha. Great job getting it all cleaned out. Purging is very freeing. That could be such a cute workshop.

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  30. This was hilarious, Kim, and I just read the 2011 post from the bonus room "do you think the box is getting a good work out?" bwahahaha! I laughed out loud! I finally put together one of those shelving units I bought at Sam's warehouse to start in my basement (which is wall to wall and then some in the center of the floor with boxes and Rubbermaid tubs). OMGosh, I froze after I had all my crap out on the floor and had the unit against the wall. OCD kicked in and I wanted all the boxes to look uniform (even though I had enough Rubbermaid tubs to make that happen, THOSE weren't the ones I wanted on the first shelf unit). Now my basement looks worse than before. It's a good project for me when it's so hot outside because my basement is the coolest place in the house - and I was sweatin' bullets. But what'd I do? I quit last night and went to an auction today, and guess what? I bought more crap. You're not alone, oh no, you're in good company.
    Rita

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    1. Rita, I don't put things together, but hubby does. I hate reading directions for anything. I would have froze, too.

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  31. I heard that the more space you have the more you have fill with your stuff! :)
    It's nice to know that we are not the only ones with not a junk drawer, but a junk room! I remember when my husband and I moved into our home, we had a small portable tv, a rocker, a kitchen table with maybe two usable chairs and two bedroom sets. Ahh we were young and in love! Now I don't want to tell you what we have accumulated after 42 yrs of marriage, 2 kids and 5 grandkids! Anyway, the rooms you have shown us are beautiful!
    P.S. I said I wasn't going to do it, but I went out and bought more stuff today just like Rita! We should start a club. We could try to top each other with what we have and what we have added, maybe we could even do some trading! Our name would be, "We Might Need it Someday" girls! What'd ya think?

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    1. Yes, so true the more space the more crap! Yes, maybe we should start a club. We have been married over 39 years with kids and grands and stuff. I give them a lot of stuff we don't use. I bought a new wing chair yesterday and we just put together a new bed so the old bed went to the hoarding room until we put it back together in there as an extra bed for the grands. That is why the stuff has to go.

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    2. Ahh, I see. I just got rid of a bed since my younger son and his wife just had another child and the crib/toddler bed was needed for the new baby. He already had the dressers that went with the bed so I was happy for him to take it. It's sure nice when you can pass on things or re-use what you have, isn't it.

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  32. I wish that the Haven conference would have an accessory swap! I bet you have some good stuff in that crap!!

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  33. I can definitely relate. We are finally doing something about "Mom's Boutique". It is the area behind J's lodge. We just about have the Christmas corner manageable. We decided to get ahead of the game and pitch, pack, and store, before we put the sign in the yard. At the end of my Sunday morning post I will have a collage of one corner of the rented storage with the Christmas we removed from that back room. When we get the seasonal stuff out of there, there will be a lot of stuff donated.
    Sort of like going going gone at our house. We told the girls if they want anything they better get here, because hopefully by the end of July, we'll have that room down to the bare nubbin's. Xanti won't be able to be here right away, so I am setting aside a few Xanti type things to pack up for her. We still have an awful lot of Christmas for two people supposedly downsizing!LOL

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  34. My goal for the summer here ~ organize and purge the closets and attic. You are way ahead of me. ;-)

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  35. I'm ashamed to say that living in a small under renovation cottage my bedroom doubles as a storage room right now and it's not pretty... Maybe I should follow your example and purge!

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  36. I'm new to your blog. I find more reasons to love you everyday. Thanks for letting us see you warts and all. It makes me feel better about the parts of our home that need some TLC. I find inspiration daily from your lovely home ......today, it's dust myself off and purge. I'm thinking dumpster in the driveway time.

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    1. Well, nice to meet you Jan. Yes, we really could use a dumpster, too. Nothing has moved from that spot yet!

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