We failed our inspection again. But the manager said he saw a lot of progress, except for the smelly cat. His assistant said get rid of the books. When she commented about the "stuff" in the pantry, mama pointed out that it was stuff from her cupboards. And opened her empty cupboards!
Inspection lasted all of five minutes. We have thrown out or given away several pieces of furniture, kitchenware, clothing, our Chrissymouse tree, and about 2000 paperbacks. To us, clutter is not "stuff" in neatly stacked tubs or special pictures and other mementos displayed with love. Clutter is "stuff" laying around loose all over the place. And clutter is NOT books in bookcases!!! And we want the remodel DONE!
Well, we didn't even ask about the kitchen remodel.... At least the manager smiled and even chuckled a bit.... Maybe there is hope.