Where I Keep My Stash

1.08.2017

All I can say is thank you so much for all the comment love on my post "Let's Talk" a couple of days ago. I heard from many who have been reading my blog for quite some time, but have never left a comment before. So good to hear from y'all. I hope y'all will take the time to comment more when you feel like it. Also if there is something you think I may have posted about just use my search box on the right sidebar.

I had asked for ideas to share and a couple of you mentioned to share where I keep my stash. I have shared that before so I am sharing that post again. Most of these areas still look the same and some have been purged a bit, but these are the spots where my "stash" is. The treadmill doesn't have stuff on it like it shows below because I am back to using that. 😊


WHERE I KEEP MY STASH

I'm starting this post with a warning that this is not a pretty post!

Hello, my name is Kim and I just may be am a hoarder. Here is the definition for hoarder from dictionary.com.
a supply or accumulation that is hidden or carefully guarded for preservation, future use, etc. 

I don't think anything is carefully guarded, but I certainly have it put away for future use. Or more like hidden away until I get rid of most of it.

Many of you have asked where do I keep all my stuff or my stash?
Well, today is your day.

First we will start in the foyer. Inside this beautiful chest that I bought in France three years ago is a big mess. Think junk drawer times ten.

I told y'all it isn't pretty. I wish I was an organized person, but I'm not. I think some are born with that gene, but it skipped me. 

When I change vignettes and things up it is just so easy to open these doors and cram things in and this is just one cabinet.
 You can leave now if you don't want to see more.

This is my gorgeous antique vaisselier and my favorite piece in my home that I purchased locally several years ago.

It took me no time at all to stuff it, too. Those chandy shades have not been used in years and need to go to the consignment store.

Books, picture frames, a runner, trophies, figurines and more. Oh, and our family photo albums are in there somewhere.

The bad part about having guest rooms and extra furnishings is they become more places for my stuff. This chest is full, but mostly with sheets that do get used on the beds. 

This is the closet. It is full of bedding, pillows, my clothes, and even some things left here that were my daughter's when she lived here. She is 35 now and the stuff needs to go.

These pillows will be used again so they sit and wait.

I have shared before that these baskets are full of pillow covers and other things.

This is the closet in the farmhouse style guest room. Pillows get rotated in and out.

Are y'all still here and thinking less and less of me?

The armoire that used to be stacked neatly is another big mess. It's just so easy to stuff it in and close those doors.

The bonus room stayed rather neat for awhile and then I slowly junked it up again. I am hoping to paint this room this year so this room will definitely need to be cleaned out.

My outdoor cushions landed in here.

My old breakfast room table is still here and chairs just sit here.

And we added these shelves in the utility room off our garage when I cleaned out the bonus room and moved those things that I kept here and then much more has been added until these shelves are overflowing.

On the wall across from the shelving are tubs. These are mostly seasonal things and Christmas decorations.

So looks can be very deceitful and now you know it's not all pretty inside. I am a big believer in never judging a book by its cover.

 I am going to tackle this mess this year room by room. I already took bags and bags and car loads to GoodWill last year. Very good write offs for our taxes. I'll be taking much more plus some things will go to a consignment store or two because it literally made me sick while I was taking these pictures.

Please tell me I'm not the only one with stuff crammed behind closed doors.



51 comments:

  1. Happy o see ht you are normal and "one of us"!

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  2. Thanks for sharing...I don't feel so bad about my stashes now! LOL Have a blessed day!

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  3. Love this post! I feel normal now. My closets look just like yours- crammed to the hilt. I have things that I might use again stuffed in every piece of furniture. Oh, also under my guest room bed. My husband's storage building is also full. (He has dared me to put another thing in it. ) He said we need to add on to the house if I kept collecting things!

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  4. It always makes me feel better to see I'm not alone with stashes of things in various areas! I don't think it's avoidable unless you are basically stagnate. I am going to be purging again and we do the same- get a receipt when we drop things off at Goodwill so we can take the write off. I love having the choices to mix things up in different ways so there's always room for more!

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  5. You made me feel better! I have a few stashes too! We downsized last year and I got rid of lots of stuff...but couldn't part with some of my "treasures", so I have stashed them here and there wherever I could!
    Yes, organizing would help...so maybe I too will get busy doing some of that! 😀
    Happy New Year!

