What do your refrigerator magnets say about you?

I'm not sure if I have more than 52 items on my fridge, but I do know I could dump a bunch of that stuff. I don't think the alphabet magnets should count against you.

I'm not sure if I have more than 52 items on my fridge, but I do know I could dump a bunch of that stuff. I don't think the alphabet magnets should count against you.

The number of items you have stuck to your refrigerator indicates whether you have a cluttered home or an uncluttered home, according to UCLA social scientists.

Social scientists at UCLA have written a book about “Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century ($25, UCLA Costen Institute of Archaeology Press). The book says that the more cluttered your fridge is with coupons, calendars and other stuff, the more likely you are to have a cluttered home.

According to the October issue of Food Network Magazine, the average family fridge has 52 things stuck to it, but they don’t indicate if that is high or low.

I tend to layer things. Also do alphabet magnets count as multiple items? That’s definitely hurting my average.

How many things do you have stuck to your fridge? It is more or less than 52? Does it accurately reflect how cluttered your house is?

52 comments Add your comment

MA

September 14th, 2012
5:52 am

None. My old fridge….I could break all kinds of magnet records. My new fridge….stainless steel…not one magnet!!! They are all in a bag just waiting to be used again. hee, hee!

K's Mom

September 14th, 2012
6:18 am

I have a few magnets on the frig in the laundry room. The frig in the kitchen is magneet free. I hate clutter, but I do want a place to hang menus, the church bulletin and a piece or two of K’s art (and one day L’s art.

Rodney

September 14th, 2012
6:58 am

Mine say two things – that I love my niece and nephew and, Star Trek . ;)

mayhem

September 14th, 2012
7:30 am

Mine says we love to travel….3 things I require when travelling……a magnet, shot glass & sweatshirt. Each from everywhere we have been. I have a wonderful collection of shot glasses, even have a homemade display….

Walsh

September 14th, 2012
7:52 am

Mine say, I dream of Mother Jane Goose in a size 12 sun dress castrating a bull, visiting all 50 states, living near the Mall of Georgia, having perfect children, being a “conservative” while making her living off of the government.

Jeff

September 14th, 2012
8:17 am

Walsh, I love MJG, but that is kinda funny.

Me

September 14th, 2012
8:17 am

Not a single one on our fridge — We do have a separate bulletin board in the hallway adjacent to the laundry room where HOA member info is posted along with various appointment reminders. But we’ve never adopted the “magnets on the fridge” fad. In looking at the picture in this blog, I’m unsure what purpose is served as it seems impossible to actually locate anything.

Voice of Reason

September 14th, 2012
8:21 am

Refrigerators magnets are personal and are directed at a specific audience that you typically control.

A much better question: What does what some of you people put on the back of your cars say about you?

Voice of Reason

September 14th, 2012
8:25 am

That being said, when I die, please DO NOT advertise my death on the back window of your vehicle.

That, and whomever designed those little stick figures people like to put on their back windows of their cars to represent their 12 demon spawn and 5 cats should be dragged out into the street and shot.

Me

September 14th, 2012
8:27 am

@VOR – I don’t have bumper stickers. The back of my car has a license plate that says I live in Cobb County, Georgia… The part that says BMW came from the factory.

mayhem

September 14th, 2012
8:29 am

AMEN VOR!!!!

I have three stickers on the back of my car. One says SSI (St. Simons Island); one says “Salt Life” and a third is a set of flip flops….Obviously, that says I like the beach!.

Never, EVER have I put a political sticker on my car. And I don’t like the “memorials” either. I think there’s a better way to honor someone’s life other than a “bumper sticker”.

Voice of Reason

September 14th, 2012
8:35 am

And do not EVEN get me started on the stupid little silent war between the people with fish on the back of their cars vs the people with fish that have feet on the back of their cars.

Voice of Reason

September 14th, 2012
8:39 am

And oddly enough, the people with the fish on the back of their cars are typically the worst drivers, EVER!…..in my experience.

Voice of Reason

September 14th, 2012
8:40 am

I’m not getting any work done today, I just know it.

