Simple Clutter Control: A Giveaway

August 9, 2011

Greetings all, just popping in from my “week of relaxation” and mini blog break to bring you a great giveaway from my sponsor Simplify 101.  Are you feeling the need to get your clutter under control?  Be more organized and get more done?

clutter controlI’ve adopted some strategies from the tips over at Simplify 101 because effective decluttering helps me spend less time straightening and more time devoted to my family.  Having an organized home is one way to make more time to be creative too.

Aby Garvey is the voice behind Simplify 101 and she is an organizing and productivity expert!  I love her motto, “More Fun, More Done”.  

Three readers will have the opportunity to win a free Quick + Simple Clutter Control online workshop, beginning August 16th, just in time for back to school!  In this three week workshop, you’ll be equipped with essential decluttering tactics to keep you better organized and also learn new habits that effectively keep clutter at bay.

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Eligibility for three winners to win the Quick + Simple Clutter Control workshop:

1)  Tell your biggest organizational challenge or clutter problem in a comment.  Is it your closet or a particular living space?   Share where you need organizational help!

2) For extra chances to win, link to this giveaway on Facebook, and/or tweet about this giveaway on Twitter, then leave additional comments telling where you mentioned this giveaway (FB or Twitter).

Three winners chosen by  Giveaway ends Friday August 12th at 8 p.m.

And if you want everyday organizing tips sent to your inbox, be sure to sign up for the weekly quick tip and organizing newsletter too!


The three winners are:  #98 Liz Harrington; #108 Becky O; and #214 Rhonda S.  You’ve all received an email from me and Simplify 101, congratulations! 




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308 Responses to “Simple Clutter Control: A Giveaway”

  1. Sam says:

    We just moved into a smaller house and have too much stuff – need help figuring out where to put it all…

  2. Colleen says:

    Help! I have an older home with small closets and they are screaming to be organized, also paper, recipes, pictures and my crafts. please pick me.

  3. Becky O says:

    My entire house is disorganized, but the worst spots are definitely the closets. We have very little storage space so our closets are packed to the gills with stuff!! I need a pro to help me!

  4. Zohreh says:

    Our kitchen desk seems to be the problem in our house. The paperwork takes over our entire kitchen.

  5. Jennifer says:

    We definitely need help in our basement!

  6. Melissa says:

    It always seems like my paper organization could use improvement. There has to be better way than what I am doing now.

  7. Melissa says:

    I linked this giveaway on FB!

  8. mimi says:

    Our garage is a hot mess, oy! Stuff everywhere, I”m so overwhelmed with it and my 3 and 1 year old, I dont know what to do. ALso, my sons nursery doubles as a play room and my work space, that needs desperate attention, help!

  9. Katie S. says:

    I’ve recently worked on controlling all the paper that comes into the house, but it could be more streamlined. Since switching over to digital/paperless though, I’m struggling with organizing the information for easy retrieval =(

  10. Summer says:

    My clutter area is out master bedroom. I really need help better organizing our clothes closet and my scrapbooking closet which is completely out of control.

  11. Karen says:

    My problem right now is the office area in our kitchen. For the past year or so, I’ve been trying to get rid of clutter, organize the essentials, find non-clutter-y ways to store the essentials, etc., but I’m still not happy with it. So I’d love to have some ideas for office storage, especially for offices that need to be in rooms like a kitchen where they all too often look out of place. Thank you for the giveaway, and for all of the wonderful ideas and inspiration on your blog.

  12. Liz says:

    My whole house is disorganized. I feel like I go through my house “picking up” but really I’m just moving things from one place to another and not really putting anything where it belongs.

  13. Eva says:

    My one year old daughter is a tornado of messiness. Coupled with my own predilection for chaos, we live in a near-constant state of messiness! I just don’t know how to best organize her toys 7 books and my random school supplies, sewing essentials, craft stuff, etc.

  14. lucy says:

    gosh…my entire house is disorganized from the kitchen counter paper pile to mess of piles in the garage. we moved about a year ago and i still haven’t gotten it under control…ugh

  15. Hillary says:

    Laundry Room! It is such a messy disfunctional space.

  16. Kyna Leyva says:

    Oh dear… my living room aka “the dump” everything gets “dumped” there…mail, papers, shoes, backpacks, purses, books, toys…yesterdays breakfast…oh my!

  17. emily says:

    I am a teacher and I have the most difficulty keeping all of my textbooks and binders put away and looking neat. Can you think of a way to hide these things so that my house looks like an adult’s place of residence?!

