Updated to add: Please, please try and remember to link up to directly to your 30 Day Org Challenge post rather than to the main page of your blog. Thanks!
Sometimes we get so overwhelmed with what needs to be organized in our surroundings that we don’t even know where to start. This challenge is a perfect opportunity to help you FOCUS in on one room or space. Pick one area to organize in your house this month and make the COMMITMENT to yourself to get it done within the next 30 days. Concentrate your efforts one step at a time and you WILL get it done!!! I’ll be rooting you along as we move through the month of November. I want you to feel that
high sense of accomplishment that comes from turning clutter and chaotic into purposeful and calm. I want that for you. What do you say, are you in?
Join me over the next 30 days and turn your goal of an organized space into a reality!
Here is how the challenge works:
What is the 30 Day Organizational Challenge?
Your challenge is to organize one room and/or one area in your home over the next 30 days and at the end of the 30 days post both the “before” and “after” pictures on your blog with a brief description of how you got from point A to point B. I will also provide specific questions for you to answer. You may enter one or both categories if you’d like.
Today (or really anytime within the next 30 days) you will be required to link up to this post (below) to a post of your own sharing which area and/or room you plan on organizing, your plan of attack (this post of mine gives you some suggestions) and, if you choose to, your “before” pictures. You are not obligated to include your “before” pictures at this time if you’d rather not however I do encourage it. Accountability is a huge motivator. Remember – the worse the before picture, the greater chance for improvement, the better the chance of winning. That’s how it works, so display those before pictures proudly!!
The following are some of the things I’ll be looking for at the completion of the challenge and you’ll want to keep them in mind:
Overall Transformation – A well organized, uncluttered, clearly defined and efficient space that is easily maintained.
Clutter Control – The ability to purge excess
Creative Use of Space – Using creative solutions to allow you to maximize your space and create zones and systems in a new and manageable way.
Baskets/Containers that Work – Using containers that allow you to establish boundaries and limits as well as contain “like with like”.
Overall Experience – The process you used, what you got out of this experience, what you found the most rewarding, most difficult, etc..
When does it start?
The challenge starts today, Thursday, November 1, 2007.
When does it end?
The challenge will end at 11:59 pm on Friday, November 30, 2007.
Who can participate?
Anyone with a blog can participate although participants outside of Canada and the US are only eligible for the cash prizes due to shipping costs.
Who are the judges?
This time around I’ll be judging this one on my own with a few friends standing by on the sidelines in case I get stuck.
What are the prizes?
Now to the fun part and hopefully a little extra motivation. I’ve got some great prizes lined up for you. Thank you so much to all the sponsors who so kindly contributed to this event!!!
First Category – a whole room:
1st place = $150.00 US donated by Lifeorganizers.com
Second Category – a small space (ie: closet, drawer, armoire, desk, etc):
1st place = $50.00 US donated by Lifeorganizers.com
3rd place = A gift basket donated by Saanen Suds (a small business of one of my readers – she doesn’t have a website) featuring moisturizing lavender goat’s milk soap, lovely lavender salt scrub, lavender/rose lotion bar, a hand crocheted washcloth and loofah or scrubby in a cute little basket.
BONUS PRIZE: At Shannon’s suggestion I am also including a prize for the biggest purge pile. I want to see pictures of your “stuff to go” in the trunk of your car! Family Travel Gear has kindly donated a wonderful prize of a Kids Car Organizer compact.
Keeping with tradition I will also select a random winner from all the remaining participants to win a copy of Stephanie Denton’s book “The Organized Life” donated by Stephanie herself!
So there you have it. Please remember we all have different circumstances of which you may know nothing about. Therefore it is not our place to judge or make assumptions but rather help each other succeed with encouraging words, positive reinforcement and if asked, respectful suggestions.
Thanks everyone and good luck to all of you! Email me if you have any questions.