October 2014 Sponsor Spotlight

Sponsor Spotlight for October 2014 at orgjunkie.com

Hi friends, it’s time for my monthly Sponsor Spotlight were I take a moment to showcase my AWESOME sponsors of this here blog.  You don’t want to miss checking out how each sponsor can help you get and stay organized.  Below you’ll find a little more in depth detail on what they have to offer to help you on your organizational journey.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.  I’ll also highlight for you any current specials, promotions, posts, discounts and/or any workshops that may be available to you at this time. Keep reading and you’ll see what I’m talking about, there are some fantastic resources here!!



Profitable Organizer is a company created to help you set up your own Professional Organizing business. I get many inquiries from people wondering how to go about doing this so I’m thrilled to be able to refer you to an excellent resource. Professional Organizer, Cynthia and her husband Adam have designed their business and membership site to help walk you through this process step by step. To find out if this is a path that might be right for you, you can take a tour of their extensive training area and watch a video that walks you through what is required and how Profitable Organizer can assist you with setting up your business. Find out more about their membership options, which include videos, forums, sample documents and much much more, here.

You can also find Profitable Organizer on Facebook



Alejandra Costello is a Certified Professional Organizer who shows individuals how to become more organized and productive on a daily basis by setting up systems that work for their own organizing style. Alejandra started her company, Alejandra.tv, in 2008 at the age of 23 and to date has shared her organizing expertise with thousands of people in over 100 countries around the world. Formerly an IT engineer, Alejandra was named 1 of the 5 most organized people in America by HGTV. Her expertise has been featured in HGTV, The Washington Post, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, The Washington Times, CBS, NewsChannel8, and Mashable.

Alejandra just added 40+ “how to” organizing videos and lots of printables to her complete organizing program (the Power Productivity Program)! In the program she shows you step-by-step how to get organized, stay organized, and become your most productive self without slipping back to your old ways. The program gives you the tools you need to finally overcome your physical and mental clutter. For more information: www.alejandra.tv/products

Here are a couple of Alejandra’s most recent videos:

Cheap Storage Ideas ~ Dollar Store Haul


Top 50 Home Office Organizing Products

Feeling stuck with clutter & can’t get started? Alejandra’s video series shows you 3 e-a-s-yyyyy things to do tonight to feel more organized tomorrow morning. How’s that for starting the day off right?! You can sign up to watch the free videos here.

Find Alejandra on Facebook Twitter Pinterest.


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Get Organized Wizard is a company designed to help you move from procrastination to action. Their programs help busy men and women take action toward a life of greater happiness, productivity and personal organization. Michelle has many products and programs available to help you with getting organized. You can view all of them and how they can help you by visiting her product page. Their next online program starts next Monday, November 3rd. This 14-days to an organized closet program will help you unlock the mental and emotional chains that keep you holding on to clothes you don’t wear or need.  It’s a program to help you create your perfect wardrobe – decluttered, streamlined, organized.

Over 14 days, I’ll help you deal with the practicalities of:

  1. Decluttering your closet of clothes and shoes you don’t wear
  2. Simplifying the way you think about your outfits
  3. Organizing your closet, clothes, and footwear.

To find out more about this program and how you can relieve closet clutter frustration, visit HERE.

Also find Get Organized Wizard on Twitter and Facebook.


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In addition to her professional organizing business, Aby Garvey also offers terrific online self-paced organizing workshops at Simplify 101. For a complete list of all upcoming online classes please visit their workshop catalog. Unsure if an online workshop is right for you? Take a tour of their online workshop system in advance.

Aby’s self-paced online classes are on-demand, which means you can start when the time is right for you and make progress at your own pace! When you purchase a self-paced workshop, you will be able to download all of the written lesson materials as well as worksheets, forms or checklists immediately after you purchase. In addition, you’ll gain access to audio lessons to reinforce concepts, and videos to complement the written lesson materials.

Some of the self-paced classes include Organize Your Paper Clutter, How to Manage Your Time and Organizing With Your Kids. Find all self-paced classes HERE.