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  6. Mighty brave of ya to show it all. We all, ok, 90% of us have similar, we just don't show it.
    I'm in decluttering mode also..I wish us both success but if we don't succeed, so what.. lol

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  7. It can be enviable to have the inside of every cupboard styled to perfection, but what counts is being able to find what you need when you need it. If you're going to use something again, then you certainly should keep it, and it doesn't matter how/where as long as it's out of sight in the meantime.
    After cleaning out my parents' house, I want to declutter. First, I try to sell what I want to get rid of, and the basement is chock full of stuff in boxes and bags, waiting for "vide grenier" season. Leftovers go to the dump. There isn't much left to donate, because I usually do that during the sales. I pretty much give away anything to anybody who tugs my heartstrings.

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  8. We live in a cottage sized house which we love....just the right size and beautiful outdoor space....but there is no basement...no garage. There is a nice garden shed for all my outdoor stuff and I do store some of the Christmas faux greenery out there. The rest of my decor is stored in shelves in the laundry room....under bed storage.....bottom of the bed chests....vintage metal picnic baskets. I try to be as organized as I can be but sometimes I feel the stuff is winning!

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  9. This is what happens when you have lovely things and good taste! Your lucky that you have so many places to keep your things. I would love to live near your home when you take items to the thrift store.. YIPPY!

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  10. I too have "stuff" stuffed everywhere! It's fun to swap out for seasonal changes. Keep it fresh is a good thing. I enjoy all your posts.

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  11. Kim, I feel so much better! The "stuff" has to go somewhere....right?!

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  12. No reason your storage has to be neat, since you are the only one who sees it....or were....:)
    My motto is as long as you can find it sometime, no reason to keep it neat, but that's me.
    Happy hoarding......:)

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  13. You are one funny lady! I commend your courage to open those closed doors for the blog world to see.....plus, your secret is now out and it gives you more reason to "purge". Good luck and have a great day!

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  14. I love seeing your stash. I have one too and it tends to get out of control sometimes. I need to make a run to GW with my things too.

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  15. Thanks for keeping it real ... love seeing your stashes!

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  16. I felt very at home looking at all your pics. They look exactly like the drawers and cabinets in my hutch! That's where all my stash is stored .... or should I say " stuffed". I always enjoy reading your blog. Keep the pics coming 😊

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  17. Oh boy it reminds me of my house! I see all these gorgeous homes online but my house seems to stay clean and pretty for about 5 minutes with two kids, two dogs and a husband at home. Really life is messy! I have cabinets and closets jammed packed with decor that I just do not have room for out in the open but it is nice to be able to swap things out. I sometimes feel guilty about my clutter and think maybe I should purge a little bit of it. Our home is only a little over 1500 square feet so every inch counts but I love my collections. This post makes me feel better about my own stash!

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  18. Well, thank goodness that it isn't just me. This post could be about my house!

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  19. Thank you so much for sharing Kim! Now I don't feel alone in the world! ;)

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  20. You are definitely not the only one. In fact, rather than being disgusted by your photos, I became rather gleeful. It is heartening to know I am not the only one with overflowing tubs and closets, buffets and basements. Keep up the good work. lol

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  21. I wouldn't feel bad about having your little stashes! Your blog is not just a creative outlet, it's a little business and those items are all related to that! Good for you!

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  22. Hahahaha. I have the same cabinets and storage happening over here.... open door, stuff things in. They started out organized, and still get that way a few times a year. But for the most part ...
    we have a charity truck pick up on the drive every few months. Keeps me sane. Plus the girls (daughter on laws) always seem to want what I tire of. I said I was going to consign some things this year, remains to be seen.
    Glad to see I am in good company! 😀

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  23. No judging here. But, my crazy OCD organized self is wanting to come help you! LOL I always say do what works for you. If you know where it is and can find it, then alls well in the world. I went through our home a couple years ago and purged a ton. I was tired of "stuff" taking up my time and life. I found asking a few simple questions helped. Have I (we) used it in the last year? Will I (we) use it in the next year? Do I (we) love it? It is useful? Is it sentimental? Does it serve a purpose? Can someone else benefit from its use more? It's amazing how asking those simple questions allows you to let go of things you thought you "needed".

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  24. Ditto! My closets and cabinets look exactly the same. Your post did encourage me organize a bit if not purge.

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  25. Kim~
    You're right... i have seen this before but fun to read again!! Mine looks the same but im trying to hard to organize! One thing that will help is i have stopped bringing in more... especially throws and pillows

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  26. Oh Kim, I can so relate! I also have that one closet in guest room that is packed full! My husband put extra flooring for me in attic, but it all really needs a spring cleaning. I also had my daughters things, but slowly that is now at her place & I can't blame it on her anymore. Ironically, she is the most organized person I know & has helped me tremendously!! What I always wanted to be:)

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  27. But it is an organized "hoarder's kingdom" .... I am going through lots of things as I take down the Christmas decor...the hardest things to let go of are the sentimental things...but how many plaster impressions of hands do I need?

