Friday, October 6, 2017

33 IHeart A Great Giveaway Day: A "Tote"ally Fabulous Bag

Welcome back for a chance to win the final great giveaway item!

Today is nothing but fun here at IHeart Organizing! I recently celebrated my eighth year of blogging (!) and I really wanted to do something special to thank you all for sticking around over the years. I know that sometimes things are exciting, sometimes they are not, sometimes we are knee deep in DIY, sometimes we need to breathe, sometimes I am working my way through piles of clutter, and sometimes I am letting it just pile. There are days that I could chat with you all for hours and others that I have an intense bout of writer's block. That said, I love this special place and it wouldn't be what it is without Y O U !

So welcome to the final round of the giveaway filled day featuring many of my favorite organizing companies and supplies. This final product is my new travel bff. And I don't just mean traveling on an airplane or train or even in an automobile. This baby now goes everywhere I go with my laptop, including the coffee shop, the library, and client's homes.


I was recently introduced to a local-to-me but ships-to-everyone handbag company called Austin | Fowler.

You guys, this bag (the Reagan) is beyond beautiful! I recently took this herringbone and cognac stunner to NYC on a work trip and I received an abundance of compliments. It perched up on my rolling suitcase nicely, and also fit under the airplane seat without any need to tip it or slide it in sideways. I am not sure I have ever found a bag that could do that, so that was a highlight of a mundane travel day.

The bag is designed to be transitional from a diaper bag to work tote, and I wish I would have had something like this as a young mom with three little guys. So many pockets! But more on that in a moment.

I use this generally for work but it also makes a wonderful everyday bag. It is structured with so much built-in storage. A pretty perk is that it fits my 15" Macbook Pro with room to spare, as well as my discbound notebook and weekly planner binder.


The outside of the tote has two gold zippered pockets and two additional end pockets as well. These outer pockets are a great place to keep your phone and wallet, it also sports a spring clip for keys. That is especially great for me because my keys are always lost at the bottom of my purses and bags.


The interior of the bag is PINK! My favorite! I really appreciate how sophisticated, timeless and classic the exterior of the bag is, looking all regal with its blue herringbone fabric and leather straps. And then surprise, it's a total party on the inside!

Inside of the bag, I found four snap-in pouches; two full-sized and two divided (to make four). And those pouches have interchangeable, labeled zippers.


I only opted to use the two divided pouches for now, and I snapped them in on each side of my laptop. One pouch works to hold cords, the next is for my smaller tech gear (external hard drive, battery cell, spare batteries, etc...), another for small snacks like gum and mints and headache medicine, and the last holds a few cosmetics such as lip gloss, hand lotion and face mist.


Up until recently, every other tote and bag that I owned was typically organized by pouches or else it would become a jumbled black hole. This handbag could be compared to a drawer with really great drawer dividers that don't shift when the drawer opens and closes. The flexible pouch dividers make me think for a second when putting things away, and they stay neat and in place because they snap in. I like that it slows me down a little and I don't just toss things inside willy-nilly.

Can you imagine how great this would be for diapers, wipes, bottles, spare clothes, blankets, lotions, and pacifiers?


This bag has truly made my life a bit easier and happier and I just feel more organized everywhere I go. And I absolutely can't wait to give one of these to one of you!!





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The kind folks at Austin | Fowler are offering IHeart Organizing readers 15% off any purchase with code IHEART15! It's the perfect time to treat yourself to something special, or to gift some organization to someone special.

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I can't thank you all enough. I wish I could give you so much more, including a hug to show my appreciation for your continuous support. I hope you had fun today, and be sure to enter each of these giveaways every day for the next week (one entry allowed per day)!

Must be 18 years old or older. Open to anyone! No purchase necessary to win. All rules and entries must be followed to be eligible to win. Winner will be selected at random using rafflecopter.com and will be announced on original blog post upon drawing. Additional shipping charges may apply if shipped outside of the Continental U.S. IHeart Organizing official giveaway entry rules can always be found here.

