Giveaway :: Way Basics

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


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Let’s talk about organization, shall we? In honor of November’s theme “Abundant Creativity”, it is important to start with the basics. For me, this means proper organization. Nothing stifles my creative spirit more than clutter and mess. While this can be a literal thing (as in, you can’t find anything in your craft area) this also translates into how creativity exists in conjunction with intention. The clutter in our lives is a metaphor for how cluttered our hearts and minds are. How about we, collectively, work to clear out the clutter and get ourselves organized so we can allow our creativity to truly be abundant? Friends, I’ve got the perfect way to start.

Way Basics is a company that creates storage systems that adhere to three simple premises: No Waste. No Rules. No Tools. Made from (99%) post-consumer recycled paper, these modular systems are sturdy and hold together with adhesive strips. They are easy to assemble and (the best part) they are simply beautiful. The Madison Bookcase featured above is a personal favorite but you should also check out their line of storage baskets and wall shelves. Already, I feel like my creative spirit is starting to awaken for the holiday season and Way Basics is providing the inspiration.

Way Basics is giving away one Madison Bookshelf to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, November 13th. *Giveaway only open to residents of the 48 contiguous states!*

*Also, Way Basics is offering our readers a 15% discount until December 31st! Just enter the code WBHOLIDAY2013  at checkout!*
Please visit Way Basics and tell us: What is your best organization secret? 
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, November 18th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    heather f says:

    my house has no closets. So I use big baskets. at the end of the day I scoop up everything and dump it in a basket. One day I want closets!!!

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    Heidi says:

    File papers and mail as soon as I get them to avoid piles building up.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    get rid of everything unnecessary immediately! 

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    Erin S. says:

    If you haven’t used it, worn it, or thought about it in over a year… get rid of it! Now if only I could actually practice what I preach 😉 Oh! And velvet hangers. They REALLY do help you maximize the space in your closet. And your clothes don’t fall of them. And they are pretty 🙂

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    ren says:

    i wish i had a good organization secret, because i am terribly unorganized. i suppose my best suggestion would be…ask for help organizing.

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    Elizabeth says:

    Oh my!  I LOVE this.   And I love the timing of this question.  I grew up in a HIGHLY unorganized family and I’ve been struggling for years to figure out how to organize and have the kind of home life I want.  (I also have a five and three year old!)
    But last week, I had a lovely moment where I finally understood a principle that I have followed in making organization work for me. I was getting into the shower yesterday and I saw the bath dress-up toys my daughter loves and it filled me with such joy.  I realized I love my house.  I love the things in it.  I love the potted flower by the front door.   I love the wooden stool with the carved flowers in the kitchen.  I realize I HAVE learned how to organize my way – based on beauty.  I organize things based on feeling.  What brings me joy stays OUT and what doesn’t as much goes INTO something.  That way, when I’m cleaning, I’m inspired.  It’s not so much “everything has its place” but “make way for joy!” 

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    Kate B says:

    Oooh, the timing of this is lovely. My husband helped me set up a new desk in our office room and I am eager to move into a new space and further grow my freelancing business and get super organized. I am not the kind of person who is good at purging or keeping things in the right spots, but the key to feeling like I have things under control is to make the things I need for a certain task available at hand. This means a good workflow in the kitchen and having all of the office supplies squirreled tidily away in the desk drawers and keeping extras of toiletries in the linen closet in the bathroom. If you have to hunt for the tools you need, you lose momentum. Of course this means we have, like, seven different pairs of scissors scattered throughout the house (coupon scissors, kitchen scissors, desk scissors, sewing scissors, etc), but it’s a system that works for us! And when it comes to the things that I can’t quite get myself to purge, I at least try to put it away tidily, in boxes that make sense, so I know where I can go to find that small bag of pink rhinestones when a project calls for it!

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    Erin says:

    I HAVE to roll all of my yarn into yarn balls whenever I purchase a skein of yarn. It keeps them visually pleasing and makes organization a lot easier to handle!

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    Valerie C. says:

    We are temporarily in a condo after selling our house and before relocating. I have many things in containers and only keep out what I use daily.  I think the secret is to give away what you don’t need 🙂

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    Renee Richardson says:

    My best secret is decluttering on a regular basis. If I don’t, I become overwhelmed and there is stuff everywhere. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway 🙂

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    Nikki says:

    Here are my organizing rules: May all your possessions be useful, meaningful, and beautiful.  Keep tools and utensils in the areas where you are going to be needing them.  Don’t let the process of putting things away and cleaning be complicated or labor-intensive, having cleaning supplies in each area of the house (i.e. glass and surface cleaner in each bathroom and the kitchen; vacuum kept where it’s needed and not in the garage). *And my best organization secret: Use trays, baskets, and bins to sort and organize, even in closets, cupboards, and drawers so the “insides” of the house can be as pretty as the intentionally decorated spaces.  

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    Courtney J says:

    I like to make piles of things I need to file, store, decide if I want to save/throw out, scan onto the computer, things I need to put away OR stuff I need to get from the garage (like blankets, winter clothes, etc)…So I make sure to go through this pile every Sunday morning. I literally set aside time in the morning, usually around 10 am, to do this.

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    cindy says:

    My organization is all about simplicity and movement. I try to only keep what I need and keep everything else moving. It is so much easier when I only deal with one thing at a time…passing along books, leftovers, flowers…and as a bonus…I’ve gotten to know my neighbors along the way and we have created a community of sharing which is the best payoff.

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    Susie says:

    Decluttering to me is an ongoing process. Like laundry. You may never see the end of this chore, but if you have a general plan in place and do it as it comes in, rather than waiting until it’s out of control, it’s much easier to manage! My best organization secret or strategy is managing in the influx of PAPER that seems to find its way in the house! Everyone has something, be it homework, work work, random sketches, mail, bills, etc. So what I’ve come up with is two sets of drawers. One is for the kids. Drawer one is for kid one, drawer two is for kid two, and drawer three is for blank drawing paper. Each kid’s drawer houses all of that child’s completed homework and completed drawings. It’s much easier to sort and thin out later at one fell swoop, plus if we need to go back and review something, we know exactly where it is. I have second set of 3 drawers for the grown-ups: one for mail that I pass on to my husband (everything else I deal with asap), a drawer for all receipts and money info (again to address all at once), and one misc for unfinished projects for me. (Ha – I just realized that everyone in the family gets one actual drawer and I get two LOL). So yes, getting on top of the paper clutter has been huge! Next I need a better system for keeping books in proper spots… your storage cubes or storage cubes plus could fit that bill of form and function!

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    Jac says:

    When you take something out of its spot, put it back when you’re done using it.  It really is the easiest way to stay organized. Now if I could only get my eight year old to agree.

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    Joann says:

    I hate messy wires more than anything. I have a lot of electronics and it tends to be a hassle to remember which cord comes from which device and I used to keep finding my cords tangled together since some of them don’t sit straight. I buy cheap velcro of various colors to wrap individual cords with. I get no tangles, and it’s easy to tell which cord belongs to which device (with some extra labeling). I even use pieces of this velcro for my own laptop cords, and thin strip for my ear phones. I use some in my car to help keep a tissue box and mini trash can in place too. 

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    Jennifer says:

    I don’t postpone any task that can be completed in less than a minute. That gets all of the little stuff taken care of. For bigger projects, I try and devote 15 minutes a day to it. For me, getting started is the toughest part of any project, so starting as soon as possible is critical for me.

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    megan says:

    I’ve recently had to move about once per year so I’ve found that moving is a great excuse to get rid of unnecessary clutter! 

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    Erika W. says:

    My best secret is to purge things frequently so we don’t end up with a bunch of junk everywhere!

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    Natasha says:

    My best organizational secret is to have one day each week to go through drawers to get rid of junk!

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    Ellia says:

    *Whispering*  My secret (with children) is to have an assigned MESSY space.  For my daughter, right now this is the top of her loft bed (she sleeps on the bottom and plays on the top).  She doesn’t have to keep that part of her room clean or organized, but the rest, we DO have to keep organized.  I personally grew up without anyone teaching me how to organize or clean and so I’ve had to learn slowly (and painfully often).  Now I’m trying to help teach my children.
    P.S.    This is from 5 year old:  “We used to put our things on my table when we didn’t have a place to put them.  Now we put things in my loft bed.  But some day soon I’ll be sleeping in my loft bed, so we’ll be putting my toys on the shelf we want to win.”  She, like me, knows a good thing when she sees it and loves the shelf.

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    My best organizational secret is really to take the time to put it all where it belongs. I don’t let myself shortcut putting it away because it just creates more of a mess. so i put it all away first and it is less cleaning up.

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    Trisha says:

    Downsizing is my best organizational secret. Getting rid of all of the things that I don’t actually use despite my intentions has cleared up a lot of space. 

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    Vanessa Maglio says:

    I cut the bottom of cereal boxes and toilet paper rolls for drawer separators. I cover them with some kind of cute wrapping paper and no one can tell. It really helps in the kitchen and with my sons art supplies.

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    sam says:

    To keep my three kids organized with school and other activities – they each have their own large cork board hanging in the kitchen.  All the important stuff that they need is on there – school calendars, projects due dates, permission slips, etc..  Makes it easy to see what needs to be done – for them and for me. 

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    Brittany K says:

    color coded closet. sounds crazy, but if you know what you want to wear it’s so easy to find!!!

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    Heather says:

    Identifying the essential, and eliminating the rest. I also think that putting things away at the end of the day goes a long way – even its just hanging clothes back on the hanger or putting clean dishes away.

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    Jenni says:

    Color coordination! I can always find what I need in my closet/book shelf/cabinets/etc. at first glance and it makes me smile with how bright and pretty it all is!

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    Charlotte D. says:

    Always put back whatever it is that you take so next time you need it, it will be there.

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    Rena B says:

    My dad has built me a organization shelf with a built-in desk. I love how there’s a lot of room to store my items, but still makes my room look well put together. I also throw away unnecessary items and papers asap! I am in need for a white shelving unit and this is very similar to the ones I’ve been looking at for the past couple months. I’m really praying I win this!!

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    Sparrow says:

    I have two gems I think about often to stay organized: 1. Only touch it once. Don’t pick up something only to put it down somewhere else. Once you pick it up, put it where it goes. 2. Everything has a place and everything in its place. Everything should have a place where it belongs. This means baskets, bins, and organizing bits within closets. It means careful consideration. Organization takes effort but a little forethought and consistency goes a long way! What a lovely giveaway!

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    jane says:

    i’d love to win this as i’ll be heading to california for my student exchange in winter, and it’d make such a lovely addition to my dorm room!

    to be honest i think i’m a terrible organiser. through the semester i normally pile up all my readings on my side table, then spend a day sorting through it all like some giant whirlwind at the end of every term. it’s not the best but it works for me, because if someone touches my stacks before clean-up day, i won’t be able to find all the stuff i need!

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    echo says:

    Lists help me keep my sanity as I organize my life.

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    valmont says:

    I used to try to keep books and DVDs sorted alphabetically. But I gave up on that. Now they’re organized by color. Saves lots of time. If I can’t remember what color something is, I can’t find it to read or watch it.

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    Emily M. says:

    Our home is pretty small with very little storage space, so we use decorative baskets to hold and organize everything from board games to blankets!