We are on the final push now! Can you believe it’s already the end of the month? Will you be ready? In preparation for the challenge end I need to pass along a few instructions that will hopefully make this final process as painless as possible. I don’t want it to be complicated so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
Early Wednesday morning (Feb 29th) I will put up my final challenge post with a linky list attached to it. If you have done multiple spaces (umm, wow!) then please prepare different posts for each and link up each individual post separately. Your deadline for adding your entry will be March 1st at 3:00 pm PST.
Your final post must contain BOTH your before and after pictures so I don’t have to jump back and forth between posts. Try to make it as easy as possible for me to see your organizing efforts and what you have accomplished. For best results it’s always nice when the “before” shot matches the “after” shot in terms of area/room view and camera angle. Please note video isn’t preferred as it is much harder for me to compare before and afters.
Overall Transformation – A well organized, uncluttered, clearly defined and efficient space that lends itself to easy maintenance.
Creative Use of Space – Using creative solutions to allow you to maximize your space and create zones in a new and manageable way.
Storage Solutions that Work – Using storage solutions that allow you to establish boundaries and limits and contain “like with like”.
Overall Personal Experience – The process that got you to the uncluttered space mentally and physically.
My philosophy on organizing is that it doesn’t need to cost big bucks to do it and so you’ll notice that $$ spent is not even a factor in the judging criteria. Many a creative storage solution can be found for next to nothing. I’m not necessarily going for designer spaces here, I’m more interested in the journey you took to get to the end result. I’m looking for evidence that shows me that not only did you clear the clutter from your space but that you are ready to take what you learned in the PROCESS to move on and tackle other cluttered spaces in your life. Now that to me is a success story!
In order to ease the judging process even more and to help me narrow down the much deserving winners I ask that participants complete a challenge summary by answering the following seven questions:
1. What space did you decide to organize and why?
2. What steps did you take to ensure you completed the space within the 29 day timeline?
3. What was the hardest part of the challenge for you and how did you overcome it?
4. What did you do with the “stuff” you were able to purge out of your newly organized space?
5. Tell me one of your proudest moments during this challenge?
6. Explain any organizing “tools” you used to help you create additional space and to establish some limits and boundaries?
7. What is ONE piece of advice you’d give to someone else to encourage them on their organizational journey?
I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to see your finished spaces and celebrate your achievement along with you.
Thank you again to all our participants and a BIG thank you to all our sponsors for their generous donations:
Getting Organized Magazine
Get Organized Wizard
Clever Container (Consultant – Colleen)
Great Useful Stuff
Thirty-One Gifts (Consultant – Kristie Jo)
Complete prize descriptions can be found on the 29 Day Organizing Challenge page.
Good luck everyone, see you back here on Wednesday!