Storage and Organizing Magazines – Oh My! + giveaway! (closed)

This giveaway is now closed. The winner is #35 Heather!

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this time of year and all the attention that organization gets.  Everywhere you look people are talking about it, blogs are fired up about it, stores are featuring bins and baskets galore and of course every magazine has something about organizing on it’s cover.

I live in a pretty small town in Alberta, Canada that has a population of about 9000 people.  The closest we have to a store carrying organizing supplies is Wal-mart but after seeing Jen’s post yesterday, Wal-mart doesn’t even come close to the organizing bliss that Target carries, wah.  Although I guess that may be a blessing for my bank account because I could be in trouble otherwise!  Jen showed much more restraint than I ever could I’ll tell you that much.

Hello, my name is Laura and I’m addicted to organizing.

So how do I get my must have organizing fix you ask?  Magazines!  Magazines with oodles of pictures for me to drool over.  I’ve got my hands on three right now that are just scrumptious (not in an eating way though, I don’t eat my magazines, that would be weird but I do drool all over them just like I would if I really were eating something scrumptious).

This first one came in the mail.  Remember a little while ago I told you about a brand new organizing magazine on the market called Getting Organized Magazine?  Well my first issue finally arrived just yesterday, whoot!  It’s only 38 pages long but I’m sure it will grow as they get going.  Love their tag line:  treat yourself to some sanity.  Why thank you, don’t mind if I do :)

You can find out more about this magazine by clicking the button below and when you subscribe you get a FREE ebook as well!


Getting Organized Magazine - Wide Banner Ad
Then while at the drug store the newest edition of Storage (Spring 2012) hit the racks so of course it found it’s way into my basket.

Then while there my eye caught the word organize again, this time on another magazine.  I had to take it home, I can’t help myself!

This particular picture inside caught my eye because of the happy face mugs in the top corner.  Ahhhh

I got all excited about it because guess who got a happy face mug for Christmas?  Me!  My daughter knows that next to organizing I am crazy about happy faces so she bought it for me.  What does that have to do with organizing?  Not much, I’m just a strange cat and the littlest things amuse me :)

Giveaway Time:

So I didn’t forget about you my lovely readers.  You know I always pick up an extra Storage magazine when I see it to giveaway. And in honor of January and the organizing bliss all around I thought I’d throw in a copy of my book, Clutter Rehab, too.  So one person will win both.  To enter just leave a comment on this post telling me what your #1 spot to organize this month in your home is.  Just a reminder though that if you’ve got a room that needs a whole lot of TLC don’t forget to take before pictures before you get started.  You’ll be able to use it for my 29 Day Organizational Challenge coming in February.  Yay!

Comments must be left by Saturday, January 14th at 2:00 pm PST to be eligible.  Winner chosen at random.

See ya!

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383 Responses to Storage and Organizing Magazines – Oh My! + giveaway! (closed)

  1. 1
    Adrienne says

    I desperately need to do something with my kids rooms. It is an organization nightmare!!!

  2. 2
    se7en says

    We are finishing our school year in two weeks time and then … a ten week summer break!!! I normally leave the packing up and organizing of the current years school stuff – and there is a lot of it!!! – until just before the start of the next year – well I am determined to get all the assignments and artwork and journals sorted in the first week – so that I can really forget about school during the break and have the shelves clear and ready for the arrival of next years boxes of school materials. Worth a try I reckon!!!

  3. 3
    Alice says

    My desk / art table! It is such a disaster, and is just driving me crazy. I’m doing some serious art supply purging, with the idea that if I have less but can actually access it, I’ll art more. (Yes, art is a verb. :) )

  4. 4
    Leslie Barrett says

    I am doing a major kitchen overhaul. Time to get all of those spices organized, as well as recipes, home management binder, bill paying center, etc!

  5. 5
    Debber says

    We are organizing our home office – deep, deep….going into folder that are so old that they date back 20 years ago. Then on to closets and bookshelves and surfaces. It is an unbelievable chore as my husband holds on to everything…

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    Sarah Davis says

    My next organizing project is my “dining” room (we don’t dine in it—-table’s in the ktichen). It’s used as a homeschool room & music room & library & pantry (remodeling the kitchen, so all my kitchen stuff is on shelves in this room for now). Can’t WAIT to get started!

  7. 7
    Serena says

    My basement is abysmal! It is the last space to complete! So close to a fully organized home!!!!

  8. 8
    Sarina says

    I hope to tackle me closet.

  9. 9
    Kim @ Homesteader's Heart says

    Well I just shoveled my way out of my closet and now I’m heading to the kitchen and I’m sure there are all sorts of organizing possibilities just waiting to happen.
    Oh and by the way, I have the SAME EXACT mug. She got it at Pier 1 didn’t she? LOL!
    Have a lovely day.
    Kim

    • 9.1
      Laura says

      She sure did!!

  10. 10
    Crystal says

    I am SOOO in need of some organizational help. We had a house fire in June and are getting ready to move into our brand new home! I am very unorganized and want to control the chaos before it takes over in the new house.

  11. 12
    Pip says

    My back hallway, I already started with the utility sink cabinet. Purged and organized all of our household tools!

  12. 13
    Dannette says

    I really need to organize my purse. I have one of those purse organizers and I still can’t seem to get it done. The inside of my purse looks like a bomb went off inside it!

  13. 14
    Laura says

    My bedroom closet!

  14. 15
    Teresa K says

    My craft room is good but oh my, the closet is hiding monsters I’m sure! The craft closet needs ruthless help!

  15. 17
    Ethel says

    Try to organize in kitchen then office

  16. 18
    Denise J says

    I desperately need to organize my laundry room!

  17. 19
    Leslie says

    The title of this post really caught my attention because I need to get my magazines organized! lol My goal is to read through and get rid of 5 magazines a week until it’s done. I’m sure it’ll take longer than a month.

  18. 20
    Jamie Justice says

    I am a marine wife so naturally all my husbands gear is laying around are small apartment. And he is constantly unable to find what he needs when its needed! So my goal this month is to find an easy to find and kind of “hidden-away” storage solution for my husbands gear. So far, Ive put his summer uniforms in clear storage bins that roll under the bed. :) And other suggestions would be appreciated!

    • 20.1
      Rachel says

      We use a big rattan blanket chest to keep my husbands backpacks and body armour things in, and the big travel bags are under our bed. He has a couple of narrow freestanding wardrobes with several shelves and shirt length hanging rail for everyday and dress uniforms. He keeps some things in there in crates, like bulky cold weather gear, trainers etc. And smaller baskets for Capbadges and insignia, shoe cleaning kits plus room for his boots. He uses a lot of ziplock bags to keep things ready to pack that he always has to take with him. Things that are rarely used like different climate sleeping bags, single man tent, desert gear is stored in big clear plastic totes in our garage, but we have had them stacked in the corner of closets before when we haven’t had one. Basically we try to give things designated homes, like with like.

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    Carrie M says

    Next up is my bedroom! I did the hall closet, coat closet and kitchen this fall. I had several boxes with items that needed to still be “relocated” in my living room floor when the holidays hit. Those boxes detoured to the bedroom which already needed help :( I am determined to completely organize this house, my finances, my filing cabinet, my life in general! Blogs like yours really help keep me motivated and give me helpful information. Thank you!

  20. 22
    Rene Leeper says

    I’m working on finding the floor in our basement. We have a nice storage room that has become the catchall room for us. I want to be able to walk right in and find what I’m looking for without having to move 10 things just to get to what I want.

  21. 23
    Shell We says

    My spot to clean & organize is the spot behind my entry door & entry closet. It’s a weird shaped area & the closet wasn’t set up to be very functional.

  22. 24
    Heather says

    My book shelves have become a mess!

  23. 25
    Marcy says

    I have been following your blog since June. I have fallen off the wagon a coupla times, but I love how motivational your posts have been to me to bring me back. So far I have tackled “under the stairs” and a couple other neglected areas… but my #1 spot to organize this month will be the kitchen drawers. I can’t wait to see how much space I can reclaim.
    Thanks for the great give away offer!
    ~Marcy

  24. 26
    Claudia says

    My clothes is taking over! I need a good system for having the outgrown clothes make it’s way out of my home!

  25. 27
    Chrisula G says

    We just added a mud room to our house so we need to get going on some built ins to utilize the space which is currently empty

  26. 28
    Kylie P says

    Would love to organise my bedroom walk in robe and all the extra paperwork that ends up there like my past tax returns, household paperwork & memorabilia!!!!

  27. 29
    Shannon says

    I’m currently working on my living/play room. I did Round 1 of sorting it on Monday, but I’ve got lots more sorting ahead of me. I’d love to win, thanks!!!

