Real Homes, Real Messes, Real Life…Link Party!

Well the time has come to show off our messes.  Are you excited??  Don’t worry I’ll go first…

Here’s the office with all sorts of stuff on the desk and Christmas stuff on the floors from ohhhh 3 weeks ago now?

A closeup of desk junk because we all have inquiring minds.

Our master closet, sadly, on a daily basis:

One reason it’s so bad right now is because when I redid our room recently, all of the accessories and other things I weren’t using ended up in here.

I also blame her…

And ehhh, the laundry room which is a landing zone for all things not being used.  And it’s been half painted for over a month now.  I ran out of steam.  I even still have a plate in there with dried paint on it. Why Emily why??

And the other side of the laundry room.  It’s hard to photograph this weird shaped room.

And some lovely artwork by the little tyke.

And the whole back side of the house looks like that. :)

Ok, so there’s my real life.  Now it’s your turn!

Link up your messes and be proud!  It’s all about embracing normalcy and imperfections.  You can use the pretty button in your post, or a simple text link back so others can join in the party if they want.

Remember to link up your actual blog post, and not your main blog url.  Let’s encourage each other and try visiting a few links if you have time.  :)  I’ll leave the linky open through Sunday night, the 23rd, so you can link up all week.  Thanks everyone…party on!

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  1. Ohh, you are so brave for being able to post this! Hats off to you!

    Enjoy your day! :)

  2. just so you know, things here in Utopia aren’t ALWAYS vacuumed, let alone painted and whatnot…renovations are like fine wine, they take time (and monies to buy!)

  3. So awesome! I am going to grab my camera because I have messes everywhere I look and be back in a bit : )

  4. Loving the honesty, Emily! I’m so glad I’m not the only one whose closet floor sometimes looks like a pile of laundry. Speaking of… my guest bedroom has about 4 baskets of clean laundry that hasn’t been folded in about two weeks. Awesome, right?! I linked up the DISASTER zone otherwise currently known as my master bathroom. Currently living in a mess like that… I know, almost unbearable! Can’t wait for the plumber to come today and get moving so I can get the mess cleaned up! Keeping it real…. :)

  5. Your house is still so beautiful! Thanks for doing this linkup – my messes just show that we really live here. :)

  6. I’m loving your messes!!! LOL and the baby is just so cute!!! Thanks so much for letting me join in the link party it was really fun!!!

  7. I blame my mess on Alie and David!!! Thanks for doing this party! It’s FUN to see everyone’s mess! :)

    I have been under the impression that all of those crafters and creators and just plain brilliant bloggers out there had pottery barn homes with Martha’s maids…sigh, brilliant!

  9. Such a great idea, thanks for hosting. Now I can see that I’m not such a slacker after all!

  10. Thanks for keeping it real Emily! I will try and get picks posted later. We were at the gym all weekend, so needless to say that heap in the basement hasn’t moved!!

  11. Oh MY goodness!! This is SUCH a great idea!! I LOVE it!! My house is almost always in total disarray (unless we have guests coming over). Then I like to pretend that it looks like that all the time!! haha right…. Thanks so much for posting this!!

  12. Just wanted to pop in and say I’m working on it! I bought a car and that is taking priority right now, hopefully I’ll get something up soon!

  13. Thanks for hosting!!! This was fun and refreshing.

  14. What a grand idea this is. It has made me feel so much better about trying to keep up to you amazing bloggers. I mentioned you on mine today. I have friends who need to see this. Thanks.

  15. Ahh, the one party I don’t have to prepare for! Thanks for hostessing!

  16. I couldn’t stop myself…I just HAD to continue on with the fun. I should be embarrassed, but I was laughing so hard inside my wee little head that it’s more comic relief than anything….

  17. great party! It’s nice to know I’m not alone!

  18. Great Linky party! Glad to see others that live real lives!!! You need tom make this a reoccuring party!

  19. This is SUCh a great idea! Definitely making me laugh, LOVE IT! I guess I feel much better about the current state of … ummm, my whole house!

