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Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Organizing Revolution: Challenge #1 - Office/Desk Area

Are you ready for the first challenge? It's going to be a doozy - OK, maybe it won't be that bad! But, your New Year is going to start well if you have your office or desk area organized!





To get you motivated and inspired, I'm going to share my office that I just recently re-did this year. I work from home, so getting it organized is essential for me.




I moved my desk to other side of the room so I could see out the window. I painted the desk a creamy white {it used to be oak colored} and put a pretty chair here I found from Home Goods.



The drawers are organized with simple things I found around my house - bowls, ramekins, etc. 



I used colorful boxes to organize lots of other things on the desk and hutch.



I have a little "library area" where my kids can come and sit while I'm working and hang out with me. I love having them in there afterschool. Now that you've got some ideas and inspiration, it's YOUR turn. You'll need to do a few things to and you can win a prize for organizing your own home! You want to know how? And what the prizes are?



The RULES:
  • Organize your office or desk area - Even if it's just a few drawers or the surface!
  • Take pictures of your finished product {you can take before photos too, to wow us!} -- Anna has great photo tips HERE to help you take the prettiest pictures!
  • Post your picture on your blog OR {if you don't have a blog}, post them on a Pinterest Board
  • Come back to THIS post and link up your Pinterest Board using THIS POST to help you or link up your blog post.
  • On Thursday we will open up the voting, and you can send your friends here and help to vote on their favorite office or desk area!
  • There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place!
  • Be sure to "like" all the Top Organizers and "follow" on Pinterest, too!
You want to know what you'll be winning? They are GREAT prizes.

1st Place will win:

A Neat Receipt Scanner from The Neat Company

This is worth $199.95 and is AWESOME for organizing your receipts and documents. 

You can visit The Neat Company on Facebook or Twitter.


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.

2nd Place will win:



A $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!

3rd Place will win:



A fabulous sophisticated file tote from Clever Container!

  •  Is it a file box? Is it a handbag? It’s both! Sophisticated, practical and handy! This beautiful PVC tote comes with 4 coordinated standard letter-sized hanging file folders to fit the 26” file rods which are embedded in the core. The three interior pockets hold keys, phone, and accessories. Jet (11½ x 14 x 6½)

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.

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.


One more BIG thing!! Anyone who enters each week and wins the top THREE spots will qualify to be entered into a HUGE Grand prize. The Grand Prize will be from Cricut, Oreck, Office Depot, AND Closet Maid!!!! So, get organizing and enter your pictures cause you might just win something HUGE!

If you're an Ipad or Iphone only user, you can also participate.  Here is how you do it:


  • Go to Pinterest App
  • Upload your photo like I showed in this post: http://bit.ly/ZGwLVH
  • Then to get a URL for pin, "share via email" on Pinterest. In the email will be the URL code.
  • Hold your finger down and click on "select"
  • Grab the dot and highlight the entire URL {should start with http} and then click copy
  • Go to your browser, Safari, to Organizing Made Fun {if it's in the web version, you can go to bottom and click on "full version" for regular view}
  • Then, follow the above link to paste URL into link party
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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