I have a great Hip Hip Hurray! Giveaway to share with all of you this week; I couldn't share it until after 3 pm EST today because I was privileged to be part of a webcast for this new product line offered by OfficeMax:

The [IN] PLACE System by Peter Walsh, International Organization Expert as seen on TLC's hit series, Clean Sweep. (Available in-store and online beginning next week.)

Click here to see Peter Walsh's page at OfficeMax.

Click here to view the webcast.

I know that getting organized and staying organized in big ways and small ways is one of my daily goals; organization saves you time and your time, my friends, is a valuable commodity.

Today, I'm pleased to share these products with you for this giveaway:

This includes:

* (1) File Tote
* (2) Sets of PostIt Sticky Note Tabs (part of the system)
* (1) Organization Kit that includes (1) Document Envelope, (1) Document Wallet, (3) Document Sleeves, (3) Durable File Folders, (1) PostIt Cube, (1) Erasable Marker, and (5) Document Clips

This is a great set; I've looked at it and am so impressed by the functionality. The set is designed to make everything easy to see and find. The PostIt Tabs offer a way to change out your file tabs quickly; the erasable marker allows you to alter your filing system quickly.

Some of the key things I learned from Peter Walsh's webcast today that I thought I'd share with you:

1. Begin with a vision for your space - what purpose do you want that space to serve (rather than what that space is currently doing for you). Then move to function -- how can you achieve that vision -- and then finally to zones within the space that can meet those functions.

2. Your desk should have a "dashboard" just like your car where all the critical things you need to work (notes, files, phone, computer, tools) are within an arm's reach. (I love this idea!)

3. Once the flat surfaces in your office/home (desk tops, counters, tables) can't be seen because they're loaded with stacks of papers, files, and books, it's time to CLEAN UP!! Otherwise, you face feeling emotionally drained by just looking at your cluttered workspace.

4. Invest ten minutes at the end of each day to organize key "hot spots" in your home, the places you need to be functional at the start of your day - kitchen counter, desk, kid's toys or off-to-school space/backpacks.

I hope that this [IN] PLACE System helps one lucky winner out there get a better handle on the inflow and outflow of all the necessary documents that keep your household running smoothly. I really enjoyed the webcast with Peter and Julie Krueger of OfficeMax and I'm thrilled to offer this great product system to one lucky reader!

How to enter:

Leave a comment sharing your best organization tip that has saved you time, money, and most of all, stress. I love it when we share our best ideas; everyone has something unique and valuable to share!

You can earn an additional (3) chances to win as well.

1. Tweet about this giveaway then come back here and leave me a comment to let me know you tweeted.

2. Post about this giveaway at your blog with a link both to this post; come back and leave the URL of your post in a comment.

3. Subscribe to my RSS feed by reader or email and leave a comment to let me know you're a new subscriber; you can also drop me a comment to let me know if you're already a subscriber for this extra entry.

Remember, you must leave me some way to find you online (by email or by your Twitter handle) if you don't have a blog. Entries with no contact information or means of contacting you online will be disqualified.

This giveaway will end on Tuesday, April 7, at 10:00 pm EST . I will announce the winner (selected by Random.org) on Wednesday, April 8, 2009.

Good luck!

Thanks for reading and subscribing to The New Frugal Mom!


  1. Jenny // April 2, 2009 1:12 PM  

    My best organization tip (although it may seem like a no brainer) is to empty your non-grocery shopping bags AS SOON AS you get home and put everything where it belongs. If I don't do this, I end up with piles of bags from different stores and I never remember what I bought! (I know - that's terrible!)


  2. Kat Simpson // April 2, 2009 2:32 PM  

    My best organizational tip is to set up both your kitchen and your home office in ZONES. in the kitchen, it would be the 'Baking Zone', the "preparation Zone' and etc. in your Home office, you would have zones such as 'photography zone' (for photographing your products), the Shipping zone and the storage zone. This keeps you from constantly searching for the items you need to do certain tasks.

  3. Kat Simpson // April 2, 2009 2:35 PM  

    I Tweeted! @katskloset

  4. Jennifer // April 2, 2009 3:10 PM  

    There are 6 in my family. I bought sink dish tubs from the dollar store and wrote each family members name on each dish tub. When I take laundry out of the dryer, I fold, place in the appropriate tub and then give each tub to each kid for them to put away their laundry. This has really helped me put away laundry much faster...and it gets the kids involved!