  20. This is GREAT!!!!!!!! I am so going to take some pics of what our home looks like on a daily basis. Funny!!!

  21. Bless you for this!

  22. Oh yes, my house is often in chaos. You can click on my blog link by my name, and see one of more more infamous times of messiness from a few years ago, but trust me, it still gets like that. But my son no longer wears the undies on his head. ;-)

  23. can i just say- I LOVE THIS POST! i am sitting here on my couch looking around my house looking at all these cute design blogs and getting my head wheels turning for a new project- all while thinking when in the world and where in my right mind am i going to find the time, energy, and sanity to clean?! especially before school starts!? this post is an answer to my question- does anyone else deal with crazy life mess…thanks ladies, good to know i am not alone! <3
    ps, love the blog. you got a new follower :)

  24. If I find the time I will take a new picture, but I for sure have many places in my house that look like those. Thanks so much! So glad it’s not just me!

  25. thanks for doing this!!!! it’s about time we all got real about the state of our houses, especially when we have kids. if you spend too much time in blogland, you can begin to believe everyone else’s home is beautiful and neat all the time

  26. the tall green candle holder in the closet… did you happen to buy that in arkansas??! i SWEAR i painted that exactly same candle holder that exact same color then sold it at a consignment shop!

  27. All this talk of messes and such must have gotten the best of my little man…he won’t cooperate!!! He cleaned his room…sigh.

  28. I am now your latest follower!! I love this idea for a linky!!! :)

  29. Thank you for saving me from the brink of blog depression. I’m all for loveliness and cleanliness, but when it’s ALL perfect ALL the time…come on! I’m realizing there’s a lot of “smoke and mirrors” out there. Great links & a fun read!

  30. You inspired me enough to run home, take pics, and post!! :) Love, love, love this idea!! :)

  31. This made me laugh so hard, it was great!! I loved looking through all the pictures!! It’s funny too to see how some people define “messy” (i.e. CLEAN) vs. truly messy! Love this idea.

  32. SUCH a great link up!! Nice to see that I’m not the only one who lives in organized chaos more often than neatly organized :).

  33. as i make my grande exit from the party, i do want to sincerely thank you for your brilliance and courage…not to mention helping me find that darned lipstick that was missing FOREVER! you rock!

  34. Hey girl, Ali, let us know about your awesome party, and of course I forgot to link up until now. I actually started my blog, because my house was such a mess. It was my first post, and I managed to straighten everything up in a few hours, all so I could post my after pics on my new blog.

    It was so fun, and I have been hooked ever since. I love blogging, and all the friends, and amazing things I’ve learned.

    Thanks for letting us know, once again, that we are not alone, and even THE DECORchick isn’t perfect, all the time. It’s hard to imagine, for example, your new mantle, hello its heavenly. I can only imagine you whole house looking perfect, BUT alas, it’s not, and it’s soooo good to know.

    Hope you come check out my post today, its SOOO FUNNY, a parents guide to having kids, BEFORE you have them, oops, too late for that, but I was rolling on the floor reading it. You’d love it. !!!

  35. My house IS normal! Thank goodness!

  36. I am always seeing pictures of gorgeous and CLEAN homes in magazines and in blogland. I LOVE these pics featured here. We always try to put our best foot forward when taking pics to put on our blogs but what they don’t show is the mountain of laundry behind you or the socks on the floor, empty chip bags, homework and bills thrown all over the counter. I spend so much of my life cleaning up life’s little messes. Sadly the moments where my entire house is neat and clean fade quickly. I LOVE this blog party and will be joining next time for sure!
    PS. My master closet is just as bad if not worse!

  37. Thanks for throwing this party! It’s nice to know that my messes are somewhat common. I just keep thinking, if only I didn’t have so much stuff, I wouldn’t have to dedicate so much time to actually managing it all. My buzzword for 2011 is Simplify.

  38. I just stumbled across this (can’t even remember how I ended up here now) and let me just say THANK YOU! So glad to know my house is normal…or at least the same as everyone else who linked. You have a new follower :)

  39. What a relief to see people’s homes as they are in daily life. I see so many pics of master bathrooms, for instance, that are organized and have a clean/clutter-free sink countertop and I think “How? How do they maintain that?” Thanks for this fab link party. One day I too may participate. :)

  40. I love this! It’s nice to know my house is not the only one that looks like some of these photos.

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    Haha, I read your laundry room story with the dried paint plate and I have one in my bathroom as I type. It’s good to know there are other people out there like me. Thanks for sharing

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