Want to Get Organized?

August 6, 2010

Getting and staying organized is a huge challenge for anyone with a busy life.  Between blogging, projects, and the daily ‘mom’ obligations, staying organized is definitely one of my biggest challenges too. 

What about you?  Do you struggle with staying organized?  Do you want to declutter your home, but don’t know where to start?  Whether your home needs a complete organizational overhaul, or you have just a room or two that is outside of your clutter comfort zone, here’s an opportunity to discover how to create an organized space you’ll love.

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This weekend, my lovely sponsor Simplify 101 is offering two readers a spot in the online workshop Organizing 101 ~ the opportunity for a fresh start!  

In Organizing 101, you’ll learn basic organizing concepts, plus you’ll uncover the reasons why your past efforts may not be working.  The workshop is packed with motivation, inspiration, and most importantly, the tools you need to get organized once and for all and just in time for back to school.  Here’s a sneak peek 2 minute video that gives you the skinny on what you can expect in this workshop. 

Spread out over six weeks, you’ll have plenty of time to review the materials that provide answers to your pressing organizational issues.   You’re free to review the weekly materials on your own time over the six weeks, online or in PDF format, or even in MP3 format.  

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You’ll have the support of a professional organizer to answer questions, plus a friendly online community, you can take action and organize your home. 

The kind folks at Simplify 101 are offering two lucky readers a free spot in the Organizing 101 online workshop – a $75 dollar value, starting this upcoming week.      

Eligibility to win one of two free spots in the Organizing 101 workshop:

1)  Leave a comment simply describing your biggest organizational challenge !  

2) For a second chance to win, either link to this giveaway on Facebook OR tweet this giveaway with a link on Twitter, and then leave a second comment telling me where you mentioned this giveaway (FB or Twitter). 

Giveaway ends Monday August 9th at 8 p.m. PST ~ two winners chosen by Random.org. 

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298 Responses to “Want to Get Organized?”

  1. patti says:

    It is almost hard to pick just one spot! After having my boys (2 and 11 months) I have just gotten behind on everything! Our closets are a disaster and we are drowning in paper…I dream about being organized again one day. I would LOVE the help :)

  2. Kerily says:

    All of my kids toys for sure!

  3. natasha myers says:

    I think that I would have to say my office/craft space or my kids bedrooms. They are 16,13, and 9 and each of them have different areas that need help. I am not an organized person by nature so I have not been able to help them get there “stuff” organized. I have these wonderful dreams of one day being able to go into my craft room and say today we are making xyz and I know where everything is. HELP ME PLEASE :)

  4. Brittany says:

    Junk Drawers are my weakness! I try to convince myself I am organized if everything is put away…but don’t look in the drawers!

  5. Carrie L. says:

    My ENTIRE house!! I need help in every space of my house. We have small closets and my basement is not functioning as it should.

  6. Andrea Kracht says:

    My biggest organizational issue is my kids’ clothes! Where to keep them, when to go thru them, etc, etc!

  7. Krista says:

    My biggest problem area with organization is with paper…the kids papers, bills, my craft papers, theres piles of papers everywhere! I even have piles of paper in the kids play room…ahhh! I would love to win this spot!

  8. Alyssa says:

    I need to organize my pantry. Badly. We’re a family who have eclectic tastes, so I’ve got to find a way to get in hand all those little packages, bottles, jars, and boxes of things like carob powder, rice flour, various vinegars, myriad types of crackers, etc. It’s driving me bonkers!

  9. Jaysa says:

    Our biggest problem is our office. In addition to the mess of the stuff that belongs in there, it is also a dumping ground for anything I can’t find a home for. I started trying to clean it up weeks ago, but I just don’t know where to start…HELP!

  10. Rachel says:

    Oh pick me!!!! I don’t think I can pick just 1 challenge to organizing for me, but I instantly thought of 2 biggies for me. One – I don’t have a place for everything…I just don’t know the best place for everything so my “stuff” doesn’t have a “home.” Two – I keep too much STUFF… I like it…. I tend to be sentimental and nostalgic about it all… so it gets hard to declutter and get rid of it. And wait, I thought of a third… Three – I just have TOO MUCH STUFF.
    We’re at a point in our year where some of life is just dying down, slowing down a bit and it feels good. This is a perfect time to look at our life, our home, the way things are run and change what doesn’t work.

