Winners of the Totally Together planner/organizer and Shutterfly holiday cards

by Melody on October 31, 2011

Congratulations to all the winners of my two recent giveaways:

  • Danielle won the Totally Together organizer/planner from Stephanie O’ Dea
  • Carissa, Tasha and Andrea each won 25 holiday cards from Shutterfly

Thank you to everyone who entered, these giveaways are so much fun for me to offer.  Stay tuned for more!

If you didn’t win the Totally Together organizer/planner, I seriously HIGHLY recommend it.  You can read my original review here.

I have only been using the planner for a few weeks now, but somehow have managed to turn my home around, just by changing a few simple things.

  • I always put our dishes in the dishwasher right away, but usually let the ones that needed to be hand-washed hang out in the sink.  I’d then get to the end of the day and have an overflowing sink!  I now wash everything after each meal, which takes just a few minutes each time, instead of 30 minutes at night.
  • I force myself to finish at least one load of laundry per day, which means washed, dried and (almost) put away.
  • Instead of outrageously stressing about how dirty our shower gets, I picked up a cheap scrub brush at Rite Aid and starting scrubbing the shower each morning WHILE I’M IN IT.  Brilliant.  Takes a few extra seconds each day and I have a cleaner shower than I’ve ever had since we’ve lived in this house.

There are so many simple, basic and easy to incorporate tips like this in the planner.  I don’t always get everything done each day or each week, but I feel like I at least have a plan and something keeping me accountable.

Your comments on the giveaway post also made me feel like I’m not alone.  We all seem to struggle with the same things: Finding time to get organized, never-ending dishes and laundry, clutter, junk, you name it.  I really felt like this planner would be just one more thing for me to try and find time for, but so far it’s been pretty seamless.

A HUGE thanks to Stephanie O’ Dea for not only writing this amazing book, but generously providing a copy for this giveaway!

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