Pack-Rat Mode: Aloha Stalk Hop Friday

by Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) on June 16, 2011 · 43 comments

in Aloha Friday,Follow Friday,Follow Friday 40 and Over,Friday Follow,Friday Hops,Stalk Hop Friday

Thank goodness it’s Friday!  Well, OK – almost…this post is going up early for those that want to link up for tomorrow early.  Anyone else have a really long week?  I’ve been getting quite the workout moving piles’o’stuff and boxes up to the attic trying to get a good chunk of my normal deep spring cleaning done, plus Princess Nagger has decided she wants to take over the guest room since it’s bigger than hers.  That works out really well, because the mess she creates in the living room is always hard to keep up on – now she can create her tornado episodes up in her own room and we can close the door if we don’t want it to be seen when company comes over.

I’m such a pack-rat – I inherited that trait from my dad, who inherited it from his dad.  One of these days I’ll have to face the music and start to whittle down the massive amounts of ‘stuff’ I now have stashed in the attic.  besides, it would be nice to revert the attic to a nice place to actually use, since it is a finished attic complete with a full bathroom that boasts a wonderful old claw foot tub.  The attic was originally going to be my craft room 9and sanctuary/escape) but I’ve acquired so much unnecessary stuff that it’s been converted into a big storage area – I have my work cut out for me if I want to convert it back into my sanctuary!

Which brings me to this week’s question(s):

Are you a pack-rat or a ‘keep it simple’ person?  How do you keep control of the clutter?

 

Have a great weekend!

I am honored to join up with Mrs. Marine as co-host for Stalk Hop Friday!  6 ways to link up, yo!

Blog hops are a great way to gain new followers!

Stalk Hop Friday
Please grab the Button, help make this hop big!
STALK Follow Us! Co-Hosted by Mrs. Marine and Stacy!

 

Mrs. Marine and the Tiny TroopsStacy

Then Link-Up 6 ways!

Follow Mrs. Marine & Stacy in every way you choose, leave a comment on each blog to let us know you did so we can Stalk you back! Link-up your Blog Post, Facebook, Twitter, Feed, Blog Frog and Networked Blogs below!

* * * * THE RULES * * * *

Link directly to your Blog post about “Stalk Hop Friday” or Friday Follow! It’s a lot easier for others to leave a comment and follow you back if they have a specific post to comment on.

GFC Follow Follow my blog on GFC, then Link directly to your hop/follow/Friday blog post:

 

Like Stacy’s Random Thoughts on Facebook
Link-up Ex: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stacys-Random-Thoughts/151183688091

 

Follow @RandomCoolChick on Twitter
Link-up Ex: http://www.twitter.com/RandomCoolChick

 

SubscribeSubscribe to my blog Feed
Link-up Ex: http://feeds.feedburner.com/StacysRandomThoughts

 

BlogFrogJoin my Blog Frog Community
Link-up Ex: http://theblogfrog.com/1334204

 

Networked BlogsFollow on Networked Blogs
Link-up Ex:  http://networkedblogs.com/blog/stacy_uncorked

Thanks for participating!
Don’t forget to Hop by and Stalk My Awesome Co-Host Mrs. Marine:

Mrs. Marine and the Tiny Troops

.

Happy Aloha Friday!

.
From Kailani at An Island Life:

 

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So on Fridays let’s take it easy on posting, too. Ask a simple question…nothing that requires a lengthy response. It’s a great way to make new blogging friends!

Thursday Two Questions (on Friday!)

 

Thursday Two Questions Hosted by Self Segacity, It’s easy to join Thursday Two Questions Meme. 1) Post your own two questions on your blog, 2) Have a link or badge on your post to Self Sagacity.com

Follow Friday 40 and Over

.

There are a lot of fabulous bloggers who are 40, so I’m participating in Follow Friday 40 and Over – please be sure to leave a link to your blog so I can come check out your site and follow you, too!  

More Friday Follow Fun:

 

. Oh So SAvvy MomDesign it ChicSmart and Trendy MomsMom RoadA Mommy's Sweet Blog Design Friday Blog HopChubby Cheeks ThinksThanks Mail CarrierHome Grown Families

 

Related Posts with Thumbnails
FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestTumblrStumbleUponRedditLinkedInDiggShare
Tags: , , , , ,

Comments on this entry are closed.

{ 43 comments }

1 Mrs. Marine June 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm

I’m kind of a pack-rat… I have yet to figure out how to control the clutter…
So excited to have you as my Co-Host!!

Mrs. Marine
& the Tiny Troops

2 wonderchris June 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm

I want to be a keep it simple person – but I’m notorious for looking at something and thinking…yeah I’ll use this toothpick holder someday – if not for toothpicks for something else…up in the attic it goes. There are all kinds of things up there I don’t even know I own. It’s bad.