FCM

September 14th, 2012
8:43 am

TWG you have told us for YEARS now that organization is not one of your inborn talents. We have recommened Fly Lady to you. We have laughed and related millions of times. Even the fly babies have a constant battle against clutter!

Admit it already…clutter is a part of your reality. I love what Genieve Gorder says “Everyone loves the magazine picture and wants that room. Problem is nobody lives in the magazine!” To me that is not just about does the magizine room have function and form, but it is 100% spotless with NOTHING out of place. Very hard to do with 3 kids.

My ex MIL is born organized. I was totally thrilled the day I found dust on the tops of the wall pictures in her otherwise spotless home. She had a cleaning service and still with all the various company in the house she worked herself to exhaustion (literal) cleaning all day. You finished your cup of coffee and were waiting for the pot to brew more. You go back for the cup, she had already washed it, dried it, and put it back in the caninet. I am not kidding
forget going to the bathroom, your soda was already in the recycyle bin! Seriously she was 5 seconds or less behind you.

As to what TWG’s fridge says about her…small children (alphabet and barn magenets) are in her kitchen to be near her while she works. The kids are doing well in school, picture day is coming up, someone has been traveling (post cards), and then there are several “important” documents needing attention (but being ignored) that make the door look my desk at quarter end. :)

My fridge has a few photos, some outdated coupons, a sticky handprint (better get the clorox on that), and several magnets that indicate we like the beach and Universal studios.

Who cares, as long as you do not belong on Hoarders you are fine.

mayhem

September 14th, 2012
9:04 am

VOR – my fish would have the feet….
And I agree about the “fish” drivers. Especially on Sundays when they are in a HUGE hurry to get to church…..Horrible drivers!!!

Becky (original)

September 14th, 2012
9:05 am

Like mayhem, my fridge says that we like to travel..Not that I buy a magnet from everywhere that we go, usually just ones with the kids name on it..

@VOR..No bumper stickers on the back of my car..Never have had any..If I ever did get any though, it would be for Breast Cancer or Ovarian Cancer..I do have a magnet on my gas cap that says Cancer Sucks..As for the stick figures and death notices on the backs of cars..I’m with you..NO,NO,NO,…When I die, toss my ashes over a shoe store and drink a shot of Crown…

motherjanegoose

September 14th, 2012
9:05 am

I probably have 15-20 magnets.

Wow…glad some are thinking of me when I have not even shown up!

@ Walsh…if you were nice you could meet me for lunch but you will not be invited. Some dream of meeting me and some have met me. For some, meeting would be a nightmare…either for me or them.

My children are not perfect. Make my money off of the govt? Where did you get that idea? I am in TN today and working with two private groups. Many of the schools I visit are private and the public schools get their funds from the parents of the children. The conferences I speak at are paid for by attendees…$50 to $150 per day each person.

BTW…the government does not have the money bucket…those who work and pay taxes send it to the government and they in turn are supposed to designate it to various causes. Literacy, for children, is deemed worthy as is education….last time I looked.

motherjanegoose

September 14th, 2012
9:10 am

@ Becky…I donate $5 per show, in October, for Breast Cancer. I have 39 shows booked and am thrilled!

@FCM…I have been into those magazine type houses and do wonder what is up with that! WHERE do they live?

@ Jeff…watch it…:)

JOD

September 14th, 2012
9:19 am

Ours are stainless steel with black sides, so the upstairs fridge just has the grocery list on the side, and the basement fridge has the alphabet that sings when you put the letters in (I think that’s what TWG has) and an Irish pride magnet. We’re just not big magnet people.

I do want to make a big chalkboard/bulletin board in our hallway by the laundry room to post the weekly menu, projects/art, and other stuff. I know how to do it…just need the time to make it happen :o)

mayhem

September 14th, 2012
9:27 am

JOD – you know they make chalkboard paint right? Paint it on the wall, then frame it.

motherjanegoose

September 14th, 2012
9:30 am

BTW…castrating a bull in a sundress is not on anyone’s radar. You are typicaly ankle deep in $%^& and that is literal and not figurative. I have been both. Have a nice day!

Sarah

September 14th, 2012
9:41 am

my magnets are plain jane, but the preschool artwork that they hold up are colorful and beautiful and say that our home is filled with love.

