Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fall Book Giveaway Winner!

Bootcamp Blogger Shawnicy from Following His Path of Blessings is the winner of the Fall Book Giveaway! Congratulations, Shawnicy! E-mail me at bootcampforlousyhousekeepers (at) with your preferred e-mail address to receive your free copy of Bootcamp for Lousy Housekeepers.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Create Space Before the Holidays Hit! (Guest Post)

I'm excited to announce that I will now be sharing material written by Simplify 101's Aby Garvey. Simplify 101 is a wonderful business which offers books, online workshops, and articles (and even more!) to teach and inspire you to get your home...and your life organized.
Thanks to the Garveys for allowing me to share their inspiration with my Bootcampers!

Create Space…Before the Holidays Hit! by Aby Garvey of Simplify 101

Do you plan to do any shopping for the members of your household over this upcoming holiday season? I’d be willing to bet that’s a big y-e-s! If you’re planning to bring some new items into your home as part of the holiday festivities, now is a terrific time for some of your older items to make their exit. In a nutshell, now is a terrific time to create space for the holidays and all the clutter that it brings, and a great place to start is your kids’ closet! Even though going through your child’s closet or play room in November may not be the first thing that jumps to mind, it makes sense on so many fronts.

Let’s start by remembering some basic physics, specifically the principal that two things cannot occupy the same space at the same time. So, if your child’s play room, toy box, or closet is filled to the brim with toys, clothes and books…something has to go to make room for what’s coming. So why not create that space now?

Pull your child into the process and go through the toys together. Find out which toys he is no longer playing with and which ones are his favorites. Having this conversation and going through this process together before heading out to shop, won’t just help you create space, it will also help you strategically plan holiday purchases.

As you go through things together, take note of what type of toys your child has plenty of and keep those items off the shopping list. Also take note of new interests your child has developed over the past year or since the last gift-buying event. Add these items to your shopping list. Keep a piece of paper, a pen and a clipboard handy as you go through your child’s closet so you can capture these gift ideas and interests.

Going through your child’s things now also gives you some perspective on how much stuff he or she really has. This is important info to capture in your mind and take with you when you go shopping. As you go through your child’s things, think about what he really needs. Based on how much he already has, how many gifts make sense? Capture this reality-check on your clipboard, too.

Letting go of some of your child’s clothes, books and toys before the holidays gives you the opportunity to send your items to a happy home. Plan to donate the toys, clothes and books your child no longer uses to a charity that will make these items available to less fortunate families during the holiday season. Share your plans with your child and let him know that not everyone is as fortunate as him. This may make letting go of things just a notch easier for both of you when you know your items will be going to an especially good cause.

Last but not least, don’t forget the Santa factor: If Santa sees that your child’s closet or toy room is already loaded to the brim he’ll know your child doesn’t really need many new things. And let’s face it…Santa is probably onto something. If there isn’t much breathing room in the closet or playroom, and you can’t find much to get rid of…do you really need anything new? This can add even more motivation to your child when it comes to letting things go, and even perspective for you when you’re out shopping.

Take advantage of the calm before the holiday storm and create some space now.

(Read the original article at the Simplify 101 site; Re-printed with express permission. If you'd like organizing tips delivered straight to your in-box, sign up for the Simplify 101 newsletter and be inspired every week!)


Love what you just read? (I know I do!) You may be very interested in signing up for a risk free trial of Simplify 101's Get Organized for the Holidays online workshop. Go HERE for all the details, but hurry! You must complete the sign-up steps before Monday, November 1, 2010 at 9:00PM US CST. This workshop looks so helpful and like a lot of fun, too! Time's running out, so sign up soon. See you there, Bootcampers!


A Coupon for the Weekend


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Friendly Reminder

Greetings Bootcampers!
Just a reminder that you have only four days left to blog and grab your chance at a free copy of Bootcamp for Lousy Housekeepers!

It's so easy to enter!

1. Write about any homekeeping issue on your blog and share ONE IDEA for a blog topic you'd love to see me blog about, Bootcamp-style.

