Good Riddance: Showing Clutter the Door – Spring Cleaning {Giveaway}

Good Riddance

I recently had a chance to read the book ‘Good Riddance: Showing Clutter the Door‘ by professional organizers Heather Knittel and Susan Borax and I must say I was surprised to find myself really enjoying a book about organizing!

Heather and Susan are both moms and they wrote Good Riddance  to help people like us get organized.

The book is about tossing things you don’t need, recycling, re-using and dealing with any attachment to items you may have while getting rid of  CRUD (completely ridiculous unworthy debris). Perfect for this time of the year and Spring cleaning.

Do you have a garage filled with stuff and boxes you have not opened in years? Does your little one have a huge box of toys that he/she doesn’t play with anymore?  Do you keep things you never use “just in case” ?   Then this is the book for you!

I love the book because it uses humour to tackle the not so fun things to do. It is also divided into structured chapters going room by room to help you with tips and ideas on how to organize and declutter each room.  It means it is easy to follow and get into action to start getting organized.

I used Chapter 10 “Bedlam” to help me organize my own room and I found it very helpful when deciding what to keep and what to toss. I am a purse-aholic so I needed to read the tips about thinning my collection (difficult but totally doable).

I love reading books that inspire me to make my home better and to get rid of what I don’t need. I really recommend you get a copy of  ‘Good Riddance: Showing Clutter the Door’ to get the extra motivation you need to get  each room in your home organized and get your Spring cleaning started.

Win it: Once lucky reader from US/CAN will receive a copy of Good Riddance: Showing Clutter the Door‘. Enter to win below via Rafflecopter.

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Disclosure: I received a sample of a product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided and all views and all opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.
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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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52 responses to “Good Riddance: Showing Clutter the Door – Spring Cleaning {Giveaway}”

  1. tennille — March 30, 2012 @ 10:35 pm (#)

    Ummmm with 2 small kids — all the time and it never ends


  2. Trevor — March 31, 2012 @ 9:27 am (#)

    Not enough…too much stuff & dont know where to start…


  3. CanadianMomof3 — March 31, 2012 @ 10:07 am (#)

    Everyday too! I have to with 3 messy little ones.


  4. Aliya D. — March 31, 2012 @ 11:10 am (#)

    There is no way I can clean my house, top to bottom, every week. But I pick one major task a week and tackle that in addition to the regular maintenance (vacuuming, dusting, laundry, etc.). Thanks!


  5. Angela M — March 31, 2012 @ 11:51 am (#)

    I’m pretty much constantly cleaning my house. I usually do a big massive cleaning anytime I am expecting overnight guests.


  6. Dreena — March 31, 2012 @ 11:58 am (#)

    It’s a never-ending story! There is always something to do. So, I shall say….EVERYDAY!!!


  7. Gemma — March 31, 2012 @ 12:21 pm (#)

    Everyday…then a big clean once a week!


  8. Jules A. — March 31, 2012 @ 12:41 pm (#)

    Everyday…but I try to make sure I do a more thorough cleaning once a week (doesn’t always happen, though)


  9. UmmAayah — March 31, 2012 @ 1:04 pm (#)

    I try to clean everyday but I think I do deep cleaning every 2 months or so. With a 7 month old I barely get to make sure things are in the right room, I’m lucky if laundry, dishes and cooking are done day to day…

    I’m OCD when it comes to organizing, although having a baby has put that disorder aside, lol.


  10. Louise Gilbert — March 31, 2012 @ 1:12 pm (#)

    I clean all the time I have two teenage boys and they bring home their friends all the time:)


  11. gibberish (Julie G.) — March 31, 2012 @ 1:39 pm (#)

    I try to clean something every day & do a general vacuum etc once a week. This way I never have a totally messy home.


  12. 409cope — March 31, 2012 @ 3:36 pm (#)

    I do a big clean every week.


  13. Katy — March 31, 2012 @ 6:40 pm (#)

    De-cluttering is a never-ending job for me! Would love some advice on doing it better.


  14. mysticmisha — March 31, 2012 @ 6:42 pm (#)

    C;lean? Uhhhhhhh, a few times a year maybe.


  15. Jayne Cameron — March 31, 2012 @ 8:46 pm (#)

    It never ends…. I feel like I will never conquer the clutter.


  16. Kath — March 31, 2012 @ 9:39 pm (#)

    That depends on what you mean by clean – a complete and thorough clean once a year . I try to clean something everyday but it never ends and the clutter is insane!


  17. Journeysof TheZoo — March 31, 2012 @ 10:54 pm (#)

    We “clean up” the house every day. We don’t clean the house very often although bleach and I are best friends.


  18. Julie — April 1, 2012 @ 2:21 am (#)

    I do a quick clean up weekly but nowhere as thoroughly as I did years ago. I will not be a slave to my home. I admit it is often untidy – I am not house proud.


  19. Denise G — April 1, 2012 @ 10:51 am (#)

    Not enough

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  20. Kathy S — April 1, 2012 @ 11:50 am (#)

    Every two weeks we do a thorough cleaning and touch-ups between.