3 The World of Deej June 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm

We recently did our “Spring” cleaning, albeit a little late. Try not to have too much fun!:)

4 Sprite's Keeper June 16, 2011 at 8:53 pm

John’s a packrat. I’m a keep it simple person. We tend to even each other out. :-)

5 Priscilla June 16, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Most of the time, I’m a packrat. However, I can throw everything away when I’m in a simple person mood!

6 Xmasdolly June 16, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Yes, I am, but an organized one. When my kids were little I always put summer clothes & toys away in a box (the toys were put away when they were sleeping), and I would bring out the winter things and visa versa. Every season they thought they were getting new toys. ~snicker-snicker~ I do the same for me. I put season clothes away & some of my nic-nacs & bring out the to date season clothes along with different nic-nacs. I don’t like clutter, but I like STUFF!!!!

7 Krymsen June 17, 2011 at 12:31 am

I am a recovering pack rat that is striving to have a simpler life. I am your newest stalker :)

8 Tom June 17, 2011 at 2:38 am

Nope, not me. Everything goes in its place or it doesn’t have a place in my home.

9 SueAnn June 17, 2011 at 6:36 am

I am definitely a pack rat and it controls me!! Ha! My studio is packed to the rafters with stuff (necessary art supplies of course). And we have a separate storage unit that we pay for monthly!!
I am hopeless!! Ha! Ha!
Hugs
Good luck
SueAnn

10 Hilary June 17, 2011 at 6:43 am

I am a keep it simple girl, who does have some pack rat tendancies… My husband (the neat freak) keeps me in line.

11 MamaBadger June 17, 2011 at 8:42 am

I’m moody. I keep things for a while, then about once every six months I do a clean sweep and get rid of junk. I’m good about getting rid of stuff when I have to re-do a room or something, too.

12 Jan June 17, 2011 at 9:29 am

Am I a pack rat? I refuse to answer that question on the grounds it may incriminate me.

13 Dominique June 17, 2011 at 9:51 am

I’m trying to clear clutter in my house.. trying to streamline everything and declutter regularly. Things seem to have exploded in the house ever since the kids arrived.

14 Mickey Coutts June 17, 2011 at 9:59 am

I am such a pack rat! My Kindergartener’s teacher is retiring and let me take some of her papers, books, workbooks, posters, etc.

I was thinking that my kids could play school with it, but I took too much stuff. I just couldn’t turn it down.

I joke that someday people will see me on “Hoarders”, but it’s not funny. I need to get organized!

Thanks for hosting! :)

15 Cheryl "Mash" June 17, 2011 at 11:03 am

Tough question!! I try to be organized but this past year, due to a lot of multiple personal and physical problems, it has gotten worse than what I would like it to be.

16 Jen June 17, 2011 at 11:10 am

I am totally a packrat! Although I am trying to change my ways. With 4 kids the clutter and accumulated stuff gets to be a bit much at times.

17 Sarah June 17, 2011 at 11:40 am

You have a new follower from the blog hop!

Check out my blog at http://www.sarahzipperer.blogspot.com

Happy Friday! :)

18 Serendipity is Sweet June 17, 2011 at 12:48 pm

According to my husband, I’m a pack rat. However, I don’t think I’m as bad as he says. I am very sentimental and a sucker for nostalgia, but the accumulation does get to me pretty quickly and I will go through and dump stuff regularly. We have a small house and there are things of the kids’ that I’m not willing to part with. With four kids that can add up, but I try to be selective. We did re-insulate our attic last year and purge a lot. That certainly helped.
I’d die for a finished attic like yours. Wow!

Have a fabulous weekend! I’ll have to keep your meme in mind for next week. I’m already too far behind with other things this week ;(

19 Melissa R June 17, 2011 at 12:54 pm

LOL! There is no control over my clutter!

20 Self Sagacity June 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I do try not to be a pack rat. My mother and sister are and I am cleaning the house they lived in for them. It is terrible. I don’t know how all those things fit in the tiny little house, but it does.

21 noelle June 17, 2011 at 1:40 pm

wow, by the time i got through all your blog hop stuff, i had forgotten the question! :(
Pack rat is me…
and hubby? totally keep it simple!
i am trying to get better !
i am getting ready to go and make sure i follow on facebook/twitter and GFC :)

22 @PamelaMKramer - A Renaissance Woman June 17, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Simple! You know why? Because my mother and husband are pack rats. I can’t stand it!!!! I box stuff up and then put it in the garage or around his desk. He will leave it there for months!

23 Amy June 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I’m more of a keep it simple type. We don’t have a lot of extra space here so we can’t get away with being pack rats at all.

24 Deborah June 17, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I am such a Pack Rat! My hubby is too and I think we’re going to have to whittle down the pile soon.

