The Complete Book of Home Organization + A Giveaway!

Jan 7

As an organizer, connecting with my professional peers is crucial to my success as a business owner. You may have noticed my mention of / affiliation with NAPO. NAPO is the National Association of Professional Organizers. I’m a member of the national chapter as well as my local chapter here in San Francisco. Personally, I don’t see this industry as competitive – instead, I see it as the exact opposite. And every professional organizer should have the save viewpoint. Organizing is not something to be done alone. I don’t mean the actual work, because 99.9% of the time I work alone on jobs. When I say you can’t do this alone, I mean you need your professional peers to bounce ideas off of. Whether in regards to business issues or dealing with the specific needs of a client or to have a referral source for someone you can’t help, I simply can’t do this job without the experience, education and input of my peer group. NAPO provides me the opportunity to connect with my peers and continue my education in this field so I’m always playing my a-game.

The same is to be said about the blogging side of my business. Connecting with my fellow blogging community is critical. If you’re a new blogger, the only way to grow your blog as well as your ability to quickly learn tips, tricks and lessons is by connecting with your blogging peers. Whether you connect with those who have paved the way in this online world or you connect with a new blogger to commiserate / celebrate with, you need to be connected. It’s essential to your success.

When I started my blog 4 years ago, I chose to follow and connect directly with bloggers in my blog niche – organization blogs. My friends thought I was nuts because “isn’t that your direct competition?”. No. Why? No matter what each of us may write about within organization, we are individuals with varying opinions, households and creative ideas. And we have our own unique personalities, writing style and voices.

All the above said, if you told me 4 years ago that starting a blog would lead to life-long friendships – real friendships – I’d think you were nuts. I mean, meeting people online? That’s so taboo and risky! Slowly but surely over a couple years time I had built a great network of blog friends. And the relationships go well beyond connecting over blogs.

Ok, have I lost you? I’m sure you’re like “Sam, this has nothing to do with the title of your post!”.

One of my very first blog friends was Toni from A Bowl Full of Lemons. I was following her blog back before she made the jump from blogger to wordpress! I used to share my blog posts on her weekly Tuesday link parties and her style always appealed to me. It’s clean and fresh, yet warm and full of love. I love her printable’s and reader home organization series she hosts each year. And of course I loved anything she did when it came to organizing a space in her home. She’s always been an inspiration to me as a blogger, making me push harder to be better with that side of my business and has been someone I’ve reached out to when I have a blogging-related question. I truly value her friendship…because I do consider her a friend.

But talk about floored when a few months ago I received an e-mail from a book publisher in San Francisco. She was reaching out to ask if I was interested in contributing a before and after piece for Toni’s book. Book? What book? Toni’s writing a book?! Yes, she was in fact writing a book and it’s finally available for purchase this week! Meet Toni’s stunning book, The Complete Book of Home Organization!…

The Complete Book of Home Organization!

And just like everything else she touches, this little book is a piece of organization gold! It’s a must-have in every home and no surprise to me at all that it’s already a #1 best seller on Amazon! In her book, Toni shares 200+ tips and projects to help you organize every space in your home, including the garage and outdoors!

The Complete Book of Home Organization!

From storage solutions and cleaning tips to secret space-saving methods and expert strategies, The Complete Book of Home Organization is packed with the tips and shortcuts you need to effectively organize your home.

Toni structured the book in a way for you to tackle each area of your home, one space at a time. This is the same way I’d help a client that needed a whole house turnover. Tackling one space at a time is doable and realistic, meaning you won’t burn out and throw in the towel. And you’ll feel successful along the way – which is essential to keep you going! She helps you organize the 30 main spaces of your home including living and dining spaces, bedrooms and bathrooms, guest areas, baby and kids’ rooms, entryways and offices, patios and desks, closets and pet areas.

The Complete Book of Home Organization!

From small spaces and apartment solutions to how to tackle a big, messy home with a 15-week total home organization challenge, this book covers it all. Toni spells out everything you need to de-clutter your house, store your belongings, and keep your home—and life—in tip-top shape.

The Complete Book of Home Organization!

Keep track of your pantry, holiday and craft supplies, weekly menu planning, keepsakes, and schedules. From the basement to the attic, this book covers every nook and cranny.

The Complete Book of Home Organization!

She offers step-by-step instructions, detailed illustrations, and handy checklists that help you say goodbye to a messy home and wasted storage space! With high-quality design, intricate detail, and a durable flexicover—this manual is the perfect gift! And it’s so pretty!!!…

The Complete Book of Home Organization!

Did I mention you’ll also find tips about getting your garage organized? You may recognize this person and garage space found in this treasure of a book!…

The Complete Book of Home Organization!

The Complete Book of Home Organization!

Still can’t believe Toni chose me among 7 professionals to be included in her before / after features. Thank you, Toni! I’m forever grateful for your friendship and am so proud of your hard work on this amazing book! Congratulations!

This book is really a staple in any home. If you’d like to purchase a copy, you can find it here on Amazon. But Toni is also generously offering one Simply Organized reader the chance to win a copy of the book! Yay, thank you Toni!! As always, entry into the giveaway is simple – enter one or as many ways as you wish to up your chances of winning. Good luck and happy reading!
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  1. Chrystal says:

    My home office needs the most love right now. It’s cluttered and I am actually going to be moving it all to another room in the house to turn this current one into a baby room. So I need help and this book looks like an amazing way to get my creative juices going!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Muriel says:

    I think every room needs organized, but our our basement is a mess.

  3. Maureen says:

    The kitchen. well all the rooms but the kitchen the most.

  4. wilma says:

    my laundry area could use some help!

  5. Robyn says:

    Closets! !!!!

  6. Filomena Rodrigues says:

    My laundry room!

  7. Nadine says:

    My kids’ art and craft and homework supplies need the most help!

  8. Danna Garcia says:

    Looks great! I can’t wait to check it out!

  9. Joanne Garris says:

    Congratulations on being included in Toni’s before/after feature!!

    My main problem spots are closets/cabinets. I keep telling myself “baby steps”!

  10. Tricia Macias says:

    Everything in my house needs help, but the one area that I struggle with the most is our home office. I can’t ever seem to find a good organization method that any of us can follow. 🙁

  11. Patt B says:

    There are places in each area of my home that need a good decluttering! There’s always a little corner where everything goes that doesn’t have a home.

  12. Barb says:

    Our guest room needs some serious organizing.

  13. Jolynda says:

    My bedroom closet needs the most organizing. It is out of control. LOL

  14. Kendra Nay says:

    My extra bedroom closet needs the most help. Excited about this book.

  15. Pamela says:

    It’s always that craft area that gets away from me because I keep adding to it!

  16. Christy Greer says:

    The book looks fabulous! It’s hard to say where my house needs organizing the most because behind the scenes containers are organized and labeled…the trouble is there are just too many items in the house causing counters and tabletops to become cluttered all over the house.

  17. Heather says:

    I’m a long-time reader, first time commenter but I just had to say something considering I love Simply Organized AND A Bowl Full of Lemons so this book with both of you sounds amazing!!! I will be checking it out either way 🙂

    • Samantha says:

      Wow….what a SWEET comment! Thank you so so much – means the world to hear that! Thank you! And thank you for commenting after reading for so long. I genuinely care about my readers / blog friends so it’s always nice to hear from you! Thank you again!!!

      Toni really knocked this one out and it’s beautifully done…just as her blog!

      Wishing you luck in the giveaway!


  18. Marty Koons says:

    Would love a copy of this book-it looks wonderful!

  19. Sally says:

    My home office.

  20. Lori says:

    Oh how I would love to win this book! I NEED it!!

    The area of our house that needs the most organization work….basement by far. We have lived here 10 years and still have boxes we have NEVER OPENED.

  21. Carli Smith says:

    My very small kitchen needs work!

  22. Margie says:

    Just passed a tough certification exam that I have been studying for.. for about 2.5 months. FINALLY have time to take down the Christmas tree and get to these closets. Would love to have the expert guidance in this book!

  23. R Trittel says:

    Congrats for being included in the book – well done! I would really like to reorganize my home office. I have been rearranging rooms in my home and I can’t really figure out where to put my office at the moment!

  24. Amanda McCullough says:

    No matter how much I try – the kitchen always gets really unorganized – so much stuff and so much use!

  25. Kristina Reynolds Haney says:

    I ABSOLUTELY . . . LOVE this website AND book! I have won the fight against breast cancer, now I want to take on my next battle! My HOUSE! My prayers are that I have the STRENGTH and the KNOWLEDGE to tackle this seeming insurmountable goal. My wish is to make this house into a HOME once again!

    • Samantha says:

      Wow. Wow Wow. First of all, congratulations on such a successful battle. My thoughts / prayers are with you for continued good health!

      I too LOVE Toni’s blog. She’s incredible…and such a nice person. Genuinely. I wish you lots of luck in the giveaway!


  26. Cheryl says:

    My master closet needs the most organization help.

  27. Marcia Kosturock says:

    I’ve really been working on the cleaning, but I would love to win so I can move ahead a step and get more organized. If not, I think it will be on my Amazon list very soon. It just looks so wonderful.

  28. Bec says:

    My basement. It’s our storage space for everything and a laundry room and it’s so overwhelming, I just run down to put in a load of laundry and run back upstairs. This year is the year I tackle it though!

  29. kathie fouche says:

    Our Command Center. I created one to help with the everyday clutter but it has become another dumping ground.

  30. JulieG says:

    The Kitchen?????

  31. Stephanie Grant says:

    Oh gosh, where to start my whole house needs some help Lol! But my sons room needs it the most!

  32. Kathy says:

    My biggest problem is that I plan more to do than I have time for. I teach second grade and struggle to be organized at home AND in the classroom. I go into school on the weekends to organize, and then feel like I get behind in organizing my home. I start a project but don’t have time to finish, so the pile sits there for weeks. Somehow I have to master the little-at-a-time strategy. Thanks for all your encouraging and inspirational tips! They ARE helpful.

  33. Yvonne says:

    Family room and kitchen are one big open room and it’s where we live so yeah, it’s a mess! Love Toni’s blog and gotta get my hand on her book.She was probably one of the first bloggers I started following. Congrats to her on her new book. Thanks for sharing the giveaway with us.

  34. Erin says:

    Absolutely LOVED seeing your feature in Toni’s book Sam! You are amazing and completely deserve every bit of success that comes your way! So lucky to call you a friend. xo

  35. Dorie says:

    I love to organize and once I think my whole house it done, it’s time to revisit spaces and think of ways to improve them. I bet this book will help me creatively tackle my pots and pans. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  36. Carrie Vandlen says:

    Our master bathroom could benefit from some additional organization. This book looks amazing! I would LOVE to win a copy!!

  37. Angela says:

    My craft room is desperate for some work!

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