  18. Kyna Leyva says:

    Shared the giveaway on FB. :)

  19. Lindsey says:

    My craft closet could use some help….haha. :)

  20. Kristin says:

    My biggest organizing challenge is my downstairs. The second biggest challenge is the upstairs. :-)

  21. Alanna says:

    My kitchen island, hands down. It seems I can only keep it clean for 5 min a week.

  22. Tracy E. says:

    mail and paper clutter…i HATE opening the mail because i don’t know exactly where to put things after i have opened them and before i need to deal with them.

  23. Lynn says:

    My family room is disorganized the most. Toys, legos, and games are all over the place.

  24. I’m totally needing help with paper clutter – mails, children’s drawings, books, etc. Hope I win this giveaway.

  25. Kate says:

    Where do do I not need organizing help? Right now my husband and I are living with my parents in transition between moves. We will be moving to TX in November with the military (for just one year) and our stuff is EVERYWHERE! I am personally not very good at organizing and my husband is the master. but right now we are both a mess. I am the type that when it has a home I am good with making it go back there ( most of the time) but I have the hardest time deciding where the home should be… I was very excited about the possibility to win this so I sent out a tweet about it too…
    I have dreams of being a domestic goddess and having everything in its place but so far, it seems that everything is in a our storage unit, under our bed or on the floor. :( Sigh, someday…

  26. Amber says:

    A year ago we downsized from an 1100 sq ft townhouse with a 1 car garage to a 700 sq ft apartment with only 2 tiny closets, and an itty bitty storage space in the shared basement. We also found out we were expecting baby #1 the day we moved. I need help finding creative ways to organize everything and get a handle on the baby items that are taking over our living space. Currently, our 4 month old can’t even sleep or play in her room because it has become a room for storage, so we’re sharing a tiny 9’x10′ bedroom with her. I need help!!

  27. SDRachel says:

    My bedroom closet and office desk need HELP. Why can I keep most everything else neat, but not those two areas??

  28. Ashley says:

    My biggest organizational disaster is my craft storage. I am fortunate to have lots of storage space but I always cram stuff into the cabinets and can’t find it later. Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. Ashley says:

    I shared on Facebook

  30. Nadia says:

    My biggest problem is with the garage. WE moved into this house and still havent gotten around to cleaning up the previous homeowner’s mess.

  31. Theresa says:

    My home office…..I work from home and I can never seem to get the clutter under control.

  32. Kara says:

    My entry area, mud room area. I have 7 children and we do not have an ideal entry area. So trying to control the mounds of shoes, jackets, etc is a huge challenge!

  33. Alli says:

    Shared this link on Facebook!!

  34. Julie says:

    Our mud room & kitchen counter are covered in papers! I just don’t know what to do with kids projects, art, school papers/forms, mail, receipts, magazines, etc. I wish I could have a clutter free counter but I just don’t know how to function like that. I would love your help!

  35. shelley e says:

    Our office space- it has my craft desk and the computer desk- SO MUCH CLUTTER!

  36. Melissa says:

    My biggest challenge is the garage. It’s the 4th floor down and gets the least amount of attention. Poor lil garage.

  37. Christy says:

    My mail situation at home is really challenging!! It is out of control. Help :)

  38. Jess says:

    Our basement could use an organizational facelift…

  39. Trude says:

    I’m actually moving into a new townhome this weekend, and would love the chance to make sure new clutter doesn’t emerge after all the purging I’ve done lately! I think my biggest problem area will be the bedroom closet, the previous owners took the doors off and installed a fabulous shelving system. Now I just have to keep it looking good!

  40. kelly says:

    Its my desk… I just can not find a filing system and routine that works for me.

  41. Lissa says:

    All of my closets and storage cabinets are stuffed to the gills and we have ALOT of them. We have stuff everywhere and it drives me bonkers. Help!

  42. Eileen says:

    My office needs the most organizing. It’s the catch-all for papers, books, and electronics.

  43. Rae says:

    My basement is a dump – please send help!

  44. Sarah Sharp says:

    Oh boy…it’s a toss up between closets and home office :/

  45. Linda says:

    Let’s start with the kitchen as the first place to declutter. It would be nice to just be organized.

  46. Maryela says:

    My biggest organizational challenge? My whole house is an organizational challenge!

  47. Laura says:

    The kitchen counter space that collects mail, bills, coupons, etc….

  48. carole hodgkin says:

    My biggest problem is my sewing room which has evolved from a place I love to be to sew, design and create into a crowded, cluttered fabric storage only area. It has gotten so crowded that it seems too much of an effort to bother to try and locate the supplies necessary to wok on projects…..leaving me without the ambition to work on anything…….practically a hopeless situation!

