15th Year Blog Anniversary ~ A Time to Celebrate
The year was 2006. The date May 22nd. I was on maternity leave having had my youngest child six months earlier. I needed an outlet to talk all about my crazy addiction to organizing. So I started a tiny little blog and called it I’m an Organizing Junkie. I shared my organizing obsession anonymously, I didn’t use my name or show my face for the longest time. I thought I would be judged and ridiculed. Instead the community that came together on the blog was so amazing. You all kept asking for more so I kept blogging. Back in those days a post took me an hour or less (compared to the 5 to 8 hours it takes me now). In fact, so many posts didn’t even have pictures. Gasp! For those that might not have been around back then, here’s my first post.
Okay so I’ve been told…I’m a freak….I LOVE to organize…it is my drug of choice what can I say. It’s what I do when I’m bored, mad, happy or sad. A day is not a day unless I’ve organized something…anything…I need it….I go mad searching, searching, anything, room, closet, cupboard, drawer, anything….the excitement takes over…empty…purge…containerize…assemble….only then when I see my finished work…I feel calm, I sigh and everything is right with the world….until I need my next fix of course and the cycle continues. Join me as I chronicle the life of an organizing JUNKIE!
Yep I used all those periods. IN EVERY POST. Don’t ask me why. Thankfully I eventually got my act together and started writing in proper sentences, ha! But seriously, I’m still just as crazy about organizing as I was back then!
*I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. I’ve purchased everything myself unless otherwise noted.*
And then surprisingly enough, I realized that I could make money writing on this here blog. The advertisers and sponsors started to approach me and it was enough to allow me to continue showing up here. Consistently, for the last 15 years of my life, sharing all things organizing. Did I ever think that I’d still have things to talk about this many years later? Nope not at all. But since organizing isn’t a “once and done” process, there is always organizing to be done and shared with all of you. And so that’s what I do.
I’m pretty sure you’ve seen me organize every square inch of my home. Is it Pinterest perfect? Nope. Do I care? Nope. Would I have made more money blogging if it had been? Yep. But I committed to showing you my real life, not some kind of staged life that never gets messy. And that’s something I’m really very proud of.
How long will I continue to blog? This is something I ask myself nearly every day. And the truth is I don’t know. I still get so excited to share with you when I come up with a new organizing solution or discover a new favorite product. And some silly posts I’m laughing away to myself as I write it, trying to imagine my readers reaction as you read it. I’ve tried really hard to help you discover just how fun, fulfilling and addicting organizing really is. And at the same time I hope I’ve brought a little bit of entertainment and laughter to your life as you’ve journeyed with me and my silly antics all these years.
Anyone remember my first blog design? Gosh it still makes me so happy even if one has to wear shades to look at it from all that brightness, ha! 🙂
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being an Org Junkie reader. Your support means the world to me. Since I don’t sell my own products, my main source of income is through advertising so I really appreciate anytime someone clicks over and reads my blog directly at orgjunkie.com. Also a big thank you to all of you that purchase product using the affiliate links I post. This has been a huge blessing to my family. I can’t thank you enough and wish I could send each and every one of you one of these gift baskets. But since I can’t, I do have one to give away to one lucky winner. I think it’s super fun and I hope you do too! I purchased all these products myself and none of them are sponsored in any way. I’m thrilled with how this one came together, whoot!
So let me show you all the awesome products I’ve collected over the last while to include.
There are eight baskets in this giveaway as follows.
- the big white basket that everything is being held in
- a set of two oval shaped baskets with LIDS!
- a set of five baskets to help you organize your drawers
Of course I couldn’t leave out one of my favorite products, the turntable! Perfect for organizing in your kitchen cabinets or pantry.
Magazines & List Keepers:
- Secrets to Getting Organized (love this magazine!)
- spiral bound Daily To Dos notebook to keep track of life
- spiral bound Stuff I Need to Organize pocket folders to keep track of organizing projects
Pens & Hair Tools:
- a package of my favorite Bic pens
- a set of hair cleaning tools to easily rid your brushes of hair – another favorite!
- set of four clear vinyl pouches (my personal favorite ones!)
- a mesh Tidiness pouch for whatever your heart desires
- a cute Draper James small pouch, perfect for organizing in your purse
Apron & Kitchen Towels:
- one lemon tea towel
- one super cute apron and matching tea towel
- one lemon dish cloth
I always have to include an apron, I LOVE them and wear one all the time!
To enter to win this 15th year blog anniversary giveaway all you have to do is fill in the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway open to everyone. As always only the first entry task is mandatory and all the rest after that are pure bonus for you (no comment necessary but of course they are always welcome because I love hearing from you!). Giveaway ends, June 15th at 4:00 pm MT. Good luck! Please keep in mind that sometimes the Rafflecopter form takes a minute to load so if you don’t see it right away, please be patient. Thanks!
Also if you’d be willing to share this post I’d be so very appreciative. Much love to you!