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Tell Us Your Favorite Organizing Tip - Contest Closed

By Eva Wallace

desk and hutch-Contest Closed-
Do you have an organizing tip or mantra that gets you through those tough projects? Can you say it in 6 words or less? Give it a shot and you could win!

Here are the prizes:

Grand Prize:

The Geneva Desk and Hutch by Sauder Woodworking Company

This awesome little desk is made out of solid wood with a 48"W X 24"D tempered glass top and a sleek satin black finish with metal hardware. The desk has slide-out storage drawers and a slide-out hide-away keyboard shelf that measures 28 1/4" wide. Comes with a rolling cpu holder that measures 9 3/4"W X 18 3/4" D and a hutch that has two slide-out storage drawers!

tie-rollers

First Prize:

Set of Three Travel Tie Holders from Richards Homewares.

This set of three faux leather tie rollers is perfect for the man on the go.

Great for business travel or trips home from the gym after work.

They have a soft liner that's gentle on delicate fabrics and a snap closure for safekeeping.

flower-magnets

Second Prize:

Set of nine metal Flower Magnets from Design Ideas.

These adorable flower magnets can be used on the fridge, oven, metal memo board, file cabinet or locker - any metal surface.

They're perfect for kids, teens and adults.

file-holder

Third Prize:

Set of 3 File Sorters by Spectrum

With five file slots, these black coated metal file holders can keep all you important files close by for easy access.

Rubber tipped feet keep surfaces from being scratched.

Perfect for desktop or in-cabinet file storage!

Here are the rules:

Mandatory: Leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite organizing tip or mantra of 6 words or less.

Optional Daily Entries:
   • Tweet an organizing tip of 6 words or less each day. Be creative and have fun! Be sure to include @stacksandstacks so we can track your tweets!

Optional Extra Entries:
   • Follow StacksAndStacks on Twitter.
   • Subscribe to CCFB's RSS feed and leave a note in a separate comment.
   • Subscribe to CCFB Newsletter and leave a note in a separate comment.
   • Put our CCF Widget on your blog or website and leave us a link in a separate comment (3 extra entries!).
   • Blog about this giveaway and leave us a link in a separate comment (3 extra entries!).
   • Add Clutter Control Freak Blog to your Blog-roll and leave us a link in a separate comment.
   • Become a Fan of Stacks and Stacks on Facebook and leave a note in a separate comment.
   • Add our Facebook Application to your Facebook page and leave us a link in a separate comment.

(Leaving a comment for each item you do from the above list will help me keep track and not forget any of your entries!)

Contest will run from 8am PST Friday, December 4th 2009 till Friday, December 18th at 5pm PST. Winners will be chosen at random using Random.org and announced on Monday, December 21st on the blog and by email.

Sorry - contest open to contiguous US residents only.

Posted December 4, 2009, filed in It's That Time, Contests

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From Lorena, December 4 2009

"If you handle it, handle it."

By this I mean, if I pick something up, I should complete whatever task it requires. For example, when the mail comes in, I should open the envelopes, throw away/shred the junk, sort the rest, and put it into the bin on my desk for bill-pay. This instead of my old method, which was more like: bring in the mail, throw it on the counter, then wonder what happened to the bill 10 days later.

When I get into tougher projects, I just "handle" one thing at a time until the project is completed. It gives me satisfaction to know that things are getting done, even if they are just one small part of a much larger whole.

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From Rechelle, December 4 2009

Don't Borrow Time From Tomorrow-

the thought behind this is - do anything and everything you can today because tomorrow is already spoken for - or it will be when you get there-

From Lazygal, December 4 2009

I only keep the past month's bills and receipts in paper - the next month, I either scan or shred. The scans get sorted by either year or concept (eg. furniture or electronics)

Lazygal's last blog post..Annotated Webclutter

From NIurka, December 4 2009

Best organization tip would be getting a binder with clear pockets to put take out menus.Separate the binder into secions(types of food,chinese,Italian,etc.)

From trin, December 5 2009

Use the tools. File holders, cubby holes, and labels labels labels.

From Mess Buster, December 5 2009

Lorena - that's a good one!!! I think that can help me. Thanks for sharing :)

I don't have a mantra exactly, but I do tape the show Hoarders. I seldom make it through an entire episode because I just get up and start cleaning. It's awesome.

