It’s finally here! Org Junkie’s (that’s me!) annual organizing challenge for 2013!! 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!!

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.

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Download March calendar here


First post and before picture link up

1st Progress Link Up

2nd Progress Link Up

3rd Progress Link Up

Final Challenge Link Up

Winners Announced!


  • 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!

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 Sunday, March 31st at 4:00 pm PST 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
  • Entries that don’t include both before and after pictures and question summary will be eliminated.
  • The challenge end linky cut off will be Tuesday, April 2nd 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.

Judging Criteria:

Overall TransformationA well organized, uncluttered, clearly defined and efficient space that lends itself to easy maintenance.

Creative Use of SpaceUsing creative solutions to allow you to maximize your space and create zones in a new and manageable way.

Storage Solutions that WorkUsing storage solutions that allow you to establish boundaries and limits and contain “like with like”.

Overall Personal ExperienceThe 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!

Prize Details:

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

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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.

sugarsnap car files sugarsnap me and mine

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.

cutlery organizer

drawer decor

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.

closet system

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

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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

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

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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

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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.

Good luck everyone!!


143 Responses to Challenge

  1. 2
    Laura Rodriguez-Irwin says

    being a mom of 7 have way too much clutter and need to get my home back!!!

  2. 3
    Lindsey says

    I’m just a loyal reader and don’t have a blog…but I’ll be participating and looking forward to seeing all the before and after pictures!!

  3. 4
    Amanda says

    Does moving/settling into a new house count as ‘organizing’?

  4. 5
    Lindsey says

    I just commented on your blog post for today, but I thought I better post again over here so that you know I’m alllllll the way in for this challenge!! yay 🙂
    I’ve got a ton of small and large spaces that need to be organized, how do you pick just one, ha!

  5. 6
    Amanda says

    does my whole house count? my house is so unorganized and a mess. i need to get it under control!

  6. 7
    Tiffany says

    I can not wait! I will be participating in this year’s challenge!

  7. 8
    Nicole says

    Cannot wait! I really need a challenge like this. One of my goals for the new year is to get oranized and a support challenge sounds great. Can’t wait to get started.

  8. 9
    Amber @ Classic Housewife says

    Will there be a “Whole House” category? ;0)

    Oh snap, I’m not the first one to suggest that. Oh,boo. =P

  9. 10
    Melinda says

    Thank you for hosting this. Hopefully this will be motivation I need to declutter my office/craft room before the baby comes. Yes I have until June, but I have already put it off for about three months…and everything needs to get moved to the new playroom!

  10. 11
    Birdie says

    One of my goals for the new year is to be a good example for my sons and to get my house in order before the new baby comes. Can’t wait!

  11. 12
    Sarai G says

    My guest room is less than welcoming at this point (I mean, I guess you ‘could’ sleep in there…it would just be REALLY uncomfortable and you might have a hard time hoisting yourself onto the piles of junk!). I’m an extremely organized person, so it’s about to drive me bananas!! Thankfully, this challenge will be just what I need to kick it into high gear! Thanks!

  12. 13
    PATTY says

    I am HOPING to be able to participate in this challenge. I just HAVE to be able to make the time to do it, but I too have a “spare room” that is a combination of a guest room, computer room, and my scrapbooking room, and am in desperate need of some direction in there. Can’t wait to start!!!

  13. 14
    Julie says

    I am on overload in our office! It’s bulging with “stuff” and way too many books!

  14. 15
    Erin says

    This is such a neat idea, I am in!!!

  15. 16
    Jenny says

    OHHHHH… just the perfect time to work on the basement!

  16. 17
    Mary Anna says

    If I can’t commit to my whole house, I think I’ll dedicate my craft room. It’s a disaster zone!!!

  17. 18
    Hope says

    OH..i am so ready for this!!

  18. 19
    Donna says

    Whoopee, just the impetus I need to get started! Count me in!

  19. 20
    Katie says

    I have the best spot…basement.

  20. 21
    Rena says

    What a God send! This is exactly what I need right now! And my front seat in the car is full of bags that need to be dropped off at Goodwill. So perfect..I can just add more…

  21. 22
    Kathryn Crane says

    I don’t have a blog, but I sure will be glad to participate in this. I hope to get the panty, laundry room and my closet done in Feb. Thanks for the additional motivation!

  22. 23
    Petula says

    My challenge is remembering to get started and checking out all of the tips. Sounds like funny (and scary!) I can’t wait to get started. 🙂

  23. 24
    Amber @ClassicHousewife says

    Okay, I know what I’m going to do!! I ordered a couple small things from Amazon today to help me get it done, they arrive in a few days – can’t wait!! =D

    Oh – I’m doing our home office stuff. We don’t have a home office, but I’m doing the stuff that WOULD go in one, our desk, filing cabinet, etc.