  11. dana h. says:

    I recently moved back home, and my biggest problem is that I am surrounded by years and years of my “stuff” and I just dont know what to do with it or where to begin clearing it out. It seems like everything I want to chuck has sentimental value. But I am drowning in my crap, I need to eliminate. I need some zen in my life.

  12. My problem area is my kitchen. It’s where we cook, eat, drop off, store papers, everything. We have enough space…even a desk in the kitchen, but I just don’t know how to utilize it well.

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  14. Amanda says:

    I think our biggest organization issue is with mail/paper/receipts. We bring it in and just create piles everywhere! That and organizing our closets would help big time!

  15. Juli says:

    my toughest challenge is getting my entire house organized. My home office is a mess, my pantry needs to be organized, my closets are overflowing… I just have never figured out where to start :)

    Hopefully I will now!

  16. Linda K says:

    Office or kitchen….just pick one????
    Can’t ’cause they are both a mess!

  17. Emily says:

    My BASEMENT….oh boy is it scary. Would LOVE some tips on how to get the bad boy organized! :)

  18. melissa says:

    My house is tiny with almost no closets. I had a decent system for organization but that failed miserably when my oldest daughter hit the stage where she liked to empty everything. Now that my second daughter is here I am desperate to find room, organize and make it work in our tiny house thats now bursting at the seams with a disorganized mess!

  19. Becca says:

    The hardest thing to keep organized is the “junk” drawer! Everything gets thrown in there and it is such a daunting task to clean it out!

  20. Ainhoa says:

    My biggest problem is my closet! I have a lot of clothes and it gets cluttered and disorganized very quickly!

  21. Shana says:

    My problem area is the kitchen counter!! Mail, kids projects, toys, etc all seem to collect here and make the whole kitchen look messy!! I would love the help fixing this problem!! :)

  22. Whitney S. says:

    My biggest challenge is my office! It also gets stuff dumped into it and my desk is always a mess! I hate it!!!

  23. Michelle says:

    Wow… I would have to say my homeschool room which also doubles as my craft area for scrapbooking/stamping. It needs so desperate TLC!! :)

  24. jenn m says:

    i need to organize my office. there is a *chance* i’ll be telecommuting to work in the fall (crossing my fingers) and there’s no way i could work in there the way it is now. i need to separate home stuff from work stuff.
    thanks for the giveaway! :)

  25. Rebecca says:

    The hardest thing for me to organize is my daughters toys and books. By the time I finish organizing, she has taken it all apart again! I really need a better system!

  26. Ella says:

    My BIGGEST organizational challenge right now is the filing. I have a box that I just throw papers, manuals and receipts in because, one slow day, I’ll organize and file them. Well, there are no slow days in my house. HELP!

  27. Jill F. says:

    My biggest organizing challenge is LIFE in general! To be more specific, paperwork (important papers to file and keep) is a big headache for me, as well as just keeping everyday clutter at bay…I don’t know how people do it!

  28. Erin says:

    My garage is by far the most difficult organizing challenge I face!

  29. My home! Every room! I need HELP!

  30. Grace says:

    I desperately need to organize my entire house! Pantry is a mess, the office and the bedroom closet are my primary concerns. Sad thing, I’ve been working on those 3 projects the whole summer!

  31. Jane says:

    I desperately need help organizing my paper clutter (bills, documents, notes, travel stuff, kids things, etc). And I need help finding a place for them since I don’t have a lot of storage space in our home.

  32. Dorian says:

    I have 2 places that really need work. My kids rooms!! I really need to figure out how to get them organized, so they stay that way. My kids includes a ‘mad scientist’ so there are lots of little things laying around. The 2nd is my sewing area. I’m banished to a corner of our kitchen. I need to make better use of the tiny space.

