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.

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.

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!

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.

What was in Unclutterer’s fifth Quarterly mailing?

All over the world, subscribers to the Unclutterer shipment from Quarterly have received their fifth mailing from us. If you didn’t subscribe to the fifth mailing, but were curious as to what we sent, I’ve detailed the kit below.

Each box is sent with a letter from our team, and I penned the fifth one. This time we focused on safety, since September (when the boxes arrived) was National Emergency Preparedness Month. What was in the box?

A box!

Okay, more accurately, it was an ANSI standard portable first aid kid with almost everything you could possibly need to administer first aid.

As with our previous mailings, if you missed out on this one and are interested in buying the contents now, a few will be made available through the Best of Quarterly Shop in the coming weeks.

If you’re interested in subscribing to our four mailings a year, we have a sixth mailing coming out in the next quarter (and then a seventh and eighth …). I’m putting together our next one and we’re excited about how it is coming together. Sign up if you want to subscribe to the organizing shipments. If not, we’re totally cool with that, too.

Unclutterer updates

This week has been incredibly exciting in our Unclutterer world and I’m eager to share the details.

First up, I signed a contract for a second organizing book. The working title is Never Too Busy to Cure Clutter and it is scheduled for an early 2016 release. I had a burning desire not to rewrite my first book, so this one took awhile to develop and find the right home for it. It’s full color and fun and will be a visual processor’s delight. I’m working with Harlequin Non-Fiction for this book, which at first might seem like an odd choice, but is actually perfection. Harlequin understands digital better than any other publisher out there, and I wanted the digital version of my book to be as amazing as the print version.

My editor for this book and I have such a similar vision for Never Too Busy to Cure Clutter that it is a little creepy. It will feature hundreds of projects you can complete in as little as 30 seconds, a minute, five minutes, all the way up to full weekend activities. There are quizzes and inspiring quotes and the whole book makes you want to get up off your tushy and get organized — even when you’re pressed for time. I am so excited about being able to make this book for you and others who are interested in finding more organization and less clutter in their lives.

My second announcement is that I’m a featured expert in the August 2014 issue of Real Simple Magazine. I answer a series of readers’ questions about topics ranging from photographs to refrigerators. If you are a subscriber, you should have received the issue earlier this week in your mailboxes. If you aren’t a subscriber, you can get the August issue on newsstands today. The feature begins on page 77 with a drawing of me that doesn’t include a single wrinkle (you’re welcome to pencil those in around my eyes if you prefer authenticity).

I am very thankful to Real Simple for including me in their Ask the Organizer series. I believe I’m the eighth organizer, and they are featuring 12 this year. The feature has been terrific, and I recommend checking out the advice from each month for some amazing tips.

There is also a possibility I’ll be in another issue of the magazine this fall. I’ll keep you posted as we get closer to that publication date.

A Kickstarter project to help music-makers get organized

Today, our parent company launched an exciting Kickstarter campaign for an online platform for music education, practice, and collaboration.

It’s called MusicFol.io and it’s designed to help people keep all aspects of their musical lives organized.

There’s a second video on the Kickstarter page that shows a detailed demo of how the site will work.

If you think you might find this useful, please consider backing the project. And please share it with any music students, teachers or performers you know who could benefit from a suite of online organization and collaboration tools like this.

Friday inspiration and information

It’s Friday and I’m ready for the weekend. As a result, I’m putting the brainy content on hold until Monday and let you explore some links. Have a great and uncluttered weekend, everyone!