25 IHeart A Great Giveaway Day: DYMO Label Maker!

Hello again everyone! By now you probably know what this is all about, but if you are just joining me today here is a quick reminder:

Today is nothing but fun here at IHeart Organizing! I recently celebrated my eighth year of blogging (!) and I really wanted to do something special to thank you all for sticking around over the years. I know that sometimes things are exciting, sometimes they are not, sometimes we are knee deep in DIY, sometimes we need to breathe, sometimes I am working my way through piles of clutter, and sometimes I am letting it just pile. There are days that I could chat with you all for hours and others that I have an intense bout of writer's block. That said, I love this special place and it wouldn't be what it is without Y O U !

So welcome to round three of a giveaway filled day featuring many of my favorite organizing companies and supplies. This next product is a new love of mine and I think you will see why in a moment.

I was very loyal to my previous label maker for many, many years and I was beginning to think we were lifelong companions. But then I was introduced to something a little newer, fancier, smarter, sleeker, and much more versatile. Say hello to the DYMO Mobile Labeler!


So why did I switch? Well, first, it can print on clear label tape. You better believe that was the first thing I checked. But what's really great is that it can print on tape that comes in a variety of widths and colors. White print on black tape, black print on clear tape, red print on clear tape... so many options. I will say, there isn't much that can't be labeled with the black print on clear though, it is what labeling dreams are made of.

I know that there are about 101 tricks that this label maker can do that I haven't learned yet, but it has been super easy for basic labeling tasks so far. In fact, my first real trial run was on my gal pal's kitchen shown here, and labeling was the quickest part of the entire project!

There is a rechargeable battery that charges by plugging into the unit. The label maker can be used plugged in, or once charged, can be taken on the go. And all of the customization takes place right on your mobile device! Just download the app, connect, and label, label, label!


With the app open, you pick your tape size and label type. There are presets available for File Folders, Storage Boxes/Shelving, Address Labels, Price Tags, Barcoding, and Basic. You can also select to just customize your own if you wish!


Aside from the fact that I can still use clear label tape, my favorite feature is that there are endless fonts that load in, which means that labels just got so. much. cooler!

Pick the font, the size, the formatting, and alignment. There is so much creative control with the app! Oh! And you can also add images and shapes and symbols. Giving in to change can be good. So very good!


Once it is designed, you just send to the label maker to print and cut.



Playing with this new toy brings back memories of me opening my first Nintendo for Christmas. I could spend hours just exploring the different features and options and labeling everything in my world, including the dogs.

Ready to win your very own Dymo Mobile Labeler?!



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Remember to check back a bit later today, I have one more giveaway and it is the biggest one yet!

Must be 18 years old or older. Open to anyone! No purchase necessary to win. All rules and entries must be followed to be eligible to win. Winner will be selected at random using rafflecopter.com and will be announced on original blog post upon drawing. Additional shipping charges may apply if shipped outside of the Continental U.S. IHeart Organizing official giveaway entry rules can always be found here.


11 IHeart A Great Giveaway Day: Container Store!

Welcome back! As a reminder:

Today is nothing but fun here at IHeart Organizing! I recently celebrated my eighth year of blogging (!) and I really wanted to do something special to thank you all for sticking around over the years. I know that sometimes things are exciting, sometimes they are not, sometimes we are knee deep in DIY, sometimes we need to breathe, sometimes I am working my way through piles of clutter, and sometimes I am letting it just pile. There are days that I could chat with you all for hours and others that I have an intense bout of writer's block. That said, I love this special place and it wouldn't be what it is without Y O U !

So welcome to round two of a giveaway filled day featuring many of my favorite organizing companies and supplies. This one should not come as a surprise to you, it is a company featured almost more than any other. The Container Store!!


Now, I will be the first to admit that so much of the organizing process starts before storage. Clearing out the clutter, reducing and purging the piles, and then putting things back categorically in a way that makes the most sense to your daily routine. But there is no denying that storage plays an important role in maintaining your items and systems and ensuring things stay corralled and orderly. If you are looking to save time and find organizers that are not only functional but beautiful, then begin at The Container Store. They pretty much have it all! And they are always my first stop. In fact, there are a few items that I reach for time and time again and the majority of those items are nice and budget-friendly.