  24. 25
    Gretchen says

    Don’t forget to Freecycle your unneeded items to those that can use it. I have purged alot via FC and it saves me gas too.

    I am doing the 28 day challenge.

  25. 26
    Monica says

    Looking forward to the challenge. I have been trying to organize something each week. Slowly things are coming together. Thanks for the motivation!

  26. 27
    Jamie says

    Oh My! This is JUST what I needed!!! Now….to just pick which place in my home needs the MOST work!! 🙂

  27. 28
    Angela says

    Ok, I’m in. I’ve been working on purging “stuff” from the house. We have a “computer room” that has become the catch-all for everything. I want to turn it into a family room for the kids. I’m embarrassed to post my before pictures, but if that doesn’t motivate me, nothing will!

  28. 29
    colleen says

    I desperate need this! I’ve been trying so hard to do it on my own but would appreciate tips and ideas from those who are actually organized!

  29. 30
    Nicole says

    My craft room / office is aweful. I just took photos and it looks much worse in the photos! ACK! It seems to be a “catch-all” for anything that is mine, or that I must take care of “later”. We just know to put that in Mom’s room. Eeeek.

    Thank you for hosting this challenge. I am looking forward to the end of February and my nice clean, organized craft / office room. Best wishes to everyone!

    • 30.1
      Danni R says

      I did photos too and swear they look worse than the real thing….or is that just my denial??? Good Luck!!

  30. 31
    Cassie says

    I am totally and completely IN! I have been talking about this anyway. I want to focus on getting my storage spaces (closets) organized and optimized this month. If I can do that, the rest of the house will be a piece of cake!

    Looking forward to seeing what everyone else chooses to work on!

  31. 32
    Katie says

    Sounds like fun. I’m already posting challenges on my blog and tackling various areas. I think this will be great for work on “The Wall.”

  32. 33
    Di says

    I am SO in for this! The front room of my rented home is a catch-all room for everything from the shoes that kicked off upon entering to computers to video games, homework area and craft zone…..eeeek!

  33. 34
    Callipygian says

    Yes please! My “Great Space Clean-Up of 2009” didn’t quite pan out. I’ll make it happen in February!

  34. 35
    Becky says

    We’ve gone through a financial seminar to get our budget in check, we’re planning on trying to get pregnant again this year, I’m taking on new writing projects, I’m researching homeschooling strategies to start my oldest next fall, and I’m trying to start my own blog site, so needless to say, I need to get my house under control, especially the office.

  35. 36
    Jami says

    I need to tackle the catchall that is my bedroom walk-in closet. It is like a micrcasam of my house and if I can get THAT organized, I can organize anything . I’m sooooo ready !

  36. 37
    Lilo's Mom says

    I just found out about this from someone else’s tweet. We just moved and my craft room is the lowest on the priority list to get organized — it’s a TOTAL disaster. So I’ll take it one day at a time and work there. Thanks for the motivation!

  37. 38
    Heather says

    I’m in with redoing my bedroom. It seems to be the waystop for everything in our house.

  38. 39
    Jaime Kiser says

    I have half a house in need of some serious love..mostly the office (a.k.a the room where things go to die). I’m SO in need of this challenge. Count me soon as I figure out how to sign up.

  39. 40
    Jae says

    I have MANY rooms in my house that are in need of this challenge, but the one room I find the most need is our office/guest/husbands side business/everything room! I’m soooo ready for this challenge!

  40. 41
    kim says

    I am so in. I have a TON of stuff to take to Salvation Army. I could use help in every room.

  41. 42
    Amanda says

    Count me in! My 11 year old son’s room is embarrasing, so that’s what we’re going to focus on.

  42. 44
    Fatin Burley says

    I can’t wait to see the change. It’s nice to know I wont be doing it alone

  43. 45
    Sarah says

    I created a blog dedicated just to my journey of getting organized in 28 days. So far my favorite project has been decluttering my purse… I lost two pounds just by doing this! These prizes look awesome!

  44. 46
    Rosalyn says

    I am going to try this, all it can do is help. I enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for all the ideas

  45. 47
    Adriana says

    Wow! I’m actually working on my boys’ room now. Glad I took some before photos. I just hope I actually get it done before the end of the month!

  46. 48
    Stacy says

    I took before pics but see my blog for the post about those. ARGH!!!

  47. 49
    Teryn says

    Well this will fit right in with my 9th month nesting instinct won’t it. I’m in! It sounds like I’m going to have to reveal my before pics to the world though doesn’t it. DANG!

  48. 50
    Amy says

    Thanks for your help giving me the motivation to finally get this done!

  49. 51
    Amanda says

    I know I missed the February window, but I am going to do this in March anyway! My bedroom seriouslyyy needs it. Time to focus!

  50. 52
    Shelley says

    When are you doing this again?

  51. 53
    Abagail says

    I am sure down the line things mang change,lucy


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