Introducting the New Year’s Organizing Revolution!!


One of the top resolutions each year is to get organized. So I’ve teamed up with six other organizing bloggers to help you do just that.   Together we are running a HUGE organizing challenge for the entire month of January, starting next Monday!!  By the end of the month we are hoping to have helped you organize FOUR areas of your home!!   Each week you’ll have four days to organize an assigned space in your home and then post the results on your blog or your Pinterest board and link up with us so we can see what you’ve been up to.  Not only that but every Friday through Sunday we’ll open up the linky for voting and everyone will get the opportunity to vote for their favorites.  To provide you with some motivation to get it done, we are offering some fantastic prizes to the entries that get the most votes….there will be THREE winners each week!

This is going to be AWESOME!!

We are calling in New Year’s Organizing REVOLUTION instead of organizing resolutions because let’s face it, resolutions don’t always stick.  So let’s forget about silly resolutions and declare a REVOLUTION instead, but just not the violet kind 🙂

A revolution is defined as a sudden, complete or marked change in something so that’s what we are going to do.  At the end of January and this challenge you’ll be well on your way to making  2013 your most organized year yet!  This is a time for resolutions that actually work and revolutionize your life! Can I get a whoot, whoot!!


Each Monday starting, December 31st, we will announce the room, or area, and give you ALL week to work on that space – even if it’s just a drawer in that area or the WHOLE room {it’s totally up to you}. Then, YOU take pictures – nice ones with your cell phone or you camera. You post them on your blog or on your Pinterest board and we are going to have a HUGE link party and everyone will VOTE on whose they like the best. So YOU can win!!

Here’s a calendar to download so you can keep it all straight and organized 🙂

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December 31st ~ 1st challenge and link party begins: Office
January 4-6th ~ Vote for your favorite!

January 7th ~ 2nd challenge and link party begins: Kitchen
January 11-13th ~ Vote for your favorite!

January 14th ~ 3rd challenge and link party begins: Closets
January 18-20 ~ Vote for your favorite!

January 21st ~ 4th challenge and link party begins: Living room/Playroom

January 25-27th ~ Vote for your favorite!

January 28-30th ~ Grand Prize voting begins, vote for your favorite challenge winners!
January 31st ~ Grand Prize winners announced!


What do you get for all this hard work? Oh. My. Goodness. PRIZES — Yes, cool, big prizes!! Here are the prizes you will have a chance to win.

Prize- Oreck VersaVac, $249.99 value

Oreck’s newest, most versatile vacuum: The VersaVac™, a full-powered bagless vacuum cleaner that is also a steam mop. The ultimate multi-functional, multi-surface cleaner, VersaVac is powerful and is easy to use — on all floor types. With its incredible suction, an on/off brushroll and adjustable steam settings, the VersaVac has all the power and performance you expect from Oreck. So forget the broom, the dustpan, the messy bucket and mop. With its dual functions, the multi-tasking VersaVac eliminates the need for multiple cleaning tools!

Prize – $100 gift certificate to Clean Mama Printables

Who says homekeeping and organizing can’t be adorable, fun AND easily implemented into your life? Home of the ORIGINAL printable homekeeping kit concept, including The Cleaning Kit, The Budget + Bill Pay Kit, The Resolution Kit, The Starter Kit and more!Clean Mama Printables is THE BEST place to get homekeeping printables that REALLY work for you AND make your life easier! Clean Mama Printables specializes in original organizational documents designed to take the WORK out of organizing your life.

Prize – JOYS Collection $139 Value

Helping you find paper peace. Just Organize Your Stuff or JOYS is a collection of paper organizing techniques, philosophies, exercises and home filing system tools to help you create your personal home filing solution. A fresh twist on the old-fashioned filing techniques fit for your modern lifestyle.