  28. 30
    Rachel says

    We don’t have space for a special office/craftroom, and paperwork and craftiness take over our living/dining space. My husband paints miniature war-game models and I sew and our stuff is getting a little out of hand right now. I got some cute organising supplies fr Christmas, I just need to sort out the combo craft/computer area and use them. Paperwork will have to wait until another time, it’s too overwhelming with everything else a mess right now :(

  29. 31
    Katherine says

    How about my whole house? Does that count? We’re in the (long) process of uncluttering everything, but I’d like to start by getting my dining room table back to being cleared off.

  30. 32
    Sue says

    I need to organize or purge everyroom in my house. I am living in chaos!!!! I think I will start with the home office and paperwork.

  31. 33
    Rebecca says

    My basement / toy room desperately needs some organizing help! It’s just a mish-mash of stuff and it looks and feels horrible!!

  32. 34
    sophia says

    I need to take on my bedroom. Needs to be cleaned up so it can be restful!

  33. 35
    Heather says

    Since Spring 2012 semester starts in two days, I’m working on my office! Mostly focusing on my desk since it will be getting the most use.

  34. 36
    Laura says

    Since we’ll probably be moving soon, I need to go through our storage room and purge everything that hasn’t been unpacked from the last move! Love the mugs btw.

  35. 37
    Jan says

    My office needs the most organization in my house. I have somehow created several piles and now do not have the use of my project table (to do my “all-things-crafty” stuff). *sigh* I also have a small playroom for my son in my office. The two are just not mixing well. I’d love to find a way to may this space cohesive.

  36. 38
    TIna Reeves says

    I’m going to take charge of my spice drawer and pantry this month!

  37. 39
    Pam says

    It’s fun that you’re addicted to organizing. I think i’m addicted to organizing containers. So many times I’ve dreamed that I would open a Container Store since we don’t have any around us. Can you imagine how wonderful that would be???

  38. 40
    Leslie says

    I need to clean up my kitchen counter aka the dumping ground.

  39. 41
    Dena says

    My bedroom needs to organized bad. Not only is mine & my husbands stuff in there but my 4 kids stuff seems to keep finding its way in there as well.

  40. 42
    Liz says

    So many areas to pick from….but I’m going with the family room. Time to tame it once and for all!

  41. 43
    Sarah says

    I’m working on my kitchen drawers (hopefully to expand to include cabinets and/or pantry too). I just got a couple sets of drawerdecors from a certain opensky store :-)

  42. 44
    Tamikko says

    wow! First off, I didn’t know you were in Canada. I’m in BC! Did you know that Zellers has been bought by Target? I don’t know if you have one near enough to go to but if so :). I can’t wait for Target, for I, too, have heard many great things about their organizing containers and $ bin items that can be made into other things. Ours is slated to be done by Fall, I believe. There has been some sales to get it going but there hasn’t been any construction yet.
    I am actually right in the middle of organizing everything. We’ve put in new floors and most of our stuff is in the garage. The upstairs has overspill from the downstairs so not one area is clean, clear and organized. It is horrible! I know you should concentrate on one area at a time so I’m not really getting much done quickly. I do plan on getting the area with computer, papers like bills and school, calendar and everyday bits like cooking lists organized first. I have some great ideas and a few things already but can’t execute it until the floors are done and the computer desk and everything that goes with it can go back to where it belongs. Which is why I’m working on other areas (or them all) at once because there’s always something stopping me from finishing one area or another. Love the smiley cup!

    • 44.1
      Christina says

      My whole house needs some help. The livingroom/workspace probably needs the most help at the moment, next is the kids room.

  43. 45
    Vickie says

    My #1 spot to organize this month is the computer room/office- the place that continually defeats me.

  44. 46
    Kristie says

    I am in the process of organizing my most troubling spots right now–I love to organize–love to see the finished product when I am done!! ;)

  45. 47
    Melissa says

    My craft space. I can’t even SEE the floor in there.

  46. 48
    Kari says

    My pantry and my master bath linen closet are absolute messes! They need some serious help.

  47. 49
    marji says

    Stationery and art supplies — I have the same goal every year.

  48. 50
    nuri says

    the bedroom! omg, and my husbands teaching materials.

  49. 51
    Stacy says

    I need to organize my bonus room. It has all the random toys and clothes we’re done with that are ready for consignment, plus just other things end up there. I would LOVE to win both! Thanks for the giveaway!

  50. 52
    Felecia says

    My exercise/storage room. We remodeled an upstairs bedroom and used the exercise room to store the things from that room. Now that we’re done, we seem to have a lot of stuff that didn’t make it back into the bedroom. Add to that, seven Christmas storage boxes and two Christmas trees (one for the den and one for the living room)waiting to be put away and…well…you get the picture!

  51. 53
    April says

    I’m organizing our master bedroom and the two closets off our master bathroom. Most of the house has been gone through, but I know these rooms have been collecting garbage. If I haven’t used it and it has no senitmental value, why are we still holding onto it? So, this is the last major area of my house that needs help. I have dressers to go through and need to make better use of the storage we already have. I love organizing articles, shows, and magazines too. Who doesn’t love new ideas?

  52. 54
    Trisha says

    I’m currently working through my kitchen and master bedroom, but I want to hit my office soon. My home is so very far from organizational bliss. Sigh.

  53. 55
    Teresa says

    Living room. Since you are making me choose. There are 5 people and a dog in a house that is entirely too small for such a brood. My 5 year old (almost 6) has Autism and we really need to get a handle on everyroom so that we can minimize the stress it causes to him AND ME!

  54. 56
    Lona says

    Office. =(

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  55. 57
    maria says

    my kitchen

  56. 58
    Sara says

    I’d love to win both of these!! My top priority for organizing this month is our storage in the basement.

  57. 59
    Amy says

    This month, I’m going to go through the linen closet! It’s an armoire in my upstairs hallway & it’s ridiculous!

  58. 60
    Carrie says

    We moved in July, so the whole house needs some perfecting organization-wise still, but mostly the COAT CLOSET. Wow is it a mess.

  59. 61
    Paula says

    I have so many areas I want to organize this year, but first up is my Laundry Room. It seems to be the dumping ground for everything and I seriously need to get some order in there!

  60. 62
    Joanne says

    It’s time to declutter my daughters’ bedroom closets! A project that they will be helping with starting this weekend.

  61. 63
    Wilson Family Adventures says

    My next large area to organize is our loft. It has a little bit of everything- clothes, toys, books, computer, tv, etc. It’s a catch all and I want to thin it out.

  62. 64
    Ruth Myers says

    The first organizing task that I need to do this year is to declutter the bedroom and find some new storage solutions!

  63. 65
    Jennifer says

    My crafting corner! I just know it’s planning a coup.

  64. 66
    Meggan says

    I need to organize the play room, and the guest bedroom, since it gets alot of stuff dumped into it because we only have visitors a few times a year. I would like it to me a calming comfy space.

  65. 67
    Kristen says

    I have once again resolved to get organized. Hopefully 2012 is my year. There’s not a place in my home that doesn’t need it, but right now the focus is on the paper clutter/ office area.

  66. 68
    Veronica says

    Showing our home for sale has required that I clear away the clutter everywhere, but I’ve got one big room that is the repository of everything I’ve cleared and need to go through before moving! UGH. Not to mention that I have my recently passed away mother’s, aunt’s, and grandmother’s “treasures” that I have to sort through as well. It is a daunting task, and I can use all the help I can get! Thanks for your giveaways!

  67. 69
    Janel says

    My basement is a mess. My whole family is working at cleaning it up, but I swear the things are multiply at night! :)

  68. 70
    Ashly says

    I have quite the project ahead of me. Our family of 3 inhabits a meager 625 square feet so sPace is of the essence. We have a room that was previously being used as food/small appliance/winter coat storage. We’ve decided to convert it to a walk in closet/craft room to free up some floor space in our bedroom. So in short my project isto take this completely blank slate and make a fab and functional space… Then figure out what I’m goin to do with all my pantry stuff but I’m saving that to worry about next month lol

  69. 71
    Rachel J says

    The office- it is the only unused bedroom in our 1000 sq ft house. It houses our financial records, my clothes in the closet, and the space I use as a classroom/study for graduate school.

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    Christie says

    my ‘one room’ to organize is every room that has my daughter’s toys: living room, dining room and her bedroom. I’m planning on selling the toys she no longer plays with to reduce the visual clutter I see when I look anywhere in my home. I’d love a copy of Clutter Rehab; that’s what I’m looking forward to winning the most!

  71. 73
    Dana from NC says

    I just found your blog so my whole house is my project but for starters I want my entry way where all the shoes pile up organized this month!

  72. 74
    Suzanne says

    I desperately need to organize our office/my craft room……..it is sooooo out of control. I don’t even know where to begin…..thanks for the chance!

  73. 75
    Joyce Moy says

    Our side entryway really needs a facelift thi syear.

  74. 76
    Jackie McKenzie says

    My craft room is my top priority right now! As an independent demonstrator for a paper crafting company I am constantly getting ready for classes, shows etc. And it always seems to look like a tornado blew through it!

