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{Giveaway} Special Guest: Karen Ehman on Getting & Staying Organized

Looking at the Proverbs 31 woman’s life, I can see she was a woman who was organized……she had to be to be able to accomplish all she did. My problem…. I’m not the Proverbs 31 woman. That’s not one of my strengths. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not messy….I have places for most of the items in my home but I wouldn’t claim they are organized well once I get them there. For me, it’s time again to declutter…..I need to tackle the playroom, my closet and the ever growing art project/”I made this for you, mommy” bin. For me personally, I have a hard time letting things go. I like to hold on to items……and I can get a little sentimental at times….my husband claims I can get a little too sentimental. Ahhhhh, so reading Karen’s post today really has inspired me and I’m off to tackle the playroom!

Our winner from last week is: Cara Shields!!!!
Congratulations Cara!!! I’ve sent you an email and will mail your book to you!

Thanks everyone for entering the giveaway!!!

I have another giveaway this week because I love Karen’s wisdom and tips so I want to share them with you!

So here’s another one for all my friends who are wanting to learn and grow into being a more organized woman!


Karen has written another book called The Complete Guide to Getting & Staying Organized…..


The key to good organization is not a one-size-fits-all method. It is a unique plan that considers personality type, lifestyle, income level, and family schedule. Author and speaker, Karen Ehman believes that with her simple step by step process moms can recognize their own personal style of managing their households successfully and develop a unique plan that gives them the freedom to:

  • manage their time wisely
  • de-clutter and organize their homes
  • plan menus, shop more efficiently, and become more comfortable and creative in the kitchen
  • get children involved in pursuing an ordered life and home
  • avoid the trap of overcommitment
  • use practical tools to assist in organization

Getting and staying organized means more time for the important things in family life–concentrating on cultivating a close, personal relationship with the Creator, drawing His word into every aspect of living, and ultimately tying their children’s heartstrings to God.


Got 30 minutes to spare? I know, we women never have time to spare. So get up early, stay up late, (hey—the Proverbs 31 gal did, right?) or find 30 minutes when you’re on hold with the insurance company. Just grab half an hour and tackle one of the following tasks, some of which can actually be done in less than 30 minutes.

  • Dump out one drawer in the kitchen. Sort the contents into three piles: out of place, throw away, and put back. Wipe out the drawer. Replace wanted items. Put those that are out of place back where they belong and pitch the throw-away items. If you find any items that are unwanted but still in good shape, place them in a box to be donated to charity or sold at your next yard sale.
  • Balance your checkbook. Go online or use the telephone teller to see which checks have cleared and which deposits have been made; then do the math to get your current balance. Warning: If it has been a long time since you’ve done this, it will take more than 30 minutes. If you do this every week or two, it will take much less time.
  • Purge your purse. Dump the contents onto the floor. Get rid of trash. Organize your money. Stash your receipts somewhere where you’ll be able to locate them when needed. And consider getting a smaller purse. If you buy a big purse, you’ll be sure to fill it. Think small! A “clutch on a string” type purse with space for a cell phone should do the trick. You can always keep this inside a larger tote bag or diaper bag if you want. It will be easier when shopping if you keep your main purse small and its contents narrowed down to the essentials.
  • Clean your counters. Move everything to one side of your kitchen counters. Wipe thoroughly. Move everything to the other side. Wipe the second half. Place it all back where it belongs.
  • Disinfect your doorknobs. This is likely the most germ-infested area of your home. Everyone touches the doorknobs, but no one cleans them. Experts say to give them a good rubbing with a disinfectant wipe every so often.
  • Clean out your fridge. Pull everything out onto the counter. Wipe down the inside. Replace only what is not out of date. Pitch the rest. If any items are near the expiration date and not going to be used soon, freeze if possible.
  • Clean out the freezer. Use the same method of attack for the freezer. Discard anything that is out of date and no longer safe or tasty to eat. Can you say “freezer burn”? I knew you could.
  • Mind the medicine cabinet. Check the dates on all your meds, and decide which ones must be tossed. Rid the cabinet of any lotions, shampoos, and products you don’t need. Wipe the shelves down and replace only what you’re keeping. I do this twice a year when the time changes. That’s also when we check our smoke-alarm batteries.
  • Organize the hall closet. While you may not be able to make a dent in a large bedroom closet in 30 minutes, you might be able to straighten up a simple coat closet. Empty it, sweep it out, and wipe down any shelves. Hang the coats back up and reposition other hats, gloves, boots, and such. Consider getting plastic totes to keep like items together, further organizing the contents. Get rid of what you don’t need.
  • Purge the pantry. Remove all canned and boxed goods from your pantry shelves. Throw away what is outdated. Make a pile of what is still good but your family won’t likely eat. Donate this to a local food bank or homeless shelter. Replace items in an order logical to you. Sometimes, see if you can eat for a week with only the items you find in your pantry. I’ve invented some recipes this way. Go online to find recipes that pair items you have on hand. Shop for only what fresh items are needed to round out your meals. You’ll save a bundle on your groceries that week.
  • Fix the fixtures. If you have light fixtures that need dusting and cleaning, take care of them now. If the fixtures have many globes or tulip-shaped glass cups, run them through a rinse cycle in the dishwasher. Dry and replace.
  • Add an address. Transfer any addresses from sticky notes, letter envelopes, and Christmas cards into your address book.
  • Rearrange your recipes. Take a look in your recipe files, and toss any cards or cutouts you don’t use. Rearrange what’s left. If your recipes are in great disarray, this may take more than one 30-minute block. If so, find another friend who has the same problem. Take your recipes, meet her at a coffee house, and have a work session to get your recipes in order. I did this one night, placing them all in a three-ring binder with full-size page protectors for magazine cutouts and pages designed to hold individual photos for the recipe cards. I made sections for main dishes, side dishes, desserts, and miscellaneous. When I’m cooking, if something splatters onto the recipe, it can be easily wiped off.
  • Give a movie review. Sort through your DVDs and pluck out any your family no longer watches. Save old-time favorites for nostalgia if you have a child who is particularly fond of one. Give the rest to another family who would enjoy them.
  • Spit-shine a shelf. Take time to pick through just one shelf in the garage or basement, ridding it of unwanted items and leaving it neat and tidy. If you do one shelf a day, that area will gradually get decluttered.
  • Sort socks. Have a basket or bag with single, lonely socks that have lost their mates. Dump the bag and pair up any matches. Better yet, pay a child a nickel a pair for any matches he can find.
  • Peruse your porch. Take a look at what others see when they knock on your front door. Does your front window need washing? The porch need sweeping? Are there cobwebs that could do with a good knocking down? Take a little time to make the entrance to your home look presentable.
  • Deal with your drains. Pour some baking soda in your kitchen-sink drain. Next, douse it with a little vinegar. The resulting bubbling action will freshen it up. Or pour some clog-removing liquid down the bathroom sink and tub drains to prevent hair clogs in the first place.
  • Fiddle with your files. Remove three or four files from your filing cabinet. Look through them and make sure the contents are still worth keeping. If you find manuals for appliances you no longer own or outdated paperwork, toss or shred them now. Doing this regularly keeps your files up to date.
  • Give thanks. Anyone you’ve been meaning to write a thank-you note to? Do it now. And to make it easier in the future, place some thank-you notes, stamps, return address labels, and your address book in a basket near your sofa or in a tote bag you can take to the doctor’s office or carpool line. Grab it often to jot a note of thanks or encouragement to someone.



Karen Ehman

Through her daily blog, writing ventures and many speaking events, Karen’s passion is to provide women with creative inspiration and doable ideas to help them live their priorities and love their lives. She is the Director of the Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker team and is a contributor to Focus on the Family’s magazine Thriving Family.

A popular presenter at Hearts at Home moms’ conferences, Karen is also the author of five books including The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized, A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart and Home to Others and the recently released best-selling ebook Untangling Christmas: Your Go-To Guide for a Hassle-Free Holiday.

She has been a guest on national media shows including The 700 Club, At Home Live, Engaging Women, The Harvest Show, Moody Midday Connection and Focus on the Family. The mother of three, she and her college sweetheart Todd just celebrated their silver anniversary. You can find her blogging at http://www.karenehman.com





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  1. What great advice! The book sounds wonderful. I struggle with a lack of interest in organizing when I have so many other tasks to accomplish. I’d love to read that book.

  2. Plain and simple – stuff.

  3. Too much stuff and not enough time! I get overwhelmed and then just give up.

  4. kathleen says:

    My 4 children,LOL! I just never seem to find time.

  5. Kelly O says:

    Sometimes I wonder why I even bother trying to stay organized with an almost two year old who seems intent on pulling everything out, although it does make me smile when she puts things back without being asked.

    Granted, that’s precisely WHY I’m trying so hard to stay organized. I set an example for her every day; I want it to be a good one.

  6. I think procrastination. Instead of getting ready for work, I blog. Then I tear through my bathroom. By the end of the week it looks horrible and is probably a fire hazzard!

  7. Melinda says:

    Well… I could come up with lots of excuses… 5 kids 10 and under and one on the way… constantly moving with the last one overseas to serve and never being settle in our own home… homeschooling, etc., etc., BUT really… the problem is a lack of DO IT NOW… just for 30 minutes… or 15 minutes… or whatever time I have to dedicate. I need to make better use of the time I have… because God has given me exactly what I need! Thanks for the motivation!

  8. I would love to read this book and find out some practical ways to help me attack the clutter in my home while we are on summer break!

  9. Aurelia says:

    These are some good tips I should take advantage of.

  10. I desperately want to be more organized, but I get overwhelmed and just don’t know where to start. With a small house and 5 young boys it seems like I’m often running in a circle trying to organize. I know it can be done though and I look forward to tackling some of the tasks you shared.

  11. catherine says:

    My own personality is my biggest obstacle. I was born lazy, unorganized, and unambitious. I feel like I have no redeeming qualities. I am trying to change, but it is a constant battle with myself. I need help.

  12. My biggest hindrance to staying organized is having to much on my plate daily. I always have it on my to do list to declutter something daily – but it rarely happens.

  13. I need to get organized and reclaim some areas of my life. I waste so much time looking for things. I am working on my kitchen but it is a very slow process. I work fulltime and pick up my 2 grandkids from school/daycare and have them for about an hour before their parents come for them. Till I get supper I am tired and don’t want to do anything else and I do have a tendency to spend to much time on the computer :)

  14. Natasha d says:

    I keep working at being organized — these are great tips and ideas that I will start to tackle today!

  15. Oh my goodness, I really NEED this book! I try to be organized, but never seem to get there. :( – - Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful and needed book!

  16. Sommer Norton says:

    I so need to get organized, sometimes I feel like I am drowning in stuff.

  17. Seriously – with five children, I spend most of my time walking through the house picking up things and moving them (at least closer) to where they belong. And there is always more to do.

  18. I think my biggest hindrance from being organized is having a system that I can keep up with. I have tried different things to get organized but it tends to become easily cluttered and unorganized after a while. I also have a bit of a problem letting go of things and it makes it hard to be well organized with too much stuff.

  19. For me I think its not knowing where to start. I often start one project, go to put something up and realize that needs to be done as well and start on it leaving the first project mid-completion.

  20. Brandi Gandy says:

    I tend to multi-task. I do well, until I don’t :) I will be doing a good job, then it all sort of builds up :)

  21. I’m pretty organized in some areas of my life but I get overwhelmed in others. In those areas, instead of working on getting organized little by little I just sorta shut down.

  22. I need more discipline cleaning out and purging is one of those things i just never get around to doing! :)
    i like the idea of having a task to do in 30 minutes or less…seems i always want to go completely overboard and do a major overhaul which is just too much & then i am so discouraged
    thanks for this list i think i will print it out & post in my kitchen or something!

  23. I dream of being organized, but it just never seems to happen. There is just too much stuff. This book sounds like it would be a tremendous help.

  24. Jenni P says:

    I have organized systems in place at home, it is just hard for me to maintain everything. I like the tips above because I always feel like I just don’t have time … I do get 30 minute windows sometimes though. It can be hard with 3 kids 3 and under.

  25. What hinders me from being organized? Two toddlers running around making a mess faster than I can clean up/organize! It’s definitely a constant battle to stay ahead…

  26. What hinders me from being organized? I am overwhelmed with all of the stuff that I have that when I think about starting I don’t know where to start. I think my thoughts are what hinder me. I need to quit thinking and just start anywhere!

  27. Shelly Rene says:

    I am soooo disorganized! How did I get this way? Ugh!

  28. Michelle says:

    What hinders me from being organized? ME! Our house was flooded in the 2010 floods, I thought once we moved back in it would be the perfect time to get organized, 1 1/2 yrs later I am still working
    on getting organized!

  29. Poor habit training hinders me from being organized, as well as wasting time. :(

  30. What hinders me from being organized? Its time. I just to be so organized, so anally organized it was OCD even. And i kept that through adulthood into marriage then into parenthood with 1 kid, then with 2… then when the 3rd and then 4th rolled around i lost all control of any idea of organization. I am so overwhelmed and frustrated dealing with 4 kids to even think about trying to gain it back again. I just don’t know how so i shut down instead.

  31. time – I would rather be playing with my kids than organizing

  32. Malinda says:

    Good tips! Now to find the time.

  33. The hardest part is planning the time. I have 2 little kids. I would love a WHOLE week to myself at home so I can get organized!

  34. This book sounds incredible Karen!!! I think my main problem is that I seem to leave everything to the last minute … and then I stress myself out so much that I get sick (point of fact … I’ve only had several days this month where I haven’t been well … began with tonsillitis, then had a hyperextension/overuse injury which I’ll be dealing with for a while, and currently getting through a chest infection!!). I can compile lists of things I need to do, and how to organise everything … it’s just the knitty gritty actually going through and organising everything (including my time) where I get in trouble … May the Lord help me get better at this!!

  35. Shanelle says:

    Perfection gets in my way

  36. Teresa Singleton says:

    In all honesty myself. I guess I feel so over-whelmed at all that needs to be done that I just don’t make an effort. When in all actuality, if I do it in baby steps, 30 minutes a day, it what not seem too overwhelming at all.

  37. lack of discipline:/

  38. Kendall says:

    laziness :( or over scheduling our days so it just piles up!

  39. Time and space. The organizing never seems to be done and new stuff keeps walking in to take its place. :-(

  40. Maureen F. says:

    Some days I think it is laziness, some days I think it is lack of energy, some days it is lack of focus. Love reading your blog Karen – I’m sure your book is fabulous! Thanks for the chance to win.

  41. Tyffany says:

    Not enough time is what hinders me…

  42. Just left my counselor’s office a few minutes ago and we were talking about this very issue- how can I get organized and stop having the issue hanging over my head. Want to pass good skills to my ten year old daughter and help my husband feel more at peace at home. HELP- I have ADHD and a mom who is a hoarder and this subject is always nagging at me!!

  43. Heather says:

    Making time to organize is my problem!

  44. Mariza Ivey says:

    Very good ideas. I am hindered from being organized by a slow recovery process after my husband died. I am back in full swing with only a small amount of stuff to go through, but it has been a difficult process…

  45. This could help as we get settled in our new home to remain organized as time passes. Sweet!

  46. Carol Imler says:

    I would love to win this! Organizing is one of my least and favorite things to do! I would love some more inspiration!

  47. Time is my enemy! Will try some of these tactics this weekend!

  48. michelle h says:

    my biggest struggle is getting interupted! I have great intentions but it never fails – as soon as i’m in the messiest stage of the organizing, one of the kids needs something! Then by the time I get back to my task, either I’m out of time, out of engergy, or one of the kids has undone all my work!

  49. I’m not the best at keeping house, but as we are preparing to move, our family has become overwhelmed by the stuff. We are longing for organization, simplicity, and freedom from so many things. I definitely think I need to read this book!

  50. Time is what seems to get in my way. Looking forward to trying these ideas

  51. Patti Bodenhamer says:

    I need to work more at theses suggestions. Thanks for the post.

  52. Jennier says:

    My biggest obstacle? Fatigue! This probably stems from lack of organization, haha. (which comes from running like a crazy mama all day long, lol.) I could truely use some basic, solid tips that I can turn into good habits.

  53. Christina Burrell says:

    Chikdren and playing with them keeps me from being organized :-)

  54. Cordelia says:

    Why don’t I stay organized?? I find joy when I am….but need tools to STAY that way! Thank you for the tips you gave us today. I would enjoy reading this book.

  55. when things seem especially overwhelming in trying to get and stay organized, I remind myself to do something/anything that could be considered productive, even if it is not what I ‘intended’ to get to that day. If I really want to get out and enjoy an especially beautiful day, instead of staying home and dusting, I might go buy supplies for the next weekends project (paint a room, grout a tub,etc.) On a rainy or cold day, I might do the opposite, stay in and dust, clean out a closet etc. Sure helps my attitude and still gets things accomplished on the overall ‘to do’ list. Blessings to you all!

  56. it’s all mental for me. . .how my thoughts can paralyze me. Thoughts like. . I don’t have enought time. Or I have 5 kids, how can my house be clean. Or if it can’t be perfect, why do it.
    So my own thoughts are what hinders me. . ugh. Would love to get hold of this book :)

  57. It is so easy to get distracted!!!! Ugh… Computer time is probably my biggest distraction from staying organized. Sometimes I have good intentions about only looking something up, reading a quick encouraging blog (so many good ones) and I’m there longer than I should be. I need to be more disciplined. I would LOVE to read this book. Thanks for the opportunity! All is grace…

  58. kristin says:

    Follow thru is one of my big problems I get overwhelmed by all I want to do and just can’t get finished. Deciding what to do first. And perfectionism of the form that if I don’t know exactly how I want to organize something I won’t do it. And good ideas only come so often.

  59. Kristina says:

    I hinder myself. I start one task get distracted and forget what I was doing so I start another task :/

  60. Organization is one of the areas I struggle with! You have so many great tips here! I’m book marking this page & going to try to add ONE tip a week to help with my organization! Thanks!

  61. I have 5 kids all together, 2 of which are step daughters and are only with us on alternating weekends….but organization is hard! My 11 month old is the worst! haha

    Between working a full time job, a per diem job, teaching monthly classes and being involved in church its a miracle that we clean at all!

  62. sometimes getting started is overwhelming..so in essence we just put it off and then it gets worse….but i am gonna get there =)

  63. Busy schedule and three kids: a baby, a toddler and a preschooler :)

  64. Ashley Griffin says:

    Time & children!

  65. Corinne Wijsman says:

    Mental or emotional turmoil.

  66. Elaine Segstro says:

    Wow, I LOVE those 30 minute decluttering ideas. I’m sitting with boxes & totes & books around me. I just resigned a teaching position, and because I’m a teacher, I’m a “pack rat”!!!! I HAVE to go through this, but it seems SO overwhelming – the ideas are great. By the way, my house needs de-cluttering too!!!

  67. Rebecca Ruiz says:

    One of my biggest issues is that I have 2 special needs children, and we have constant appts. So between all the appts and homeschooling, my organizational skills take a beating!

  68. Amanda R. says:

    Thank you, thank you for great ideas! Clutter is a little less over-whelming when you think of tackling it in 30-minute sweeps! I would love to have your book :)

  69. Sharmista says:

    My own procrastinating perfectionism. I feel like if I can’t do it all and do it perfectly right now then I may as well just forget it. And I’m a procrastinator to boot, so I put off starting projects. I’m a mess!

  70. Not having an effective plan that I can follow. I like the 30 minute sweep idea!

  71. What hinders me from de-cluttering is that I can always think of more interesting things to do – so I put it off. Karen’s advice is excellent and I’m anxious to start de-cluttering, a small step at a time. I’m also sentimental, so I dread tossing things out that I’ve held onto for a long time. Since I don’t have much storage space, I must get over that feeling.
    I recently cleaned my freezer (a side-by-side model)and wrote down the contents of each shelf so I can remember what I have. Then when I use something I scratch it off. It has helped me to save money on lean weeks. The hardest part is, after going to the grocery store, remembering to add new items, so maybe it isn’t as practical as I thought.

  72. l-o-v-e all the tips! happy to see we’re all endeavoring to deal with our clutter. <3

  73. I am somewhat organized with a family of 9 however I could be more organized with more room or maybe a better way of organizing I dont know lol!!!

  74. I always seem to have so much to do and many demands on my time. I get to the point that I am multitasking and then things just seem to build up. I get distracted and forget what I was doing!

  75. Your ideas are great! I struggle with feeling overwhelmed with all that needs organizing.

  76. Victoria Dorotiak says:

    We can never be too organized. Always room for improvement

  77. Christine says:

    That sounds like a great book! I would love to see it! I try to be organized. I have family coming in to town in the next week and I organized not only my pantry, linen closet, videos and garage, I also organized my spices cabinet and wrote a list of all items I have and what shelf they are on and taped it to the inside of the cupboard so I can easily find what I need and then I know if I have it ‘at a glance’ so I don’t buy duplicates.

    Love the organization ideas!

  78. I so need this! I have no idea how to live “a space for everything and everything in it’s place!”… NO CLUE! HELP!! LOL

  79. Heather P says:

    It seems there is a never-ending need for good organization. Loved the ideas.
    As for what hinders me: myself and taking the time to do it right the first time.

  80. Too much stuff !!

  81. Laura Elliott says:

    I have so much to organzie to at home. I work full-time have lupus and pulmonary disease. When I get home I am exhausted. When I look at a large project, which I have, my eyes glaze over. I am a scapbooker and have so much stuff that needs to be sorted. My mother-in-law had lived with us and now that she has passed away, I need to clean off the shelves in her 10 x 13 closet, as well as the closet in the bathroom.

    Karen’s book “The Complete Guide to Getting & Staying Organized…” sounds awesome and is definitely what I need. Getting the areas straightened up would definitely make my husband happy. I need all the help I can get.


  82. Jeanette C says:

    Not know what I need to do with this stuff often hinders my progress.

  83. Continually re-organizing our small house keeps me from feeling completely organized. Too much stuff in a little house!

  84. I am super-organized. Verge on being neurotic at times but as have gotten older (58) have eased up some. I would love to have this book for my girlfriend, mother of 5 (a son and then quadruplet girls) who is extremely disorganized and just can’t find the motivation to get much accomplished. Yes she is busy (I’m not totally unsympathetic) but she just doesn’t make good use of her time. She loves to have me come over and help her so she can watch me do it FOR her. It’s become somewhat of a joke btw us.

  85. Would love to have this book to help me get organized!

  86. Marilyn Osborne says:

    Thanks for the wonderful tips!
    And don’t forget to disinfect the commode handles!!

  87. My lack of knowledge hinders me from being organized. I want to learn how to find a place for everything, that is not just shoved in a closet. :)

  88. Trudy, I’m thinking your dear friend is very tired and overwhelmed just being a mom to all of those dear children. I’m sure she enjoys your energy and organizational ideas more than you realize. Some of us ‘got it’ and some of us didn’t, but we’re trying.

  89. Sorry… This reply is to Valerie:
    I’m thinking your dear friend is very tired and overwhelmed just being a mom to all of those dear children. I’m sure she enjoys your energy and organizational ideas more than you realize. Some of us ‘got it’ and some of us didn’t, but we’re trying.

  90. For me it truly is time. I have a three hour commute to work every day with four children. By the time I get home it is enough to just maintain the essentials. I love the ideas because all four of the children could help keep the house organized! When my home is not organized it truly changes how I feel about life. I find when my home is organized there is a peace and calm in our home. I try explaining the value of this to my family. Hopefully they will catch on some day soon!

  91. Robin Janiszewski says:

    Our home is very small, difficult to find storage space…it seems things like mail,papers etc. end up piling up! I need help! Thanks for any tips!

  92. Dionne Medina says:

    One of the biggest deterrents to getting the clutter organized, for me, is the idea that I have to get the whole house clean at once. This 30 minute concept is useful…kind of the eating an elephant one small bite at a time concept. Thank you!

  93. Elizabeth says:

    I like to put things off because I tell myself I can always do it tomorrow and by doing this it becomes a lot bigger mess to tackle in the end! Would love to have this book to help me get organized!

  94. Kim Montaini says:

    I get hindered by my own attention span! I get started, find something else that needs done, then start that, then run into something else that needs done, start that… the next thing I see is a dozen “projects” started, not a single one finished, and I’m now out of time and need to get somewhere! :)

  95. With three kids, a family owned business that I run the office out of our home, and a farm with (mostly) cattle, life gets busy. Those don’t include our Church blessings and obligations! :) thank you for the ideas for quick cleaning and decluttering. I can use all the ideas and tips I can get. God bless and thank you much!!!

  96. I am greatly in need of getting organized after the passing of my father-in-law who lived with us for 8 years. I will use several of the 30 minute approaches. This helpful book would be a welcome encouragement as well.

  97. I’m hindered from organizing from too many packrats in my family.

  98. love your 30 mi ideas many of these tasks i frequently over look. great ideas some can even be done while watching my DVRed shows. Love the ideas .

  99. Love the ideas. I would get over-agressive on some of them and keep going but at least something would get done :)

  100. To much stuff!

  101. Colleen G. says:

    Sounds like an amazing, helpful read!
    -Colleen G.

  102. I would love this book. What keeps me from getting organized? Let me count the ways….procrastination (which I learned from the Proverbs 31 study is sin), lazy, distracted, 3 live in tornados–why bother when they’ll undo what I’ve done, overwhelmed, poor time management. Obviously, I need help in this area!

  103. Time……….I need to control my time online to free up myself.

  104. Love the 30 minute suggestions! It’s amazing what can actually be accomplished in 30 minute intervals. Thanks for the encouragement.

  105. Jennifer O says:

    In one word: PROCRASTINATION. I don’t have time for that now, I’ll do it later. It’s too hard, I’ll do it later. I don’t feel like doing that, I’ll do it later.

  106. Stephanie says:

    I have been interested in this book for quite some time.

    I love organization but need to build a plan that works.

  107. Melissa Hendrix says:


  108. what hinders me is my lack of “how to” in organizing and time. Would love to learn more of the “how to” with the book!

  109. Kristy B says:

    I love Karen, her advice is excellent and practical.

    I am trying so hard to get organized. I find it hard to be continually disciplined and to get everyone involved so that I am not chasing after the children and their stuff.

    But the goal for this summer is to get chore time solidly in place for the children and me, and then start working through the problem areas – like my desk and the children’s crafting supplies!

  110. I am trying very hard to declutter my home and finally get organized. I love tips and encouragement. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  111. OMG i could so use this book! Thank You!

  112. Jaime B says:

    Space and budget. We’ve been on a survival budget in an apartment with no funds for purchasing organizational furniture or items. I’ve been trying to get creative and watching for sales on basic items.

  113. The book sounds like a great book. Sometimes I find it really hard to even begin to organize because I don’t know where to start.

  114. This sounds like a really good book. Sometimes I find it hard to even start getting organized.

  115. Crystal says:

    Thanks for all the great tips! I’m organizing my recipes :)

  116. Crystal says:

    What keeps me from being organized is keeping up with the new stuff — papers, ideas, recipes, etc.

  117. Time, distractions and just I get overwhelmed just trying to decide where to start.This books sounds very helpful and encouraging.

  118. Melinda T says:

    Me, I think I just don’t want to get rid of anything! I think I’ll need it later on. And I’m too tired after work!

  119. I think by nature I crave organization, but we have moved so many times in the last few years that I gave up. I am so excited that we are finally buying a house soon. I am hoping I didn’t kill my organizational side, because I’m counting on it coming back with a vengeance…we’ll see. :)

  120. Cassie B says:

    My biggest challenge is we are a military family and with 14 moves in 10years we never stay anywhere long enough to get it organized and every house is different!

  121. what part deals with “managing her servant girls”? that s what i want to see more of after all these decades of always falling short. i am thinking that might be a clue for me and so many others who try to be super human..

  122. Jennifer says:

    I think having too many clothes. We really need to simply in that area and a few others. TOO MUCH clutter.

  123. I’m going to focus on “pockets of perfection”. One shelf/drawer/space at a time -

  124. I desperately need some organization. My house is such a cluttered mess and even when I try to de-clutter, I don’t feel like I make much progress. We are in the process of moving and I think this book would help me get off on the right foot in the new house with being organized.

  125. Love these 30 minute clutter busters. That really reminds us what we can accomplish in smaller time increments. Karen’s book sounds so interesting.

  126. I really need orgainzational help in my kitchen cabinets and pantry. Hope I win this book for good tips.

  127. Being overwhelmed & not knowing where to start. Thanks for this opportunity!

  128. I’d like to blame the messy home on the 5-against-1 theory but I know if I would just stop being overwhelmed & keep things up I could do it :)

  129. I love the quick ideas of things that can be tackled in 30 minutes or less. It’s a wonderful way to tackle deep cleaning the home without the full day commitment.

  130. I am disabled and suffer with chronic back pain and pain in all my joints so it is hard for me to move. This is discouraging as it makes it so hard to keep things picked up and i do happen to be a clutter bug. I do try though and Karen you are so encouraging. Thank you so much for your ideas, suggestions and books! Have a great day!!

  131. Terry Suchodolski says:

    Myself :( I am not an organized person at all. I get overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. I have tried for 32 yrs of marriage but fail so any help would be great.

  132. What hinders me? Procrastination :(

  133. I’m great at pulling everything out, just bad at putting it all back in place.

  134. Dianne borgen says:

    As I get older stuff is less important. Feel less stressed when I declutter the house.have a small home so there are not a lot of closets drawers to work with. It is a struggle at times but worth it!

  135. Ronica case says:

    Time wasters!

  136. Melanie Shannon says:

    Clutter is my biggest organizational issue – too much stuff & not enough space. My biggest downfall is laundry – with a family of 4 there is always laundry – it is a task that is never completed!! I like these 30 minute tips & have been studying this topic with Melissa Ross Taylor. I am going to get my own bedroom cleaned up starting this weekend!!

  137. I love the idea of everything in its place. But with 2 jobs I have a hard time making it a reality. Your book sound very intriguing. I ‘ll continue to read your posts for more wonderful ideas. Thanks Karen for provide all the tips and encouragement.

  138. Julee Wilson says:

    I always get off to a good start, but then something interupts my flow, and I can’t get back on track!

  139. I have too much stuff!

  140. Kristie S. says:

    Too much stuff and not enough time! Five kiddos 7 and under, with one on the way can be a hinderance as well!

  141. Elizabeth says:

    A “messy” mentality and six children who encourage it!!! Back to my summer purging!!
    Thank you so much!

  142. Beverly Holm says:

    Hope I’m at the right blog to leave a comment for the book giveaway. My greatest challenge to organization is time management – lack of focus – distractions – OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)

  143. Thanks for all the great get started tips!

  144. Procrastination! Procrastination! Procrastination!

  145. What hinders me from being organized is that I am so add. I can’t seem to focus one what I am doing. I move from one room to another never finishing anything. I end up putting everything in laundry baskets and I am constantly losing things. But I keep on trying because I believe I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! I really would like to have your book. Blessings. Joann

  146. In all honesty, it is that when I start to try to get organized I just get overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.

  147. Amber Plowman says:

    Time is the biggest hindrance to getting organized so thank you for the “30 minute chunks”! I tend to be all or nothing but making it more manageable helps it become more attainable:)

  148. Kayla Russell says:

    Thanks for a great post! I could really use some of these organizational tips :)

  149. I would love more ideas, I’m organized but, when I get company and holiday dinners, I tend to stuff things, to hide the clutter from company and then I can’t find it afterwards. Help!

  150. Kristin says:

    My biggest hindrance to being organized is too much stuff, and not enough “homes” for it all.

  151. having too much stuff (clutter) don’t know what to do with it all. pack rat

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  152. DeeR in OKC says:

    I love to clean out and organize, but FB and internet have taken away all my extra time. HELP, I need a detox session to the internet.

  153. DeeR in OKC says:

    HELP! I used to LOVE to clean out and organize – it was my de-stressor. Now FB & internet use up all my extra time. I need an Internet Detox!

  154. Julie W says:

    What keeps me from being organized? Time, I guess, although if I looked harder I’d probably find more of it. I actually do OK at attempting to organize stuff. It’s organizing my time that I struggle with. I think more in terms of a process/event rather than blocks of time, which makes it easy to be late or not have meals ready on time, for example. So how do I combat that?

