Thursday, January 10, 2013

Do you need a good, swift kick in the pants to get you motivated to organize in the new year? Do you like to make resolutions but never keep them? Or do you like the New Year as a clean, fresh start to get yourself doing the things you know you should? Well, if you are looking to get motivated, I'm here to let you know about a FABULOUS and totally motivating challenge hosted by 7 Organizing Bloggers!

Are you getting excited? I am -- but wait! You won't believe what we're doing. We are going to announce the room or area each Monday starting December 31st and give you ALL a week to work on that area - 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!!

What do you get for all this hard work? Oh. My. Goodness. PRIZES -- Yes, cool, big prizes!! Here are a few names I'm dropping of prizes you could win:

Prize- Oreck VersaVac, $249.99 value

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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 Sentsy 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 - $100 Gift Certificate to Thirty-One

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Prize - $100 Gift Certificate to Office Depot 

Win a Cricut machine!
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Prize- Cricut Mini Prize Package- $129 value

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.

Look for 2 posts tomorrow - one from Ask Anna, where she will teach you how to take FABULOUS photos. The other one will be from ME teaching you how to set up a Pinterest Board and link to our party. You will use these resources to try and win some of these fantastic prizes!! How do you win a prize? There will be voting that begins each week on Friday and ends on the following Sunday at noon {PST}. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places! Then, at the end of the month, we will take ALL the winners and have one more vote for a GRAND prize winner! Woohoo!

Who are these fabulous organizing bloggers that are hosting? 

Here is a calendar that you can use to get ready for our big month of organizing your home. Click on the image and you can download and print it for FREE!

Here is a button for you to get started -- if you have a blog and want to put it on yours, please feel free! Tell your family that you're getting organized this year! And "wow" them by actually tackling an area each week in your home!

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  • 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 7 a.m. PST December 31, 2012 thru 9:00 p.m. PST January 3, 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 7 a.m. PST January 7, 2013 thru 9:00 p.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 7 a.m. PST January 14, 2013 thru 9:00 p.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 7 a.m. PST January 21, 2013 thru 9:00 p.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 7 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.
  • Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
  • 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.