  75. 77
    Marilyn says

    I always get caught up in the “Get Organized” craze at the start of a new year. I have all ready hit the basement with the purchase of 2 additional shelving units. Now I am working on our file cabinet- redoing the labels on all of the file folders and making new headers that are more easily seen.
    I have also added a few hooks here and there- inside cabinets, behind doors, etc.
    I would love to win these- thanks for the giveaway!
    Marilyn

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    Evelyn R says

    My guest bedroom needs cleaning out and organizing. It is usually the catch-all room until we have someone coming to stay with us

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    Lisa Henderson says

    My kitchen. Looks ok on the surface–just don’t open the cupboards!

  78. 80
    Heidi Kemp says

    my TV room! Needs pruning and a mass organization.

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    Sara D says

    I am wanting to reorganize my craft room. It is actually a combo room with my kids craft stuff and my stuff (scrapbooking, cardmaking, computer, tv, and sewing). It’s not a huge room either. But I am just not liking how it is put together right now. I can tell it’s not working b/c my desk top is always messy. :-(

  80. 82
    Jennifer Keesler says

    The area I most want to organize this month is our old office/closet!!!! Organize and PURGE is more like the plan!!!

  81. 83
    Denise T says

    My bedroom! It has become a catchall for everything that has no other home.

  82. 84
    Camille says

    Working on the basement. Recently got married and tons of entertaining gifts. Some we’ll use often but other big items need a home in between parties! Hoping this will also give me the chance to go through some stuff so when we move in the next few months It won’t be as hectic!

  83. 85
    Ashley says

    My spot to organize this month is my kitchen. I’ve been working on my pantry, but I’ve run out of room!

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    Holly F says

    The kids’ playroom. Thanks for the chance to win!

  85. 87
    Alison says

    I am super motivated but way overwhelmed. I’ve been focusing on the office but need to get into the kids rooms.

  86. 88
    Tracy Durant says

    My kids bedroom! It needs alot of organizing. lol
    Also, our entire house does as we just moved in and is taking time to get organized.

  87. 89
    Nancy Schiedermayer says

    My photos and scrapbooks!!!! I need to get photos scanned and scrapbooks on shelves

  88. 90
    Kelly L says

    My master closet. Thank you!

  89. 91
    Tracy says

    Need to clean my room before I can yell at the kids to clean their rooms

  90. 92
    Laure says

    My #1 spot (i.e. desperate spot) is my “home office”. Especially because it’s not a whole room but just a “spot”, when it’s awful, the whole living room is awful. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  91. 93
    Havilah says

    I’m new to your blog and I LOVE it! It’s just what I need. We’re going to be moving next week so this is going to be a great opportunity to organize EVERYTHING. My main goal this month, though is the Kitchen and the chore chart for the kids.

  92. 94
    Sarah says

    My numero uno is DEFINITELY my sewing and craft room. I get inspired to organize it when I think about how much more productive I could be in there if it wasn’t such a mess, but it’s tough to even get started on it!

  93. 95
    TwoDiffSocks says

    We moved a month ago so i still have plenty of boxes to go thru….so thats my focus: to go thru a box a day & organize/dejunk with what’s in that box. Not as simple as stated since not all our furniture came thru in the move and i’m only working part-time but i do have hope it will get done before the end of 2011

    :)

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    sharon says

    I desperately need to do both my room and my kid’s room. This month will be my room. I need to do some major decluttering.

  95. 97
    Mindy says

    I’m working on reorganizing my craft room now. Once that gets done, I need to move onto the basement (which is just a plain old basement with piles of boxes). Sigh.

  96. 98
    Karen says

    My laundry/storage room!

  97. 99
    Erinna says

    Our litter room needs organized. Just the name sounds awful and disorganized, right? Well we have multiple cats and have a room devoted to their litter boxes and such… which we keep clean but the room also has become a catch-all for everything. Uggghhh.

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    Bev says

    I guess it’s time to tackly my daughter’s bedroom. She moved out to an apartment after college (3 years ago), and her room still looks like it did the week she moved out! Sad, I know. Guess it’s time to change it into a real guest room instead of using it for storage.

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    cluttercafe says

    I desperately need to organize my home office. Yikes what a disaster!

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    Linda Kish says

    I need to organize the desk in my bedroom first.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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    Desiree says

    My office area and my basement are screaming for help so that’s what I’ll be tackling!

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    Rachel says

    Our master bedroom and closet. My husband has been ill and more recently the medical supplies have taken over the room, leaving it feeling more like a prison rather than an oasis. I’m reclaiming this room before Spring!

  103. 105
    Terrie Andrews says

    So many places! Where to began. Right now I am working on all my holiday stuff in our extra bedroom closet. I didn’t take a picture first but wish I had.

  104. 106
    Tamora says

    The first place I’m working on this year is the living room. Redoing the kids’ desk area and still need to put the Christmas stuff away!!

  105. 107
    Terrie Andrews says

    So many places! Where to began.

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    Virginia Akin says

    Oh my basement! We have made some progress on it ~ which is a good thing since we are starting a Bible study down there in two weeks! ~ but it still needs work to become both Bible study and craft area I really need it to be! Then there is the upstairs office…..

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    Teri says

    I am doing my garage… it is a disaster.

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    Amanda Andrus says

    The kitchen! I need to to clean out and organize all of my cupboards. I am afraid of what I am going to find in the back of some of them.

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    Michelle @ Getting Through the Day says

    Oh, how I wish I could have those magazines! I tackled my bedroom last week, but I have one particular space that has everything that doesn’t have a place crammed into it. No one besides me knows that that space is crammed with junk. Yet, it really REALLY bothers me. My goal this month is to tackle that small space and get it organized!

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    Julie says

    Working on my basement storage whenever I can. It’s mostly toys for rotation.

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    Emily @ Random Recycling says

    I need to reorganize our “recycling closet”. It’s a catch all for recycling bins, wine, vases, drinks, etc. It needs some TLC.

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    Christina says

    The master bedroom is my major project at the moment. We bought our house four years ago this Spring and we still have unpacked boxes taking up room in our bedroom. I can barely walk in to our walk in closet which was one of the selling features of the house!! I’m determined to reclaim the space so I can have a room to get away and relax.

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    Allison S. says

    I want to organize our guest room closet. I’m turning the whole room into a craft-zone for me. I plan on storing all of the craft supplies in the closet. First I have to get all of the random, unused boxes of this & that out.

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    Jeannine B. says

    I am currently working on a complete overhaul of the storage and organization in my laundry room. As always, this seems to be spilling over into other rooms of the house as I rethink what to continue to store in the laundry room, and what things to move to other places in my home that make more sense! I love the inspiration “eye candy” in all of the storage/organizing magazines and books! Thanks for a fun giveaway!

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    Judy says

    I would like to tackel the basement organization again. Every time I go down there it seems there is more to organize, more to trash and more to donate.

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    Laurie says

    My kids bathroom. They use mine right now because their tub is filled with bagged stuffed animals and the floor is filled with paper sacks full of papers. :(

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    Rachel says

    I desperately need storage solutions for my tiny, windowless craft room – I would love ideas to work through the chaos!

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    Pam says

    I’ve been working through my decorating closet as I put away Christmas things and get out the snowman decorations (to keep things looking cheerful after we put away Christmas). I’m blessed with a l-o-n-n-n-g closet under the eaves – about 8 ft by 24 ft – that holds decorating items for different seasons, framed pix I’m not using, candles, and even suitcases and our laundry hamper baskets (it opens off our clothes closet, so it’s a handy place to toss dirty clothes).

    Well – the problem with this lovely closet is that it’s just too tempting to do an open-and-shove when I want to get something out of sight quickly. It was time to wade in and put things away.

    So the last couple of weeks, I’ve been purging and donating – like a huge bag of unused silk flowers and strings of Christmas lights lurking in the bottom of the box.

    I have so much more room now – much easier to put things away! My husband says (when I stagger home with MORE plastic bins), “If our house ever catches fire, it won’t burn, it will melt.”

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    Ginny says

    Most areas of my home need organization help, but because it’s a busy public space, I’d have to say my kitchen is #1. I recently bought Pyrex storage set, and most of the pieces are still languishing in the box because I don’t know where to put them! I definitely need help!

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    Jaime O says

    My whole house is a disaster…we were already bursting at the seams before Christmas came along, now it is just ridiculous. My plan is to tackle my basement/craft room first, I just need to find some time!

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    Jamey says

    I am going through the bathroom cabinets this month – starting small so that I can see some results before I move on to the Master Bedroom and Closet!

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    sherri says

    My craft room was relocated from the main floor to guest bedroom; by relocated I mean my husband moved everything down, but nothing was “put away.” So….my job is to organize my new craft room so that I can start creating some of the fabulousness I’m seeing on pinterest!