Multi-Purpose Bins ||  These bins are lightweight and come in a variety of widths. I use them under the bathroom sink, in the pantry, in drawers, in the fridge and freezer and also in our linen closet. Give me a second and I could probably come up with a few more uses as well. They are by far the most versatile and bang-for-your-buck storage item you will find at The Container Store.

Adhesive Label Holders ||  My new favorite label holder! They are adhesive so they stick to almost any surface and offer a streamlined look to bins and drawers and shelves and....

Storage Boxes ||  I originally found these for my sewing supplies, but I am keeping them at the top of my list for future projects as well. They are under $10 each and are a great size for stashing away anything in the closet or living room shelves. In fact, the price is a bit shocking considering their colors, size, quality and adorable pre-attached label holders.

Zippered Pouches ||  I think I have been on repeat lately with my love for pouches so I apologize for the broken record thing that is happening here. But when something works well, you just have to celebrate it. These pouches are durable, waterproof, darling and can be used in any tote or handbag for just about any type of small accessory or receipt.

Shoe Boxes ||  Sometimes you just need clear, stackable storage and these are wonderful quality and under $2 each! 

ELFA ||  The final product isn't the cheapest item in the store, but I have purchased a few of the "alternative" versions of these drawers and door organizers and absolutely nothing has compared to the quality. So this is definitely an investment that you will never regret, and the Elfa products go on sale a few times a year (like right now!). These items can be used on walls, doors, in closets and inside of cabinets. 



With $100, think of all of the shoe boxes and multi-purpose you could purchase! Or what a great start you would have towards that super amazing Elfa system!


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Remember to check back throughout the day, there are still two more great giveaways left!

Must be 18 years old or older. Open to anyone! No purchase necessary to win. All rules and entries must be followed to be eligible to win. Winner will be selected at random using rafflecopter.com and will be announced on original blog post upon drawing. Winnings will be issued in the form of a $100 U.S. currency gift card, additional shipping charges may apply for product purchased with winnings. IHeart Organizing official giveaway entry rules can always be found here.

16 IHeart A Great Giveaway Day: Poppin!

Today is nothing but fun here at IHeart Organizing! I recently celebrated my eighth year of blogging (!) and I really wanted to do something special to thank you all for sticking around over the years. I know that sometimes things are exciting, sometimes they are not, sometimes we are knee deep in DIY, sometimes we need to breathe, sometimes I am working my way through piles of clutter, and sometimes I am letting it just pile. There are days that I could chat with you all for hours and others that I have an intense bout of writer's block. That said, I love this special place and it wouldn't be what it is without Y O U !

So welcome to round one of a giveaway filled day featuring many of my favorite organizing companies and supplies.

First up, Poppin!




I have been Poppin's number one fan since day one. The colors, the simplicity of their designs and especially their Work Happy values, Poppin creates beautiful products that make my desk and heart happy on a daily basis.

We could make a game of finding posts here that don't contain some sort of Poppin product, it wouldn't be easy! The pens are my favorite and bring color to every drawer in our home.

Case in point...


And above was a view of my desk surface, which has a little bit of Poppin sprinkled all over.


I especially love the new blush pink color paired with their white and gold items. #sogood

Office accessories, storage, notebooks, writing supplies and trays, they have been and will continue to be my first stop for work and life organization. And now you have a chance to enjoy some colorful (or just pretty) accessories and organization around your home as well! Think trays in the bathroom, under the kitchen sink, and on your desk. Or supplies for your homework drawer. Or a darling notebook for your purse or nightstand to write down all of your ideas and thoughts. Oh! And their pouches. So many ways to use those pouches!




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Be sure to check back throughout the day, this is only the beginning my sweet friends!

Must be 18 years old or older. Open to Continental US only.  No purchase necessary to win. All rules and entries must be followed to be eligible to win. Winner will be selected at random using rafflecopter.com and will be announced on original blog post upon drawing. IHeart Organizing official giveaway entry rules can always be found here.
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