Organizing Tips from Better Homes & Garden + Giveaway!

Updated to add:  This giveaway is now over.  The winners are #30 Joanna, #135 Katie, #89 Shana, #114 Smellyann and #62 MaryJane

This past week I’ve had so much fun checking out the newly re-designed Better Homes and Gardens site.  Talk about organizing eye candy…seriously I got lost on there soaking it all in.  I’m such a visual girl and as a result am so inspired by big, bright, colorful pictures (it’s also why I love Pinterest so much).  The BH&G site has a TON of organizing tips, printables, plans, videos and of course pictures which are just stunning. The new design also includes a new slideshow feature and an easy to use navigation bar and search tool.

So today I thought I’d share some of my favorite BH&G organizing finds with you (pictures used with permission of course).

A neat way to label your dollar store baskets:

Fun portable storage:

Personalized buckets for kids or pets:

I love this idea of using a hanger to hold magazines.  I’ve got a spot perfect for it on the side of my bathroom counter right beside the toilet :)   I’ll throw up a Command Hook to hold it and I’ll be all set!

So many fun and free printable storage labels (when over there be sure to click on view all thumbnails to see them all):

Love this ottoman storage for all the gaming stuff:

Another neat bucket idea for organizing school papers:

Dressers are so functional…why not one in your entryway:

Month-by-month storage project guide (including printable):

I also took their fun organizational personality quiz.  I don’t think it’s any surprise that this is what my result was:

You are the Librarian. You like everything in its place.

Key Traits:

  • Detailed and a taskmaster
  • Energetic
  • A perfectionist, sometimes to a fault
  • Shocking I know! :)  Although I’m definitely what you would call a recovering perfectionist.  I’ve learned to let many things go.

    Giveaway:

    The fine folks at BH&G were very kind to offer up FIVE 1-year Better Homes and Gardens magazine subscriptions as giveaway prizes for FIVE of my lucky readers.

    To enter, please go to BH&G and take their organizational personality quiz (it takes maybe 30 seconds to do) and then come back here and leave a comment with what you are.  They did not ask me to do this, I just thought it would be neat to see the variety of answers.  Entries must be in by Wednesday, June 1st at 2:00 pm PST to be eligible. This one is sadly only open to US residents though (sorry!).

    Good luck!

    Filed under: Link Love, Organizing Solutions

    Comments

    141 Responses to Organizing Tips from Better Homes & Garden + Giveaway!

    1. 1
      Jessica says

      I am also a librarian – and yeah, it fits!

    2. 2
      Denise S. says

      Wow, their new site is nice! I took the quiz – not surprisingly, I am the party planner!!

    3. 3
      Janelle says

      I want to sit & look at all the neat ideas! =) I am the school teacher, orderly but not rigid…I like that!

    4. 4
      Jodi says

      I’m a librarian too! Not surprising at all :-)

    5. 5
      Liz says

      The party planner…it’s true but oh I need to get organized so I can enjoy my parties more!

    6. 6
      Adrienne says

      School Teacher…yeah, it really fits!!

    7. 7
      Renee says

      Librarian…. makes sense to me

    8. 8
      Elizabeth L. says

      I am the Schoolteacher: orderly but not rigid.

      I expected to be the librarian because I am a librarian! :)

    9. 9
      Bridget says

      What a fun quiz! I am the Schoolteacher. Orderly but not rigid.

      Key Traits:
      Predictable and reliable
      Structured, but not afraid of spontaneity
      A rule-follower

    10. 10
      Jill says

      I am the schoolteacher, orderly but not rigid. I like that, though it’s much easier to corral things than children. Or children’s things.

    11. 11
      Christina says

      You are the Party PlannerSpontaneous and fun-loving

      yep, That’s me :)

    12. 12
      Hilarie says

      I’m the school teacher – orderly but not rigid. Sounds about right. :)

    13. 13
      Suzanne says

      No surprise here – I’m a librarian!

    14. 14
      kat amber says

      lol, i came up as the schoolteacher, i guess the remarks that i OCD when things are not in put away is true

    15. 15
      Gina W says

      I’m the school teacher – which is about right for my organizing skills :)

    16. 16
      Megan says

      I am a school teacher…. that was pretty fun to take…

    17. 17
      Cari says

      I’m the Librarian, everything in its place. That is about right what a fun quiz.