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    carla Pullum says

    My extra bedroom!
    Carla
    cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    Wendy says

    I so need to organize my kitchen cabinets & drawers

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    Emily @ Make It Happen Mama says

    Oooh, my bedroom! I’m staying with my parents in Oregon during the week, but live with my husband and son in Washington on the weekends, so it’s definitely a challenge to keep my “weekday” bedroom clean & organized – yikes!

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    Sheila says

    I would like to bring back order in my kitchen, particularly the counters and pantry. Since I’ve been spending more time in it than ever before, I think it’s just good sense to make it less chaotic and more organized so I can enjoy learning how to cook for my family.

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    Nancy says

    My garage would be the one room I would like to tacvkle next.

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    Mormelar says

    My next big goal is to conquere my wardrobe!

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    Jenni says

    We desperately need to organize the guest bedroom… which has become a harbor for all of our ‘oh I’ll find a place for this later’ junk. It’s so painful to look at that we keep the door closed.

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    Sonda in OR says

    My garage is my number one area!

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    Laura says

    We have a room in our house designated as as office. The only problem is that it has a walk-in closet full of shelves! That means it becomes the dumping spot for everything on the first floor that is absolutely essential but has no other home and for things that are in transition. My goal this year is to clear it out and set up defined spaces within that closet for items.

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    Stacey says

    My home office, there is not one surface not covered by something! help……

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    Patti says

    Oh how I am loving your blog. I think I should call in sick to work so I can stay home and read it from beginning to end. I just bought a big new beautiful house. I have a big beautiful master bedroom closet. The space is so big I almost don’t know how to organize it. So yes, I’d like it to be pretty and tidy and organized. Therefore I pick my master bedroom closet as my first 2012 organizing project.

    Now, back to reading.

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    Anna says

    My spot to organize this month is my home office. It is always take me too much time to make it clean, so I need a new system-:)

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    Tracy Stone says

    Closets. My husband calls me a closet hoarder. The visible stuff is good, but behind the doors…{shiver}

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    Heather says

    We’re focusing on organizing our home office. We just recently cleaned out our old house in anticipation of selling it, however, before we settle too deeply in our new house, we’d like to put some thought into HOW we work before we start shoving folders and books in places just because there’s space available.

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    Firesparx says

    I have a confession…I went into Target last night and did not show the restraint that Jen did…I came home with a red honeycomb cutout basket…but my remotes have never looked so pretty (and corralled!)

    The Mud Room is KILLING me. It drives me nuts. I’d rather it be full of mud than the junk that collects there. It’s next on the To Organize list!

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    Beth S says

    For me it’s my craftroom. It needs a complete reorganization. Everything out of the room, rug removed, new flooring, new shelving, cabinets. A complete gut and redo. Maybe then I can find what I’m looking for. I did a redo in there 15 yrs ago but with everything I have now it’s just not working anymore. I’m also doing a kitchen reno in the next couple of weeks so moving things around in there as well. Doing alot of purging as well.

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    Kait says

    Our bedroom – it gets messy way too easily, and I think it’s because we haven’t found an organization system that works for us in there.

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    Katie G says

    My daughter’s room. It’s a mess!

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    Brandy says

    Our family room/playroom. Our daughter’s toys are EVERYWHERE!

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    Renee Bosley says

    Oh my where to start! Our basement flooded. We are putting in new tile instead of carpet and painting, so I will have to reorganize everything down there. My coat closet is a disaster, I want to get that done before the end of the month and then my kitchen cabinets so that I can inventory and go on a big grocery trip to stock up.

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    Melanie says

    My son’s bedroom closet. Everything is crammed in there and it is hard to find anything.

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    TJP1071 says

    I have started on our basement T.V. room. Took lots of things to the trash today…….Had my guy build bookshelves over the Christmas break with wasted space. Trying to find a good way to store the kids toys and books, and DVD’s and every other thing that makes the bedrooms look messy, downstairs on these shelves and still have it look nice. A work in progress. This weekend i hope to have it done! YEAH! The kids can finally have people over in the basement again!

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    Samantha says

    I’m working in our playroom!!!!

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    More Than A Mom says

    Do I have to pick just one? I have a plan room by room to declutter and deep clean. If I have to pick one spot for the month, though, it would have to be the photos and keepsakes.

    So far I have organized the kids art, birthday cards, etc. by year and stored them in freezer bags and in a bin.

    Last night I purchased picture frames and am putting the family photos into frames with the plan to hang them (the where is taking some consideration).

    I also purchased some blank art books and some nice scrapbook paper that I will make each child a keepsakes book of their birthday cards, art, etc. This way they will be able to look through it whenever they want and it will be a special memory book kept in their rooms instead of a tote in the corner of the basement.

    Don’t even get me started on the digital photos to sort and print (in bound books, of course by year!).

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    Terri says

    The next organizing project I will tackle is the home office. I shall conquer!!!

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    Tyna Begley says

    I have two primary projects for this month: tame the clutter in the junk drawers in the kitchen, and organizing our homeschool bookshelf by subject matter. Fun stuff!

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    Lisa says

    My drawers and closets.

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    MelanieL says

    My roll-top desk! It’s in our bedroom, we don’t use it as a desk to sit at. It’s handles our “office” needs but not very effectively. It needs help! I plan to work on it soo as we just re-did our bedroom floor and that is the only eye-sore in the room now!

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    Andrea Southworth says

    I have to get a handle on our 14 month old’s clothes. She has so many hand me down waiting to grow into plus stuff she is growing out of. I have to find a better way to store and organize everything!

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    Diana B says

    I need to organize my kids’ rooms. We did a little bit before Christmas, but now it’s time to get serious. Once everything has a place, I plan to take pictures and “label” the shelves so they can pick everything up themselves. Might be a lofty idea, but I think they’re still young enough to find it fun!

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    Joemom says

    You know it’s time to organize the spice cupboard in the kitchen when 3 containers fall out everytime you try to just find something.

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    Melissa says

    I wish I had even a clue how to organize the kid’s rooms so it didn’t always seem like partially organized clutter. But I think my real goal this month is to organize the basement junk room (we don’t need all these computer cables do we?) and wait until my new master bath is completed and then add some organizational tools to it as well. I might grab one of these organizational magazines myself the next time I spot one.

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    Jamie says

    My sister and I are reorganizing my bedroom so it will become my bedroom, office and craft room. The old office/craft room is becoming her daughter’s bedroom.

    I also love the smiley face mug – glad to know there is another smiley face lover out there – my mom always would put a smiley face on every note she wrote to us while we growing up . good memories:)

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    Wanda says

    My mud room is in bad shape! Hockey equipment, bird food, washer /dryer /sink and all our outdoor clothes! As the kids get bigger, their boot /shoes /coats don’t fit in the spots that used to work so I need to completely purge and re-do! Looking forward to it, with inspiration from your wonderful (Canadian!) blog, so thanks so much for that.

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    Leslie O says

    The #1 spot in my house would for surely be the office. Its a hole that every extra piece of paper & random item seems to find. It my January resolution since i’m planning on only 1 month for this project!

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    ChristineK says

    My area to organize is my kitchen desk. I need to find a way to manage all of the papers that land on it’s flat surface.

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    Michelle says

    I really want to do my corner kitchen cabinets…they are piled but with junk and I think if I get them organized my counter will look better. Then it is on to a huge china cabinet in the dining room.

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    Lisa says

    I really want to tackle that master bedroom closet before it tackles me!

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    christina says

    The command center on my desk in the kitchen really needs to be organized. I am hoping to get to it very soon!

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    Barbara says

    I want to organize my bathroom – I have one excessively narrow cabinet and one massive cavern of a cabinet! So far, nothing has worked – no matter how I fold the towels – they are either too far back in the cabinet to reach or falling on the floor!! Thanks!

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    Nicole Williams says

    My craft supply/storage room! WHAT a disaster!

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    Sandy says

    Oh, how to choose… One on-going problem area is the clutter that accumulates on one end of the kitchen counter. The other more serious area is my combo home office/craft room. I set up folding tables to work on temporarily and they never get taken down… probably because I can’t find them under all the clutter. LOL. I seriously need help.

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    Lisa says

    I want to organize my master bedroom and more in my kitchen! But shame on you for throwing organizing “porn” at helpless homemakers! lol….

    Target is good but a lot of it is seriously overpriced IMHO…..

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    Hazel says

    My craft/scrapbook room! It is soooo unorganized!

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    Sabrina Jackson @ Customized Creations says

    My whole house needs an organizing makeover but this month I want to really focus on my craft room! We moved to this house in November and with the holidays we have been super busy. Things are starting to slow down and I was given giftcards for my birthday to build my craft desk, so in the next few weeks, my husband will build that while I organize the room!

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    Lauren says

    Top priority for me is getting my spare bedrooms organized, one is semi-organized but needs some TLC design-wise (that’s easier)…the other though is technically my home-office…since I work from home 4 days a week it’s key that I get that whipped into shape ASAP!