Find Simplify 101 on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


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Smead Manufacturing Company is a well-known leader in high quality, environmentally responsible and innovative products, most of which are made right here in the USA. Founded in 1906 in Hastings, Minnesota, Smead is a certified woman-owned business offering thousands of organizational products for use in the home or office. For more information on Smead’s products, visit smead.com. For personalized organizing advice, tips and solutions, visit Smead Organomics.


Submit a Smead product review using this link and you could win a $100 Smead shopping spree!!

Also just released is Smead’s new eBook called “Room by Room” organization. It features organization tips and advice for each room in the home from some of the top professional organizers in the world. Download your free copy today HERE. Happy Organizing!

Smead also produces a weekly podcast with organizing tips. Check it out at www.Smead.com/podcast

You can also find Smead on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube!


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The folks at GitaDini, a supplier of unique home accessories, are inspired to create products based on their own experience. New ideas come to them all the time! Products they would find useful in their own home. Products they think their kids and friends would love, too.

They’ve always loved ottomans – the ultimate in flexible and portable furnishings. But traditional ottomans can sometimes look stuffy and, dare we say it, old-fashioned. They wanted to modernize the ottoman concept and make it multi-functional, fun and appealing to all ages. What’s more, they wanted a product that is designed and made in the USA, yet still affordable. However, great products don’t happen overnight, even for experienced homeware designers like GitaDini. They conducted extensive market research and then spent three years perfecting their idea – from design to production to the cool reusable tote-bag packaging. They tested and tweaked the design again and again until they decided it was finally ready – with the right material, colors, strength and durability.The result? OTTO Storage Stools!

GitaDini are proud to have made the effort to have OTTO produced right here in the USA. Could they have taken the typical route and sourced it abroad? Of course. But it makes them happy to know that by using an American manufacturer, their family business is supporting other American small business owners. And because they sell their products directly through their website rather than a middle man, their prices are still very affordable.

Find GitaDini on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest


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I’m so excited to welcome back ListPlanIt to the I’m an Organizing Junkie sponsor line up.  ListPlanIt is a company that makes it fun and easy to create and manage your lists.  With ListPlanIt you’ll have unlimited access to lists of all kinds! So that planning your next meal, vacation or birthday party is a breeze. 

Smartphone, tablet, desktop, laptop – no matter what the device, ListPlanIt goes wherever you do.  Get started with a free 30-day trial, then continue to create & manage your lists for just $5/month.  Looking for printable lists? They have over 700 available to their members as a bonus! Simply select the category you’re looking for and choose from the PDFs in the right column. Try them out here.

Coming soon, 30 Days to Christmas ebook, the Procrastinator’s Edition.  This is an eBook intended for anyone who has a hard time getting started early on Christmas planning or just prefers to wait until the holiday season is in full swing.  It includes a companion workbook containing 15 interactive lists from ListPlanIt.com for all of your last-minute holiday gift, card, party, and meal planning needs!

Also find ListPlanIt on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest


If you would like to consider joining these awesome sponsors and advertising with me, please send an email to organizingjunkie (at) gmail (dot) com and I’d be happy to discuss my rates with you. Please also check out my advertise page for my site statistics. Thanks so much!!


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Closet TLC Challenge: Tackle and Lose Clutter

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project.

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Today’s post is long overdue! I have wanted to share my closet for awhile, but it hasn’t been completely organized. I guess it took me moving to get my closet under control. My previous closet was organized, but I was having a hard time using every ounce of space that I had available. I think I changed it up three times within a year. How? I moved racks around, added shelving, and reorganized clothing several different times.

But, with my new closet, everything seems to work. The extra closet that I have in my bathroom may be the reason because now I can keep my purses and accessories in a different space.

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And, now, I am going to give you an up-close look at each section.


My shoes are stored in three different ways:

  1. Everyday – These are shoes that I wear to work, to run errands, or around the house at least once a week. I want to make sure I can get to them easily and quickly. So, I have them neatly lined up and paired together on the floor of my closet.
  2. Dressy – All of my dressy shoes are placed in Iris plastic shoe boxes and they line the top rack of my closet.
  3. Casual – These are the shoes that I wear, but not everyday. At the moment, I am using a MacBeth collection shoe rack as storage.