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  28. Kim, the problem is you have too many storage cabinets and places to hide stuff. This is a lesson I learned from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up written by Marie Kondo. Honest, before you do anything else, spend $10 and get her first book. I learned that I was a very organized hoarder. I also learned that there is no "perfect" container for my things, I just needed less things!

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  29. Oh, how I love this post! I showed it to DH so he could see I am not the only one with pillows, blankets, linens and home decor stashed in every closet and cabinet. I too like to change things up, so it stands to reason that we need a place for it all. I have cut way back on vignette items and ornamental decor, but I admit to an addiction for linens and bedding - I just love a beautiful quilt or pillow! I am going to try to organize this year, and hopefully cut back on bedding purchases. Thanks for sharing, we hoarders appreciate it.

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  30. LOL...I had to laugh through your entire blog because my house looks the exact way. It's a good thing I have a basement & a few totes down there because I like to change things up. I'm still looking for a pair of Pfaltzgraf copper cookie cutters & you know it's bad that after looking for a few weeks, I had to give up & buy another pair!! No, I don't have paths through my house, but I do tend to stuff dressers & chests & closets the way you do. Oh my, what to do? I'm finally having a garage sale this summer & I have a pile waiting. Thanks for blog today!!

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  31. What a great post, Kim! We all have some places like those...I am working hard on my storage right now as we plan to move in the next year. The stuff has got to go!

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  32. Kim, your storage shelves and cupboards look prettier and more curated than the arrangement I did on my coffee table!

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  33. I am glad I am not alone. You just never know when you will need something.

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  34. Well I do feel better. My husband and I retired this past year and have an adult child returning home after several years teaching overseas. We need to tackle at least two rooms and an attic! So glad I am not alone in this accumulation of stuff. Time to grit my teeth and toss a lot!

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  35. After being married 36 years and being in our current home for 23 things just accumulate. But last year I vowed to get the basement in order and clean out the spare bedroom so it can become my craft/sitting room. I purged 25+ years of teaching materials, weeded out my seasonal decorations to only what I love and use, and organized my downstairs pantry. Now we're working on cleaning out the section of the basement that was my son's workbench. I did it by working an hour a day (or more if I felt like it) until I achieved one goal then moved on to the next. Whooh. So glad I'm retired and can devote time to this organizing.

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  36. Oh, I could not think less of you. Actually, I think I may be able to help you out. . . .i see several things I would be happy to take off your hands! Tee, hee.

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  37. YOU'RE A REAL PERSON!!! I loved seeing this! I'm feeling better about my stash now too....your home always looks perfect. Thanks for sharing!!

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  38. Love it. We love you because you're a "real" person. Beautiful inside and out! Thank you for the wonderful blog.

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  39. I love that we're all in the same boat. My hubby has a rule that if something comes in the house something else has to go out. That worked for a day!! Thanks for sharing Kim!! You

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  40. Well, I thought you came to my home and took those pictures! I'm remodeling now and plan to get organized..neatly...after the remodel finished!

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  41. I moved two years ago into a more "open" home. Less walls in this house and I am having trouble parting with artwork. My husband has been taking down the peg board walls in the garage to insulate, etc. Now that the dry wall is up he said I could hang my extras there until I decide if i can part with any of them!!! YAY me! By the way, every nook and cranny in this house and extra piece of furniture looks just like yours! Crammed full of goodies! We are all cut from the same cloth it seems!

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  42. Seems pretty normal to me! I can definitely relate.

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  43. THANK YOU!! I have wondered this myself, since I have to do the same thing, stash things in Hunts Board table, baskets, chests,extra closet yep, I thought maybe you had a "Secret" place that You would tell us about, lolol I follow you, make little areas around my home, then post a photo on Instagram, and gee, get good comments, surprised.. I am 78, still love to decorate my home..and get wonderful Ideas from you and others, Thanks again

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  44. I'm grinning from ear to ear as I read and look at your pictures because that's why my closets and drawers look like!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  45. You have no idea how happy this post makes me!

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  46. Loved this post!! So much eye candy everywhere!! Who cares if its a mess behind closed doors!! Your home is beautiful and this post is just reality! The stuff has to be somewhere when not in use! We all have that somewhere in our house!

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  47. Best post ever! It was so fun seeing the behind the scenes of all your beautiful vignettes!

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  48. Wait... Your daughter is 35????!!!! The pic you have posted doesn't look like you are much older than that!

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    1. Awe thanks. Yep, she's 36 now and my son is almost 38.

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  49. I am not admitting anything. Last year I had this thought-instead of donating to GoodWill, why not put it online for us to adopt and pay for shipping? We could all be happy together.
    Myrna

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