  49. Lisa says:

    My office/study area is so cluttered. I can never find anything!

  50. Gail Storms says:

    My biggest organizational challenge is my small bathroom. Organizing this small space is definitely an art and one that I haven’t figured out yet!

  51. Patty says:

    I have so many organizational challenges, I do not know where to start! But, ok, I will start with my closet. Disaster!

  52. Christa says:

    My biggest organizational challenge is my tiny closet! I just moved into a house with my friend, I used to have my own big apartment, and all my stuff has to fit in one teeny, tiny closet! It is a complete mess!

  53. Lavina D says:

    Papers! I have piles of paper everywhere.

  54. Erin Rushton says:

    My biggest problem is around the front door. Shoes, mail, bags…its always a disaster.

  55. Lindsay says:

    I think the worst is my basement. It involves wading through off-season decor, clothing and shoes as well as extra bedding… and of course tools, paint, project supplies, and furniture not in use. It’s quite treacherous down there. If only I could afford containers to put things in!

  56. Aimee says:

    My kitchen! It becomes a dumping ground for bills, kids school stuff, and my work.

  57. Kris says:

    My closet is problem number one, but paper management (mail, flyers from school, etc) are a verrrrrry close second!! Thanks for the chance!

  58. McLain says:

    I have several challenging areas, but my biggest daily one is the kitchen…the paper clutter piles up so quickly in there!

  59. Bethany says:

    My biggest organizational challenge is my kitchen table. It is always piled up with junk mail, newspapers, unopened mail, lists, coupons, keys…..

  60. robin says:

    My biggest organizational challenge is our school room. We will be homeschooling 12 of our 21 kids this year!!!! (wish I knew how to make a bug eye mom) I would love any and all help!!

  61. Kristin says:

    My biggest clutter challenge is my desk and office area in which is located in one corner of my living room. I’d love to actually be able to use the desk for something other than file and paper storage.

  62. Mimi says:

    My biggest organizational challenge is my kitchen, it isn’t very small but storage isn’t plentiful and I am challenged to make it function in the best way for my needs.

  63. Sandy Weakley says:

    my biggest challenge is keeping all my cardmaking supplies (stamps, paper, ink, etc) organized

  64. Monique says:

    That spot near the front door (our only entry!) where EVERYTHING gets dumped–shoes, bags, mail, keys, toys, outgoing items. Not the most friendly welcome to our home (though it says ‘family’!). Help!

  65. Fatima says:

    My craft/laundry room is the dump-all place. Out of sight… until I need the room to do some work. :P

  66. Brandy A says:

    my office is a nightmare. it seems to be a collect-all for stuff I don’t know what to do with it but can give it away. It’s depressing…I keep the door closed!

  67. Harmony says:

    The biggest problem in our house is the kitchen counter. There always seems to be piles of paper and stuff no matter how much I try and organize it! I need help!

  68. Rachel says:

    Oh my gosh, this would be FANTASTIC to win. My biggest organizational challenge is my HUSBAND! Before we met, I was super organized. But now we have mail piling up on the kitchen table and two rooms we don’t even use because they’re so full of “stuff” (one of them being “his” room, the office, where we could put the mail if we had a place for it!).
    I would definitely use this for help with the office – we don’t really know where to start.

  69. Janet S. says:

    My whole house it became a dumping ground. I don’t know how but I need help!

  70. Priscilla K. says:

    I would love to win this! I’d like to know how to organize my foyer closet. Too many multi-seasonal items in there!

  71. Jennifer says:

    With a family of five living in a two bedroom townhouse, the whole thing is an organizational nightmare! I sort and put away and am nearly desperate enough to start drawing outlines of items on the places where they belong! Our “slash room” needs the most help. Called a slash room because it’s a living/family/rec/computer/office/craft/library/TV/ and spare bed ROOM!

  72. Chase says:

    You pretty much said what i could not effectively communicate. +1

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  73. Tia says:

    Our “office” is in need of super organization. Right now it’s a junk room but it has hopes and dreams of being a guest bedroom, office, play room if we can ever find the floor.

  74. Amanda says:

    Our TV hutch needs a lift pronto – I don’t know where to put all of our movies, games, etc. Please help!

  75. Vonda L. says:

    Nearly my whole house needs more organization. My bedroom becomes a dumping ground for everything that doesn’t have a home or needs to get fixed. I know when the kids start school, my desk and countertops will become overrun with school papers to be viewed, signed or completed. (Sigh) I’m already dreading it……

  76. Criss says:

    My dining room table – it’s in the path of the front door to the rest of the house. PAPERS constantly collect there. No more paper please!

