I may like things “tidy” but when it comes to “organizing” I sometimes struggle. Remember my post about my office? I don’t have any “real” organization other than a few filing cabinets. There are usually papers, notes and junk all over the top of the desk. When it comes to organizing this space, I’m a mess.

On April 2nd, 2009, I jumped at the opportunity when I was invited to take part in an interactive webcast about home office organization with Office Max‘s Julie Kreuger and Peter Walsh. Peter Walsh is an organization expert, a well-known author, frequent guest on Oprah, and host of the TLC show Clean Sweep.

During the one hour webcast we were given tips, advice, and questions were answered about how to make this new filing system functional for a mom’s life and home office.

I was thrilled when my question was the first question addressed by Peter and Julie. (although I don’t think Peter thought I seriously had a 10′ desk LOL). I asked how to keep a desk of that size organized, especially when I don’t have any drawers or cabinets, only shelves above my desk.

Peter’s Response: “Think of your office desk like a vehicle, everything you need close at hand”

When asked what products should first be purchased when trying to organize an office, Peter’s surprising response was “Nothing” The first step in getting organized has nothing to do with products. It is all about the vision that you have for your home office, what is to take place in the space, clear the clutter, THEN think about what products are needed. If you would like to hear these questions answered in more detail along with several others, be sure to watch Peter and Julie’s webcast.

About a week prior, I was sent a wonderful starter kit and accessories from two new home office lines from Office Max to get acquainted with.

This amazing organization kit includes 3 file folders, a file tote, 5 clip tabs, 1 post-it cube, 3 document sleeves, 1 document envelope, document wallet, and 1 erasable marker. The best part is the durable and reuseable material that each piece is made from. With the erasable marker, these products can be used again and again. You can write on your tabs or the folder and then go back and erase it when you need to reorganize.

The [In]Place System are products that fit together and work together, giving a controlled start to meeting your organization needs. All of the products are clear, which plays off Peter’s advice of keeping what you need VISBILE. His theory, if you’re highly organized, you’ll be highly efficient. The products fit together, and when put in the proper “dashboard”(everything should be within your reach, just like the main controls of your car’s dashboard) of your home office, makes things ACCESSIBLE. Finally, everything is travel-ready, making the products PORTABLE. These three features – visibilty, accessibility, and portability – make the the [In]Place System uber– fabulous!

Below is a link to a pdf that contains some great tips from Peter Walsh to help keep your work life organized:
InPlace System by Peter Walsh & OfficeMax tips sheet

OfficeMax also sent along some other items from their DiVoga line. Some colorful file folders, a journal, a pen, paper clips and a rubber band ball. While I had to wrestle my family for the rubber band ball, I actually can’t wait to use the file folders and cool paperclips in my new office! This was just the inspiration I needed to get my office painted.

So a big THANK YOU to Peter, Julie and Office Max!

Now I can obtain “Organizational Bliss”

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*Peter Walsh & OfficeMax partnership announcement

To help you on your way to organizational bliss, you can WIN IT!

That’s right! YOU TOO can receive a box of goodies in the mail.

One lucky winner will receive all of this:

1. Organization Kit from [IN]PLACE System by Peter Walsh. This is essentially Peter Walsh’s starter kit for workspace organization that includes the essentials for managing files, reducing clutter and increasing productivity. The kit is available exclusively at OfficeMax and includes:

  • 1 document wallet
  • 3 durable file folders
  • 3 document sleeves
  • 1 document envelope
  • 1 set of colored clip tabs
  • 1 erasable marker
  • 1 Post-It Cube

2. Two OfficeMax rubberband balls

3. DiVoga

product package. DiVoga is one of OfficeMax’s new private label lines featuring affordable, high-style office products that add some personality to a workspace. This set includes:

  • a colorful notebook
  • document envelopes
  • file folders
  • jumbo binder clips featuring a modern XOXO pattern

To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post telling me about your most unorganized place in your house.(if you don’t have a blog be sure to leave a valid email address, please) That’s it! All entries are due by midnight (CST) Monday, April 20, 2009. The winner

will be announced on the blog & notified by email.

For extra entries: you can do one, any, or all of the following – please leave an individual comment for each extra entry method:

  • tweet or blog about this giveaway & leave the link in your comment
  • subscribe or follow this blog (leave a comment telling me if you already subscribe or follow)

Good luck to everyone who enters!