Reminder: Buy a copy of NEVER TOO BUSY TO CURE CLUTTER and get a free audiobook

Never Too Busy to Cure ClutterThis is just a simple reminder that there are only a few days left to take part in the Unclutterer giveaway for buying Never Too Busy to Cure Clutter.

Between now and February 16 (next Tuesday), if you buy my book and then come back here and fill out this fancy form, I will send you a FREE audiobook copy of my first book Unclutter Your Life in One Week.

Buy one book, get a second (audio)book free!

And thank you to everyone who has already bought the book and who will buy it in the future. You all rock and my hope is that this book helps you on your uncluttering and organizing journey.

Unitasker Wednesday: Aquasonic Wave Jewelry Cleaning System

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

My grandmother and mother both worked for years in jewelry stores. My husband’s uncle and his three sons and their wives own a chain of jewelry stores and are professional jewelry designers. And let me tell you what none of these people would recommend for ways to clean your jewelry: putting it in the dishwasher. Although it may work, there are certainly safer and less expensive ways to get your jewelry cleaned than by using the Aquasonic Wave Jewelry Cleaning System:

The idea of putting jewelry in the dishwasher completely terrifies me. If anything were to happen, your favorite necklace or ring could easily fit right down the drain! Ack!

And at $54, this device is more expensive than many sonic professional jewelry cleaning units and pretty much every at home cleaning method that is safer. The device also comes with a 10-week supply of a proprietary antibacterial gel that you then get to order replacement packs for so the price of the device keeps going up.

I’m going to be stressed out the rest of the day just thinking about this.

Erin on the Today Show

Monday was an exciting day for me as I headed to New York to appear on the Today Show to provide home organizing tips and to talk about my new book Never Too Busy to Cure Clutter. I had an incredible time working with everyone on the show — everyone was blow-me-over nice, from the hair, makeup, and wardrobe stylists to the camera operators to the art director to the producer to Hoda and Kathie Lee. This was my first time doing LIVE national television and I was barely nervous at all because of how comfortable everyone on the show made me feel. I pretty much laughed through the entire segment I was having such a good time. And, hopefully, I was able to share some helpful tips with the audience, too.

If you missed it live, you can watch the clip:

And my apologies to anyone outside the U.S. who may not be able to view the video clip. A summary of our discussion is on the Today Show site.

Banish the Mess and Restore Order in Almost Every Room Right Now: An excerpt from NEVER TOO BUSY TO CURE CLUTTER

Never Too Busy to Cure ClutterThe following is an excerpt from my latest home organizing book Never Too Busy to Cure Clutter. If you buy it between now and February 16, fill out this fancy form, and I will send you a FREE audiobook copy of my first book Unclutter Your Life in One Week. So, if you want to tackle clutter, mess, or grime in any room, this is a good way to start. Choose a task based on how much time you have available and get to work.

From pages 68-71:

The following are basic actions you can complete in almost every room of your home. Some of these tasks seem incredibly obvious, but it’s often the simplest and most conspicuous tasks that form the foundation of your cleaning routine. A few of the following tasks are equally important but only need doing at certain times of the year. Pick and choose your way to a clean, uncluttered, and organized home.

When working in any room of your home, ask yourself: Where is clutter accumulating? Is there a reason things are piling up in one (or more) area(s)? What would prevent clutter from being left in this space? What small act would greatly improve this room?

30 SECONDS

  • Dust one of the following: a single shelf, a picture frame or two, the top of a doorjamb, a lamp, or a light fixture.
  • Wipe down a tabletop or other flat surface.
  • Gather wayward pens and pencils and return them to their storage spot.
  • Clean a doorknob with a disinfecting wipe.
  • Replace a burned-out lightbulb (preferable with an LED bulb, so you won’t have to replace it again for years and will save on energy costs).

1 MINUTE

  • Find two items that aren’t where they belong and return them to where they do.
  • Clean a mirror, window, the glass front on a cabinet, or picture frame.
  • Dust a ceiling light/fan fixture, crown molding, baseboards, or a corner of a room with a telescoping duster.
  • Check your toilet paper and facial tissue inventory throughout the house and replace as necessary.
  • Change your perspective: Lie on the ground or stand on a step stool to see if you can spot hidden clutter.

5 MINUTES

  • Empty the trash cans and/or recycling bins in a room.
  • Round up dirty clothes to start a load of laundry.
  • Check the batteries in a device. Replace them if necessary.
  • Move a piece of furniture and sweep or vacuum under it, or vacuum al the air vents in a room.
  • Fill a basket with wayward items and return those items to the permanent storage locations.

