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Pretty Neat Review and Giveaway – Organized? Hardly!

I am pretty neat, but I’m not really that organized.  The new book, Pretty Neat: The Buttoned-Up Way to Get Organized and Let Go of Perfection, has been pretty helpful to me this past week.  My goal is to get more organized before spring officially gets here.  I want to get organized before the weather makes me too lazy to work around the house.  Isn’t that everyone’s dream?

I think one of my biggest challenges is my hoarding behavior when it comes to paper/mail/magazines.  I still have every year’s tax return dating back to the early 1980s.  Why?  I have no idea.  I saved every single written assignment and paper I wrote in college.  I have every report from Ethan’s daycare provider and he is 17 years old!

Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch cover a couple chapters worth of things that really hit home with me and my online life too.  Guess how many unread emails I have in my inbox?  Did you guess 11,309?  I’m sure you didn’t.  Chapter 11 – Tame Your Inbox is going to be a very important chapter for me.  When going through my email I need to keep Chapter 4 – Learn to Just Say No in mind.  Why is it that I say yes to everyone?  Seriously, I really don’t need to review the new colored maxi-pads.  I need to get a grip.

Are you as unorganized as I am?

The Giveaway:  One winner will win their copy of Pretty Neat.  Additionally, one winner whose information is reported by the above deadline will be chosen at random from across all blogs to receive a $200 gift card (same as cash such as Visa or AmEx) plus a selection of Buttoned Up products (ARV: $50) to be used towards her own reasonable organizational goals for her life.

To Enter: Leave a comment telling me what your biggest organizational challenge is….

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For more chances to win enter Shannan’s giveaway at From Cribs to Car Keys!

Disclosure: “I am a participant in a Global Influence campaign for Pretty Neat and received a book to facilitate my review and a chance to win.”  The giveaway will end March 20th at 11:59pm EST and winner will be chosen randomly and must reply to notification within 24 hours of receiving email.


  1. Nicole-Lynn says:

    My biggest organizational challenge is my kitchen. My fiance and I just bought our first home and our kitchen is super small. We plan to remodel it eventually but we’re about to get married in April and have to buy a new roof and some windows. The kitchen has no storage and it’s very hard to fit everything and keep things organized. I definitely have to get creative!

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  11. That would have to be my dining table. It’s where all of the school papers and homework goes. It’s a total mess. I’d love a way to organize it all!

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  18. my biggest organization challenge is where to put all the food i buy with coupons- its becoming stockpile and its all in the kitchen cabinets
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  19. I have 21,436 emails in my inbox. NOT KIDDING. Every time I start to delete or archive stuff, it takes me ALL day.

    Anyway, the thing I need organized the most in my life is my house. ALL OF IT. We have an 804 sq. ft. house with closets made for skinny midgets. There is just no room for our things and so they are everywhere. Plus we have The Diva and all her stuff. We really need a bigger house, but I will settle for organizing this one.

  20. Mary Ambrosino says:

    My biggest organizational challenge is getting rid of clothes I haven’t worn in years and have no intention of ever wearing. Have you heard the phrase “too good to throw away”? That’s me….

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  25. my closet! i am unwilling to let go of my clothes in smaller sizes, hoping to get back in those sizes so i just have too many clothes packed in there