  5. Jennifer // April 2, 2009 3:11 PM  

    I subscribed to your blog! Thanks!

  6. Christy // April 2, 2009 3:23 PM  

    For those who have film negs they don't want to get rid of - I put my negs into special neg holders that fit into a 3ring binder and stapled the index print onto the page so that I know what images are on which negs.

  7. Christy // April 2, 2009 3:23 PM  

    I also subscribe to your feed through google reader.

  8. Allie // April 2, 2009 3:25 PM  

    My best organizational tip is to minimize. If something doesn't have a place to go, it's not important enough to keep. Fewer things and making sure everything has a place keeps my house much more organized.

    Plus sometimes it just feels so good to purge.

  9. Family Hope Ministries // April 2, 2009 3:28 PM  

    My tip is for organizing my coupons. I get many of the same insert. When I get home, I divide them up in stacks of the same page, cut them out in stacks of 5 or so and file all together. I try to get all of my coupons organized the same day I get them.

  10. Family Hope Ministries // April 2, 2009 3:31 PM  

    I subscribed to your email feed.


  11. Family Hope Ministries // April 2, 2009 3:37 PM  

    I just posted this giveaway on my blog and added a link to yours! This is such a great giveaway!

  12. KayCee Studios // April 2, 2009 4:14 PM  

    Tweeted about the giveaway, my Twitter handle is @kayceestudios

  13. Rachael // April 2, 2009 4:42 PM  

    I use old diaper wipe tubs to store medicine, etc. that we get free/cheap from drugstores!

    beansnrice @ live . com

  14. Sally // April 2, 2009 4:59 PM  

    I used to have piles of papers in my kitchen b/c I needed to do something with them soon, but i didn't want to take them down tot he basement office where I'd forget about them...so I made a file box that sits in one cabinet in my kitchen (where my laptop always resides, too). It has a file for receipts and papers that need to be filed in the office, bills to pay, phone books, magazines to read, all my mailing needs (stamps, envelopes, address book), and restaurant coupons (my grocery coupons are in a wipes tub, organized by type). It's working so far!

  15. heartchild // April 2, 2009 6:21 PM  

    My tip is in the kitchen. I try to pick a shelf a week in the fridge to clean out instead of the whole thing at once.That way the whole fridge is clean most of the time and we never have any mystery leftovers. This also helps me use what I have and save money buying the same vegetables over and over because they have gone bad.

  16. heartchild // April 2, 2009 6:21 PM  

    Angela Maddox - I subscribe.

  17. Janet and Maya // April 2, 2009 6:46 PM  

    My favorite tip, and it works for lots and lots of things from opening mail, to picking up the house is "touch it once and only once". Example, when you get your mail, immediately take action with it or throw it away. Don't make a pile! Example, when you're picking up the family room, and some things need to go upstairs. Don't make a pile of them to take up later. Do it now. Otherwise you've make two tasks out of it instead of just one.

    mayacarpenter at verizon dot net

    I love Peter Walsh!!! Watch him on tlc and on oprah.

    Oh! Just remembered one more good tip that I believe was from Peter. If you have something that you are keeping ONLY because of emotional attachment (it has no use), take a picture of it and keep the picture, not the item itself.

  18. Janet and Maya // April 2, 2009 6:48 PM  

    I tweeted here http://twitter.com/janetmom2maya/status/1442476796

    Thank you New Frugal Mom!
    Thank you Office Max!
    Thank you Peter Walsh! (can you come to my house?)

    mayacarpenter at verizon dot net

  19. Janet and Maya // April 2, 2009 6:48 PM  

    I subscribe
    mayacarpenter at verizon dot net

  20. Janet and Maya // April 2, 2009 6:51 PM  

    I blogged here

    mayacarpenter at verizon dot net

  21. News Around The Blogs // April 2, 2009 8:31 PM  

    an orgainizational tip I have is to keep your coupons up to day and filed in a couponizer. I just did a review on my blog and it helped so much I had a trip to CVS that only cost me $0.01 !!!

  22. Yummy Boy Mummy // April 2, 2009 9:46 PM  

    My organization tip is to have a large lingerie laundry bag for each family member's socks. That way, when the socks go off, they go straight in to the bag. Once washed, they are already sorted & there are no missing socks! :)

  23. Yummy Boy Mummy // April 2, 2009 9:46 PM  

    I'm a subscriber. Txs!

  24. Anonymous // April 2, 2009 10:12 PM  

    There are so many to keep me sane. But I have storage tote type things by the door with everyones name. You put it there, or if mom picks it up then its gone for a week.