15 MINUTES

  • Vacuum or sweep the floor of a room.
  • Fill a bucket with 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1 gallon water, and mop the uncarpeted floor in a room.
  • Remove all the fabric curtains in a room from their rods and put them in a bag to bring to your dry cleaner.
  • Move furniture off a throw rug or hall runner and take the rug outside. Shake it out and then drape it over something (like a railing) and hit it with a broom handle. Return the rug and replace the furniture.
  • Inspect furniture for damage and wear. Schedule any appointments necessary to have damaged and/or worn items repaired or set aside a block of time to shop for a replacement.

Released today! NEVER TOO BUSY TO CURE CLUTTER (and another awesome giveaway)

Never Too Busy to Cure ClutterI am so excited to announce that today my latest home organizing book Never Too Busy to Cure Clutter hits bookstores in the U.S.!

I absolutely adore this book. It is practical, simple to use, and full of great ideas to get your home life organized. If you’re busy — like everyone I know — this book is for you. It breaks down uncluttering, organizing, and cleaning tasks into 30-second, 1-minute, 5-minute, and 15-minute activities so you can get things done on your schedule. There are also fun quizzes and weekend projects and the interior pages are full of orange artwork (my favorite color).

If you read the Tidying Up book and thought it was cool, but it didn’t really work for you since you didn’t have six months to dedicate your life to organizing, my latest book is right up your alley. You don’t have to change who you are or adopt some system or join a support group for this book to help you. I wrote this book based on what I do in my house and with my clients — and I have a full-time job, two kids, and an attempt (although meager) at a social life. But, even if you’re single and unemployed and have never considered having kids, this book will still give you great ideas for clearing your clutter.

And because I LOVE Unclutterer readers, I have worked out an awesome promotion for people who buy this book. In the next three weeks (between now and February 16), if you buy my book and then come back here and fill out this fancy form, I will send you a FREE audiobook copy of my first book Unclutter Your Life in One Week. If you ordered my book during the pre-sale period, I’m going to send you a copy of the audiobook, too, because you all are amazing, as well. So, if you buy Never Too Busy to Cure Clutter, you get a second book FREE. That’s how incredible and thankful I am for all you terrific Unclutterer readers. Now don’t forget to come back and fill out this fancy form by February 16, 2016.

Finally, if you live in the U.K., my book will be released in February or April (my publisher told me one thing and Amazon.co.uk says another). Brits also can check out an interview with me in the February issue of Woman & Home magazine. Additionally, publishing rights have been sold in the UAE and Russia already, so those translations will be out in the coming months. (I’ll keep you posted as more foreign rights are sold, so stay tuned if you’re not in the U.S.)

Thank you to everyone in the Unclutterer community for your support. I really, truly believe that this book can help people and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did writing it and developing it. Thank you, thank you!

Unitasker Wednesday: Hands Finger Puppets

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

I’m certain there is nothing I could possibly write for this week’s unitasker selection that would be as entertaining (and/or disturbing) as the following image. Introducing Hands Finger Puppets:

Unitasker Wednesday: Electric Mac and Cheese Maker

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

CVS is a great place to pick up a prescription and a new toothbrush. It’s also where my husband’s college buddy found this week’s unitasker selection: the Electric Mac and Cheese Maker:

He’s convinced manufacturers are trolling consumers. I might have to agree with him. An entire electric appliance dedicated to making macaroni and cheese is bonkers. There is simply no other word for it — bonkers.

On the positive side, the device appears to be made by a company called Cheese Nation. As far as company names go, that one’s amazing. “Where do you work?” “Cheese Nation.” Brilliant.

Happy Holidays!

We’re taking the rest of the week off for vacation, but we still wanted to wish you all a very happy holidays! We are so thankful for all of our readers. You are incredible!! See you back here next week.

Last day for bonus chapter and a non-unitasker on Unitasker Wednesday

In lieu of our regular Unitasker Wednesday post, I have a couple other items on tap today. First, I have a reminder to share and second, I have an almost-unitasker that managed to save itself from unitaskerdom.

The reminder: Today is the last day to sign up for a FREE bonus chapter when you pre-order my next book Never Too Busy to Cure Clutter. You can find out more about the giveaway in our previous post “The ultimate uncluttered gift,” or you can simply go straight to the form to register your purchase. (I’m emailing the chapters manually, so expect it to take a few hours for me to send it to you after you register. I mangled my attempt at writing a script to automatically send the PDF.)

Thank you to everyone who has already pre-ordered my book and/or will purchase it in the future. Thank you, thank you!