Prize – NeatReceipts, a $199.95 value

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Neat® is the developer of several cloud-based Digital Filing System solutions, designed to manage personal information with ease and simplicity in order to save time and increase productivity. NeatReceipts® is a portable scanner and Digital Filing System, weighing less than a pound, making on-the-go organization a cinch. NeatReceipts also includes Neat’s unique software that identifies and extracts the important information from receipts, business cards, and documents to automatically organize it for you. All scanned and imported documents can be searched by keyword in Neat’s software so that you can find exactly what you need. Now, users have seamless access to their information from anytime, anywhere via NeatCloud and NeatMobile.

Prize- $101 Scentsy gift pack

Scentsy offers wax bars in over 80 different fragrances and over 75 different warmers in three different sizes. Scentsy has a patented technology that uses a low watt light bulb to warm a wax with a low melting temperature. This ensures lower temperatures to avoid burns and no open flames to avoid fire risks. Scentsy also offers a lot more than just warmers and wax though! Scentsy also has room sprays, scent circles, travel tins, buddies & baby buddies for the little ones in your life, and scent paks. Check out my website to learn more information and shop these great products!

Prize- 1 yr membership & a free copy of Slow Cookers e-Book

5 dinners in 1 hour is am make ahead meal plan system for effortless weeknight dinners. This is menu planning made easy. Spend 1 hour in the kitchen and have 5 dinners assembled for the week. Just bake, broil, slow cook or grill to have dinner on the table faster than going to the drive thru lane. Choose from Classic, Clean Eating and Gluten free plans. Each menu comes with recipes (including side dish suggestions), grocery list, assembly directions and cooking instructions all in an easy to follow format.

Prize – $100 Fridge Coaster Gift Certificate

Don’t you hate scrubbing your refrigerator bins and surfaces? So do we! And now you don’t have to. We’re the husband and wife duo behind Fridge Coaster. 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, we’re really proud to say that our sustainable product is made 100% in the USA of 30% (or more) post consumer product. We then use a UV-dried printing process which means the ink never bleeds beyond its original printed shape even when fully submerged in water! How awesome is that? Long story short, Fridge Coasters will save you a ton of time and put a smile on your face every time you open the fridge.

Prize – $197 value Power Productivity Program

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,, 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. Sign up for her FREE 7-Day “Jumpstart” Video Series on her website to start getting organized today!

Prize – $100 Gift Certificate to A Time For Everything

I am passionate about people living within their means and getting out of debt, but I don’t believe a cash system of budgeting has to mean tattered paper envelopes reinforced with packing tape! I offer a variety of lovely cash envelope system wallets with the hope that each of my customers can find a product that fits her budget, appeals to her personal taste, and functionally suits her needs. My wallets and accessories are handmade by me using designer laminated cotton which is lightweight yet very durable, CPSIA compliant, and free of BPA, PVC, and phthalates. Live within your means with style!

Prize- Sophisticated File Tote, a $66.00 value

Clever Container is an organizing product direct sales company committed to providing top quality, unique products and solutions to reduce the stress of an organizational task. We have products for kitchens, crafts, closets, drawers, children, storage, offices, and more.  Clever Container Consultants provide organizing tips, techniques, and products to help simplify your life in a fun, relaxed setting. Consultants demonstrate the products, provide multiple uses, and share organizing tips which you can use as soon as you get home. Our motto is “It’s not just the product, it’s the process.”  As a professional organizer striving to give people the most efficient and effective home, personal lives, and businesses possible, Ashley Meyer of DBL Designs Lifestyle & Small Business Consulting found the perfect partnership with Clever Container. Through Clever Container, she brings quality, affordable organizing products to her professional organizing clients.

Prize- Rack-It Off the Floor Organizer

Two moms, life-long best friends, set out to develop a practical, innovative, customizable, all-in-one storage solution for everyone in the household. 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. Our 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! Great training for young children to manage and be responsible for their personal belongings from an early age. Additional accessories and panel kits are available to expand the overall size of the storage system, or to create a smaller version of our starter kits to fit specific needs.

Prize – 1 weekday set for girls and 1 weekday set for boys

Organizables is a practical solution to the early morning chaotic demands of getting children ready for school every day. For the busy parent who has to get kids up, dressed and fed on a tight schedule, Organizables are the antidote to your morning frustrations. Organizables clothes organizers feature colors and designs that are visually appealing to kids and are easy enough for even very young children to use. At the beginning of the week, your child chooses the clothes that he or she will wear for the next five days – putting an end to weekday morning arguments over wardrobe!