Mess Buster's last blog post..More On Tangled Cords

From revs skie, December 5 2009

First in, first out, no hoarding.

I try not to overstock on food stuff and let things expire because I have more than I can use by the expiration date.

From revs skie, December 5 2009

I follow on twitter. @revaskie

From cronin200, December 5 2009

"Use the technology".

I search on tweets for my husband's commuter train and know from other commuters immediately if it's running late.

Google Calendar Facebook Apps- for all school stuff, like Picture Day and field trips, parent teacher conferences, half-days. Doctor's appointments, library book return dates, etc. Can keep it private to friends but share it with my family.

I've Facebook Friended my local auto mechanic, neighborhood restaurants, and favorite retailers. I created a group list called "Local" and in one click I can view the news feed and see what deals are happening in my community.

Digital coupons- yay! Those free services also allow me to incorporate those savings and create a grocery list around them.

From Katmagick, December 5 2009

Organize It
Pack It
Stack It
My special OPS mantra. I love clear storage boxes for keeping things neat, protected and easy to find
TWEET
http://twitter.com/katmagick/statuses/6370978812

From Katmagick, December 5 2009

Follow StacksAndStacks on Twitter
katmagick

From Katmagick, December 5 2009

Subscribe to CCFB's RSS feed

From Katmagick, December 5 2009

Fan of Stacks and Stacks on Facebook
Melanie Diehl

From zanvia, December 5 2009

Less is more!

I try and live by that as clutter is just that…clutter!!

From zanvia, December 5 2009

I'm a follower on twitter!

@zanvia

From patty herbert, December 5 2009

Don"t use it , Then lose it. With this I mean if you haven't used something for a while get rid of it by selling or donating it.

From patty herbert, December 5 2009

Tweeted http://twitter.com/lambchop1965/status/6371304787

From patty herbert, December 5 2009

I follow on twitter @lambchop1965

From patty herbert, December 5 2009

I get the newsletter.

From patty herbert, December 5 2009

I faned on facebook. Patty Herbert

From Rebecca Graham, December 5 2009

Get rid of the useless clutter.

From Rebecca Graham, December 5 2009

Twitter follower: rhoneygee

From Rebecca Graham, December 5 2009

Facebook Fan: Rebecca Honey Graham

From Sheila W, December 5 2009

Baskets! Baskets hide things easily! Got a trouble clutter area? Find the right sized basket and - Walla! Looks great!

From Kayte CookWatts, December 5 2009

My best tip is if you buy anything- something else must be recycled or thrown away.

From Kayte CookWatts, December 5 2009

I follow you on twitter on @kayte71

From Kayte CookWatts, December 5 2009

http://twitter.com/kayte71/status/6382465069

From Michelle Sharp, December 5 2009

"Don't use it? Throw it out!"

It's much easier to stay organized if you don't have a lot of useless clutter to deal with.

From Arla, December 5 2009

Keep like things organized in color coded bins or containers.
lighthousee27(at)gmail.com

From Arla, December 5 2009

Following StacksAndStacks on Twitter., (id- litehouse27)

From Arla, December 5 2009

Subscribed to CCFB's RSS feed!

From Arla, December 5 2009

Subscribed to CCFB Newsletter!!

From Arla, December 5 2009

Became a Fan of Stacks and Stacks on Facebook ! id- Lighthouse twentyseven

From Nechama, December 5 2009

The mess won't magically disappear.

From Nechama, December 5 2009

Subscribed to RSS feed by adding to Google homepage!

From Nechama, December 5 2009

Subscribed to Newlsetter!

From Nechama, December 5 2009

Became a fan on Facebook!

From Nechama, December 5 2009

Added Facebook application!

From Terri Albert, December 6 2009

The trick to organizing is containerizing.

From Rivka, December 6 2009

'If in doubt chuck it out '
'Less is more'
'Don't put it down put it away'

Rivka's last blog post..Fresh Air

From Jennifer C, December 6 2009

Find a place for it, now.

From Jennifer C, December 6 2009

I'm a newsletter subscriber!

From Jennifer C, December 6 2009

I'm an RSS subscriber!

From patty herbert, December 7 2009

tweet http://twitter.com/lambchop1965/status/6436113165

From Scott, December 7 2009

Use it or lose it!

From Sheena @mommydaddyblog, December 7 2009

Say no to clutter!