  • We’ve written about why-we-buy research before, but I found this article to be a good reminder for what propels us to buy more and more stuff. “Self-control, smells and spending” from the February 20 issue of the Chicago Tribune. (Thanks to Seattle-based professional organizer Denise Allan for the link.)
  • Psychology Today ran an interesting article last week on “Willpower and game theory” that I recommend reading. (Thanks to organizing coach Julie Gray for sharing this link with us.)
  • And now for the toot-our-own-horn segment of this list … last week I was featured in an article on The Huffington Post about how to better organize your mornings: “These Ridiculously Simple Morning Hacks Will Help Set You Up For The Day.” If you struggle with getting out of the house on time, the article contains some helpful hints for improvement.
  • We were featured in two articles in January’s issue of Family Circle that were converted to slideshows for their website: “Declutter Your Home in 31 Days” and “A Place for Everything: Easy Home Storage.” If you like Pinterest, these pieces might speak to you.
  • Finally, Unclutterer is feeling the love from Martha Stewart this month! (And, I assure you, we most definitely love her back.) Two pieces include us that are currently on newsstands in the April issue of Martha Stewart Living under the section “For the Love of Lightening Up.” It isn’t yet available online since you can still buy it. However, on April 15 MarthaStewart.com had this tease of a blog post about the issue that included some of my advice from the magazine: “How To Clear Clutter and Get Organized.”

Have you read any interesting and/or inspiring uncluttering and organizing articles lately? If so, please feel welcome to share them in the comments.

2013 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Our ultimate pick for an extravagant organized gift

Since 2007, we have been recommending an extravagant organized gift as part of our annual Holiday Gift Giving Guide. The first year, our ultimate pick was the Fujitsu ScanSnap. In 2008, we recommended the Kindle. The following year, we suggested my book, Unclutter Your Life in One Week. In 2010, it was the Fellowes Intellishred Shredder (now called the Powershred). For 2011, our ultimate generosity idea was for hiring a professional organizer. Then, in 2012, it was a closet makeover with Rubbermaid’s Configurations system.

All of these suggestions continue to make terrific gift ideas. In fact, we heavily debated if we should have the Fujitsu ScanSnap be our selection again for 2013. However, we decided we should pick something we hadn’t done before.

For 2013, we have selected a subscription to Unclutterer’s Quarterly shipments as our ultimate extravagance.

It is difficult to put into words the excitement that we feel each time we put together one of these mailings. We know that with each package we are having fun and helping people to be more organized in their homes.

Quarterly is a subscription service that sends out curated packages four times a year, as its name implies. The Unclutterer staff selects the items that go into all of the Unclutterer mailings. We include straightforward directions on how to use/install/manipulate the items. Our assumption is that for every item we send, you will actually be able to subtract one or more things from your homes and offices. Or, the items will help you discover a significantly improved level of organization in your life.

Our previous mailings, which you can now give as gifts after the fact, contained solutions for organizing a mess of cables and getting your filing cabinet in order.

What we love about these shipments are that if you already have the specific area of your home organized, the items make great gifts to give others to help them on their organizing journey. And, the items we pick for our Quarterly mailings are very positively reviewed, tested, and tried and true solutions to disorganization problems.

Want more gift-giving ideas? Explore Unclutterer’s full 2013 Holiday Gift Giving Guide.

What was in Unclutterer’s second Quarterly mailing?

All over the world, subscribers to the Unclutterer shipment from Quarterly have received their second mailing from us. If you didn’t subscribe to the second mailing, but were curious as to what we sent, I’ve detailed the contents below.

Each box is sent with a letter from our team, and PJ penned the second one. As if a secret agent on a mission, he discussed the theme of the mailing — paper control — and how to use the items contained in the box. What was in the box?

  • An Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine, which included a code for three months free of Evernote Premium. The notebook makes it incredibly simple to upload digital documents to Evernote and the Premium subscription is an added bonus. (The leather-bound notebook retails for $20 and a Premium Evernote subscription is $15 for three months.)
  • The FreedomFiler physical document filing system. Knowing which documents to keep and which to purge can be confusing, but the FreedomFiler system removes any doubts you might have. You will always know where you important papers are located when using this product. It’s what we use in our home. (The FreedomFiler system retails for $29.95.)
  • An archival box. This product is for papers you want to preserve for decades — like your child’s first school paper or love letters from your sweetie — but that don’t belong in your filing cabinet. (The archival box retails for $8.15.)

If you’re interested, we have a third mailing coming out in the next quarter (and then a fourth and a fifth …). We’re really excited about the next mailing and how it can help people wanting to organize their lives. Sign up if you want to subscribe to the organizing shipments. If not, we’re totally cool with that, too.