• AuntHo

    Thanks Bottom Feeder. Your posts give me life.

  • Lauren3

    Same here, AuntHo. Thanks, Raving Lunatic.

  • Cee

    I can’t believe you keep a drawing of bugs on your wall. I mean, I can, but I can’t.

  • Richard Morey

    “children will absorb the “magic” of tidying up through osmosis”? hahahahahaha

    My father was very neat and organized and I… am not..

  • http://joeganley.com/ Joe Ganley

    Heh – the bug drawing was the thing that jumped out at me as “ooh, I like that.”

  • Jessica

    A friend recommended that book to me. What a crock. I have never felt so shamed by a book before. I could practically hear her wagging her finger at me for keeping that old concert T-shirt that doesn’t fit.
    And if you have family I find it doubly impractical.

  • NancyR

    I take photos of the kids’ artwork before I recycle it…so my computer is cluttered with digital photos instead.

  • http://www.kimskitchensink.com/ Kim

    Thank you as always for the refreshing honesty. We have a room that is the guest room/storage room and it’s really more of the latter. Luckily our guests don’t mind falling asleep underneath a towering bookshelf filled with shit. This spring is purge time though, and I may need to bring in reinforcements (my mom) to help us throw away and sort/package all the papers from school days. Our own. We are adults. And I have binders of essays I wrote in high school. I’m doomed when I have kids.

  • http://www.kimskitchensink.com/ Kim

    This is my fear. It is already my reality for vacation and general life photos. What will happen to us and our digital hoarding lives?

  • Kristy Bell

    Gorgeous and inspiring. Thanks for sharing. I didn’t hate the book, but I feel so much better (thank you) about my complete failure to implement her program. Who has that much time to dedicate to extended, uninterrupted “tidying”? Work, family, animals, feeding oneself?? It’s a nice fantasy, but got me no where. But, the world hasn’t come to an end, so I will continue to chip away.

  • Lily Hydrangea

    Our son was born tidy & organized. Sadly, he absorbed the magic of slovenly ways through the osmosis of living with his artist parents.

  • Shelbey

    I just get really excited when you have a new post now.

  • http://denver.todaysmama.com Shelly Knight

    Thank you for also validating what Heather’s saying-I felt the same way, but at the time could not put my finger on it!

  • http://rybcrib.blogspot.com/ AmyRyb

    I also take pics of my kids’ artwork. When the pile gets annoying I take five minutes and do it. I have easy-change frames in the toy corner that I change out seasonally, mostly with the abstract stuff but with some seasonally appropriate stuff, too–a couple snowflake pics right now. I keep anything that will work there and store them in the frames. I keep a few select pieces that are particularly awesome or relevant to that kid’s interests, and ditch the rest without guilt. I usually put about five items in one shot so even the photo storage isn’t bad.

  • http://about.me/lairdnelson Laird Nelson

    “Oh, honey. Your book fell in to the hands of the wrong mommy blogger.” Only thing missing is a good “bless your heart”. God, I love this blog.

  • halfassedkitchen

    Yeah, I’m not even going to read that book. The ‘only keep it if it brings you joy’ premise is kind of dumb. Old tax documents don’t bring me joy. Nor do tubes of lip balm (okay, maybe the fresh sugar stuff brings me a little joy), batteries, or small, plastic pencil sharpeners. But they serve a purpose. Thanks for your funny post and minty fresh photos!

  • laura h

    All I need to know in this moment is where that shelving unit is from (in the first photo).

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  • http://oddlovescompany.com/blog/ Katybeth

    Clutter it great example of like attracts like. A friend bought one black and white cow and soon she had 10 because friends thought she collected cows (maybe I had something to do with this. maybe not). I did like The Art of Tidying Up. And it does seem easier to toss something after thanking it. I have no idea why but it is true for me. And my own kid did grow up to be tidy because that is how it went at our house. Of-course some kid stages were better than others. What I don’t understand is the “privilege and snootiness” comment. And what exactly is wrong with being white and privileged? As long as you realize that what you have is a gift not given to everyone and do your best to use your privilege to help others? I applaud all your efforts for those with less or no voice and I have supported many of them but snobbery goes both ways. Happy New Year!

  • http://makingthemundanemerry.blogspot.com.au/ sue elliott

    Have planned a purge of the grandies bedroom next week. Am sure it will be the highlight of his summer hols. He and his mum, my lovely girl, are hoarders in complete contrast to my ‘chuck it out and worry about it later’ motto. It will be a battle, but not as big a battle as it is presently finding his bed.

  • Kim Garbison

    Whew! Now I know I don’t need that book!

  • Heather Armstrong

    IKEA. It must be relatively new because I can’t find it on the site, but it was cheap.

  • http://www.theglasshouseretreat.com/ Maggie Pinque

    Oh how I loathed that book. Returned it to the library almost as soon as I brought it home.
    We had a pipe freeze and break last week ~ it’s amazing how quick stuff I “needed” ended up at the curb.
    Thanks for a new post – love it. xo

  • REK981

    I didn’t finish that book. I got the gist and applied it broadly to my life but who the hell throws away a screwdriver but keeps a ruler? Anyone that tells me I will fail at life if I don’t follow their way…they can fuck off. Your office has come together nicely. I have a house with poor natural light and I now have 4 lamps in my small living room. I need light. Also, fake plants are the BEST!

  • http://www.carladelauder.com Carla DeLauder

    If you’re organized enough to buy a book on how to organize (and, worse, you have the time to read it), you don’t need the book.

    Go to Starbucks instead and get a venti Americano, then swing by the mall and grab some free boxes from the dumpsters, go home, put on some baggy sweats and a relic of a t-shirt, play an Old Crow Medicine Show CD and get to work.

    If you can’t figure it out from there, you need a shrink. But definitely not a book.

  • Carolyn

    This makes me sad. It’s an interesting book with a lot of kindness in it, and the notion of letting items go with gratitude is meaningful. It is indeed a book for people “lucky” enough to have more than they need. It’s also a book to help us (me) understand that living with the literal weight of needless objects is an exercise in suffocation, not freedom. When you make space in your home, you are in fact freeing space in your own mind and heart.

    Children do absorb adult behavior, and I think Heather knows that very well. It is, in fact, almost all that they do. It’s all they can do. It’s how they form themselves for the most part. By trying on adult roles and deciding which ones fit. So if you spend time in your life considering objects and whether they are necessary/good/useful/joyful, your children are much more likely to naturally adopt the same considerations. Or, to adopt the practice of filling rooms with s**t they don’t need.

  • Carolyn

    If the concert tee brings you joy, the author would want you to keep it.

  • Carolyn

    My understanding was that the author meant for people to dedicate about six months to the process, more or less depending on the amount of stuff you own. That is how the life change comes in. “Chipping away” takes the entire rest of one’s life. You will never be done.

  • Carolyn

    Your guests probably do mind.

  • Dina Stroud

    All I can think of is how much I miss Chuck.

  • Celtickat53

    I used to regularly go thru things and toss out that which I had not used in at least a year – standard mantra, right? If you haven’t used it in a year . . . Right. I donated a lot of books, thinking to share them with others. Now I see those same books for sale at Amazon for incredible amounts. A book I paid $10 for is now worth $46.44???? So much for “clearing the clutter.”