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Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Organizing Seminar Giveaway!

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When it comes to blogging, I’m not too big on giveaways, unless it’s something I really believe in and would want to win myself. This is one of those times. The folks over at Simplify 101 were so pleased to see their e-course mentioned this week, that they are offering FREE enrollment in a week long e-seminar to two lucky Hatch readers! Because it starts in a week, the deadline for entering will be at noon on Wednesday, May 19. Just leave us a comment telling us you need help getting organized and you’d like to participate and we’ll pick new names at random on Wednesday. If you want to give any of the details about your mess, PLEASE SHARE! I’d love to hear it, because it makes me feel better about my own organizational stumbling blocks. You’ll need to have some time cleared each day to dedicate to getting organized. Here are some details and links:

Whether the state of clutter in your home has you overwhelmed to the point of not knowing where to start, or you’re ready to turbo-charge your organizing efforts—the simplify 101 “Help! I Don’t Know Where to Begin!” workshop, beginning Thursday, May 20, 2010, is for you! This workshop is designed to give new users a taste of simplify 101’s online workshops. Best yet, this workshop includes a coupon code good for $5 off your next workshop purchase! There’s a whole new way to get organized!

I cannot tell you how much I’ve accomplished since starting another Simplify 101 workshop;  it’s been very motivating. It literally makes you feel lighter and more free. If you are ready to start getting organized but don’t know where to start, leave a comment before noon (that’s east coast time) on Wednesday May 19. We’ll contact the winners that afternoon.

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Monday, May 10th, 2010

Inspiration Monday: Sometimes It Takes a Class

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Well, I began my new year with an “I’m going to get organized!” gung ho attitude. I sustained my enthusiasm for about a month or so, but just like someone on a diet who has hit a plateau, I’ve fizzled out. I sit around trying to come up with “Organization Tuesdays” posts, (or was it “Organization Wednesdays”? I’m so disorganized I forgot which day it’s supposed to be), and I’ve got a big fat nuthin’ for you! So I’ve signed up for an e-course from Simplify 101. The workshop I’ve picked is called Organizing 101 and it seems like a great guide, motivator, and community.  In typical fashion, I forgot to print out the class notes for a few days and when I went to log in, I’d forgotten my username and password. When I tried to retrieve them, I typed in my own email address incorrectly. I’m off to a rip-roaring start! Luckily, their technical support is fast and friendly, and I’m on my way.

I find courses like this are a great kick in the bum. I took Holly Becker’s Blogging Your Way a few months back and it was a delight. What do you do when you hit any sort of creative block or plateau? Have you enjoyed any e-courses/workshops? If so, please tell us about them in the comments. By the way, I heard about the course I’m taking via a comment from Emily last week after we emailed each other a few times, lamenting our need to get our stuff together in the organizing arena! So thanks again Emily!

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Organization Wednesday – Motivation

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As I continue the massive purge and try to fight my hoarding tendencies, I also have trouble getting myself over to the Salvation Army on the west side of town to do the dropoff. If I’m not done purging, I tend to let it pile up really high so I don’t have to make more than one trip. This is dumb, because I’ll never be done. Frequent trips must coincide with cleanouts.

Usually my motivation there is a reward trip to Bungalow Classic or Forsyth Fabrics, but acquiring more stuff is rather counter-productive. If I keep the giveaway stuff in the guest room to pile up, it doesn’t bother me, because I can just shut the door. So my advice is to put it somewhere really inconvenient where the mess will get on your nerves. For me, the dining room is the one room I can consistently keep looking picked-up and nice, and it’s open to my living room, staircase and kitchen. Even though I can barely pick up this television set, it won’t be sitting here for long, because it is getting on my nerves big time. Another trick is to put it right into your car trunk immediately.

P.S. You may recognize those IKEA sconces from my D.I.Y. disaster. I finally got some cute, still in the packaging replacements at Habitat for Humanity’s Re-Store for $2/apeice.

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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Organization Tuesday: Stashing Garden Supplies

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For this week’s organizing tip I turned to Laura Marsden, a member of our Design Public Team, for some help. She has all kinds of great ways of stashing necessities all over her home, and one of my favorites is how she stashes her yard stuff – it’s so clever and cute, and it’s a great way to repurpose something that might have become junk. Check it out:

Out in the garden – Our garden is a bit far from the garage or the house.  We painted and mounted an old mail box to store things that you often need but don’t want to carry back and forth – garden gloves, pruning shears, watering nozzles, spare seeds…

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Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Organizing Links

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Ah, Organization Week has come to an end! Thanks so much to everyone who participated in Organization Week. I’m feeling motivated and hopeful, and you have all provided me with some clear and easy ways to get a jump-start on getting organized.

Here’s a roundup of our guest bloggers’ websites and blogs:

Penelope Loves Lists

Unclutterer / Unclutter Your Life in One Week (mine is on its way from Amazon)

The Kitchen Designer / Susan Serra Associates Inc.

Turquoise L.A. Blog / Vanessa de Vargas’s Design Site for Turquoise L.A.

The Office Stylist / Sorting with Style

The City Sage

Here are a few more sites I check on for Organizational Inspiration. Please add your favorites in the comments section so I can add them and have a more comprehensive list. I need all the organizing help I can get.

Chez Larsson’s Organization Page

Flylady

February’s Lonnymag is chock full of  FABULOUS jewelry storage ideas.

The Ten Habits of Highly Organized People over at Oprah.com. Oprah’s putting her closet cleanout stuff up on eBay. I spied a pair of Prada Venice Print pumps, size 40 on the cover of the magazine…

Flickr Group Pretty Organized

I’m going to be following Paola as she tackles her home office for the next three weeks.

A great round-up of Storage and Cabinets in this Canadian House & Home (LOVE that magazine) Photo Gallery

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