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Casual Shoe Storage


I have four different categories of tops:

  1. Sweaters – All of my sweaters are folded by color and placed on one of two 3-tier wire racks from Lowe’s. I love these racks and own about 7 at the moment.
  2. Sweatshirts – Sweatshirts tend to be bulky and take up a lot of hanging space, so most of mine are folded on a rack that was already in my closet when I moved in.
  3. Tank tops – These garments are so small that they do not take up a lot space, so they are folded and placed in a single white basket.
  4. Casual & Dressy – They all get hung up by color on a Joy Mangano Huggable Hanger in black.

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Bottoms & Dresses

My pants, shorts, leggings, and dresses are stored two different ways, either folded or hung. My jeans, leggings, athletic pants and shorts all get folded and laid on a built-in shelving unit. My dresses and dress pants all get hung on a hanger. I fold all of my dresses in half over the pant hangers. Why? My closet doesn’t have a bar that is high enough to let my dresses hang without touching the floor. So, I decided it would be easiest to fold them over a hanger. I actually started doing this over a year ago at my old house. It doesn’t hurt the dresses at all and works well for me.

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Coats & Necklaces

I know a lot of people like to put coats in what is called a “coat closet,” but I have enough room for mine to fit nicely in the bottom corner of my closet.

The previous owners of our home installed these nice little hooks on the back portion of our closet. They work great for my necklaces and feather boa. Why do I have a feather boa? Well, my best friend gave it to me at my bachelorette party and I kept it.

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My closet isn’t anything spectacular, but I am pretty proud of the fact that I have used every ounce of space in it. It has taken several years to develop a system that works for me. And, keep in mind that what works well for one person may not be the best solution for another. It is all about personal preference! I hope seeing my closet has helped with yours a little.

Feel free to visit my other closet organization posts.

Quick Organizing Tips for Little to Zero Cash

How this Challenge Came to Be



Bottoms & Dresses

Coat Closet

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My name is Kristin and I am a middle school career education teacher by day and a mommy/wife/blogger by night. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two loving children. We recently made a life-changing move to Arkansas, so our new house is always under construction. I get excitement out of finding new creative, functional, and cute ways to organize things! I also enjoy writing and documenting life as it happens. So, I put these loves together and created The Gold Project. With the help of my husband, I am attempting to turn our house into a home. So, check out this special place of mine and take this journey with me!

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Menu Plan Monday ~ Oct 27/14


Hello!  Well it’s winter here in northern Alberta, Canada y’all.  It snowed yesterday and we are getting temps in the negatives now so I think it’s safe to say it’s here to stay for awhile.  And by awhile I mean at least 6 months.  Ugg.  I really am not a snow person but call me […]

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Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread

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The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Melanie at Melanie Makes. Let’s not beat around the bush, shall we?  I’m just going to come right out and say it. Friends, this is the most amazing banana bread.  Ever.  EVER.  A bit ooey, a bit gooey, and absolutely bedazzled with chocolate chips and walnuts. […]

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Menu Plan Monday ~ Oct 20/14

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Hey friends, happy Menu Plan Monday day!!!  Welcome to a brand new week where we plan our menus to help our week be a lot less stressed!  Think of it as simply selecting 5 recipes to cook sometime throughout the week, you don’t even have to assign them to specific days if you don’t want […]

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Getting Organized Magazine Discount Code!

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Hey there!  I’ve gotten a number of emails in the past month or so asking me if there is an organizing magazine out there that I would recommend.  I’ve had a subscription to Getting Organized Magazine since they first published nearly 3 years ago and absolutely love it.  When I went back through my blog […]

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Menu Plan Monday ~ Oct 13/14


Hello and a Happy Thanksgiving day today to my Canadian friends.  We celebrated yesterday and today we have the day off to relax and just enjoy the day.  And if I have my way we will NOT be playing another 4 hour game of Monopoly like we did yesterday.  Brutal!  My attention span is short […]

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