Pretty Neat Organizational Book and $200 Gift card Giveaway

Does organization stress you out? It causes me a lot of stress. I'm always striving to keep our home looking like a Model. I want the right decorations, no clutter, spic 'n span surfaces, no toys! 


For the most part, I can be realistic and not worry about a little mess. But clutter! No way, no how! I keep a collection in my closet of everything I want to give away. I add to it whenever I come across something we no longer use. I'm always going through drawers and closets, pulling out unused items. Adding them to the bags in the closet.

But.....every time I walk by the closet (or God forbid, open it!) I immediately feel stress bubbling up inside my body. Way too much stress. The same stress I feel when I know there's a drawer or closet that has been forgotten for awhile. I just know there's excess or clutter inside. Aaarrggghhh!!! 

Goodwill picks up at our house about once a month. I always have plenty of bags and boxes for them. Sometimes, I put out so much stuff it looks like we're moving! This must mean I have a shopping problem, right? Maybe. But it also means we have two kids that grow quickly. It means I get a lot of things for free (from friends, from this blog, from my outside activities).  It means my interests change.

And I can't and won't keep it all. Once Goodwill comes, I feel such a rush of relief. And then I find something that I no longer need/want.....and the cycle of stress returns. 

I read the book Pretty Neat in less than a day. It's a quick read. And there are a great many tips and nuggets of wisdom inside. Lucky for you....one Suburban Jungle reader will win a copy of Pretty Neat.

But that's not all: One winner will be selected across all the winners on this blog tour (all the winners from each blog that reviewed Pretty Neat will be automatically entered) to receive a $200 same as cash Gift Card (Visa or AMEX) and $50 worth of Buttoned Up organizational products.

To Enter: Leave a comment sharing your biggest source of organizational stress!

Extra Entries:

Blog about this giveaway for 5 Extra Entries (include your link and leave 5 comments)
Tweet about this contest for 3 Extra Entries (include @suburbanjung in your tweet, tweet daily for 1 extra entry)
Follow @suburbanjung on twitter for 2 Extra Entries
Follow this blog on Google Friend connect for 2 Extra Entries
Enter any of my other giveaways (1 extra entry for each giveaway entered)
Share your best organizational tip for 1 Extra Entry

*This giveaway ends on 3/20/2011 at 9:00 PM and is open to US residents only. The winner will be decided by random.org and notified by email. No compensation was received for this review/giveaway. I did receive a copy of Pretty Neat for review purposes.

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Sarah said...

My linen/bathroom junk closet it always a nightmare. Need less stuff and more shelves/organizing baskets.

Sarah said...

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danielle t. said...

I need something for all of the video games/controllers/remotes. It's driving me crazy.

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Nadilah Sungkar Magee said...

My cabinet full of my hobbies stuff such as cake decoration and quilting.I really want to make it look like a nice small office inside that cabinet. I don't know how ?

Nadilah Sungkar Magee said...

I follow you on twitter

Nadilah Sungkar Magee said...

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Ellen said...

MY biggest source of organizational stress comes from my school stuff, when it’s not organized I just can’t function and get anything productive done. It’s stressful!

Ellen said...

I tweeted
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I Tweeted
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I tweeted
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Ellen said...

I’m already a follower of Suburban Jungle on twitter! :)
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Jenn S. said...

School papers and scrapbooking supplies. I can never seem to get those organized.
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Ellen said...

I follow you on twitter!
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Ellen said...

I already follow this blog on GFC :)

Jenn S. said...

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Ellen said...

My tip for organization-do a little every day. Tidy up at the end of each day, that way, you’ll never get to the point where you have a huge mess that takes a days worth of time. Works pretty well!

bukaeyes said...

I have a hard time finding space for my sewing supplies. I stuff them all in boxes and hide them in a closet! Other than that there is a place for almost everything!
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Rebecca said...

My worst area is the kid's toys!

Anonymous said...

I have lots of organizational stress right now. We are in between selling a house and building a house. I have sold some furniture in my kids' rooms but am waiting to buy something new until we get in the new house. Therefore, there is clutter galore in their rooms! We try to keep it contained in totes, etc. but it is getting to me! :)
Kristen
women@northshorefellowship.org

AgentStorm said...