Twitter: @mommydaddyblog

Sheena @mommydaddyblog's last blog post..The Sweater. The Beanie. My Addiction To Bargain Huntin’ For Boogie.

From Scott, December 7 2009

RSS subscriber

From Kathy, December 7 2009

I take pretty boxes and attach velcro to the back of them and I fill them with my kids toys. You know the small things they're always losing.. I also label the boxes,so that they know whats in it

twitter (Julianna2221)

From Sheena @mommydaddyblog, December 7 2009

I'm following you guys on Twitter.

http://twitter.com/mommydaddyblog

Sheena @mommydaddyblog's last blog post..The Sweater. The Beanie. My Addiction To Bargain Huntin’ For Boogie.

From Sherry, December 7 2009

I fanned your facebook page. Seriously stalking you now!

From Sherry, December 7 2009

I am following you on twitter @greentrinity.

Do not stress over clutter.

From Anonymous, December 7 2009

Taken from Finding Nemo…I use this for just about everything:

Just keep swimming.

It works, I finish my projects and get organized…for a while.

seeryusfam@msn.com

From Kathy, December 7 2009

Clutter is evil……
I just keep telling myself that
I tweeted (Julianna2221)

From Susan, December 7 2009

If you don't love it or you don't use it, LOSE it! :)

Another for me is…

Don't bring/buy anything into your home that you're unable to pre-identify a home (space) for - where will it live?

From Kayte CookWatts, December 7 2009

http://twitter.com/kayte71/status/6446520110

From Kathy, December 8 2009

Tweeted a few times this morning !!
twitter Julianna2221

From Elizabeth DeHart, December 8 2009

Don't use it? Recycle, Repurpose it!

From Elizabeth DeHart, December 8 2009

tweet: http://twitter.com/abbyalex/status/6472938121

From Cindy, December 8 2009

Do it now. Tomorrow's too late.

From Cindy, December 8 2009

My tip: Do it now. Tomorrow's too late.

From Cindy, December 8 2009

I follow StacksandStacks on Twitter @getalonghome.

From Cindy, December 8 2009

Subscribed to the RSS feed.

From Cindy, December 8 2009

I subscribed to the newsletter.

From Cindy, December 8 2009

I added the widget to my blog. Left sidebar.

From Cindy, December 8 2009

I added the widget to my blog. Left sidebar. (2)

From Cindy, December 8 2009

I added the widget to my blog. Left sidebar. (3)

From Cindy, December 8 2009

Blogged here: http://getalonghome.com/2009/12/stacksandstacks-com-huge-giveaway/

(1)

From Cindy, December 8 2009

Blogged here: http://getalonghome.com/2009/12/stacksandstacks-com-huge-giveaway/

(2)

From Cindy, December 8 2009

Blogged here: http://getalonghome.com/2009/12/stacksandstacks-com-huge-giveaway/

(3)

From Cindy, December 8 2009

CCF blog is on my blogroll. Right sidebar.

From Cindy, December 8 2009

Facebook fan: Cindy Greer Dyer

From Cindy, December 8 2009

Added the Application.

From Carolyn Barnett, December 9 2009

you don't use it,dump it.

From Kathy, December 9 2009

Tweeted for the desk !!! Its beautiful
twitter Julianna2221

From shel, December 9 2009

When in doubt, throw it out.

shel's last blog post..GIVEAWAY: The Original Scrapbox 12 Blogs of Christmas

From Miranda, December 9 2009

1) Hide stuff in other stuff
2) Adapt items to meet multiple purposes
3) Get something new, give away something old

Following on twitter
Fan on Facebook

From VJ, December 10 2009

Don't Depise Getting Organized

VJ's last blog post..vantalee: @MissingLynxx Here I am, back again! I'm glad you are feeling better. Did you eat? #styleguidance

From VJ, December 10 2009

I follow you on twitter @vantalee

VJ's last blog post..vantalee: @MissingLynxx Here I am, back again! I'm glad you are feeling better. Did you eat? #styleguidance

From VJ, December 10 2009

Fan on faceboo under VJ M

VJ's last blog post..vantalee: @MissingLynxx Here I am, back again! I'm glad you are feeling better. Did you eat? #styleguidance

