Hector Him’s House

25 Jul
empty room

Image by youngdoo via Flickr

Describe your dream house.

It can be a shack in a shanty town or a palace in Palestine; I really don’t care.  I have only one requirement: no clutter.

For new readers who don’t know my back story, the Hub was a pack rat in a previous life.  I’ll include some links for you to read as evidence. 

The Hub hasn’t yet made the connection that no clutter = no nagging.  When he does, I think my marriage might end up surviving past twenty-seven years after all.


34 Responses to “Hector Him’s House”

  1. Cindy July 25, 2011 at 16:05 #

    If you hate clutter, please take a Valium before you come and visit me.


    • Tilly Bud July 25, 2011 at 21:08 #

      I don’t mind it in other people’s homes – in fact, take my clutter! You are more than welcome to it. 🙂


  2. vivienne Blake July 25, 2011 at 16:36 #

    You wouldn’t like this house then! There are books and quilts and “stuff” everywhere. When you come, you could sleep in the car port – there’s nothing but a car in there, and it could stay outside for a bit!


    • Tilly Bud July 25, 2011 at 21:10 #

      My reply to Cindy’s comment refers. And nothing will stop me visiting you, given the opportunity 🙂


  3. kiwidutch July 25, 2011 at 16:44 #

    Oh Oh… I’m a “kind-of” a pack rat… I think most creative people are. I use things in cycles of emthusiasm / opportunity / time / funds etc but I DO USE it all.

    Therein lies the problem: when I get back to making handmade prints I will NEED my printing gear. When I resume drawing/sewing/crafts of multiple descriptions I will need my stuff.

    One thing I WILL do is to finally let go of a few crafts that I’ve moved on from in some way or another… I have a HUGE cross stitch pattern collection but am more interested in the detailed, harder more complicated patterns these days… I resolve to weed out all the really simple patterns that I’ve long since moved on from.

    See? a kind-of pack-rat resolving to try harder… (and NO I don’t, and never have, had the urge to horde electrical plugs, old cardboard boxes, hideous lamps or bits of carpet).. so I might be a salvageable pack-rat… Yes?


    • Tilly Bud July 25, 2011 at 21:11 #

      Yes 🙂

      The Hub is extremely creative, much more than I am, so that could be it, I am reluctantly forced to admit.


  4. gigihawaii July 25, 2011 at 19:53 #

    I am not a pack rat. In fact, I tend to be over zealous in throwing stuff out. Fortunately, hubby tends to be the same way. lol.


    • Tilly Bud July 25, 2011 at 21:12 #

      Then I am definitely visiting you! lol 🙂


  5. Pseu July 25, 2011 at 21:28 #

    I like my home to look lived in, but not too cluttered. It’s a fine line between the two sometimes.
    (“It’s a rat trap Judy, and we’ve been caught”)


    • Tilly Bud July 25, 2011 at 21:30 #

      That’s where I would be, if I could. I want people to feel welcome; I don’t want them to go to the bathroom and lose their way back.


  6. sarsm July 25, 2011 at 22:13 #

    I’m quite keen on throwing certain things away, but I like and retain useful things.

    The problem is my husband keeps the type of things I find pointless and vice versa.

    Is there really room in this house for the two of us?


  7. earlybird July 25, 2011 at 22:14 #

    Stuff sort of ‘sticks’ to me… I don’t even know where it comes from… (but it’s all very carefully organised!) 🙂


    • Tilly Bud July 25, 2011 at 22:15 #

      Well, that’s something. If our stuff was packed away somewhere, I could bear it a little better.


  8. kateshrewsday July 25, 2011 at 22:30 #

    I hate clutter but I seem to collect it all the same. I regularly get bin bags and chuck out half our worldly goods but it seems to make no difference. I think somewhere the’s a Random Clutter Generator at work.


    • Tilly Bud July 25, 2011 at 22:33 #

      You don’t recycle/give to charity?? I’m shocked. De-cluttering is all very well but it’s finding a home for it that’s good for the soul. 🙂

      I know what you mean about the RCG; it’s the same for odd socks.


  9. Mike Patrick July 25, 2011 at 23:05 #

    Tilly, you are always welcome in our house, but stay out of my shed. Your heart couldn’t take it.


    • Tilly Bud July 25, 2011 at 23:18 #

      lol! The Hub and I each have our cupboards filled to the brim – out of sight is out of sight of my nerves, so it’s okay.


  10. SuziCate July 26, 2011 at 00:29 #

    Sometimes it takes men awhile to catch on! I have my own clutter but it’s a somewhat organized mess!


    • Tilly Bud July 26, 2011 at 09:42 #

      Isn’t it funny how ours is organised and necessary, while theirs is just mess?


  11. Daily Journey July 26, 2011 at 00:41 #

    Tilly dont cme here though my husband would lvoe it if you did. I tend to be the pack rat in this crownd and clutter I cannot stand in my main living area at all. But my hidden rooms. YIKES!


    • Tilly Bud July 26, 2011 at 09:45 #

      It’s okay; I have no problem with other people’s mess and clutter; just my own 🙂


  12. nrhatch July 26, 2011 at 01:00 #

    We’ve spent the past 24 hours de-cluttering ~ and will be donating a huge armoire, a large TV console, and some assorted STUFF to Habitat for Humanity on Thursday when they send the truck to pick it up!

    C’est bon! 😀


  13. Perfecting Motherhood July 26, 2011 at 06:39 #

    Why is it SO hard for men to understand this? Happy wife, happy life!


  14. klrs09 July 26, 2011 at 20:15 #

    My hubby is a pack-rat, too. He comes from a long line of them. It’s a difficult thing to fight, but after 33 years of marriage we’re still together and still fighting over his ‘stuff’. Occasionally, I just chuck stuff — and, he never realizes it!


    • Tilly Bud July 27, 2011 at 09:05 #

      I daren’t try that; mine has a catalogue where his brain should be 🙂


  15. gracieisenuf July 27, 2011 at 00:09 #

    i find myself on a hoarders marathon and its put the fear of god in me. i have had many a sleepless nights in the last few weeks staying up cleaning and purging the house of clutter. one show and i’m up and tearing around the house! my two year old renders much of the effort inffective mind you, but i still am fighting the battle!


  16. eof737 July 28, 2011 at 09:51 #

    Are we done with the project already? Photos! 😉


  17. the island traveler July 28, 2011 at 11:34 #

    Oh, Oh! I have the tendency to clutter and my wife have the tendency to nag me about it. She’s a “clean , germ-free home” kind of a gal and I’m the “I don’t care as long as I have roof above my head” kind of a guy. I guess opposites attract! Your dream house is beautiful though. I like the photo.


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