My biggest area of dis-organization is my pantry. Spices, can goods and dry goods all over the place. I need help !
Andrea Storm
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Chisum Crew said...

living in a small house (less than 1k square feet) is a big challenge to keep everything neat and organized. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

anny32 said...

biggest stress? you should see thhis place..whole house is stressful! kitchen would be the worst stress.
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USMC Triwife said...

My office is semi-organized, but I would love to just start fresh to really get it together.

cindy said...

My biggest source of organizational stress at the moment is my bathroom. I just moved and its a big mess.

ladyboarder9669(at)yahoo(dot)com

cindy said...

I've tweeted the contest!

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amp said...

My office is my biggest challenge and stress point. I have books, magazines, papers and supplies piles all over it. It iss a small room to start with but I know it can be much better utilized if I could just get it organized and cleaned up.


apoalillo AT HotMail (dot) com

cindy said...

I'm following you on twitter.

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cindy said...

I'm following on GFC -Cindy

amp said...

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wheelerclan said...

My bedside table.

wheelerclan said...

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eclairre said...

I have such trouble organizing my drawers! I seem to think juts throwing stuff in there is a good idea, lol.

wheelerclan said...

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eclairre said...

Entered kobo

eclairre said...

Entered lee lynn jewelry

Fangirl Jen said...

Our closet is sooo disorganized. Things are just in piles because I can't figure out how to get things sraightened out.

Fangirl Jen said...

Following with GFC. (1)

Fangirl Jen said...

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peg42 said...

My biggest source of organizational stress is my sons room. Two of my sons share a room and no matter how much I clean it and straighten it out, I can't keep up with it. They constantly fill the room with toys, books, collectables (like rocks), etc. I've tried putting items in bins and labeling them for easy organization, but they just don't get it. I'm starting to think that I'd be better off just closing the door.
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Denise S. said...

I am stressed about any area my husband is in charge of (basement, garage, his computer area) because they are a wreck and he won't let me touch it!
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Fangirl Jen said...

My best organizational tip is for moving. Make sure to use a bunch of ziploc plastic bags for collecting small similar items like jewerly, picture hangers, cat toys, etc.

peg42 said...

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Denise S. said...

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peg42 said...

Tweeted:
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Denise S. said...

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peg42 said...

Follow you on twitter (peg42)
Thanks so much.
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Denise S. said...

I follow you on Twitter #1
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peg42 said...

I'm a GFC follower (rickpeggysmith)
Thanks so much.
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Entry 1

peg42 said...

I'm a GFC follower (rickpeggysmith)
Thanks so much.
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Denise S. said...

I follow you on Twitter #2
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peg42 said...

My best organizational tip is to keep up on it. Everything should have it's place and when you're done with it, put it away in it's place.
Thanks again
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mar said...

My biggest source of organizational stress is my dresser drawers!

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Anonymous said...

I'm always stressed about where to put my shoes. I have a huge closet and under the bed storage and it's still not enough!
Thanx for the cool giveaway!
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Anonymous said...

I follow on Twitter. posumzmommy
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Thanx for the cool giveaway!!!

AJ said...

I'm stressed on how to organize all my important papers in one spot.

Kelly said...

My biggest source of organizational stress is my bathroom closet, what a mess. ktk403 at gmail dot com

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Lydia said...

My biggest stress is what to do with papers and stuff that piles up on my desk. I'm working to get a good organizational system going but it drives me nuts!

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Kelly said...

My best organizational tip is to save babyfood jars and put nails and screws in them. ktk502 at gmail dot com

mkjmc said...

My sewing area causes my most stress
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PAIGE said...

My biggest organization stress is my home office. Papers, papers, and more papers everywhere. I loos my mind trying to find stuff.
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TeenaBugg38 said...

My scraproom!! My supplies are a mess and I can never find ANYTHING!! I need help in the worst way!!

TeenaBugg38 said...

I follow on google friend connect!

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Mari said...

My biggest sourec of stress is my home office. My dh and I have different organizational styles, so there is sometimes a bit of conflict with how things should be arranged and filed.

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Tabathia said...

I would say the entire home, the kids room is really bad and trying to keep their school supplies, electronics, bookcases, dvd rack, etc organized is a nightmare
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Tabathia said...

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purple squirrel said...

Hmmm I'm another "whole house" needs organization person. sources? 3 kids from 3-13, Lots of clothes that need to be gone through, AND homeschool books, materials and "Stuff" in addition to the 3 yo's toys~ yup... I could use some organization. :)

Amber said...

