Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Winner, $80 Gift Card Giveaway from The Container Store, and Tips!

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A big Thank You to everyone who participated in the West Elm giveaway! The lucky person via random.org is the lovely Anita from Castles Crowns and Cottages! Congrats Anita! Whoo hoo!! I will email you shortly with the details!

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     I hope everyone had an Amazing Christmas with their loved ones! I don’t know about you, but I am already thinking about how I’m going  put away and store all my Christmas décor. Also, I am ready to purge, purge, purge other areas of my life/home. I am not a resolution making kind of gal, but, I want 2013 to be my most organized year yet! It’s time to get rid of the clutter in the closets, utilize my storage space(especially in the kitchen and laundry room) more efficiently. Whose with me!? To get you all started, I am hosting an $80 gift certificate from The Container Store!  I know, just what you wanted; you’re welcomeSmile.
     Before we go into the specifics of this wonderful giveaway, let’s check out these 12 invaluable and simple tips from the folks at The Container Store on how to create a well-organized, efficient space…

1. Start in one place

If you have several areas in your home you want to get under control, start with just one. You decide which one to start with — is it the area that gives you the biggest headache, or the area that guests to your home most easily see? Whatever your priorities, select one area and stick to it. Many attempts at organization fail when the task of cleaning up the entire house seems daunting and folks give up. When you complete one area, celebrate and then move on to the next.

2. Allow plenty of time

Don’t expect organization to happen overnight. Depending on the area to be organized, schedule a couple of hours each day to work on getting the area organized. Getting a garage whipped into shape will take more time than it takes to organize a linen closet.

3. Clean house

Once you’ve selected an area, go through the contents. Donate or hold a garage sale for anything you don’t or can’t wear or use any more. Use the two year rule of thumb — if you haven’t worn it in two years, it’s time to say goodbye to it. These items take up valuable space and probably won’t be missed.

4. Take inventory

After you’ve removed extraneous items, take a look at what remains. Does it belong here? Does it make sense to keep it here? Is there another place where you’ve got more room to keep it, or another area where it would be more easily accessible for its purpose? For example, take that professional-grade mixer that you’ve been keeping in the back of your closet and move it to the kitchen. When it’s time to tackle that area of the home, you can incorporate the mixer into the new storage plan for the kitchen.

5. Look for wasted space

If you’re in need of more storage space, think creatively about additional areas that you can put to work. Prime examples include over doors and underneath beds These areas are valuable real estate in your home and are often overlooked.

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6. Maximize vertical space

If you don’t have a lot of room to work with, a surefire way to instantly create more space is to go “up.” Instead of only having a couple of shelves to house your kitchen items, take them up to the ceiling to really maximize the vertical space — you’ll store the things you need less frequently on the higher shelves.

7. Divide the space

By adding additional shelves to a single shelf, or by using containers that stack atop one another, you can divide the vertical space and make efficient use of the area you have to work with. By dividing the space, you eliminate the possibility of stacking tall piles of clothing, papers or other items that are destined to topple over.

8. Keep it moving

Consider storage options on wheels: to allow for greater flexibility and to help keep the clutter under control. Carts can hold an assortment of accessories in a small amount of space, and can be wheeled back into a closet or storage area when not in use.

9. Organize with color

Whether you’re working to organize the family room or striving to get your home office under control, use color to enhance your efforts. Assign each child a different colored container to keep his or her belongings in and keep them responsible for cleaning up after themselves. Organize projects, bills and other important papers by function and color in your home office.

10. Visibility

The three rules to organization are visibility, accessibility and flexibility. Choose containers that are either transparent or that you can easily label to help immediately identify the contents and save valuable time.

11. Accessibility

Make sure that the items you need most often are the easiest to access. Likewise, place the items you don’t need to get to as often on a higher shelf or in another area.

12. Flexibility

Select a storage system that can adapt to your changing needs. That way, you can reconfigure and reuse solutions to solve a variety or storage and organization problems.

Feeling motivated yet? Yes, me too! Ok, here’s how you enter the giveaway:

How to enter: (open to only U.S. and Canadian residents)
Mandatory: Must be a follower of Design Addict Mom.
If you are a follower, simply comment below. It’s that simpleSmile

Additional entries:
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Post about this giveaway on facebook


Giveaway ends Friday January 11, 2013. Good luck everyone! XX

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70 comments :

  1. I need to work on my organizing, too! Thanks for inspiration

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  2. What a great way to start off the new year and get things organized.I know most of the closets in my house could use some help as could some of the rooms.

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  3. Yup. My closet needs help. :) I follow!

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  4. I AM IN PLEASE! I could use some help to organize my studio!

    HAPPY CHRISTMAS MY DEAR! Anita

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  5. I'm a follower and I really need some help with my closet.

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  9. I'm a follower! I'd love to win! There's so much I need to do in my closet!! I need help!

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  17. My closet is that long - I am totally motivated to redo some of it now!

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  19. Thanks for those organizing tips,
    you make it look so easy and fun.
    I really need some inspiration when it comes to organizing and those images are quite helpful.
    Have a brighter and better New Year.

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  31. I'm a new follower, thanks for the chance to win!

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  33. Oh my....I would LOVE to win this! I seriously need more organization. Thanks so much! :)

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  36. Beautiful giveaway! My closet could use it.

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  37. Hello Stacey! With you on all this and another even faster way to get organized is to just move(((: we did a year ago and I decided then to do what you are about to do! I have a few little things I have to work on but it is fantastic to do such cleanse ... Thanks for the tips ... Enjoyed reading it and will use some... For sure! Xo z

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  40. STACY!!!!!!!!! THank you for informing me! I emailed you...I hope you got my message! I AM THRILLED! Anita

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  42. my closet is too small to be well organized....sigh....

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  50. I'm horribly disorganized...that's one of my resolutions for the New Year..organize my important papers. I've lost my social security card 4 times now (you can only get 10 copie in a lifetime). I've vowed that this year will be the year of the purge.

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  54. I found the organization tips very practical. I do need to immediately start using the tip that stated if you have not used it in 2 years you probably do not need it.

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