Prize – Thirty One Gifts $100 Gift Certificate


It’s a new year! Time to celebrate organizing with Thirty One! Thirty One offers you a line of bags, totes, and organizational items that can be personalized to make them uniquely your own. Whether you are organizing your home, your car or yourself, Thirty One can offer you some great solutions. From large utility totes to hang up organizers to our new “Your Way” collection, Thirty One has something for everyone! Coordinating items means everything will have a place and will be easy to find! We can help with product suggestions, fabric choices and embroidery ideas. The possibilities are endless!

Office Depot – Prize $100 Gift Card

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Cricut – Prize TBA

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Cricut is the family of products that will help you hear the three little words most creators just can’t get enough of: “You made that?” It doesn’t matter if you want to craft cards, scrapbooks, home décor, organizing labels and more. One thing’s for sure, Cricut will always craft a smile. Portable and lightweight, yet powerfully creative—what more could you ask for in a creative partner? The Cricut Min®i machine is perfect for the new and seasoned crafter alike. Designed to work in tandem with our innovative design tool, Cricut Craft Room™, your creativity will reach new heights thanks to this petite inspiration machine.


How to Prepare:

I will let you know about two posts tomorrow – one from Anna at Ask Anna, where she will teach you how to take fabulous photos {so you can win BIG prizes!}. The other one will be from Becky at Organizing Made Fun. She will be teaching you how to set up a Pinterest Board and link it to our party. Both of these posts will be great resources to help you win some of these fantastic prizes!!  Updated:  See both of those posts here.


Meet the Hostesses:

Don’t forget to follow us all on Facebook and Pinterest for lots of great organizing tips to help you along the way!




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Here is a button for you to get started! Put it on your blog and spread the word about this huge challenge! You can also tell your family that you’re getting organized this year and “wow” them by actually tackling a room in your home each week!

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Good luck!!! We’ll see you back here on Monday, I can’t wait to check out your spaces {and vote} at all the link parties!!!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments 🙂

Organizing Revolution "Prize" Challenge -- Ask Anna

Fine print:

  • 3 winners (First, Second and Third Place) will be chosen each week using InLinkz voting link tool based on the highest number of votes accrued during that week. First, Second and Third place prizes will be determined using the highest valued prize for First Place winner, second highest value to Second Place winner, and third highest value to Third Place winner.
  • Week 1: Link party will be open from 6 a.m. PST December 31, 2012 thru 5:59 a.m. PST January 4, 2013. Voting begins 6:00 a.m. PST January 4, 2013 and ends 12:00 noon PST January 6, 2013.
  • Week 2: Link party will be open from 6 a.m. PST January 7, 2013 thru 5:59 a.m. PST January 10, 2013. Voting begins 6:00 a.m. PST January 11, 2013 and ends 12:00 noon PST January 13, 2013.
  • Week 3: Link party will be open from 6 a.m. PST January 14, 2013 thru 5:59 a.m. PST January 17, 2013. Voting begins 6:00 a.m. PST January 18, 2013 and ends 12:00 noon PST January 20, 2013.
  • Week 4: Link party will be open from 6 a.m. PST January 21, 2013 thru 5:59 a.m. PST January 24, 2013. Voting begins 6:00 a.m. PST January 25, 2013 and ends 12:00 noon PST January 27, 2013.
  • Grand Prizes: Voting for Grand Prizes will include the three winners from each of the four prior weeks. Voting begins 6 a.m. PST January 28, 2013 and ends at 9:00 p.m. PST January 30, 2013. Grand Prizes will be determined based on the highest number of votes accrued during the Grand Prize voting. 3 Grand Prize winners will be announced on January 31, 2013.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Due to Canadian rules and regulations, please note that the allocation of prizes in this challenge are only available to those residing in the US.
  • Entrants must be 18 years or older.
  • Winners will be e-mailed and announced here on January 7 (Week 1 winners), January 14 (Week 2 winners), January 21 (Week 3 winners), January 28 (Week 4 winners), and January 31, 2013 (Grand Prize winners).
  • Winners have 7 days to respond to e-mail.
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36 Responses to Introducting the New Year’s Organizing Revolution!!