OMG. I am so glad to know that I am not the only one that has a closet full of stuff we no longer need/want. I cannot stand to have clutter. I am constantly trying to organize everything, but with 3 kids it seems almost impossible at times. Any tips or advice would be a blessing for my santiy...lol!

Anthony said...

My biggest source of stress is definitely the closet. It seems like it is always in need of cleaning!

mkjmc said...

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nightowl said...

My bedroom closet is my organizing nightmare. Too many things that don't belong in there.

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nightowl said...

My organizational tip is to organize things into zones. Ex., Sports, Books, etc.
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Roxy said...

my closet! I try to fit everything in there

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Roxy said...

my best organizational tip is to immediately put things away after use.

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debijackson said...

my biggest problem is either too many clothes or too little closet space lol

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Anonymous said...

My daughter's playroom!

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JC said...

I need more shelves and drawers for the closet.

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JC said...

my best organizational tip- seasonal cleanup for the closet!

Jessica-MomForHim said...

Paper clutter! And the basement. Girls closets. Toys. I could go on and on!

Jessica-MomForHim said...

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Anonymous said...

Believe it or not its the kitchen table. It seems to be a "catch-all" for all school papers, mail, coupons, and things that come into the house.

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Jessica-MomForHim said...

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Jessica-MomForHim said...

I'm trying to go through and purge stuff. Less stuff means less to organize!

Jessica-MomForHim said...

Entered sparkle farms (with 5 girls, I'm really hoping i win that one!)

Jessica-MomForHim said...

entered jewelry giveaway

Jessica-MomForHim said...

entered kobo giveaway--you make it sound really cool, like i need one!

AStarrA said...

My biggest organizational stress is all those little toys and whatnot (like from the Dollar Tree or school treasure box) I always try to find a box for it's "home" but they still end up every where.
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crystletellerday said...

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Rebecca said...

I am right there with you. I am constantly trying to declutter and end up with a pile in a corner of the room waiting to be discarded, but for some reason I just can't make the next step to get rid of it. What if I need that vase or if I could sell something on ebay to make a little extra money. So instead it sits there waiting to be dealt with and causing me stress!

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Helen Keeler said...

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Anonymous said...

Your mother-in-law called and is stopping by in 15 minutes and your house looks like a toy store on Christmas Eve. What to do? I grab the laundry basket & start everyone tossing whatever is out of place in it...then hide the basket... Thanks!
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Anonymous said...

Entered the Kobo Reader contest. Thanks!
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Entered the Lee Lynn contest. Thanks!
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michelle fuller said...

The bathroom is a nightmare!!!!!!! There are used bath towels, various soaps/shampoos scattered around the bathtub.

Sharon Harmon said...

I can't stand a messy kitchen! It really bugs me!
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Sharon Harmon said...

My best organizable tip is to put things back where they go after using them! ;)
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Angie said...

It has to be the kids drawers. Little socks, undies everywhere. Crap shoved in the drawers...ugh!

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Tabathia said...

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Paula Diekhoff said...

My biggst source of organizational stress is not having enough storage space and having to move things around to accommodate new items. Then, I forget where I moved the "old" stuff!

katzkids by Kathy D. said...

We have a spare bedroom that is a huge mess. I seem to pile everything in that room.I really need to sort out the junk.It's scary in there:)
kats7960@gmail.com

pinkveganmiso said...

Organizing the clothes that my older kids have outgrown to save them for the younger ones. I have no storage space, with boxes piled on top of one another in the bottom of my closet. Getting to them is a nightmare.

pinkveganmiso(at)yahoo(dot)com

Multi-talented Mama said...

My junk drawer is a big source of stress for me!
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Krafty said...

My biggest stress is my basement. No matter how much I donate to charity it fills up again!

Krafty said...

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Krafty said...

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Krafty said...

I follow you on GFC as Anna Kraft

Krafty said...

My best organizational tip is mainly whatever junk comes in the house from sales or stores, something has to go. It also helps me buy less knowing that I have to get rid of something to make room for something new.

Krafty said...

I entered the Kobo e-reader giveaway.

Anastasia said...

my biggest source of stress is our home office with piles of paper and unpacked boxes from when we moved three years ago.

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