Speaking of NOT having bumper stickers on a car...

September 14th, 2012
9:42 am

…I even remove the dealership decals that advertise the dealer from whom I bought the vehicle – if a dealer happens to have the metal, non-removable type (that would leave holes in the metal), I will not buy from that dealer – it is the little things like this attempt at free advertising that bugs me (obviously I am easily bugged!)…

Voice of Reason

September 14th, 2012
9:43 am

@MLG

Here, you dropped this……

It is your sense of humor.

You lost it when you picked up that giant bag of how important your opinion is.

And I know you are going to freak out and respond like I’m somehow attacking you, but instead, please re-read my first THREE sentences above and think about them, and maybe just laugh and move on…..just a suggestion.

Bernie

September 14th, 2012
10:01 am

What it says to the obvious person is……Errrrr…. you LIKE MAGNETS! :)

Becky (original)

September 14th, 2012
10:14 am

@MJG..That is awesome..I lost a really good friend to Breast Cancer..She was only 31 and left behind 2 small children..That is why I donate to and buy related items for Breast Cancer..As for Ovarian Cancer, I lost my Mother to that 22 years ago Sept. 11…

Scooby

September 14th, 2012
10:22 am

Zero magnets/zero bumper stickers. They make your car and refrigerator look messy.

homeschooler

September 14th, 2012
10:28 am

I think there is probably a correlation. My fridge is somewhat cluttered and my house is somewhat cluttered.

Off topic to Walsh. Some people are conservative because they make their living off the government and they see how incredibly stupid the government is with money. (I totally fall into this category).

FCM

September 14th, 2012
10:39 am

@ VOR…I have an American Flag clingy decal in the window. No other stickers or magnets on the car.

I did see something I found funny today. The car ahead of me in traffic was an older beat up to #^%% maroon van. Rusted, with a tail light missing. It had an old (2008) Obama sticker that said “Make a change!”…..all I could think is that Obama didn’t even help get that car changed into something that didn’t look like it was about to die!

Stacey

September 14th, 2012
10:40 am

When my son was younger I had alphabet and numbers on my fridge and would encourage him to spell out words while he was “helping” me in the kitchen. Over the years they were all either lost or thrown away. Now I have advertising (pizza parlor, pest control, etc) a square one that my son got at school of local important phone #’s such as his school, poison control, non emergency police, and a couple of souvenir magnets. Papers are the breakfast and lunch menu for school on the side, calendar of events of scouts, science fair deadline schedule and church activity calendar on the front.

JOD

September 14th, 2012
11:14 am

@mayhem – Yep, we’ll definitely use that. The start of school coincided with a bunch of other projects, so weekends are are almost as packed as the weeks right now!

@Speaking – Ditto! I made Hubs remove the dealer decal from his first car he bought in GA year ago. No free advertising for a car dealer here :o)

Techmom

September 14th, 2012
11:58 am

Stainless steel fridge so only a couple of magnets on the side that have a couple of pictures clipped to them. The fridge in the garage has several Falcons magnets that we’ve collected over the years but that’s it. I try to be neat and organized but that’s not always the case. My parents fridge drives me crazy. There’s always a ton of magnets and a ton of stuff on it and yes, their house is pretty dis-organized.

My car has no bumper stickers or magnets. My son put a school magnet on for a while but that got taken off when washing the car one time and it’s never been put back on. I don’t do a personalized license plate either nor will I advertise for a dealer. I’d rather blend in than have something noticeable (plus, just in case I piss someone off while driving, I’d rather them not be able to pick me out again!!)

mayhem

September 14th, 2012
12:03 pm

LOL Techmom – I have a very identifiable car, and I know I have upset some drivers. And I think they are banding together to get back at me now…LOL Big o’ SUV with part of the luggage rack missing (Garage door didn’t open ALL the way one morning)….

Jesus Fish

September 14th, 2012
12:16 pm

ABC

September 14th, 2012
12:57 pm

@Mayhem, what is Salt Life? I seem to see those stickers on a lot of cars.

