It’s finally here! Org Junkie’s (that’s me!) annual organizing challenge!! This time you’ve got 31 days to achieve an organized space. Are you ready to make a change? Are you sick of your clutter owning you? Then consider joining us this month as we concentrate on organizing one cluttered and chaotic room in our homes and work to transform it into an organized and peaceful space instead.
I know it is overwhelming and I know it will be tough so I’ve decided that I’m going to take up my own challenge for the month of March to show my support as we go through this journey together. My challenge? Gulp…I’m going to give up diet Coke AND sweets for the entire month of March. Oh yes I am. Now in case you think this isn’t a big deal for me let me assure you that you would be very very wrong. I love love love my diet coke (on tap lots of ice!) and I’m really not sure I’ll be able to last an entire month. BUT I want to try and every time I am craving one (which will be often) I’m going to use that as a reminder to pray for each and every one of you who participates with me this month. Can we do this? Yes we can!!
Today is all about introducing yourself and letting us know which room you’ll be organizing this month. And for those that are bravest of all I’ve put up a linky below if you’d like to link up your “before” pictures however please know that this isn’t a requirement of the challenge at this time (you will have to show them eventually at the end of the month!). I want this to be a positive and productive experience for you, that’s what it’s all about. Just leaving a comment for now is okay too :) If you are linking up please be sure to link directly to your challenge post and not to your homepage.
Last year we had over 100 participants show us their before pictures on the first day which blew me away. I’m hoping we can surpass that this year!
Note: you do need a blog for this challenge or a Pinterest account as you will be required at the end of the month to link up your post showing off your before and after pictures. Don’t have a blog? Consider starting one, it’s easy to do or visit this post on how to use Pinterest to participate.
Where to start:
Select one room in need of some clutter control and chaos taming this month. Remember this isn’t a challenge for those that just need to do a little tidying here or there or that simply want to make an already cute room even cuter. Nope this challenge is for those that I’m most passionate about helping, those of you drowning in clutter and that are overwhelmed with the chaos of your space.
The first step of the PROCESS is to plan your space. You can find a list of questions to help you with that here. Like Peter Walsh always says, what is your vision for your space? This is important because you’ll need to remind yourself over and over again of this vision you want to achieve as you go through the tough de-clutter step.
Here is a calendar for you to download and print to help you stay on track. Pencil in a rough guideline of how much time you can dedicate each day to the project.
- don’t start before taking your before pictures – be sure to take many from every angle
- this challenge is NOT about judging each other. It’s about encouragement and support. Nastiness is not tolerated here.
- there will be weekly opportunities to link up and share the progress you are making. These are not mandatory.
- I have run this challenge here before and have been witness to some amazing success stories not only in physical spaces but also in the aha moments as well. It is pretty awesome to see and be a part of. I KNOW you can do this.
A FANTASTIC list of prizes valued at over $800!! See below for all the shiny details!
If you’d like to help spread the word please feel free to add the challenge button to your site or how about letting everyone know you’re participating by tweeting:
I’m participating with @orgjunkie in her 31 Day Organizing Challenge during the month of March and you can to! http://orgjunkie.com/?p=22517
The Twitter hashtag we’ll use for this event will be #31DOC
If you haven’t done so yet be sure to follow me on Facebook as well for regular updates and support.
Please feel free to use and share both challenge buttons on your site.
Official Challenge Rules:
- During the month of March participants have 31 days to organize a whole room(s) in their home
- You must have a blog or a Pinterest account in order to participate
- You can enter multiple spaces if you’d like but participants are asked to create a separate blog post for each entry
- A linky post will go up on the morning of March 31st for participants to link up to with a post showcasing BOTH their before and after pictures of their newly organized space. Participants will also be asked to answer a few questions about the process they followed and experience they had. Find the questions here (this is an example from last year).
- Entries that don’t include both before and after pictures and question summary will be eliminated.
- The challenge end linky cut off will be April 1st at 3:00 pm PST.
- Three winners will be selected from all the participating entries
- Judging will specifically look at overall transformation, creative use of space, storage solutions that work and overall personal experience.
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 as always 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 true success story!