  1. 2
    Susan C. says

    My house is a disaster, I hate being in it, and had hoped to do some organizing over the holiday break to make it at least livable. Unfortunately, I ended up with so much work work to do that the best I’ve managed was to clean off one very small table. Of course I’m not sure it’s possible to fix the house because the problem is really me, but this contest makes me want to try again. Looking forward to tomorrow’s post with how to link to the party from pinterest because I couldn’t figure out how to link in that button LOL.

  2. 4
    Jackie says


    I only have AOL., no twitter, pinterest, etc. I would still like to take the daily challenges with everyone. What a great way to nudge those of us who do better with organizing by challenges. Thank you ahead of time,

  3. 5
    Patrice says

    Woo Hoo – can’t wait!!!

  4. 6
    Kathy says

    I’m fairly organized but this challenge is really interesting! I’m going to use the challenge! I have stuff put away but not always in the best places. So here we go!

  5. 7
    hsmominmo says

    Your 28 Day Challenge last year was so good for me that I’ll jump in again. It’s been reward enough to have those areas in my home still organized and functional!
    Questions – can we link up multiple times or just once? Are we to begin the project on Monday, or can we continue a project that is already started?
    I see how a Pinterest Board link would continually be updated, but my initial blog post would not be the one showing all the progress I’ve made.
    Just trying to plan this out in my brain! So excited – thank you again Laura, for lighting a fire under me!

    • 7.1
      Laura says

      Hi there, yes for sure you can link up multiple times with separate links. You can definitely use a project you’ve already started. We aren’t requiring any before shots or anything like that.

      Glad you’ll be participating with us!!

  6. 8
    Corinna Stevenson says

    Hi, I didn’t get a message about the rules for photos with regard to the Organized Revolution Challenge.

  7. 9
    Sophia says

    Awesome idea- can’t wait to get started

  8. 10
    Dana says

    I am so excited about this!! These prizes look AWESOME but I have to confess I am more here for the support, Thanks so much for doing this!!

  9. 11
    Jennifer says

    I found this blog after searching for organizing ideas on Pinterest, I had planned to clean and organize my office this next week anyway, including painting and curtains etc. When I saw the calendar and the first week was ‘office/desk’ I knew this challenge was MEANT for me. I’m a little embarrassed to post a before photo, but its worth it, I’m super motivated!

  10. 12
    Erica says

    Hi! One question for clarification- do I link up to all 7 blogs, or the one where I originally found out about it. Same thing for voting- do I go to all 7 blogs, or just one?
    Thanks for the help!

    • 12.1
      Laura says

      Hi there, no please only link up on one of our blogs as we are all using the exact same linky which means you’ll only be able to cast your vote once as well. Hope that helps!

  11. 13
    Jodi says

    Even if we live overseas and cannot claim a prize, can we still link up to the organizing challenge?

    • 13.1
      Laura says

      Hi Jodi, while you can’t add your link to the official linky we would love to have you link up in the comments section so we can still check out what you’ve done. 🙂

  12. 14
    Sica says

    This is my blog for the Organized Revolution Challenge. Happy Organizing!

    • 14.2
      Sica says

      I just figured out what happened. In the future, could you make it a little more obvious where we need to post our information because I thought that the site on how to link a pintrests was just for that, not for blog posts.

      Then when I read the whole page, it mentions, at the bottom, how to post your url site at the frog link. Unfortunatly, I did not know or see that until today. So I guess I will not be able to par-take of this challenge. Not that I expected to win but it is nice to share and be a part of the process.

      Don’t get me wrong, I think that it is great that this is a HUGE linking party but with all of that information on the same page, the little tiny frog gets lost in the shuffle.

      Thank you,

  13. 15
    Alexa says

    I can’t even tell you how badly I need this… even if I don’t win anything!!!


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