  33. Michelle Peterson says:

    Since we just moved into our new house, we’re in SERIOUS need of some organization! I’m completely overwhelmed and need all the help I can get!

  34. Ann-Marie says:

    We have not long bought our first home so there are numerous areas we need help in organising. Particularly in setting up a home office/study & organizing the kitchen/pantry, also our wardrobes. I could go on & on!


  35. mary s says:

    I am in desperate need of help with organizing. I don’t think i can pick just one spot. Oh please pick me!

  36. Nora says:

    My entire house!

  37. Ashley Nelson says:

    My mail… and paperwork is the most annoying and hard to keep up on.

  38. Amanda says:

    Oh Lordy, how to pick just one! Probably the worst area is my kid’s playroom. It is a mismatched bunch of furniture thrown up there and the kids just leave a trail of destruction on a daily basis> I need some help!

  39. maggie says:

    OMG I would die to win a spot. I desperately need help with my scraproom. I have craft items spilling all over the dining room, and so many unfinished projects has taken residence in my garage now.

    the more I tried to be more organized the more of a mess I create..
    On my way to tweet now..
    Crossing my fingers :)

  40. Jen says:

    Definitely my craft room!!!:) It really needs help!

  41. dana h. says:

    I tweeted this givaway : twitter.com/lullabella

  42. Brandi says:

    Being a mother of FIVE kids, I am always looking for ways to stay organized! The kids rooms are a big problem! And of course the kitchen, where we spend a lot of time. We are outgrowing our current home and I know there’s a way to stay organized (and sane!) for the next year until we move!

  43. Alison says:

    New house, muh larger (and wonderful) kitchen. I have no idea what to do with all the new space!

  44. Becky says:

    Mail and paperwork are my biggest problems by far!

  45. Sometimes I think my entire house is an organization challenge! But mostly we need help with all the mail and paper work in the house.

  46. Jennifer says:

    My whole house is so hard to organize! If I had to pick one thing though I would say all my makeup and beauty products! Every once and a while I reach to the back of my organizer and find a great color I completely forget I had! I need some serious help in that area!

  47. Nikki Rosario says:

    My biggest struggle with organization is all the “maybe” stuff. The clothes, mail, receipts and other junk that I’m not sure if I’m going to need or not.

  48. Valery says:

    I feel like all the little sentimental knick knacks I collect are my biggest challenge because I never know what to do with them and then they’re just everywhere.

  49. Jessica says:

    you know that bathroom drawer that has everything and more stuff it should not?? yeah, it is ugly. plus, i am soon moving and would love to have a step up to stay ahead!

  50. John Manross says:

    My wife and I are such sticklers for organization and I am glad that you have pointed this out in your post. Although I do flaunt my high school and college football trophies, I keep it minimal to avoid overdoing it and getting it out of hand (just like the time I almost filled our entire house with fishing lures). Keep on writing the good stuff!

  51. Diana says:

    I’ve been working all year long on organzing various clutter areas in my home; however, my home office still needs a lot of work. I hace paper and othera miscellaneious items that need to find a permanent home and need some help!

  52. My biggest organizational challenge is clutter. The kitchen countertops, well, any flat surface in my house has some sort of clutter on it. I would love to find a way to manage it all, so my home looks a little more visitor friendly on a daily basis.

  53. Bonnie R. says:

    Hi CG! You really do host the absolute best giveaways on the web! Thanks for entering me to this one, as well!
    Paper is EASILY my biggest organization challenge. It stacks up SO quickly between myself and my husband both working and being in school full time – in addition to the multitudinous amount of paper needed to maintain a home!

  54. Kelly K. says:

    Our mail area and our home office are two places that need major organizational overhauls!

  55. Julie says:

    My kitchen needs major organization. The table is a catch all for everything coming in the house.

  56. Heather says:

    I moved into my very own house a few months ago, and my office is still piled with boxes. I just don’t know where to start! I walk in there, get overwhelmed, and walk out. Sigh.