25 Xenia June 17, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I really wish I could say that our house is clean and simple… but unfortunately I inherited a bit of my mom’s pack rat mentality. I’m not nearly as bad as she is, but I’m actually sitting outside right now holding a garage sale in hopes that we can clear out even a tiny bit of space. It just never seems to end!

Thanks for joining us for Friendly Friday!

26 Faith June 17, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I don’t keep anything other than stuff the kids make/give me and books. My hubby keeps EVERYTHING!!
Seriously…EV ER Y THING!!!
It drives me crazy!! The only good thing about it is that he keeps it outside in our pole barn.

27 Stacey Donaldson June 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I was already staking you via GFC, but now I’m following on Twitter, friended you on FB, and following on Networked Blogs!

Thanks for hosting!

28 shabnamahsan June 17, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Hi
I am a new follower thru GFC &s Facebook. thank you for hosting! plzzz follow both of mine

http://styleuplife.blogspot.com

http://www.shabnam.me
thanks in advance

29 Marlee June 17, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Thought I was already following you, but I am for sure now!

30 Marlee June 17, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Oh whoops! Here’s my page link:

http://marleeindebt.blogspot.com/

Have a great day!

31 Harriet June 17, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Gosh- I should have come by earlier to join your hops.
As far as pack rat goes….hubby is the son of a major pack rat (big story…….). I will throw stuff away and find it stored in the attic a year later. After losing my parents I have learned that you leave this world with exactly what you came into it with.

Have a great day!
http://harrietandfriends.com/2011/06/dear-comcast/

32 kathy June 17, 2011 at 11:17 pm

OMG I keep everything! The attic is full, but the boxes are marked!

33 kathy June 17, 2011 at 11:19 pm

OMG I keep everything! The attic is full, but the boxes are marked! Joined your community too!
kathy would like you to read…Follow Friday | 40 and Over Midlife Blogs #2My Profile

34 Tammy June 18, 2011 at 1:02 am

I use to be a tosser but the older I have gotten the harder it is to get rid of stuff. We don’t have a lot of storage in our home so I do have to get rid of stuff. We donate a lot and sometimes do garage sales.

35 mom2kiddos June 18, 2011 at 2:02 am

I’m a bit of a hoarder myself but trying to keep things under control. Hi there, just discovered this blog hop. Hoping to gain more followers.

36 Katrina June 18, 2011 at 3:09 am

I can never, ever throw anything away that has anything to do with my kids. Any note they wrote to me, report cards, any drawing or work of art they made, special clothing that “reminds” me of a special time, teeth that they lose — I could go on and on. Times this by NINE (I have 9 kids) and I *think I can be classified as a semi-hoarder. My closet…has just ONE rack of my clothing. Everything else, every other available space in my closet, is full of boxes of kids’ stuff and clothing. It’s pretty pathetic, but what can I do? My heart simply cannot take it if I should get rid of anything. I am NOT a tosser, that’s for sure. Well, except junk mail. I toss that right away.

I am a new follower via NetworkedBlogs, and I believe I’m already a follower via GFC but it wasn’t working when I tried to check…and I’m a new follower on Twitter (mamakat9)

I’ve joined the hop! Yay! Hoping to make new blogging friends this weekend!

Katrina
They All Call Me Mom

37 anna c June 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm

i think i have hoarder tendencies (which is why i love to watch those hoarder shows because i’m all like ‘whew i’m not that bad’ and then i declutter like mad) and the older i get the easier i’m finding it to split up with the stuff and throw it away. i’d love to be that person who keeps it simple.

38 Squirrel Queen June 18, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I’m a keep it simple person but for some reason clutter keeps happening around our house. About once or twice a year I go on a pack it up, take it to Goodwill spree just to keep things cleared out.

39 Amethyst Moon June 18, 2011 at 7:40 pm

definitely a pack rat! I hate throwing things away because you just might need it!

40 kailani June 18, 2011 at 7:49 pm

I can’t stand clutter so I’m always donating things that we don’t use.

41 Linda June 25, 2011 at 10:07 am

Hi- Am your Newest Follower (on the networked blogs!)

Nice to meet you – am visiting from the Friday Frog Blog hop-

Love all your features and posts and ideas – so creative!

Happy Saturday -
Linda

42 Pamela June 27, 2011 at 1:12 am

Hello! I’m a new follower (via the Friday Over 40 hop). Nice to meet you. Hope to see you soon back on my blog.

Oh, and to answer your question…I’m a reformed pack rat. I grew up in a family of pack rats. As I get older, I’m letting more and more stuff go. I’m liking the downsized life.

43 Harriet July 1, 2011 at 7:01 pm

I’m old- I KISS it.
Hubby on the other hand…..

Hope you’re having a wonderful trip.weekend :)

Previous post:

Next post: