Cluttered House Entry Way Confession: Simple Organizing Book Giveaway

Of course our homes don’t need to be perfect for hospitality, and mine never is. Today I’m sharing my Cluttered House Entryway Confession (and how I organized it), along with Melissa Michael’s new book, Simple Organizing, 50 Ways to Clear the Clutter, plus a $250 Container Store giveaway!

Cluttered House Entry Way Confession: Simple Organizing Book!

Friends, we miss so many opportunities when we stress about the stuff around us. I think it’s a heart attitude, and sometimes it just takes a focus adjustment. I love to throw a party with all the bells and whistles, but when it comes down to it, I’m just trying to make an enjoyable time for my friends. So when things don’t go quite right, I don’t get stressed, I figure I gave everyone else permission to not be perfect, and God gave me an opportunity to stay humble. :o)

Cluttered house

As for our homes, the structure and discipline of keeping my home somewhat organized and clean helps my hosting go much better. But I’m telling you here today (hand raised high), things get out of control. FAST. I do at times have a cluttered house! And when last-minute entertaining happens, or people just drop in, I have to go with the flow and be flexible!

Simple Organizing, 50 Ways to Clear the Clutter, by Melissa Michaels, is a new book about simple ways we can pare down and organize what we need in our home. This book showed up just in time this past week, and it’s available to order today!

Cluttered House Entry Way Confession: Simple Organizing Book Giveaway

Too much stuff out of place causes us to feel disorganized, which leaves us feeling stressed.

And once I organize a space, awh … it feels so much better. It feels fresh and inspiring.

Clutter Confession

My clutter confession this week? Our catch-all, messy ENTRYWAY.

This area stresses me out, because it’s the first thing that people see when they walk into our home!

Everyone tosses their hats, gloves, dog leashes, shoes … and as you can imagine, things pile up.

Cluttered House Entry Way Confession

I’ve told my hubby for a long time, we need to do something about this! HA. Don’t you love how I put it on him?

He built me a new box to slide under the bench, to hold all the miscellaneous stuff, and it just took a little organizing to get it whipped into a fresh, new look! I’ve used Melissa’s cleaning and organzing tips before in my home, so I can’t recommend this book enough.

After … awh. SO much nicer! Oh, and that’s Alder the Whoodle (who’s now 9 months old!) And if you want to view more of our Mountain Home, you can browse through all my posts!

Cluttered House Entry Way Confession: Simple Organizing Book

Simple Organizing Book Launch

Melissa’s book, Simple Organizing, 50 Ways to Clear the Clutter, isn’t about making everything perfect though. It’s about taking action in simple ways to make your home serve your needs. It’s not about creating perfect order or Instagram-worthy spaces, but rather creating a home that inspires us, and works for our needs. Amen to that.

I want to have people over all the time, but sometimes I have to let go of my “clean house” expectations.

Simple Organizing

Friends, get this book! It will not only inspire you to create more order (spring cleaning is here!), but it’s also a great gift idea.

Book Giveaway

Today I’m giving away a copy of Simple Organizing.

All you have to do is tell me (comment below) your clutter confession?

Win $250 from Constainer Store

You can also win a $250 Container Store giveaway: The Inspired Room

Here are the other participants with this book launch! Have fun checking everyone’s post out! And congrats, Melissa!


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40 comments on “Cluttered House Entry Way Confession: Simple Organizing Book Giveaway”

  1. I try to keep our downstairs clutter-free, and most of upstairs (although I have a teenage son & his room is frequently a disaster area!). But I have a craft room off our bedroom…and it’s too easy to just close the door. So that one gets VERY cluttered…with no apologies! 

  2. My clutter confession is my computer room. We always put miscellaneous items from around the house, like electronics and craft supplies in that room and it gets very cluttered.

  3. My nemesis is closed doors, drawers ‘n cupboards.  House is neat ‘n clean but oh boy!  What’s ” hiding” is the problem.  I have to constantly be thinking about uncluttering behind closed doors!  I really fear there’s no hope, sob sigh.  But then, it doesn’t really matter–or does it?   Arrrrrgh…  :)  

  4. My clutter is papers & books. I save bills, receipts, manuals, etc. I finally shredded all my prior to 2000 papers when I moved. I’m building up my book collection since so many are no longer in print due to ebooks. Then there are the technical computer books. And my music CDs. The list goes on.

  5. My cluttered area is my pantry. In my mind I have it divided into specific areas, but it is no where close to being decluttered. I need to go through it and throw out all expired items, and then get some baskets and reorganize it.

  6. Right now you can hardly even walk into our house because it’s Saturday morning and yesterday when everyone arrived home from the end of the work/school week, everything got dropped at the door….shoes, backpacks, art projects, jackets, instruments etc. Sometimes my “go to” for people coming over is to simply host an outdoor event! Ha! Then I just ignore the clutter and enjoy the beautiful outdoors and company of friends.

  7. OK I am a former teacher, stampin up demonstrator, and a Pampered Chef consultant, You CANNOT believe how much clutter I have!!!!! As a Pre K teacher you NEED to save everything!! I need ALL the help I can get. I just LOVE your blog Sandy and try many of your recipes!!! Didn’t you do Pampered Chef too? So ALL those cookbooks were business expenses! But I still need over 300????

    • I did, Beverly. HA. I have a stack of cookbooks that I just can’t depart from, but now they are in my garage! :)

  8. My sewing/guest room is almost always a disaster to some degree or another unless there are actual guests sleeping there in the next 24 hours!

  9. My desk is always a mess (although I usually can find what I want), and i have an unruly laundry room!

  10. I love your whoodle. Our daughter’s family got one last Christmas and they are so cute.

  11. The Laundry Room is constantly getting cluttered. I make it neat and nice since I spend so much time in there but the next day it’s a mess. 

  12. We have a cabinet in the entryway from the garage.  It used to be one of this big computer cabinets with the fold-down desk, but now I use it to stash all the tings we’re carrying when we walk in the door.  It’s become such a black hole over the past few years!

  13. The master bedroom!  I wish it was a sanctuary, but it always seems to be in various states of disorganization!

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