    18. 18
      Savannah says

      supposedly i’m the party planner..who knew!? when i plan parties i usually go with “simple is best..our friends won’t care ” lol

      • 18.1
        Savannah says

        oops sorry just realized this is open to the US only and i’m in Canada…please overlook my entry (or delete it)

    19. 19
      Brittany says

      You are the Schoolteacher
      Orderly but not rigid
      Key Traits:
      •Predictable and reliable
      •Structured, but not afraid of spontaneity
      •A rule-follower

      Hahaha that is so true and so sad, I need to step up my game.

    20. 20
      Fiona says

      I’m the party-planner!
      However, in real life I’m a teacher!!!! lollol

    21. 21
      Jenna says

      Another Librarian here! Fun to see that even with all these different personalities we can still all get organized in our own way!

    22. 22
      heidi @ wonder woman wannabe says

      oooh, la-la! love all the glorious eye candy. my brother in law works for meredith publishing and has a pretty big role in the web development of the BHG site. I’ll be sure to share your review with him. :)

    23. 23
      Kristie says

      I’m a librarian too!

    24. 24
      Natalie says

      I am a librarian :)

    25. 25
      Kim @ Homesteader's Heart says

      I had to laugh at the results of this because I could never be a school teacher but the key elements below that were pretty accurate.

      You are the SchoolteacherOrderly but not rigid
      Key Traits:
      Predictable and reliable
      Structured, but not afraid of spontaneity
      A rule-follower

    26. 26
      Shannon says

      I’m a school teacher…and I’m not really surprised…

    27. 27
      Melissa R. says

      I am a Party Planner…spontaneous and fun loving.
      Key traits include:
      a collector: yep
      easily sidetracked: yep
      always striving to enjoy life: for sure!!

    28. 28
      Vickie says

      I’m the Schoolteacher. I like that!

    29. 29
      Emiy says

      I’m a school teacher – which is funny because I actually was a school teacher before I quit to stay home with my kids! HA!

    30. 30
      Joanna says

      I am the Party Planner
      Spontaneous and fun-loving
      Key Traits:
      •A collector
      •Easily sidetracked
      •Always striving to enjoy life

    31. 31
      heidi @ wonder woman wannabe says

      I am ‘the Schoolteacher’ :

      Orderly but not rigid

      Key Traits:

      * Predictable and reliable
      * Structured, but not afraid of spontaneity
      * A rule-follower

      yup, i’d have to agree. :)

    32. 32
      Pamela says

      I’m a school teacher, which is about right!

    33. 34
      Krista says

      I’m a school teacher. Sounds like me too.

    34. 35
      Rebecca says

      Schoolteacher. Their questions were actually good ones, and I could find a choice that fit me, unlike most multiple choice quizes.

    35. 36
      Miranda says

      School teacher – which is really my job!

    36. 37
      Amanda says

      I am the librarian! I am not surprised one bit!

    37. 38
      Lynne says

      I am the Schoolteacher – Orderly but not rigid.
      If you ask my children they might disagree about me not being rigid. I was all about them keeping their rooms clean and orderly. “I want your rooms Spotless” was often heard coming from my mouth. :(

    38. 39
      Angie G. says

      My result: School teacher! Thanks for the chance to win!

    39. 40
      Tammy says

      I also got Librarian, but I know there is room for improvement. I currently have three piles of ‘projects’ sitting next to me.

    40. 41
      Anne says

      I am the School Teacher–orderly, but not rigid.

    41. 42
      Sarah says

      After taking the quiz three times (the flash player crashed at the end the first two times), I finally got:
      You are the SchoolteacherOrderly but not rigidKey Traits:

      Predictable and reliable
      Structured, but not afraid of spontaneity
      A rule-follower

    42. 43
      Joanna says

      Supposedly I am the party planner, but I’m not so sure. i think I have an identity crisis because I so badly want to be super organized but I’m no good at following through!

    43. 44
      Melissa Ash says

      I got librarian, also!
      I LOVE BH&G, so this would be SO great!!