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    Amanda says

    My 4th Bedroom. Right now it is a catch ALL, for lots of things that don’t have a home and for all my husband’s hunting paraphenalia. I have started (VERY minimally) to chip away at it to turn it into a playroom and move my husband’s hunting stuff to his mancave but it is definately sloooow going!

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    ter@waaoms says

    I need to organize my basement which is becoming my craft studio. I had some before photos, just have to find them!! LOL.

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    Heather says

    My step son’s bedroom and playroom are a disaster after Christmas. We got him to select toys to be donated, but now we need to figure out the best way to organize what we’re keeping!

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    Vanessa says

    I need to organize my giant stacks of papers and old magazines. Yikes!!

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    Elizabeth P. says

    I have a closet where everything without a home ends up. It’s a mess! I’d love to get it organized so we can actually use the space.

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    Sallie E. says

    I’m working on my home office. Years of stacked papers have to be sorted and shredded or recycled. Ugh.

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    Valerie says

    Clothing, clothing and more clothing!

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    Christina says

    My guest bedroom is terrible, namely the closet. We are expecting our first baby and need to turn it into a nursery. I can’t even begin thinking where to put all the stuff in that closet. Our house is teeny and we have a lack of closets. I need to purge big time!

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    Misty D says

    I would have to say organizing the entryway to our home is on the top of my list. This is where all the backpacks, shoes, and mail seems to PILE up. Calgon take me away – I need some fresh eyes to options that would transform this area from eye sore to appealing!

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    hsmominmo says

    Hi, Laura! Your enthusiasm is contagious – thank you!
    I’m working on some kitchen spaces this week. In particular, silverware drawer, under the sink cabinet, junk drawer, and sippy-cup/baby items drawer.
    I’m narrowing down the space we’ll attack during next month’s challenge. I can hardly wait!

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    Barbara G says

    My paperwork filing system has been neglected for waaay too long. I’m committed to cleaning up the piles on my desk this month.

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    jennybean says

    I’m currently working on organizing my kitchen – it desperately needs it!

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    Kristin Peterson says

    Oooh I would love to win these, I need some new ideas! My basement is currently my worst area – it’s not fully finished so it has become a dumping ground.

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    SalBug says

    Our office is next (and last) on my list. I have organized every single other spot in our house in the last 4 weeks. It feels so good. But the office is the biggest challenge since it’s really my husband’s domain, so I don’t get to make the decisions alone. Darn it!

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    Shanna Reynolds says

    My kitchen pantry. Who knows what we have on the shelves anymore? I’m sure we’re spending extra money on all the double items that have accumulated.

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    Jessica says

    Oh boy, my home office needs help. I make piles and then the piles slide… It’s bad in there. :)

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    Chic Mummy says

    definitely my “craft room/study” in quotes, since it is, at the moment, our junk collection room! Everything that doesn’t have a home somewhere else has ended up in there.

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    Sarah says

    My nickname in middle school was “neat freak.” But now that I have a 5-month-old daughter, organizing has gone to the way side. I need to get her room organized. My sister-in-law has a 2 1/2 year old and she keeps giving me her old clothes (which I’m happy for!), but being that my baby is just starting to wear the 3-6 month clothes that she gave me, and I keep getting new clothes that are now up to 2T, I need to get them organized, or I’m sure she’ll end up not wearing 1/2 of them, because I don’t know I have them!

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    Annette says

    My office! It is a total wreck!

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    Lianne says

    My closet! it’s a disaster! :))

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    Pam says

    I’ll be working in my craft space – cleaning out and organizing. :)

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    Diann says

    My daughter’s bedroom is in desperate need of organizing!

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    Heather says

    I’m planning to attack my pantry and kitchen drawers.

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    Alicia says

    My small bedroom is my storage room too. Ugh.

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    Dynamics says

    The thorn in my side is my office. I always leave it for last because it will be such a huge project. I have organized other parts of my house more than once. This year is the year I will start and finish my office. One shelve at a time. I bought a six foot table to sort things. This way I can do a five minute sort or an all day sort. I am thankful to you. I am getting better at removing things that I may need in the future. May and Remove!!! Together they will make my office closets organized. Out with the old. Viet Nam Vets will love me when I give them a call to come pick up my good stuff that should not continue to reside on my shelves.

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    Anne says

    My #1 room to organize this month is not technically a room…it’s the entryway! Piles of stuff land there and stay forever!

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    Laurie says

    I just closed up shop to my forever-untidy card making area. Loaded up a box of stamps & supplies to be given away. Loaded up stamps to be kept but stored away. {sigh}

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    Sue says

    Definitely would be my garage. Its a MESS! I try to organize it by little bits, but by the time I finish all of it, there are piles of stuff back where I started. Its killing me! And with a 2 YO with stuff and more stuff, I really need to figure out what to do with it all!

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    Trinity says

    My kitchen cabinets

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    Kristen says

    My den/home office is my first organizing project but my closet is a close second.

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    Suzi says

    My bedroom. Particularly my desk and closet. Also this is where I store gifts I have made or bought for future recipients and have a loveseat for doing daily devotions when the guest room is occupied (and it is frequently!)

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    Mary Claire says

    Oh My, where to begin. I moved from a one story to a two story home last year when I was almost 8 months pregnant. My second daughter was born in late August. Between the move, pregnany and caring for an infant and a preschooler, I’m a disorganized mess. This is weird for me, people always think i’m so organized. My systems I had befiore, don’t seem to work in this new house and my time for developing a new system is limited. If I had to focus on just one area, though, I want to finally tame the paper piles (mail) for good. This is the one thing I never got down, even in our old home.

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    DianaP says

    I am really getting hooked on this “junkie” emails…..really. New Year, new way of living; and I have come to learn that by organization I show my family love and support. I just have no patience for the livingroom – everyone gathers and hubby likes techy stuff….kids keep toys and I just cannot focus enough to decorate………but (with this site) I will ! !

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    lorene holbrook says

    oh my goodness! last year we remodeled so that MIL could move in with us. my guest bedroom became a dumping ground. that’s what I want to tackle this month. we have had to downsize and move things around. it is amazing all the stuff we both had. it’s been a slow process, still working and deciding where things go! love your website, and it sure helps!!!!

    Lorene

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    Michelle says

    My goal this month is to get our back/storage room turned into a craft/sewing room for me and still have room for a bed for visitors. I LOVE everything organization but I just can’t seem to “put the knowledge into reality” LOL It is a total “work in progress”

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    Louise says

    I have set myself the target of organising my office in the next 4 months. It’s the biggest room in my house and will take alot of time!!!

    I wish we had magazines like that in the uk.

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    Fiddledeedee says

    My kitchen pantry, otherwise known as the black hole. Or my laundry room, otherwise known as the black hole. There are a lot of black holes around here. :)

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    Stella Jaymes says

    I cleaned and organized and purge every room except my bedroom and closet the coat closet and our garage. For some reason these are the most scary. But my goal is going to be my bedroom. Thank u for all your great ideals and motivation

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    Kristy says

    My daughters and all their stuff! It seems like they have mountain and mountains of clothes…but then if we’re running late for…let’s just say Church! — then we can’t find anything! I know that I need to be consistent and insist that they put up their own clothes immediately after washing. So I have LOTS of need in the organizing department!

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    Michelle S. says

    The basement. It seems to be the place where clutter hides!

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    Jess says

    Just one room? I really want to say my whole house because we just moved at the end of November & I’m all about making our new home much more organized than our old one so this is tough. I would probably have to say the living room though since that will be the room we’ll be spending most of our time in.

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    TracyDK says

    This month’s focus is on two places. First was my son’s room. We were plagued all December with some illness, so weeding his toys and such didn’t happen. So I REALLY have to do this month. So my Mom took him for the day so I could sit in his floor and go through every single thing in there. (took ALL day!) But I’m now finished and his room is looking MUCH better. (no pics though, dang!) The other major place to focus on is my desk. It’s a SUPER hot mess right now. UGH! So that’s the rest of my month (will probably take it too! again, UGH!) I’ll be sure to get before pics of this though!

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    stephanie says

    My whole house is in desperate need of being organized. But, next up on my list is either the garage or the kitchen. It’s really cold here this time of year, though, so the garage might have to wait until spring!

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    KyleeJ says

    My kitchen is the room that I’m tackling first.

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    Amber says

    My #1 spot is my office it hasn’ been organized since we moved in 2.5 years ago!!! Yikes

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    Karen says

    Downstairs rec room. We want to make it into a playroom/craft room but first I need to go through all the stuff I dump there. It is my go to “stash and dash” area and it needs serious attention. Thanks for the motivation. The rec room is an out of sight out of mind area because it is easy to avoid so it is nice to have a challenge to get it done!

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    Michele says

    I am going to tackle my kids bedrooms. They are so unorganized!!! I also wanted to say that I had no idea there were
    organization mags out there. I still have a lot to learn.lololoo

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    Rachel says

    I was motivated by the new year and so far I have organized my son’s bedroom and next I’m set to tackle my home office…this is a MUST do! I can’t put it off any longer!