  77. Amy says:

    My husband and I are avid outdoor enthusiasts and we have a TON of outdoor gear. Right now all of it is packed into large storage bins in the garage which I hate because it takes up a lot of space and is terribly disorganized. Anytime we need to find something, we end up digging through the bins and make an even bigger mess. Plus, it’s not so great for all the expensive gear to be folded up and stagnant. Help!!

  78. Lindy Powers says:

    PILES of papers!!! My dining room table is my catch all downstairs. Also my master bedroom is my catch all upstairs, it is like a bad waste land!

  79. Anne Lukes says:

    Hubby says “Piles. We have no where to put anything and stuff just lands anywhere.” We have these oversized pony walls that get piled with stuff.

  80. Anne Lukes says:

    I shared this post on Facebook.

  81. Anne Lukes says:

    I shared this post on Twitter.

  82. Heather says:

    Oh please help with the neverending piles of mail and catalogs that someday “I’ll get to…”

  83. Caryl says:

    The garage! I’m OCD, hubby is definitely NOT. The garage is absolute chaos! having said that, my bedroom closet could also use some assistance…

  84. Geri G says:

    PAPERS/Printed Materials….Sewing/craft room (patterns/inspirations/directions), Kitchen (Recipes), Living Room/Office (Bills, coupons, Important Papers) Bedroom (Overflow from office) Everywhere (magazines). Don’t have a place for everything and everything in it’s place….HELP

  85. Michelle P says:

    My craft area is by far my biggest organizational challenge. I am constantly struggling to come up with a good way to organize paper and supplies, yet still have easy access to them!

  86. Anna says:

    Papers! I have no idea how to organize or get rid of them. Everything is “important”.

  87. Nicole says:

    We redid our kitchen and things that were moved to facilitate that have yet to find a new home. Help!

  88. Chris P says:

    My biggest challenge is my small 100 year old house-two tiny closets and near-zero built in storage. So I have to find creative ways to store necessities for every room. Right now-looking for a place to put a vacuum, brooms and mops without remodeling the entire kitchen!

  89. Kim B says:

    My biggest challenge is my home office. I work from home but often when we have company, I end up transferring last minute items into it since it’s out of the public eye. The only two times it was somewhat organized was when I was nesting while pregnant. I feel so distracted with the clutter that it is difficult to focus on my task at hand – working for my paycheck…

  90. Debbie says:

    My biggest organizational challenge is my desk. If I ever needed to win a giveaway this is it!

  91. Allison says:

    I need help with my closets. I know they need a different set-up, but I don’t know where to begin!

  92. Tara Angus says:

    Oh, help me!!! My biggest organizational problem (I have several) is my bedroom. It is a disaster, a huge one. There are clothes everywhere because there is just not a great system in place for them. I have the room I just need a better system. Well, and I just don’t take the time to develop one. I need help. It’s really bad.

  93. katie says:

    Our guest bedroom/office seems to be a “catch all” for everything else in the house that doesn’t have a home or that we don’t want to have to look at around the clock. It needs help.

  94. amy says:

    my entire house! There is no storage for anything and I start to turn in circles when I try to get it under control because I don’t have a clue where to start.

  95. Linda says:

    My most disorganized space is the kitchen desk/counter… the stuff piles up so quickly and it is so ANNOYING since it is smack in the center of our kitchen/family room where we spend all of our time! It drives my husband crazy… periodically he will dump everything into the drawers and then I can never find things!! HELP!

  96. Michelle V says:

    I have so many boxes of accumulated SH.. STUFF! In my guest bedroom.. I keep trying to sort through them, admittedly the pile gets smaller every time but I can’t seem to take care of everything in one day! It seems impossible and it also looks hideous! I need them gone so I am not embarassed every time we have guests over!

  97. Heather says:

    My biggest challenge is our books – we have home school books, novels, classics, a large cookbook collection, children’s books and my husband’s extensive history and theology library – over 25 bookcases and still we have piles on the floor! I am constantly culling, sorting, re-organizing and giving them away, but they are still a mess! I’d love to have room on my shelves to ‘stage’ with a few pretties mixed in with the books, but there is never enough room! On top of that we go to the library every week and borrow more books – I think we need an intervention! Definitely better organization would help, but I just don’t know where to begin.

  98. Jessica says:

    My challenge is the kitchen counter. Everything ends up there, but I really need the space for cooking!

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