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  1. A couple of years ago we were house hunting and, based on our experience, that (overpriced, ugly) messy house in Atlanta is not alone. We saw plenty of far worse listings and walked through houses that, frankly, looked like someone had ransacked them. I don’t understand why the listing agents don’t urge their clients to tidy – unless buyers don’t care anymore. I was obsessive about cleaning up our former home before we listed it, I even patched all of the nail holes from pictures we had hanging and touched up all the paint.

  2. Regarding the messy house for sale–

    While the house may belong to someone who just doesn’t care what it looks like when putting it up for sale, other life circumstances may be at the root of the issue–circumstances that overwhelmed the owners.

    • The reason I posted this link is because Kelly and I were doing a lecture at an art school on clutter. For years I’ve been searching for an image of a messy modernist house and could not find any such image on the internet until I stumbled on this article. In the lecture we talked about the contrast between expectations of cleanliness and the reality of life. You are right to suggest that life issues could be the cause of this particular situation–at least the family that lives in this house has kids and probably two jobs and not a lot of time to clean.

  3. The architectural style of this house – a very clean-lined modern – almost demands that it be kept ridiculously tidy. It is utterly mess-intolerant!

    We live in a 90-year old Craftsman bungalow that is much more forgiving of our somewhat untidy, yet warm, comfortable and practical life style. I suspect that the untidiness shown in the real estate photos would not be noticeable in our house!

    • This is an issue Lloyd Kahn likes to bring up. Kahn likes the “hominess” and comfort of bungalows like your and ours that don’t demand the insane level of cleanliness that modernism seems to desire.

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