    44. 45
      TallyMichelle says

      the Schoolteacher, Orderly but not rigid

      I agree!

    45. 46
      Katie says

      Ooooh, I’m the school teacher too! Not entirely surprising… I am in communications, but I have had people stop me at the grocery store, on airplanes, and just walking around to guess that I’m a school teacher. Something about me must scream “educator!” :) Thanks to you and BH&G for this great giveaway.

    46. 47
      abi says

      Why am I not surprised!!!

      You are the Schoolteacher- Orderly but not rigid

    47. 48
      Angie Richie says

      Party Planner….hate to admit that but it is something that I am working on. Bought Clutter Rehab and I am trying to put your ideas into place.

    48. 49
      Cathy says

      I’m a Librarian too! No surprise there, and I just loved this post – thanks for the cool link to all those labels!

    49. 50
      Linda Kish says

      Party planner…so not true

      lkish77123 at gmail dot com

    50. 51
      Andrea Watts says

      I’m the party planner…. so it says lol!

    51. 52
      Lisa says

      I am the librarian!

    52. 53
      Eileen says

      You are the Party Planner
      Spontaneous and fun-loving
      Key Traits:
      A collector
      Easily sidetracked
      Always striving to enjoy life

      This is so true!

    53. 54
      Marilyn says

      Librarian as well- I had no doubt that’s what I would be! My Dad always said, “A place for everything and everything in it’s place.”

    54. 55
      kathryn crouse says

      my result was the schoolteacher! what a great giveaway!

    55. 56
      SalBug says

      The same as you, Laura – - no surprise!

    56. 57
      Shelley says

      You are the Schoolteacher
      Orderly but not rigid

      Key Traits:
      Predictable and reliable
      Structured, but not afraid of spontaneity
      A rule-follower

      Pretty accurate! Thanks for the entry.

    57. 58
      Lea Ann H. says

      I came out in the Schoolteacher bucket. Not surprising . . . fits me well :)

    58. 59
      Kristina says

      You are the LibrarianYou like everything in its placeKey Traits:

      Detailed and a taskmaster
      Energetic
      A perfectionist, sometimes to a fault

      Not surprising since I AM a Librarian!

    59. 60
      Janna says

      I am the School Teacher!

    60. 61
      Kathy says

      Ha … the school teacher … I was a public school teacher b4 kids and now I am a homeschool teacher!! :-) Guess those traits carry over everywhere!

    61. 62
      MaryJane Higgins says

      Says I’m a Party Planner!
      Collector – Oh boy!
      Easily sidetracked – For sure
      Always striving to enjoy life – Loving every minute of retirement!

    62. 63
      Kristi says

      School teacher! I totally agree with it!!!

    63. 64
      Krissa says

      You are the School teacher Orderly but not rigid
      Key Traits:

      Predictable and reliable
      Structured, but not afraid of spontaneity
      A rule-follower

      Funny, because I really am a teacher. :)

    64. 65
      Joyce says

      I’m drooling over those pics too. I knew I was the librarian already. =p Fun quiz.

    65. 67
      Martha (MM) says

      I am the School teacher
      Orderly but not rigid
      Key Traits:
      Predictable and reliable
      Structured, but not afraid of spontaneity
      A rule-follower

    66. 68
      Andrea says

      It hit the mark! I’m the party planner!

    67. 69
      Sinea says

      I am the school teacher. Orderly but not rigid. That really is me…and I work in a school as the office manager! :)

    68. 70
      Beth M. says

      I’m a ‘school teacher’! Not so sure about the ‘not rigid’ part- that’s must be my lazy side coming through!

    69. 71
      Nicole says

      The Schoolteacher. Fairly accurate, though I can be pretty scatterbrained at times.

    70. 72
      Jen B. says

      I’m the school teacher. Thanks, Jen

    71. 73
      Ashley says

      I’m a Party Planner.

    72. 74
      Kathy says

      I’m a party planner

    73. 75
      Marilyn Holeman says

      You are the Schoolteacher. Orderly but not rigid

      Key Traits:

      Predictable and reliable
      Structured, but not afraid of spontaneity
      A rule-follower

    74. 76
      Amy Payne says

      I’m definitely the Librarian. :)

    75. 77
      Jill says

      Schoolteacher. Interesting.

