Organizing Your Life in 2015


After digging out from all of the holiday decorations (and now, the snow), that urge to purge and deep clean sets in for me.  The kids being home for a snow day yesterday after one day back at school slowed me down a little bit yesterday, but I’m hoping to continue on my organizational bender.  There’s something about organizing when it’s frigid outside that’s just – cozy.  Winter nesting.

I have jumped on the bandwagon at A Bowl Full of Lemons, as Toni has kicked off another 14 Week Challenge, where you tackle one space each week, with step-by-step checklists and methods to clearing the clutter.  Plus, I like to know that I’m in it with others who are in the same boat.  This week has been kitchen week, and have been enjoying the process, although it’s definitely a lot of work!  But, the payoff includes little things like admiring your organized cabinets while putting dishes away, and a sparkling refrigerator while packing up leftovers.

My first attempt at mason jar salads, only to realize the spinach should go on top – that’s why they’re upside down. 🙂

Of course, the process gets ugly before it gets pretty.

But sometimes you need something in hard copy form that you can sit down and read, or prop open while you’re working.  And this book is a great companion guide for tackling such a tall task.

I was fortunate enough to be asked to contribute to “The Idiot’s Guide to Organizing Your Life” that my friend Cyndy Aldred from The Creativity Exchange authored, and I’m thrilled to be able to share it with you.  There are loads of tips and tricks for organizing every space in your home, along with pictures to inspire.

Ok, so those were some of my pictures, but I’m pretty excited to be included, and what better place to for me to make my print debut, than an Idiot’s Guide, right?

It covers every nook and cranny of your home, from bathrooms to bedrooms, kitchens to closets, along with quick tricks and DIY projects.

It’s the perfect tool to help you reach your organizational goals for 2015.

And I’m giving away two copies to you, dear readers!  What better way to kick off the new year, right?  Are you in organizing mode?

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Good luck!


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    January 7, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Like many people the paper, the paper, the paper! No matter how electronic you go there is still paper.

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    Jolyn Wilkins
    January 7, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    The vacuum cleaner is essential in organizing the kitchen! So glad to see yours in the pic. Where does all of that "stuff" in the drawers come from??

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    Kellie M
    January 7, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Biggest challenge for me the "dumping ground" the place where everything gets set down until later…

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    Twooth Fairy
    January 7, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    I recently moved and used it as an opportunity to get really organized. As I have been putting away the Christmas decorations, I have thrown out all the broken and unused ornaments. I am repairing my figurines before carefully wrapping them for storage. I even bought a ceiling storage rack for my garage which I will use to store all the Christmas decorations! I am scaring myself LOL! 😉

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    Jennifer Schmitz
    January 7, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    My biggest organizational challenge is managing all my clothes!!!!! My closet is a disaster area and I would love to get it organized and create zones for all my things.

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    January 7, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    My biggest challenge right now is to come up with temporary measures until we move. I have a general idea of the spaces and challenges in our new home, but figuring out how to deal with the temporary situation has been a bit of a struggle.

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    Stephanie R.
    January 7, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    My biggest challenge is my desk. Ughhh!!!

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    January 7, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    My biggest challenge isn't a particular area. We're newlyweds who are running our own businesses, which leads to a "feast and famine" kind of income. Organizational furniture and containers rarely make it to the top of our priorities list when money does come in, so my challenge is making this stark bachelor pad feel cozy and *somewhat* organized without the supporting tools we would normally reach for!

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    Simply LKJ
    January 7, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    I too am ready to dive into reorganizing things!

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    Debbie J.
    January 7, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    I am working on this very thing as we speak. Keep, donate, trash. Edit, edit and edit more!

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    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    January 7, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    I bought Cyndy's book and am enjoying it so much! How exciting to be part of it Jenny!!

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    January 8, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Like many of us, getting rid of the paper clutter remains my biggest challenge!!!

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    Calypso In The Country
    January 9, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    I have stacks of paper and school stuff everywhere so that is probably my biggest issue. Great post and great giveaway!

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    Erin Murphy
    January 9, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    My papers!

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    Alison Tompkins
    January 10, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    School papers and huge preschool projects!

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    January 13, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Our basement.

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    Emily Davis
    January 13, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    My biggest challenge is that we live in an older home with no storage and no garage. It's amazing how much could be placed in a garage! 🙂

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    January 13, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    My biggest challenge is the garage, I put everything in there and it looks terrible!

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    Jill Jones
    January 13, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    My kitchen peninsula is the dumping ground for the mail, notes, magazines, coupons, etc. and it all needs a place to "live" other than on the counter. I need to develop a system for managing the clutter. Thanks for offering this useful giveaway!

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    January 13, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    My biggest organizational challenge is that I'm not naturally talented at being organized. I have to really work at it. I think once I figure out how to schedule my time better, the projects will fall into place.

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    Erin Melikidse
    January 15, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    I am ok at organization at work. I work at Homegoods but at home not so good. I would love to be inspired. What I have learned is that it is never ending we must do this daily.

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