The almost-unitasker: My friend Zac is a wee-bit obsessed with his fur child, a dog named Kaylee. (She’s cute, so I can’t really blame him for his adoration.) Zac regularly posts pictures of her to his Facebook feed, and over the years I’ve watched the puppy grow into a dog and go on many adventures (mostly to the vet and dog park).

Yesterday, Zac posted a picture of a greeting card he got the dog for her birthday. My first thought was, UNITASKER! The dog can’t read!! And I was all set to use the line of dog greeting cards as this week’s Unitasker Wednesday feature. But then I went to the link he posted and realized the cards are made of raw hide and the dog can eat the card — should eat the card — and I immediately changed my mind:

If only more manufacturers were this creative and utilitarian in their designs. It’d be nice if all holiday cards had alternate purposes — such as the ones you can plant because there are seeds in the biodegradable paper. Oh! Or they could be temporary tattoos so all your friends could wear your face on their biceps for a few days. (I totally need to do this next year.) Anyway, good on Crunchkins for thinking outside the envelope.

Unitasker Wednesday: Jello shot makers

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

In college, my over-age-21 friends and I may have thrown the occasional kegger. I’m not saying we did, but if we did, we would have also supplied our guests with Jello shots. Hypothetically, providing this burst of color, booze, sugar, and gelatin took a bit of planning and forethought, as the shots took awhile to solidify and required plastic cups, Jello, vodka, and quite a decent amount of refrigerator shelving to be made successfully.

One thing I could have learned from this experience (if we’d really thrown such parties) is that freezing Jello shots is a bad idea — there is water in a Jello shot and freezing forms crystals instead of the preferred smooth texture of a shot. It’s fine if the alcohol comes from the freezer, but the shot needs to set up in the refrigerator. Which is just one of many reasons the 4-piece Jello Shot Maker is a bad idea from the get-go:

Also, it’s only 4 pieces. Who would ever make just FOUR Jello shots? I find that implausible.

And so do the people at Jevo, who believe Jello shots are in such high demand that you need an Automated Jello Shot Maker:

It’s like a Keurig, but for Jello shots!

Unless you work in a dance club that regularly installs black lighting and provides glo-sticks for patrons, I’m not sure who the target market is for this device. But, I guess if you’re in college and have a spare $650 plus more for supplies, maybe this one is for you?? (Though, I doubt it.)

Honestly, my favorite thing about the Jevo device is that it’s WiFi enabled. Yes, WiFi enabled. That’s certainly one thing it has going for it that our simple stovetop-to-refrigerator Jello shot making method didn’t have. Hypothetically, of course.

Unclutterer’s 2015 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Wrap up

I’m still surprised this was our ninth Gift Guide here on Unclutterer. Regardless, I hope this series of posts inspired you to give uncluttered, organized, and/or useful gifts this year. To recap:

I also meant to include, but somehow it slipped my mind, a useful organizing product that could really help you or someone on your list this year. They’re fireproof storage bags — similar to a safe, but flexible and for items you treasure that don’t need to be locked away. The brand name is ZquaredAway and the bags come in a nice variety of sizes. The company sent me a couple to review (a small one for thumb drives and a much larger one that fits photo albums) and they’re incredible (and they didn’t pay me to say that, they really are great).

I actually threw one on my grill a few weeks ago and everything inside was safe afterward. I’ll be honest, throwing a bag on my grill was a lot of fun and made me briefly wish I’d have pursued a career as a product tester for UL or Consumer Reports.

Anyway, I hope you all have a stress-free holiday season and found some inspiration in this year’s Guide. If you’re looking for additional inspiration, feel welcome to check out our past Guides: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Unclutterer’s 2015 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: A gift not to give

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes, including this special gift edition — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

Are you eager to be arrested? Been considering ways to destroy the livers and kidneys of those you give gifts to? Well, if breaking the law and your loved ones’ bodies sounds like you, I have the perfect unitasker for you! This holiday season, you can give the gift of moonshine with your very own tabletop Moonshine Still:

Nothing says “happy holidays” quite the same way as blindness caused by bootlegged hooch. Sure, there are faster ways to kill off your friends and family, but none will be quite as much fun as doing it with white lightning you made at home.

The tabletop size of this distillery also makes it convenient for those of you who live in cramped studio apartments! Now THAT’S convenience. And, all for the low, low price of $250!

Sadly, the hot plate in the image above is not included with this still, so you’ll have to order that separately for an extra $60. But, once the still and hot plate are delivered, you’ll be in business breaking the law and making booze.

If you’re looking for real uncluttered and organized gift inspiration, feel welcome to check out our past Guides: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.