    76. 78
      sandi says

      You are the Party Planner… ummm. Maybe I misclicked. ;) That is not me at all.

    77. 79
      Tania Knapp says

      Librarian :)

    78. 80
      April says

      I got Party Planner. Sorta true, but not a perfect match.

    79. 81
      Salena Begley says

      I am a librarian!!! Surprise!

    80. 82
      Megan says

      Party planner :) fun!

    81. 83
      Andrea says

      This is exactly why I’m on this website…because I’m trying to become that librarian or teacher! LOL!

      You are the Artist
      Creative and free-flowing
      Key Traits:
      Visual in thinking and learning
      Very loyal to friends
      Sometimes late to appointments
      A pack rat

    82. 84
      Melissa R. says

      hahaha

      I’m the Schoolteacher! “organized but not rigid”

      I teach first grade and this is me to a T. How funny!

    83. 85
      Evie says

      I am the party planner. The title surprises me a bit, but the other things…..collector, easily side-tracked & always strives to enjoy life does fit me to a T!!!

      • 85.1
        Medford says

        That’s the best answer by far! Thanks for cnotributnig.

    84. 86
      thepricklypinecone says

      Apparently I am a party planner, though the details don’t really fit the title! I love collecting stuff.

    85. 87
      Tammy says

      People are so distracted with commenting about their quiz results they forgot to mention that they giggled when they read that you were going tp throw up a command hook … Since you were talking about the bathroom, my mind went to the other meaning of that phrase. Thanks for making me smile today :)

      And I’m a librarian too :)

    86. 88
      SmugMama says

      Schoolteacher – Orderly but not rigid

      Sure sounds like me!!

    87. 89
      Shana says

      It said I’m a school teacher, and it sorta fits, but some of the questions did not have answer options how I would have answered.
      I’m not spontaneous!
      Funny though, my son is a school teacher & my mom is a retired teacher!
      nineteen19 at blackfoot dot net

    88. 91
      Shelia says

      I am the SchoolTeacher – which suits me perfectly. That’s what everyone says I should have chosen as a career. LOL.

    89. 92
      Cynthia L says

      My quiz result : SchoolTeacher (Orderly but not rigid). I am kind of surprised because I have been told I am very rigid! Anyhow, I like SchoolTeacher. Structured but not afraid of spontaneity! I love that!

    90. 93
      Jan says

      Party Planner here…That’s why I need you!

    91. 94
      Karen says

      I was the “school teacher”. Not surprised. It described me very accurately. Love it!

    92. 95
      Tammy says

      I’m a school teacher…which makes me kinda LOL.

    93. 96
      jennybean says

      I am also a librarian!@

    94. 97
      Teresa says

      Librian. I’m glad they didn’t ask me if my pantry is in alphabetical order!!! LOL!! Why doesn’t that make sense to everybody??? :)

      T.

    95. 98
      Andrea says

      A Librarian…it’s a good fit.

    96. 99
      Kristi says

      That was fun! I’m a librarian.

    97. 100
      Veronica Gonzalez says

      I see there aren’t many of my kind….LOL

      You are the Artist
      Creative and free-flowing
      Key Traits:
      Visual in thinking and learning
      Very loyal to friends
      Sometimes late to appointments
      A pack rat

    98. 101
      Donna says

      Schoolteacher….ironic, as I’m actually a schoolteacher (for a few more weeks anyway). Just quit to stay home w/ my kids.

    99. 102
      heather in michigan says

      Librarian…
      label fits as I’ve previously worked as a substitute librarian:)

    100. 103
      Tara says

      Party Planner!

    101. 104
      Wendy H says

      I’m “a school teacher” …sounds about right :-)

    102. 105
      Alison says

      I’m the Party Planner. I think that’s pretty fitting!

    103. 106
      Marian Knopp says

      I’m the Librarian which is hilarious because I’m actually a college librarian in real life.

      Marian the Librarian! :)

    104. 107
      Bree says

      I’m the school teacher. Orderly not rigid. Predictable, structured but not afraid of spontaneity and a rule-follower.