  21. Sammi — April 1, 2012 @ 1:30 pm (#)

    not enough – there’s just never time!


  22. Kristina S. — April 1, 2012 @ 1:34 pm (#)

    Every Wednesday


  23. Erin — April 1, 2012 @ 6:46 pm (#)

    I am constantly doing dishes, laundry etc but never getting on top of the bigger picture. I have 4 boys age 5 months-7.5 yrs and my house is a complete disaster.


  24. Sabrina — April 2, 2012 @ 9:58 am (#)

    I tidy my house daily {with 3 kids in 3 yrs} but cleaning?!?! That’s a different story. Maybe 2 times a week! I’m talking actual clean the floors and dust the shelves here. It’s really tough with the kids around but I do my best and have them participate too! My husband is awesome when he is home on the weekends!


  25. Amy Bailey — April 2, 2012 @ 10:25 pm (#)

    I clean my house about once to two times a week. Its all I have time for.


  26. Andrea Scott — April 3, 2012 @ 9:03 am (#)

    I have a small job to do everyday and about once a month we do a deep clean, that way the house is always “clean” and it gets organized fairly regularly. It’s definitely a little harder with a baby at home now. 🙂


  27. StellaR — April 3, 2012 @ 1:19 pm (#)

    I clean my apartment weekly.


  28. Maegan Morin — April 3, 2012 @ 8:26 pm (#)

    I do a general cleaning once a week and full cleaning once every six month


  29. Katy Emanuel — April 4, 2012 @ 4:39 am (#)

    We do a good cleaning once a week, but I generally tackle a room at the very least every other day


  30. Colleen — April 6, 2012 @ 5:13 am (#)

    I have set days for certain things.


  31. Becky — April 8, 2012 @ 5:35 pm (#)

    Not enough sadly 🙁


  32. Charlene Vidal — April 8, 2012 @ 9:29 pm (#)

    I clean my house everyday. I usually do more on the weekends then during the week.


  33. Nikki Waring — April 8, 2012 @ 11:41 pm (#)

    It’s a continuous thing. Every day I do 2 or 3 things so that I don’t have to spend an entire day doing the whole house. Every once in a while I get into an organization kick and spend a day or 2 re-organizing everything though.


  34. Laurie Snow — April 9, 2012 @ 9:59 am (#)

    I pick up everyday, but to Really Clean the house…. maybe once a year…. 🙁 Hard to


  35. Elva Roberts — April 9, 2012 @ 11:29 am (#)

    April 9–I do some cleaning two or three days a week and houseclean maybe twice a year but not everythingel03ro


  36. Jennifer L. — April 10, 2012 @ 5:32 am (#)

    I do some cleaning every day — and it never looks all that clean!


  37. Jamie L. — April 15, 2012 @ 4:11 pm (#)

    I just give away what I don’t need to charities.


  38. polly — April 21, 2012 @ 8:10 am (#)
  39. Tirza @ Canadian Mommy Giveaways — April 23, 2012 @ 5:14 pm (#)

    Clutter-wise not often enough! I’ve still got boxes in the basement that were packed when I left my parents’ house for University and still haven’t gone through. Obviously I don’t need anything in them since it’s been more than 10 years! 🙂


  40. Kala S. — April 25, 2012 @ 7:14 pm (#)

    We clean when we get a chance. Laundry and dishes are constant. Vacuuming…a few times a month I hope! The Braxton Hicks and 1 1/2 year-old don’t let me get my own ‘do list’ very far 🙂


  41. Martina — April 27, 2012 @ 7:24 am (#)

    Constantly cleaning something


  42. andalene — April 29, 2012 @ 1:07 am (#)

    We clean all the time – little things everyday – my hubby actually does the hard labour cleaning which is a blessing for me – he keeps the house spic n span.


  43. Jessica A. — April 30, 2012 @ 9:24 am (#)

    I definitely don’t clean enough!!


  44. Karen Fields — April 30, 2012 @ 9:51 am (#)

    I try to do a little every day.



  45. Rachael W — April 30, 2012 @ 10:19 am (#)

    I wish I had the time to clean more, it really bugs when me rooms are messy. I think the tip I need is how to keep the rooms clean once I have cleaned them.


  46. Angel — April 30, 2012 @ 10:21 am (#)

    Every day and it’s still always messy!


  47. JenV — April 30, 2012 @ 11:22 am (#)

    When I start sticking to the floors or if there are people coming. 🙂


  48. Chelsea R — April 30, 2012 @ 1:02 pm (#)

    It feels like I’m always cleaning something, but it never actually seems clean in this house…


  49. Nancy T — April 30, 2012 @ 1:21 pm (#)

    Feels like all day every day – if I were home I’m sure that’s what it would be!! 2 kids, 2 & 5, whether it’s crumbs or spills, or laundry, or bathrooms, or toys or….you get the picture! 🙂


  50. corey — April 30, 2012 @ 6:57 pm (#)

    We clean about once a week.


  51. Leah — May 3, 2012 @ 5:33 am (#)

    This book could be really useful for a lot of people I know!



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