  155. Praying for you ladies here who are struggling with where to begin when it comes to getting your act together. Baby steps! Choose one area that is causing you the most grief and begin there. Look for progress, not perfection.

  156. I love Karen’s simple 30-minute suggestions because what hinders me from being organized is looking at everything at the same time, all the organizing that needs to be done and getting completely overwhelmed to the point that I think, “Well I’ll be moving eventually…maybe then!” I’m printing out Karen’s Tips and hanging them on my bulletin board. I’ll start with just 30 minutes a week to tackle one item. And I’ll pray that God will give me the grace to do this one thing!

  157. Julia Reffner says:

    I think the main thing that hinders me is not knowing where to begin. The feeling of being overwhelmed often leads to a battle against laziness, where I must convince myself that doing a small thing will help even though it doesn’t always appear to do so.

  158. This is so tremendously helpful to a serial procrastonator like me!

  159. Karla H. says:

    These ideas are great and doable! I get overwhelmed with the big cleaning. I’m ok once I get started somewhere!

  160. What keeps me from being organized…I think it is a lack of focus. I have time, but time spent on the internet surfing or other is taking away from my organization time.

  161. Feeling overwhelmed by the amount that needs to be done in addtion to working and the kids activities.

  162. Danielle says:

    What great tips! I keep telling myself if I just get everything organized once, then I’ll be able to handle keeping it up! But it never proves to be quite as easy as I think! :) Would love to read this book…it sounds like a wonderful resource!

  163. Carol Albrecht says:

    I am so encouraged by your many ideas. You are a blessing to those of us that have to work extra hard to be creative. Many blessings to you!

  164. What hinders me from being organized is getting overwhelmed (plus health an issue) Seems like everytime I start a project, don’t get it finished & then next don’t get back to it, so next thing I know it is just as bad again. : (

  165. Michelle says:

    I so needed to read this! Thanks! I am not as organized as I wish I was.

  166. I have homeschooled kids since 1996. Every summer it was necessary to sort through all those, “I made this for you mommie” projects. This year the 3 girls were in college and I put my son in a New Tech High School. He brought home a portfolio of artwork that we stashed behind the couch with my own art portfolio until I decide to frame something. At the end of each semester he comes out with a 2 inch stack of papers and says,”I don’t understand why they call this a paperless school” drops the stack in the recycle bin and the clean up is done.
    The girls have their own way up dealing with their school collection. Clutter still happens, but a lot less when we aren’t home during the day.
    My most important thing is to sort the mail over the recycle bin. Get rid of the junk mail before it hits a table.

  167. Love the friendly reminders of what can be done in 30 minutes or less. I’m homeschool mom of 4, and now take partial care of my elderly mom with parkisans. I struggle staying focused sometimes for being pulled in different directions these days.

  168. I also have a hard time letting go of stuff. My husband and I want to really simplify our lives and that means getting rid of the clutter.

  169. Ok, if someone else wins, will they read it to me? Then I’d have time to “read” it. Lol


  170. Angela Huneault says:

    This is exactly what God has been showing me over the last few weeks.
    I have gone in the linen closet and re- organized. There are so many other areas we( God and I together ) have done. I found myself 2 days ago overwhelmed in the craft room, so I walked away. I felt the Lord telling me yesterday to get rid of that perticular pile. Now reading this I know what to do.
    I need to go down there pack it up and give it to charity.
    Thank you for writting this and obeying God.

    Angela In NY

  171. The challenge I face with organization is when my life gets to many committments. Thanks for the great tips!

  172. time and 4 children ages 4 and under

  173. It’s hard to organize (and get rid of) things when DH wants to have a say, and then he wants to keep just about everything.

  174. mary lynn says:

    Sentiment- thinking I will use this or need this in future years- these things make it really hard to organize and stay organized especially in kids room and play areas – not to mention my closet- all the sizes I hope to get back to one day……

  175. Mostly time prevents me from getting organized. I have a toddler and work full-time. Most nights I’m too tired to work on organizing beyond on the basics.

  176. Cara Shields says:

    Being lazy is my biggest hindrance! Don’t worry I could come up with a million excuses but it all boils down to me being lazy

  177. Great ideas! Thank you. I recently panted a bedroom so everything was out of it and I put only a few things back. It looks so nice and fresh and uncluttered. The rest is headed for a lawn sale and I’m working on each room to be done and a lawn sale when I’m done!!

  178. Not having a place for everything means messes that keep springing up; I also tend to be easily distracted, so need to pray for focused attention for each session of cleaning and organization. God is a God of order; pretty sure He wants us to walk in those ways, too!

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