  25. Ellen C. // April 3, 2009 4:03 AM  

    I organize my coupons into a 3 ring binder. I pull out the current months coupons that will be expiring. And if I know i won't be using them, I pass them forward to my family. Thanks for the chance.

    sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

  26. Ellen C. // April 3, 2009 4:04 AM  

    I'm a subscriber.

    sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

  27. Mommy's Home!! // April 3, 2009 6:15 AM  

    Well, this is related to sewing, but recently I put all my spools of ribbon onto a dowel rod that I was able to hang in my sewing area. Everything is easy to see and right in reach. It has been great!

  28. Tammy // April 3, 2009 7:38 AM  

    I'm a Yahoo reader subscriber

  29. Tammy // April 3, 2009 7:40 AM  

    One of the ways I organize is to assign certain shelves to specific things in my freezer. Top shelf is meat, bottom shelf is veggies, door gets frozen juice and ice cream/frozen treats.

  30. Marla // April 3, 2009 8:27 AM  

    I keep a little notebook handy at all times to jot down things I need to do as they come to mind and also to jot down movies, books, CD's, etc I come across that I would like to someday buy, rent, read, etc. Thanks!


  31. Marla // April 3, 2009 8:28 AM  

    I am a subscriber via email. Thanks!


  32. divaqueenie // April 3, 2009 3:38 PM  

    This looks like a very useful system. I live by the mantra, "Everything has a home, and everything IN it's home!" I spend minimal time "lloking" for items, because the are always (usually) in their "home."

  33. MOMFOREVERANDEVER // April 3, 2009 4:37 PM  

    best organization tip is to declutter

  34. searcher // April 3, 2009 11:53 PM  

    I use to be organized...really! I don't know what happened?
    When I get the mail, I stand and sort it right away. I throw away junk mail, I open and glance at the other mail and put it where it belongs. That way I don't forget to pay something or follow-up.


  35. liane66 // April 4, 2009 5:39 AM  

    My best tip is to put a big yellow folder by the door labelled with the month on it and throw all that months receipts in it. That way if you need a receipt its easy to find.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. Vickie // April 4, 2009 11:40 AM  

    Organizing photos: I organize by how my life is partitioned. For instance, "Vacations, pets, places we go, things we do" It's a lot easier than trying to keep up chronologically! I can't claim original credit. This idea is from Stacey Jullian over at Big Picture Scrapbooking!

  37. Nelsby // April 4, 2009 2:35 PM  

    I really hate crowded desk drawers...you can never find anything. The desk in my home office has a limited amount of drawers...and the ones I do have are deep. Deep drawers = a big overflowing mess of stuff. So I bought a few of those small Rubbermaid desk organizers in several sizes (maybe 6-10" H and 4-6" W). They look like little boxes...but are done in an office style with shallow drawers . They actually look nice enough to keep on your desk. I use these extra "drawers" for all of my office supply-type things (pens, paper clips, highlighters, binder clips, white-out, etc.) This way, I know where all of things are located. And when I do forget, I only need to peek in several little drawers -- instead of digging through a big deep drawer that contains ALL of those things. Saves me a lot of time and frustration!

    sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

  38. Nelsby // April 4, 2009 2:35 PM  

    I Tweeted about this giveaway on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Nelsby/status/1453547990

  39. Nelsby // April 4, 2009 2:36 PM  

    I subscribe to your blog by email.
    sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

  40. Pat // April 4, 2009 6:51 PM  

    One of my best organizing tips is to take care of your mail every day. It is so easy to get piled up if you don't designate a place for it - bills, trash, shred, respond, etc. I keep a journal in my kitchen with notes for websites I want to visit, phone calls I have to make, whatever lists I have. One journal book is easy and doesn't take up much space.

  41. Pat // April 4, 2009 6:52 PM  

    I'm also a recent subscriber to your blog by e-mail. I get a lot of good tips, thanks!

  42. mom1093 // April 5, 2009 11:28 AM  

    I have so many purses & changing them has been a pain. Until I found a mesh pouch that holds everything. You just pull it out & put it in another bag. You don't loose anything.

  43. SPENCER // April 5, 2009 12:17 PM  

    I have a love affair with large ziploc type bags. One way I use them is for puzzles and games. All the puzzle pieces plus a cut out picture from the box goes into its own baggie. They're much easier to store than to keep the bigger boxes. I toss all the puzzle bags into a tub to keep them all together.