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    Shaunna says

    We are moving so we have a lot to do

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    Di says

    Oh I so need ideas from this magazine, and your book!
    This month I am working on our bedroom closet. Too much STUFF and disorganized space. I am considering hanging a 2nd rail. As a personal trainer I use a LOT of fitness clothing and right now (hangs head in shame) it’s in piles on my closet floor… takes me extra time in the morning to sort through the pile for clothing and it’s becoming a HUGE problem. I need to get this monster under control!

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    Dacia says

    After all the Christmas decorations are down and the tree is out, my #1 spot to organize this month was my living room. Donated old magazines, sold a couple of blankets, and took some knick knacks to Good Will. Now moving on to the master bath.

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    Dena says

    My bedroom is where everything goes. I have too many books, interests, and piles! I can get rid of the stuff that just gets added to the piles, like newspapers, old notes & reminders. But I have a hard time getting rid of articles or info that are important to me, although if I file it, I totally forget it’s there. Sometimes after awhile things can lose their importance, but when I am trying to de-clutter I can only go so far! I get things looking better but never really make it to the organized side. Any ideas?

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    Amanda says

    I don’t know where to start the list is so long, but probably my office/desk area. Things always get laid there & not put away.

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    Crystal R says

    My whole house really needs organizing, but this week I’m starting with the kitchen.

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    Andrea Scoville says

    Ooooooh – I would LOOOOVE to get my hands on those pretties!!! Thanks SO much for the constant inspiration and for the fantastic offer. My goal for January is the mail spot(s) – for me AND my husband. Please wish me luck!

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    Valerie says

    My #1 priority is organizing my son’s bedroom. A close second is my daughter’s bedroom.

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    Katie Brock says

    My project for this month is to get all the clothes in our house put away and organized so that everything has a place when it is clean and dirty. This includes getting a cleaning schedule implemented and used.

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    Jill says

    I’m tackling the huge project of organizing all my recipes with the launch of my new blog, queenoftheeasymeal.blogspot.com and my area of organizational focus for January is our photos from 2011!

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    pat says

    My bedroom and kids playroom (ugh!)

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    Lynne B says

    Hoping to get through the laundry room this month.

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    Julie H says

    I want to tackle the linen closet in my bathroom. It is 7 shelves of CHAOS!

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    Julie says

    Most pressing, my bedroom! We are expecting our second child in March. His bedroom is currently the computer room, so I’ve started to remove stuff from the computer room and “stored it” (more like dumped it) in our bedroom. Well, I haven’t had time to organize all this stuff, and I need to do so soon because the computer (and exercise bike) (oh and all our board games) need to move to our room, somehow so that we can paint his room!

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    Dana says

    I am tying to organize my linen closet, which is also my make up and beauty closet. It is horrendous and I can never find anything. I need to throw away a lot of old and expired products and find a way to organize things more efficiently.

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    Tracy says

    I love getting your info via e-mail! It’s so much fun to open it up and get energized from your enthusiasm. The room I’m working on right now is the kitchen. It’s hard to find things because there is so much stuff crammed into the cabinets. We have limited cabinet space and that doesn’t help. But trying to keep things off the counters is my most recent challenge. But I’m also thinking of trying bins or “drawers” to fit in the bottom cabinets to organize our plastic containers. I can hardly wait to see how it looks or how easy it’s going to be to put things away!

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    Leslie W says

    My living/family room is a mess. I have my sewing stuff set up in there and my daughter’s toys are everywhere! We have a pretty small house so any clever storage ideas would go a long way in helping us organize while keeping the living/family room still look stylish and not a toy store!

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    Erica says

    My son’s room!!! he has so many video games (all different sizes) hats and shoes everywhere its just a nightmare that i can’t get rid of!!!!

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    Jessica says

    My daughter’s bedroom is next on the agenda. Her second birthday will be in March, so I need to have an “out with the old to make room for the new” plan in her room. Thanks for a giveaway!

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    jen says

    can’t wait to organize the garage this summer–would love some ideas

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    Nicole says

    Our master bedroom is the last drop off when something doesn’t have a home. I just never can get that room together. Any helpful hints would be great!!

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    Sarah says

    My house is pretty good – just need to get busy at organizing those papers. What I want to get done this year is my old bedroom at my parent’s place. Since moving out, it’s become the store-extra-stuff-that-doesn’t-have-a-home-plus-a-bed-for-Sarah-and-room-for-the-heirloom-piano room. My plan is to clear out EVERYTHING that isn’t a bed or a bookcase, and pull all the books from random corners of the house into that one room. What I wouldn’t have given to have a library there when I was actually living in it! :-D My biggest struggle is ‘re-educating’ my mom that just because we have room to store something, doesn’t mean we have to keep it, and how to create ‘zones’ for things. ;-)

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    Kristina G. says

    My unfinished basement. The place where items with no home end up!

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    Heather says

    We moved 1 month ago into a rental home with little storage space. So, I’m learning how to be strategic in organizing every single room. The room that needs the most attention is basement/laundry room!

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    Heather Siani says

    I would LOVE to win this! I am on an organizing binge trying to get ready for my first baby’s arrival. My current project is organizing the bathrooms.

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    GiadasMama says

    my sisters room that has turned into storage and both pantries!

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    Jill says

    Our home office needs help big-time!

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    Sarah says

    I am in desperate need to organize my daughters’ closets. Too many clothes and too many toys make for one crazy Mom!

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    Alicia says

    A NEW HOUSE! I can’t wait. . . . we recently moved (we are a military family) overseas and I can’t wait to take my time to organize a home and start clutter-free. Bring it! We just have to find a house and get our household goods!!

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    Rebecca says

    I am busy organizing my room this month. I finally want to get rid of all the papers I’ve been collecting since highschool!

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    Lise says

    I would LOVE to win this, it is so hard to find organizing magazines here in Australia, and I have lots that needs to be organized!

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    Rebecca says

    My kitchen and pretty much the rest of my house. But I am trying to concentrate on small areas at a time. It is very hard for me. I am pretty organizationally- challanged. It does not come easy but I am really trying and all these ideas on your website are so appreciated. Thank you for all you do.

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    Kathy says

    I desperately need to organize my prayer room/craft room. It has become the catch all for everything and I can’t even use it anymore. I NEED HELP….Blessings
    KathyM in Illinois

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    Monica says

    My utility room is where I will be working to organize it. We just moved and everything that does not have a home yet has moved into that room.

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    Rita says

    My worst area is my guest closet. It has become the catch-all for random stuff and everything is just haphazardly thrown in there. I definetely need to organize it!

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    Debbie Friedman says

    I’m in desperate need of organizing my stockpile in my garage.

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    Kari says

    My # 1 spot to clean is our “Jeep” room. The Jeep room is my husbands man cave… well, it USED to be his man cave. I have turned it into a junk haven! We have no basement or attic or closets so I have filled up his room with all the stuff I “might” need. Hopefully I can get this done and part with the clutter that I think I need!

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    Kyleigh says

    We moved into our house last March and our garage IMMEDIATELY became “The Clutter Catcher”. I walk through it every day and every day i wince and try to avert my eyes. Im coming for you, garage!

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    Sandra says

    The basement….. first need to determine the function of this great space – playroom / tv room/ fitness room / reading area / craft area … too many uses to fit into one room ! We need a family meeting to get some decisions made , then we can organize !

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    Jennie says

    First, I love me some Target! Thank goodness one’s nearby. Their organizational tools are fun, cute and inspiring!

    Second, I just created a home/ family binder as my first organizing project of the year. Next up is my desk. I’m still trying to come up w a paper system that will keep my desk clearer.

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    Laura says

    I need to organize my pantry in a major way and actually re-purpose part of it to serve as a mini-home office.

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    Libby says

    I’m ready to organize our pantry. I can’t wait to see what’s hiding in the back which can be used for meal planning. And I’m overdue to pitch some of the spices.

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    Helen says

    My first organising project for this year is my office. I’m making progress!

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    Kathy Cervantes says

    I am forever working on storing toys but this month extra focus on office : )

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    Kim says

    The spot I will be focusing on organizing right now is papers. In particular, am going to tackle my recipes!!

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    Natalie says

    Hi! My son’s closet – it needs a major overhaul. Also my cookbooks need some organzation :) Thanks! Pick me!!!

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    Teal says

    Our Master bedroom needs to transform from cluttered mess to sanctuary!

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    Lynda says

    I have already organized my freezer and pantry. I also organized my magazine shelf by year and type. We have a basement office that has been worked on most of the past week and we can now see bottom.

    Our next goal is our basement closets and laundry room.

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    Julie R. says

    My dining room. We moved in a few months ago and that is where all the junk has gotten stored.

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    Suzie says

    I need to organize my kitchen desk and the drawer next to it that I have filled with everything from my desk the last time I needed it to look presentable. :) Hoping to have success this time.