I am so excited about the amazing sponsors that have come on board to provide our winners with such FANTASTIC prizes. So many of my favorite organizing products up for grabs!! Prizes are listed below for each of the three winners:
Are you ready for this?
$100 Gift Card from the Container Store
The Container Store has a HUGE selection of organizing products. You’ll find whatever you need for all your organizing projects.
A Car-Gos System & a Me+Mine Collection from SugarSNAP
SugarSNAP is a company with fantastic products for helping busy moms stay organized. You’ll receive a Car-Go System that is a compact, beautifully designed bin that fits perfectly in your car or SUV trunk, leaving plenty of space for a stroller, shopping bags, and more. The Me+Mine Collection is a set of 5 bags with customizable labels that will help you organize your existing diaper bag or handbag.
Drawer Decor Cutlery Organizer + Deluxe Starter Kit + Additional Base Mat
These products are an awesome addition to organizing any drawer. Both the cutlery organizer and the deluxe starter kit are just the tools you need to get your drawers under control once and for all. You will have your choice of base mat color.
Rubbermaid DIY Classic Configurations Closet Kit
SpaceSavers offers products that increase household efficiency and functional storage space for DIY home organizers and small businesses. With this Rubbermaid closet system you’ll be able to reconfigure your four foot to 8 foot wide closet and increase your storage up to 14 feet of shelf space and 12 feet of hanging clothing storage. The kit has adjustable shelves and telescoping hanging rods so there’s no cutting required.
One Year Subscription to Getting Organized Magazine
Getting Organize Magazine is the go-to resource for those looking to organize their homes or their work. This comprehensive, easy to read magazine makes organizing fun, easy and how-to as possible. You’ll get previews of the latest products, tips on how to conquer your paper piles, advice on issues like attention deficit disorder (ADD) and much more. Getting Organized Magazine was created by a Professional Organizer with several years of client experience and is the only one on the market solely dedicated to the top of organization.
Large Lay-n-Go Storage and Activity Mat
Lay-n-Go Cosmo ~ The Ultimate Cosmetic Bag
Lay-n-Go™ is a patent pending activity mat, cleanup, storage and carryall solution in one that offers kids and parents a great way to easily manage their toy and makeup collections at home or wherever your travels may take you!
$100 Gift Certificate from Off-the-Floor
Off the Floor’s products were created and designed to meet personal challenges of dealing with clutter throughout the house & garage, unmet by existing products out in the market today. The modular storage units have snap construction which allows for easy assembly with no tools required, including snap-on accessories. Configure the shape of the overall unit to fit any space, or split a starter kit into multiple smaller units. Ten different colors are available to fit any room décor. With door hang and wall mount options, it requires no valuable floor space. Various accessories allows a place for everything, and everything ends up in its place!
The 2013 Clean + Organized Lifestyle Kit
This extensive instant download kit comes complete with 74 organizational documents brought to you from Becky at Clean Mama. Everything you’ll need to organize your life and time can be found right here in this kit.
One Super Organizing Tote + One Hang-Up Room Organizer
These items are super cute, super functional, super stylish, super convenient, super fashionable and a super great price point!! They are just plain SUPER! They come from a company that sells organizing totes, bags, purses, wallets, bins and more! We offer solutions for our just about everybody! We are always coming out with new products, styles and fabrics to choose from so you will never get bored! For more information on our great products including specials of the month, hostess specials, new products and more please request to join Boid’s Bag Biz on Facebook.
$50 Gift Certificate from Fridge Coasters
Fridge Coasters are super absorbent “liners” that come in different sizes to fit all high traffic areas of your refrigerator. Place under produce in the crispers to keep your veggies fresh longer, or under milk and salad dressing in the doors to absorb drips that would normally dry to the bottom of your bin, ewww. Fridge Coasters provide time saving function and fashion to the inside of your refrigerator. In addition, their really proud to say that their sustainable product is made 100% in the USA of 30% (or more) post consumer product.
I will select three additional people at random from all the entries received to each win a one year subscription to Getting Organized Magazine.
How’s that for motivation? I told you it was exciting!!
So what do you say? Are you ready to join us this month and turn a cluttered room into an organized one where everything has a home and you can find what you need when you need it?
If you have any questions, please leave them for me in the comments. Thanks!