  57. Jessica says:

    My closets need MAJOR organizing…I could use this for sure!

  58. Mihika says:

    My home office needs some serious organizational help! I just drop my mail in there each evening and it ends up getting lost – I need a better way to organize my mail and home business documents.

  59. Kathryn says:

    Wow, do I ever need this class! I’m starting wedding planning (yay!), I’m back in school and working full time. I have very little time and am the clutter queen! I know my fiance would appreciate me taking this class as well!! ;)

    Thank you, as always, for the opportunity!


  60. Leah says:

    My biggest challenge is the kids stuff… it gets overwhelming!

  61. Anna S says:

    My whole condo is in need of an organization overhaul. When I moved in about a year and a half ago, I just kind of shoved stuff in closets in the appropriate room. Now I’m realizing I really need to take everything out and start over – in pretty much every room (including the kitchen). It’s very overwhelming, but I know when I finish it will be a much easier place to live.

  62. Kristin says:

    I’m moving into my very first house this weekend, and it would be a challenge to think of any part of it that is NOT an organizational challenge. I guess I’d have to go with the home office, but the kitchen is a close second.

  63. Anna S says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway =) http://twitter.com/owlandphoenix

  64. rachieannie says:

    all that paper gets to me!!

  65. Katie says:

    Paper for sure, but it’s all my kids little things that I like to keep in the kitchen…paint, cards…you know things we do together and that need “watching”. Thanks!

  66. Julie says:

    The hardest part of organization for me, is the follow through of projects! I always have great intentions when getting started…it just takes so much to finish. This course would be a much needed push in a much more organized direction!

  67. nic says:

    My whole house is a challenge! But particularly the office :-0

  68. kaitlyn says:

    I need help with organizing the paper in our house! Sometimes it’s overwhelming and ends up staying in piles! I also don’t want to have to spend tons of money on stuff used to organize the papers…i know that if I went to the container store, I could spend hundreds of dollars to get it all organized, but I’d rather spend that money somewhere else in my house- I need cheap solutions!

  69. Marjorie Santos says:

    My kitchen draws have always been a catch all for everything from pencils to paperclips to tea votives they wind up messy again within a couple of days. I wish I could just have some way of getting them to stay that way. Wait, just had a thought, maybe it’s not the draws that need organizing…..maybe it’s the kids and hubby! Can I get them organized? Just saying….;-)

  70. Anna-Maria says:

    my biggest challenge would be organizing and then accessing a lot of things in a small space. With two kids in a two bedroom apartment space is a major issue. I tend to stuff things into the closet and then i can’t find things when I need them. I would love to learn some great new tips. Thanks for the offer!

  71. sarah says:

    My biggest challenge is my kitchen. I have a lot of storage but I know I am not using it right!

  72. Carrie S. says:

    My biggest organizational challenge is my scrapbook space. My husband and I bought shelves and a table for the space months ago. I am still struggling with how to best organize it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  73. Amy King says:

    I need lots of help in my home. I would say my kitchen and master bath are the two most disorganized rooms in my house. I need to know what to keep around and what I should not have. I would love to learn some tips on organizing my home and ultimately my life!

  74. Sandra K says:

    I would love to win! I struggle with all the paperwork that my children bring home from school, which adds to my piles of household paperwork. My kitchen becomes a breeding ground for piles of paper! Considering school is about to start, the timing would be perfect!

  75. My biggest organizational challenge is, in all honesty, my entire apartment. Since my boyfriend and I moved in together, I have trouble wrangling all of our stuff and finding a place for everything so that everything can be in its place. Papers, our guest room closet, and making the most of our tiny kitchen are also high on the list! Thanks for this giveaway – so great!

  76. melissa n says:

    Our computer room drives me insane – we just can’t seem to get it organized in a way tha tboth of us like it. *lol*

  77. I also tweeted about the contest! Woohoo, hoping I win. I really need to get organized. (I’m @GreenEggsHamlet) Thanks again to you and Simplify 101.

  78. Meredith says:

    I would say my biggest organizational challenge is either my closet or my “office”…thanks for a great giveaway!