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    Carolyn Maves says

    I need to organize my foyer closet. I never got to it in last winter’s organizational projects so it is long overdue!

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    Marilyn Holeman says

    My office needs help!

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    Heather H says

    After Christmas my childrens rooms always need to be organized!

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    raven says

    I really need to organize my craft closet this month!

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    Holly says

    My “nook” off the master bedroom is supposed to be “my space” with a desk and storage for crafting. Instead it is a junk and bag depository. A safe spot behind a baby gate for quick stashing and stacking of anything and everything that does not have another spot to go. Piles of randomness blanket the floor. A dead plant actually sits atop a bookcase in the corner. Really! There is absolutely no crafting going on there. Just life-sucking clutter, cluttering away.

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    Diana says

    My spare bedroom needs rehab in the worst way! We call it the “no-no” room because until it’s organized and things in their places, our little chihuahua is not allowed access to that room. I love organizing and do it extremely well at my office yet I feel overwhelmed with some areas here at home. So glad I found this site after Christmas!

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    Kathy says

    I am in the process of re-making and organizing my formal living and dining room into a family friendly study and quiet area. Unfortunately since we never used this space except on Christmas mornings,it also became a dumping – I mean storage area. Ugh. I have bins of toys, too many books and projects to clear out.

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    kathy w says

    I have a ton of problems with water organization in my family room.

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    Wendy says

    I am in the process of turning a daughter’s bedroom from “gone to college and now married” cast-off to a true “guest room.” Next, I’ll be reorganizing my pantry!

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    Michelle says

    My closet! I have put it off long enough!

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    Kari Akers says

    My kitchen cabinets! I have put this off for years. I keep stuffing them full of things I want to hide! No more! January is my clean out month. I work on one section at a time each day!

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    claudia says

    Ooooh I love to win this! In The Netherlands we don’t have a single organizing magazine…. isn’t that strange!

    3 days ago I started sorting out the office/craftroom, it’s quite a large room with way tot much stuff in it… I wil make a nice room of it and blogs like yours are definitely helping me. Thank you!

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    Kimberly says

    My master bedroom closet! I hope I find the gloves I lost in there.

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    Destiny says

    I plan to organize my recipes. They are a disaster and junking up our kitchen. Recipe binder here I come!!

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    Jami says

    my closet is my next organizing project… too many things in there that don’t belong!

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    Darla says

    Our extra bedroom serves as our catch all. It needs to be organized better for computer and printer.
    The room is not being utilized the best that it could be. There is alot of stuff on the floor and my husband doesn’t use his desk. It just collects piles. I want a more efficient room with less clutter and nothing on the floor. Where to begin?

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    Jan says

    My HOME OFFICE ~ right now there is “STUFF” every where ~ not only mine but my family’s as well. I pretty much “floorganize” a lot of things …….. I’m in need of serious help.
    Home office + family stuff = ONE HOT MESS!!

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    Amanda Paige says

    My bedroom, specifically the office/desk area of my room

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    Desiree says

    I also love Storage Magazine. I have alot of the past copies. I go through them over and over again all the time. Of course like everyone else I am inspired by the New Year to bring about a fresh start in my life. I used to be very organized but as I got older I am not sure what has happened. But I am bound and determined that this year is going to be different than other years in the recent past. I have been inspired this month to start in the most important room in the house. The kitchen. This room is the heart of the home and when it is not functional my family does not function properly. So to bring more peace in our lives by the end of the month my intention is to have order and organization so that our lives work better. Thank you for your wonderful information that is so motivating.

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    Melissa Ferguson says

    Just finished an 11-hour marathon day of getting my daughter’s big girl room ready and turning her old room into a nursery for our soon-to-be born son. Need to do more on the rest of the house, but am taking it slower now!

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    Lara says

    Hi. I’m always looking at organizing information to find ideas I can use. This month, I need to organize my scrapbook room/desk. :)

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    Lori Friedman says

    My Kitchen and school/play room.

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    Erin says

    My closet. I cringe every time I open it up.

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    Jen says

    I am tackling the paper clutter this month! We bought file cabinets that will double as end tables and I got my files organized. Now I need to tackle the papers in the kitchen.

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    Karen says

    Oooh! I’d love to win this! I just dug through our storage room to re-organize it. Next on the list is my kids’ closets. Definitely feeling the need for a fresh start this year!

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    Sheila says

    My desk is on my list to organize this year along with the rest of the house.

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    Sandra says

    I’m going to tackle my home office – it’s way past due!!

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    oneshabbychick says

    I am starting on the attic. It’s purge time again. Must make room for new treasures!

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    Lori McC says

    I’ve already organized my craft room closet & have been working on my scrapbook room! Next am going to tackle the hall closet & put shelves in and beautiful boxes!!! Can’t wait. I’m weird I know, but excited :)

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    Pam H says

    I’m going to organize a large storage closet that is full of all things Christmas, old decorations, unused boxes, packing supplies, blankets, old linens, platters, etc. It’s quite precarious to enter!

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    vicki says

    I have cleaned out my pantry already. Now to the rest of the cabinets.

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    marisa says

    My closet is in desperate nee of organizing!

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    Kristina Burke says

    My project is our closet…. that may not sound like a big deal… but we live in our my in laws basement, not very big so it stays pretty organized… only way to find anything…. however the closet has become the “dump anything we can’t find another place for” spot. Needs some TLC stat!

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    Alison says

    I’m slowly tackling my master closet this month and made a list of places to organize in the house this year.

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    Marlene says

    Ohhh, where should I begin? After 6yrs of being ill, I finally have made it through and am in remission!
    So, where am I going to start? My bedroom, hall closet, laundry room or garage? Sheesh, wherever it is, I promise to take before and after pics! :)

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    Kathy says

    My sun room turned play room. I’ve got to finish labeling and organizing. I’m so close!

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    Linda Kline says

    Spare bedroom wanted it to be for grandchildren to sleep and play in while in my care during day! It has turned into toy room / storage/clutter! Funny thing part of the clutter is books about kicking clutter, and organizing.:(

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    Heather says

    I will finally buy bookshelves so I can unpack the books/papers/etc from my move over a year ago!

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    Shana says

    I need to organize my recipes & cook books. I also need to do my linen closet

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    Tammy says

    I’ve alraedy started on the kitchen, it is very small and has no pantry. It is a never ending job keeping it organized. I need ideas to make better use of such a small space. I’ve also started on the office. Trying to fit in a craft/sewing area to this room. Hope I can stay motivated to keep going… love your magazine suggestions!

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    Barbara says

    My whole house needs it but I’m following your PROCESS and taking baby steps. I’m working on my kitchen and free standing pantries right now.

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    Christina says

    New baby (our first) on the way so what doesn’t need to be organzied?!? My main focus this month is the spare closet in our guest room, soon to become the baby’s closet. Anything I haven’t felt like dealing with has just been thrown in there but now we need the space so it’s time to find new (and better) homes for everything. I’m also trying to reorganize our filing system so that we’ll be prepared for all the upcoming paperwork, bills, etc. that comes with a new baby. Wish me luck I’ve got my hands full!

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    Wendy says

    Oh I need some organization in July home! We are renting a small 2ned/2bath and our second bedroom is a guest room/office/sewing room….so I need to get really creative in keeping it clutter free!! I will def take before and afters now that you mention it!! :)

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    Kathy says

    What a great giveaway! I need to first focus on my closet which organization is totally absent at this time (great idea—I will take before & after photos!).

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    Heather says

    My living room. My kids toys have completely taken over!

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    Tamra says

    This month it is the garage . . . now that the weather is getting cold it sure would be nice to fit the cars in there again!

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    Sandi Dean says

    definitely the spare bedroom/office/crafts/storage/junk room!

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    Betty says

    I would like to get my garage organized but it will take more than a month. Things brought when we moved.

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    Tammy says

    My number one spot to organize is my desk. It’s such a clutter magnet!

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    Amanda says

    Our coat closet! It has become our dumping grounds!

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    Sinea says

    My desk is my number one space to organize. It clutters up quickly.

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    Amber says

    I need to organize my garage. It looks awful and is driving me crazy!

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    Kasey says

    The clothes closet. A small NYC closet shared by two people, I often forget what is in there!

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    Mary E.S. says

    Pick one,any one,oh well, I’ll pick my school room/computer room since it is in plain view of the living room. After a back injury last year and a home full of males,my entire house looks like a bunch of hoarders lives here and needs organizing.

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    Tricia C says

    My number 1 spot this month is our TV/play room! Must purge toys !!

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    Jennifer Wescott says

    Our bedroom!!! Since having our 2nd children and turning the office into his bedroom, our room has become a nightmare! It is now our bedroom/office/junk room/ where we throw all we leave on the kitchen table until company comes over! I NEED to organize!

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    Jodi D. says

    What room doesn’t need organizing? I will be focusing on my home office this month and getting my tax stuff ready.

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    Lisa H says

    long term filing in my home office and the kids rooms….as always!