Nikki7

September 14th, 2012
1:17 pm

Well the front of my fridge has magnetic picture frames with lots of family pictures, one magnetic “list” the side has a magnetic dry erase calendar,some food coupons, mostly freebies the kiddo earns, and dr appt reminders are attached via magnet to the calendar.

mayhem

September 14th, 2012
1:18 pm

@ABC – a/k/a Beach life….

ABC

September 14th, 2012
1:49 pm

Makes sense about Salt Life. Thanks!

So the Salt Life Church...

September 14th, 2012
1:51 pm

…out here in Forsyth County is really a beach bum church? As Artie used to say “very ingteresting”…

Ajaylove

September 14th, 2012
1:54 pm

My fridge looks exactly like Teresa’s with a few more family pics, might even be the same make/model! Y’all make me want to go home and clean it up :(

mystery poster

September 14th, 2012
2:03 pm

@Speaking
Count me in that category, too. The first thing I did when I bought my new car was to take off the license plate frame with the dealer’s name. No stickers.

I always laugh when I see bumper stickers on cars. You know, I USED to be pro-choice, but now I’ve read your bumper sticker, I’ve completely changed my mind. Ha ha.

S

September 14th, 2012
2:15 pm

Why do you have to use my fridge as a guage? Can’t you just look around and see that my house is cluttered? FYI: Fridge has 6 magnets and my house is really cluttered.

Stacey

September 14th, 2012
3:49 pm

FCM…It sounds like we have the same mother in law. My MIL seems to always has a sink of hot dishwater and the second someone puts down a glass, she pours out the contents, washes the glass, then fusses about us wasting drinks. LOL It doesn’t help to announce beforehand that you are going to the bathroom (for example) and not finished with your drink because 99% of the time it will be gone when you get back. Same with a can of soda. She’s not as bad about other things but is totally OCD when it comes to cups and drinking glasses.

My sister is one of those “a place for everything and everything in it’s place” type folks accept when it comes to refrigerator magnets. She has probably has 50 or more and most of them are minature foods (no alphabets). Her husband already had them when they got married and she hated them at first but then came to enjoy them because when their nieces and nephews came to visit, they would all seem to be inspired to use them to play restaurant. The kids are allowed to play all they want but they can only play on the kitchen table and must return them when they are done.

Cynic

September 14th, 2012
3:54 pm

My refrigerator magnets are well organized and not used to hold up anything, just for decoration.

There are plenty of suvenier magnets from my travels, a wonderful one depicting a “coffee” house in Amsterdam complete with a pretty marijuana leaf. There are several condemning and ridiculing the growing fascist police state in this country and the destruction of our civil liberties, and a great one from the florida keys in the shape of a beer bottle with a bottle opener on the top. Also a great weights and measurements conversion chart magnet I found some time ago. Stainless to match the fridge and converts oz to tsp, tbsp, cups, etc. Great handy thing for around the kitchen.

Overall I think my collect says that I have my priorities straight and that I love liberty, freedom, and enjoy displaying it for all to see.

MA

September 14th, 2012
4:12 pm

I don’t have bumper stickers but I do have two window stickers for colleges. In my first post(5:52 a.m.) I talked about my magnets. Someone mentioned travels and names magnets. I had tons of those all in order. I also had all the states we had been to as a family(all but 14). I did have the alphabet letters when my children were toddlers.

Off topic: Speaking of alphabet letters: Have any of you heard about the new “in” name? Abcde – pronounced – Ab-(soft c)a-dee. Really? What are parents thinking?

K's Mom

September 14th, 2012
5:49 pm

@MA…parents are not thinking and that is why most kids are hooligans.

motherjanegoose

September 14th, 2012
6:24 pm

@ MA…maybe they are related to the parents whose child is named VAGINIQUE. I am not kidding.

MA

September 14th, 2012
10:39 pm

@mjg…I could list a bunch of odd ball names here just from my elementary school, but, I’m afraid some parents may read it. Well, probably not….but, I could still get in trouble. Out of control!!!

Fred ™

September 15th, 2012
11:15 pm

Bernie

September 14th, 2012
10:01 am

What it says to the obvious person is……Errrrr…. you LIKE MAGNETS! :)
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I left you a comment on the Woodward blog oh jealous one.