2. Within your blog post, share a direct link back this giveaway.

3. Leave a comment on this post with a direct link to your blog post.

That's it! I will choose three winners out of the qualified bloggers on Oct. 30, 2010, and announce those winners through this blog. I'll also do my best to write many bloglets covering the topics the entrants suggest over the next months.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Fall Book Giveway!

Autumn greetings, Bootcampers!
If it seems a little quiet in here lately, I apologize. Getting all settled in to our new farm has melted in to preparing for our first full winter in the woods, and my blog has often been set aside for more pressing tasks inside and out. Plus, holiday preparations are in full swing. (Read more about that here.) But I want to make it up to you by giving away a free digital copy of Bootcamp for Lousy Housekeepers to THREE of my blogging readers!
Here's how it works, in three easy steps:

1. Write about any homekeeping issue on your blog. You could share a time-saving tip, an area you struggle with, or just dish on how you wash your dishes! You also need to share ONE IDEA for a blog topic you'd love to see me write about, Bootcamp-style.

2. Within your blog post, share a direct link back this giveaway.

3. Leave a comment on this post with a direct link to your blog post.

That's it! I will choose three winners out of the qualified bloggers on Oct. 30, 2010, and announce those winners through this blog. I'll also do my best to write many bloglets covering the topics the entrants suggest over the next months.

So get to writing, linking, and telling your readers all about it!


Friday, October 8, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fall Coupon!

"Harvest" by Catherine G. McElroy

Need help tackling your Fall Cleaning? Now through Oct. 31st, use the promo code "HARVEST" when you purchase Bootcamp for Lousy Housekeepers at, and receive 10% off your purchase price! 

(The fine print: Discount cannot be used to pay for,nor shall be applied to, applicable taxes or shipping and handling
charges.  Maximum amount that may be applied to discount is $10.00per account. Promotional codes cannot be applied to any previous orders, no exchanges or substitutions allowed, and only one valid promotional code may be used per order.)

Happy Fall, Bootcampers!


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Foliage, Cider, Pumpkins...and Christmas Planning?

I will admit to you, Bootcampers, that even though it is officially fall, and well into October, it is still a smidge too early for my taste to be seeing Halloween decorations up in the yards in our village. I'm a person that really likes to take one season and holiday at a time - and at the right time! So imagine my shock last weekend when I walked into the Christmas section at our local Ikea store. Christmas? Already?

And then it hit me -- It's OCTOBER! As much as the thought of Christmas planning now may shock me, it's already time to begin!

A Bootcamper recently asked me if I could print up a schedule of "what-and-when" items to accomplish in preparation for the holiday season, but the VERY best advice I could give her was to point her to an e-book that's been in print for a long time! I don't think I could add anything to it (and that's saying a lot, because I'm always feeling the need to "add"!)

I shared in my book that I have used Sheri Graham's The 12-Week Holiday Planner for the Christian Family for a while now, and this year, she released a wonderful new 2nd-edition of the e-book, co-authored by Urban Homemaker's Marilyn Moll. The book now even has its own website! On the site, Sheri asks, "Do your holidays seem to always become stressful and full of "wait to the last minute" to do items? If so, then this eBook is for you! Begin October 1st planning and organizing for the holidays."

 It's a few days past October 1st, but it's NOT TOO LATE TO START planning for the holidays using this wonderful resource. It is chock full of wisdom and printable forms to help you plan your holiday shopping, meals, and decorations all while keeping your heart and mind on the heart of the holiday season. It's even got yummy recipes for you and coloring pages for your littles! This one, inexpensive e-book will guide you from your Thanksgiving feast through your New Year's bash.
And if I do say so myself (and I do!), it's a wonderful companion resource to Bootcamp for Lousy Housekeepers - which of course will help you get your home sparkling clean for those holiday events and running smoothly every day - not just holidays!

You may think you're an organized holiday-planner, but you simply don't know organized until you use this holiday planner!  It's been a wonderful blessing to me and my family, and I hope it will be a blessing to yours.

So go download a copy of the planner and get a head start on your holidays today!
Now get to work!