  79. Jaime says:

    My greatest organizational challenge is figuring out what stuff I need within reach and what can go away. I also have a problem with “out of sight, out of mind” so I tend to leave things around as a reminder…which leads to CLUTTER. I need to get organized before my mat leave end and I go back to work at the end of Sept. It sometimes feels insurmountable!

  80. Allysgrandma says:

    My daughter and granddaughter have recently moved in with us while my SIL deploys to Afghanistan for 8 months. My daugher is in her old room along with her daughter in her little toddler bed. I made room in the main bathroom for their stuff and room for my granddaughter’s toys, but I am having trouble “getting it all together”.

    On top of that after 34 years working, I am taking a year off (hopefully more) and would love to spend the year organizing my photos, recipes, fabric for quilts and my entire life!

    PS We stop at the Strawberry Farm near Hopland!!

  81. Crystal says:

    I seriously need this! I was just thinking about looking for some sort of online organizational program to give me the push I need (and accountability) to get a few projects tackled around here.

  82. Liz Cannon says:

    I NEED MORE organization! I love to organize, but have been so cluttered lately I don’t know where to start. HELP!

  83. Deb Leluga says:

    This is so cool! My biggest challenges are the walk in closet and the garage.

  84. Deb Leluga says:

    Linked to the giveaway on FB.

  85. Christine says:

    Papers are the big problem at our house. It would be bad enough just to have the endless junkmail and bills, but the fiance and I also each have 3 years worth of grad school notes, theses, etc! It’s out of control! With wedding planning things have gotten exponentially worse over the past year! Now we’re starting to receive all the wedding gifts and there is nowhere to put them! Yikes!

  86. Julie says:

    Glad you’re hosting this give away again! Paper (piles and piles of it – mail, receipts, coupons, etc) is by far my biggest challenge. Other than that, I totally struggle with the “place for everything, and everything in its place” strategy. I need more “places” to tuck things away and get organized.

  87. kathy t says:

    I so need to get organized I don’t even know where to start -this would be a BIG motivator -Thank you for the great give-away
    Kathy T

  88. oh how I need this. . .my goal is to get the house decluttered. . .once the kids are back in school. . so that is my goal Sept-Dec. . .what motivation and inspiration this class would be. My biggest challenge is my craft room. . a room that is suppose to bring life and creativity brings me down. . I hate being in there because of the mess and clutter. . .

    thanks for the chance to win-

  89. Lori says:

    My scrapbook room is by FAR my most difficult area to organize and stay that way. Crossing my fingers that I win. Unfortunately I am a HUGE pack rat so I could really use this. Thanks, Lori

  90. Fran says:

    Wow,I cannot express how much I need this!

  91. Simplysara says:

    Everything is my toughest challenge. I guess I just have a hard time getting rid of stuff and then figuring out where to put what I keep

  92. Britta Stott says:

    I am a single Mom with three kids. I work full time and have a hard time with incidental stuff that doesn’t really have a home. I have crap stacks of papers and all kinds of gems that gets moved and around but never really sorted or addressed. I end up losing stuff, our house looks messy and the accumulation factor is killing me! My time is at a premium and I’d love to be organized. I get easily overwhelmed and don’t make the time as I am unsure where to start. Jumping through hoops any given day is challenging. Trying to find any random thing in our home is really challenging! HELP!

  93. Britta Stott says:

    I posted a status for this give away on FB! Thanks for an opportunity to win and learn some great techniques!

  94. Courtney Moore says:

    My husband is military and we move every three years so I would like to be able to find things with out tearing up my entire house. we have been here in Minot for almost 2 years and I still have boxes I have not unpack :( Please help! I posted a statues on my facebook and wrote to you on your but I just re-read the entry instructions.

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  96. Junia says:

    I need help organizing my crafts. Between cardmaking, baking and sewing my craft room and basement are a mess…

  97. Organizing is the most cathartic things to accomplish, but can be the most daunting! I love how ou broke it down with the organizers. Very helpful article! Keep up the great work!

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