      This totally sounds about right, as my major is in early childhood education! :)
      Thanks for the chance to win! :D

    105. 108
      Denise G. says

      The plug-in crashed while I was trying to enter my information for the results. I’m sure I would be the librarian or school teacher though. Probably librarian.

    106. 109
      clothespin says

      I’m a school teacher? Maybe I aspire to being that… I have organized chaos most of the time. At least the living space is pretty good most of the time…

    107. 110
      Barb S says

      My result: School Teacher. I think it fits.

    108. 111
      Jennie says

      It says I’m the schoolteacher (orderly but not rigid), but I might have subconsciously answered more on how I want to be than how I actually am (which is often disorganized.)

    109. 112
      Julie says

      School teacher…..thanks for a fun giveaway!

      Julie

    110. 113
      Shelly Ballou says

      I am a party planner, fun and spontaneous.

    111. 114
      Smellyann says

      You are the Librarian
      You like everything in its place
      Key Traits:
      •Detailed and a taskmaster
      •Energetic
      •A perfectionist, sometimes to a fault

      :)

    112. 115
      Amanda says

      I am the schoolteacher: predictable and reliable!

    113. 116
      Ivy says

      I’m the party planner: spontaneous and fun-loving.

    114. 117
      Staci A says

      I’m a party planner, which is definitely fitting.

    115. 118
      Trish says

      I’m the schoolteacher – orderly but not rigid…

    116. 119
      Jessica says

      I’m the party planner!!!

    117. 120
      Emily says

      I was the party planner. Not really true…

    118. 121
      Sara says

      I too was the librarian!

    119. 122
      Lisa says

      I am the Schoolteacher – Orderly but not rigid…thanks for hosting.

    120. 123
      Tara says

      I’m the party planner….which I can’t argue with!

    121. 124
      Amykinz says

      I’m YOU! J/K, but I got the same thing… I’m the Librarian… “a place for everything and everything in it’s place!” Yes, please! :)

    122. 125
      Anna says

      I’m the “Schoolteacher” and thought the description sounded like me!

    123. 126
      Christine says

      I am a School Teacher…orderly but not rigid, except during times of chaos when I become a militant “Librarian”, just ask the kids!

    124. 127
      GM says

      You are the Party Planner
      Spontaneous and fun-loving

      Key Traits:
      A collector
      Easily sidetracked
      Always striving to enjoy life

    125. 128
      Vanessa says

      I’m “the Schoolteacher.” Sounds about right, I work as a paralegal.
      Thanks!

    126. 129
      S says

      Looks like I am a Librarian too

    127. 130
      Emily Anne says

      party planner

    128. 131
      jessica brown says

      Apparently I’m the librarian as well.

    129. 132
      Leighann Marquiss says

      I’m the librarian, too! Which is perfect because I love to read. :)

    130. 133
      Bailey says

      You are the Party Planner

      Spontaneous and fun-loving

      Key Traits:
      •A collector
      •Easily sidetracked
      •Always striving to enjoy life

      Okay, so I’m not the most organized… maybe that’s why I’m here!!

    131. 134
      julie says

      Librarian — 100% accurate as I have been one for 10 years!

    132. 135
      Katie S. says

      I am the Schoolteacher; orderly but not rigid…yep, right on!

    133. 136
      Karrisa says

      I’m the party planner – spontaneous and fun-loving!

    134. 137
      Lynne B says

      You are the SchoolteacherOrderly but not rigid
      Key Traits:
      Predictable and reliable
      Structured, but not afraid of spontaneity
      A rule-follower (now if only my home schooled children were, too!)

    135. 138
      Judyann says

      You are the Schoolteacher
      Orderly but not rigid
      Key Traits:

      Predictable and reliable
      Structured, but not afraid of spontaneity
      A rule-follower

      This was a bit of a surprise, I thought I’d be a Librarian.
      I guess I’m mellowing in my old age. LOL

    136. 139
      Sue from Livin In Duckville says

      I had to laugh when it said I was the School teacher….. Guess what I do for a living….. yup… I teach in a Middle School….. lol

      You are the School teacher
      Orderly but not rigid
      Key Traits:

      Predictable and reliable
      Structured, but not afraid of spontaneity
      A rule-follower

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