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    Shonda says

    My #1 place is my kitchen

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    Melissa says

    My project is HUGE: I have an entire house to condense into our new house, which is half the square footage! EEP!

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    Lisa Duncan says

    I plan to organize and take apart my whole house and we are moving into our brand new house the end of next month. My plan is to make and keep the new house organized!! Thanks for the tips!!!

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    Jennifer says

    My goal is to organize our phone counter. It’s where bills, school papers, medical records, and more pile up.

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    Melissa says

    Clutter Rehab – could not put it down!! Thank you!!

    Well, the whole house needs an organizational makeover – but our office is in the eye of the hurricane. Collected over the last 10+ years – magazines, books, dozens of home videos, pictures & negatives (those things that existed before digital photos!), school papers, gift wrap, & literally boxes of miscellaneous junk! Help me get out from under all this!!

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    Joy says

    We hope to adopt this year, so kids rooms, areas, toys, clothes, etc….need a re-organize to make room for more!

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    Sylvette says

    The toys’s corner: it’s a nightmare!

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    amybee says

    Thanks! I plan to work on the family room. Games and craft projects are outta control!

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    Charity Wilt says

    My desk has been my organizing project since Christmas and I will be still working on it over the weekend to get it clear so I can start a new slate for Spring Semester. I’m looking forward to clearing off my desk and coming up with systems to keep it that way and maintain my sanity at the same time! Will take before pictures and upload shortly.

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    Holly C says

    This month I’m working on organizing my kitchen. I’ve already cleaned out and organized the pantry. Next up I will conquer the junk cabinet.

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    Debbie Ramirez says

    I am in DESPERATE need of decluttering and organizing the area of my house that all the “stuff” goes that doesn’t have a permanent home. I need to find spaces for lots of assorted items from furniture to photos, to children’s toys, to antiques that need to be appraised and sold, to graduate school papers, to arts and crafts supplies. With two young children under the age of 3, all it takes is time, that is very precious and scarce these days. I am committing to having a babysitter come while I make sense of this space, so I am not rushed through it and can make sure it’s done well, the first time. :)

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    Sara--Mac Kid Chicago says

    Our storage closet is out of control! Must clean out some of the stuff we haven’t used in years.

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    Summer says

    My family room and home office. Oh my, if I could take a picture of my home office you would see why!!

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    Deanna says

    My daughter’s closet is this month’s project….but our master closet is in desperate need of more organization!!! Maybe that’ll make next month’s agenda!!

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    Karen says

    I’m attacking my kitchen. Starting with the worktop corner that has a magnetic attraction for clutter.

    Very nearly there so will be moving onto my cupboard of shame next!

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    gayle says

    I need to organize my whole life it seems but am planning to start with my “craft/guest” room! I have so much scrapbooking/stamping stuff that I can’t figure out how to get it organized but find what I need when I need it. I can get it out of site but can’t figure how how to organize it where I can get back to it when I need it. HELP is needed!

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    Shona says

    I need to organize my school room, which also contains my craft closet.

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    Trisha says

    I really really need to get my craft room organized. I could get so much more work done!
    Trisha
    mahgwi21 at yahoo

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    Jane says

    My organizing goal for this month is to get the kitchen cupboards usable and save space. Everything is just shoved in there and our condo is tiny so there is no room for anything!

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    Jennifer B says

    My office is at the top of my list.

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    Angie says

    My organizing/decluttering goal this month is my kids’ rooms.

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    Barb says

    My #1 spot to organize this month is my guest room. It has become the “catch-all” room fot both my husband and I. HELP!

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    Tiffany says

    Its to the point I cant even pick an area. MY brain would be a good start. After the divorce I let things go, now its time for a new start and get back to the happy organized person I once was when I was home with the kids. I work and volunteer 50 plus hours a week. I need simple everywhere!!

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    Kara says

    I Love to organize! this month it’s the Laundry Room :)

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    Staci A says

    My son’s room tops the list!

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    Brenda says

    Need to get my laundry/office organized!

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    Kristy Clayton says

    I never new about the organizing magazines! I hope I win:)

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    Pam says

    My craft space needs some cleaning out and organizing!

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    Karen Echevarria says

    My laundry room is driving me crazy and is in desperate need of some organization!

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    Robin E. says

    This month I’m mainly trying to organize my kitchen. It seems to always be a work in progress. I need all the help I can get and would love to win your book and the magazine!

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    Jonnie (JB) says

    I really need to get my family room organized. It’s become cluttered and unsightly.

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    Bobbi says

    craft room and kitchen

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    Heather says

    My sewing room! I can’t wait to be creative but the clutter gets in the way. . .

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    Kaz in Oz says

    My laundry. I’m currently using the shower recess for a broom cupboard.

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    daisy says

    I am determined to get our photos organized and put onto discs and placed in decorative boxes.

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    Regina says

    I need help with my pantry. It is very organized and then something happens (will call it kids). And things at the bottom of the pantry, things just end up on the floor. the space is not made to be pantry it’s like a closet. But, we do what we can with the space over and over (I see a remodel in it’s future

    I will have to look for organizing magazines, I had no idea..I’m geeked!.

    Regina
    http://www.thecrazynutsmom.com

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    Gracie says

    My home office and my attic closet! My office is a dual space for my office and the laundry. Unfortunately, the kids tend to dump their stuff too.

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    Paula says

    After spending 12 years in the military, I developed a taste for extreme organization. So much so, that to not be organized and clutter-free really brings me down. Unfortunately, I experienced a traumatic event 17 years ago that I have not been able to shake, and I have somehow become a person who is drowning in both physical, bodily clutter (ie. fat), as well as household clutter. There is no ONE room to plane to organize because all but one room in the house desperately need it. I guess I choose the kitchen, especially the counter (that I cannot currently see). Help!

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    Pam says

    My laundry room is a black hole for clutter ! I could really use help making it work for my family, instead of being just a dumping ground for anything and everything that needs a place to go !

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    Denise G. says

    I need to get my old files put away and make new ones for 2012.

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    Cara says

    I plan to redo my office this month. I have already started, but need more ideas on how to make it all look attractive while being functional.

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    workout mommy says

    my whole house needs help! But definitely my kids toy room needs the most help. Thanks!

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    Sharon says

    I decided to take on my own 52-week organizing challenge this year and started out with a project a week. But my focus this month – other than getting my own study organized – are my sons’ closets. This past week was the older son”s turn – I removed all the clothing and we went through it – what fits, what he will or won’t wear (even if it does fit), and what is too small and might be passed down to his younger brother. I also removed about 10 years of Halloween costumes that he had felt a need to hang on to (despite the fact that he would NEVER fit into that very cute fuzzy black cat costume that fit when he was four). We still have shoes and non-clothes items to do.
    This week is the younger son’s closet – this one is more challenging but we have a 3-day weekend and so should make great inroads…

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    Heather A says

    I have a lot of organizing projects that I want to accomplish, but first up is the kids’ rooms with all the new toys from Christmas and then the master bedroom.

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    Nancy says

    Working on my recipe drawer. Starting puting everything into plies and then into folders. I might actually end up making some of these recipes instead of just storing them!

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    Barbara says

    Bedroom closet – small space, husband has a LOT of clothes!

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    Kelly says

    Where to start, where to start? I could finish the kitchen cabinets that I started over Christmas break but they are kind of hidden. The spot that’s bothering me the most is my desk! Where do all those slips of paper come from?

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    Deb in TN says

    I sooooo need to organize my sewing/craft room. I keep moving things around, labeling and such, but it always feels so disorganized. I need all the help I can get.

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    Gale says

    My number one spot is going to be…my bedside table. Which, right now, is actually a full sized table which I have been piling stuff on. Started to clean it off already, but now need places to find where they actually go. And then that table goes out in the garage (only reason it was there was that last April I was really sick and we have not bedside tables so my husband brought that in for me to put my medicine and drinks on. Sweet…but it quickly became a junk stop.

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    Jo Ann Glen says

    Oh my gosh, I just found your blog and I am so excited. I am totally psyched up to get my entire house organized. I just took a ton of unused cookbooks to the half price bookstore. That is just the beginning. I need to clean up my guest bedroom so that I can put all my craft supplies there. Thanks so much.

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    Becky L. says

    I am going to organize my linen closet in the bathroom. It needs help! Also need to pick up things off floor in daughter’s room, she’s not here right now, she’s house sitting for months. So that’s the best time to do it and it’s never going to be that way again. There’s way too much trash in there and she knows better! She’s my favorite messy, I guess! That may be next month though, will see! Thanks for the give away!

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    Kristina says

    I really need the magazines that help with storage & organizing. If anybody would like to send them to me when done, would be much appreciated. I have ADD and I am a clutter bug. Hubby says hoarder.
    I dont have garbage/newspapers around but just stuff. I have to look at pictures and see it to do it myself. I can not afford to buy them. Please help. TX

    Kristina- e-mail: KW31@att.net

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