From VJ, December 10 2009

Daily Tweet

http://twitter.com/vantalee/status/6523368561

VJ's last blog post..vantalee: @MissingLynxx That's good! You need to keep up that strength! #styleguidance

From Kathy, December 10 2009

Own only what you love ! lose the rest
I tweeted for the desk !
Julianna2221 (twitter)
Thanks Its beautiful

From Tie Racks, December 10 2009

I followed u as well
twitter.com/necktiebutler

From VJ, December 11 2009

Daily Tweet

http://twitter.com/vantalee/status/6555618161

VJ's last blog post..vantalee: Don't despise getting organized! Follow @stacksandstacks today! http://bit.ly/5unxGl

From VJ, December 12 2009

Daily Tweet

http://twitter.com/vantalee/status/6591200342

From steven epstein, December 12 2009

i use google calender to keep track of when credit card bills are due and I sync them to outlook calender just in case google is down.

From steven epstein, December 12 2009

i follow on twitter @fabric2000

From VJ, December 13 2009

Daily Tweet

http://twitter.com/vantalee/status/6619740125

From VJ, December 14 2009

Daily Tweet

http://twitter.com/vantalee/status/6650550957

From Jessica L., December 14 2009

I use ice cube trays to organize little things like screws, push pins, beads etc…

From Jessica L., December 14 2009

I follow you on twitter. @jesslag

From VJ, December 15 2009

Daily Tweet

http://twitter.com/vantalee/status/6680424203

From Kathy, December 15 2009

Just tweeted
Julianna2221 (twitter )
God I love this desk !!!

From Gunther, December 15 2009

Keep it, donate it, toss it.

From patty herbert, December 16 2009

http://twitter.com/lambchop1965/status/6716605062

From VJ, December 16 2009

Daily Tweet

http://twitter.com/vantalee/status/6718485845

From Kathy, December 16 2009

Just tweeted
Julianna2221 (twitter)

From VJ, December 17 2009

Daily Tweet

http://twitter.com/vantalee/status/6751833963

From checkers, December 17 2009

Keep writing implements in one Holder.
skyskyaa11(at)gmail.com

From checkers, December 17 2009

daily tweet entry
http://twitter.com/checkkers/status/6761325327

From checkers, December 17 2009

Following StacksAndStacks on Twitter, (id- checkkers)

From checkers, December 17 2009

I Subscribed to CCFB's RSS feed with this email- skyskyaa11(at)gmail.com

From checkers, December 17 2009

Subscribe to CCFB Newsletter with this email = skyskyaa11(at)gmail.com

From Leslie, December 17 2009

Stay green, keep it paperless! (when dealing with office stuff)

Nothing in without something out. (when dealing with new toys, equipment, large items, clothing)

Save it or Lose it! (anytime I'm paring back-kitchen, bedroom, bath)

My mantras vary depending on what I'm doing. Sometimes they work, sometimes I find myself grunting them out as I strive to follow it.

From Niurka, December 17 2009

I subscribe and follow on twitter(lindalatina)

From Tonya M, December 17 2009

Throw it out! This is the easiest & best!

From Tonya M, December 17 2009

I am following on twitter - devnzacsmom

From Tonya M, December 17 2009

I subscribe to Stacks and Stacks Clutter Control Freak Blog rss feed

From Tonya M, December 17 2009

Subscribbed to Newsletter via email

From Tonya M, December 17 2009

FB Fan

From Brenda, December 18 2009

Use it or lose it!

If I haven't used something in a certain period of time (months, weeks, whatever–depends on the item), I give it away or throw it away. I don't need things cluttering up my house!

From Brenda, December 18 2009

I follow on Twitter (pbrbudget)

From Brenda, December 18 2009

Tweeted!

http://twitter.com/pbrbudget/status/6779509958

From VJ, December 18 2009

Daily Tweet

http://twitter.com/vantalee/status/6781576635

From Brenda, December 18 2009

Tweeted!

http://twitter.com/pbrbudget/status/6800627245

From patty herbert, December 18 2009

http://twitter.com/lambchop1965/status/6808777821

From VJ, December 19 2009

Daily Tweet

http://twitter.com/vantalee/status/6814348563

From brseavey, April 28 2010

Where would I look later?

When filing random pieces of paper, I stop and ask myself what folder I would check first if I wanted to find it. Seems obvious but it really helps. If I don't come up with an answer I start a new file category.

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