Thursday, April 8, 2010

Giveaway: Organizing from the Inside Out

Update: This giveaway has ended.  Click here for a giveaway for 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget.

This week, in honor of the Clear Out the Clutter Challenge, I'm hosting a giveaway for the book Organizing from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System For Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life by Julie Morgenstern.

Morgenstern, the founder of a professional organizing company, gives you proven techniques to conquer your clutter.  Instead of buying some containers and putting your stuff in them, she guides you in your clutter removal by first having you take stock of what's working in your organizing (or lack thereof) and what's not working, and why you want to be organized in the first place.

She encourages the use of the kindergarten model, where an area has zones specifically for certain activities; the items for those activities should be stored in the area.  And she helps you create a plan of attack for the most clutter-collecting areas, like kitchens, home-based offices, and household information centers.

This book was originally in my book collection; I decided to part with it during my own clutter cleaning.  It is a used book, but it is in very good condition - it is the kind of book I would definitely sell online.  The cover is shiny, the pages are crisp, the binding is excellent, and there are no marks in the book itself (there is a small marker mark on the bottom of the book pages).

You can enter this giveaway up to four times by leaving a comment below.  Here's how you can win:
1.  Leave a comment about your biggest challenge in organizing or clutter removal.
2.  Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment saying you're following.
3.  Subscribe to my RSS feed, and leave a comment saying you've subscribed.
4.  Become a fan on Facebook and leave a comment saying you've become a fan.

For the last three, if you're already a follower, a fan, and/or a subscriber, just leave a comment saying you've already done so.

This giveaway ends on April 14th, 2010 at 11:59 pm.  Good luck!

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Elaine April 8, 2010 at 11:37 AM  

I don't know what it is about kids and clutter but they attract each other like magnets. I rarely buy my kids toys (because I don't have to!), but they've got toys coming out the whazoo!

My biggest challenge is trying to keep toys out of the livingroom and preventing my two little tornadoes from destroying all my hard labor. I rarely succeed lol.

sa4grace April 8, 2010 at 12:28 PM  

My biggest problem is all the freebies I get from CVS and other places, but can't use up quick enough. I have it somewhat organized, but there's always more. I think it's time to take a trip to the local woman's shelter and donate stuff they can use much moreso than I can.

Anonymous,  April 8, 2010 at 3:06 PM  

My biggest challenge is paper. My kids biggest challenge is too many toys.

njfoley at sbcglobal dot net

janetfaye April 8, 2010 at 5:22 PM  

My biggest challenge is organizing my small closets, I never have enough space.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

Debbie R April 8, 2010 at 8:56 PM  

My biggest problem is all the travel keepsakes and souvenirs I've accumulated over the years...meaning to scrapbook them, but don't have the time!


BargainFun April 8, 2010 at 11:51 PM  

oh where to start my closets are the worst I need serious organziational help ! bargainfun1 at yahoo

Denise April 9, 2010 at 3:53 PM  

My biggest clutter problem??? My mother taught me to SAVE everything:) Plus, I'm on ebay so ALL that Stuff is here tooo! lol Oh and I have a just turned three year old....annnnnnd lastly, I'm a single mom who spends to much time on the computer....WORKING, I mean:)
Found you through New Friend Fridays!!

Unknown April 10, 2010 at 10:37 PM  

my biggest challenge with clutter is my kids they leave stuff where ever they please and it just piles up and and they are old enough to not do that but they do
I cant seem to break them of this habit
we are trying hard so we will see
Jenn K

Ashley April 11, 2010 at 5:08 PM  

My biggest challenge is knowing what to keep and what to get rid of.

Angela April 12, 2010 at 2:51 PM  

My 10 year old daughter doesn't want to get rid of her 100+ stuffed animals.

Deb April 12, 2010 at 5:15 PM  

My desk is my biggest challenge. The papers just continually pile up, feel like I'm always buried in paperwork.


Anonymous,  April 12, 2010 at 8:37 PM  

My biggest challenge is buying items on sale, and then I have too many around. Even if I use the stuff later on, storing it all makes my house "feel" cluttered. Reality check: it "is" cluttered.
june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

GaoyouMom April 13, 2010 at 8:26 AM  

My biggest clutter challenge is paper. Mail, school papers, coupons. Paper has taken over my house.

D April 13, 2010 at 10:22 AM  

My biggest challenge is paper too. I love magazine and clip out what I find interesting. It really adds up over time and I need a way to sort it so I can find what I need when I need it!

Shelley April 14, 2010 at 10:59 AM  

It's been piling up for such a long time it's hard to get motivated to get started. It is never ending with kids. Thanks

Set Apart Living Mama April 14, 2010 at 3:47 PM  

I'm following you on Twitter now. @wellnessmommie is me!

Set Apart Living Mama April 14, 2010 at 3:47 PM  

The biggest thing is my husbands papers and things that he says he needs I dont ever know where to put his things (stuff that could be thrown away) and things that I want to hold on to. I have 3 boxes in the living room where I have stuff thrown in and a playpen that I dont use that has stuff in the livingroom as well. Our coffee table has booksa sn papers and his hat keys as well

enter me please!!!!

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