Each year around Labor Day, I start thinking about whether or not I want to host another Clever Girl Organizing Challenge. Do I have the time and energy for it? Do people even really want it? And then, once kids are back in school, I start hearing from last year’s participants, one after another.
“I can’t wait for The Challenge! You’re doing it again, right? RIIIIGHT???”
“I am bringing friends with me next year! A few were so jealous of everything I did and they made me promise to let them know when they can register.”
“I was too busy last year, but I can’t wait to be back this year!”
and one of my favorites from the other day:
“I can’t wait to clean my pantry – my daughter told me the other day I can just wait a little longer because the Challenge is almost here!”
Yes, they really want it. The want to get their house under control. They want to refresh the spaces they’ve worked on in the past. They want to tackle the systems and spaces they’ve been avoiding all year. They want to come home and feel great about BEING home.
And yes, I have the time, the energy, and the EXCITEMENT to do it all over again!
So, 2024 will be the 11th year of this Clever Girl Organizing Challenge, and if you haven’t joined in the past, maybe this is YOUR year?
The other tradition? I launch registration on Black Friday. That’s right – while many people are turning towards shopping, deals, and acquisition, I also want to put it out there that with The Clever Girl Organizing Challenge, I strive to help people understand what they own, why the own it, and where they keep it. It’s okay to think about shopping AND decluttering all on the same day!
I’m putting the finishing touches on it, but registration is now open! We get started on Monday, January 8th, so you have some time to decide. But I’ll give a little incentive: Use coupon code bfcm for $5 off the registration between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Ushering in the new year with Kathy’s expertise is my favorite gift to myself!”
– 2023 CGO Challenger
If you haven’t been a member of the CGO Challenge before, let me tell you a little about it:
- We start January 8th and run for 11 weeks, through the first week of spring.
- Participation includes receiving a weekly email assignment – some space or category in your home – plus joining and engaging in a private Facebook Group. Each week I’ll bring live videos to the Facebook group, as well, to talk about the concepts that hold us back when we’re trying to declutter and organize, and explore strategies to move past them.
- We work on different spaces and categories throughout the house – kitchen, bathroom, linen closet, medicine chest, clothes/wardrobe, kids stuff, memorabilia, etc.. I provide suggestions on how to focus your time that week, but there is *always* room for you to prioritize how you spend your time, including dialing back your efforts if it is just a busy week.
- Did I mention that *I* do the Challenge assignments, too?? My life, and my home, is not perfect, nor do I strive for it to be. Believe me, I get into the benefits of this Challenge just as much as the rest of the members do!
“It may just change your life. The Challenge certainly changed mine for the better!”
– 2023 CGO Challenger
I have more information over here on this page, including pricing ($64 for the 11 week program) and an exciting “Level-Up” options to add on private 1:1 coaching with me for extra focus on your goals and habits. I hope you’ll consider joining us if the time is right for you to have more of a feeling of peace at home, and tackle those items and projects that have been weighing on your mind.
If you know me, you know that I am passionate about leading people through the process of getting clarity on what we own, why we own it, and *then*, how we store it. But this questioning about the WHY, not just the WHAT, is part of the journey of The Challenge Throughout The Challenge, we discuss a lot of the “why” behind our clutter and our habits in this group; the feedback I get is consistently that this Challenge can be *life-changing*. Sign up by January 7th and find out for yourself.
Remember, if you sign up between Black Friday and Cyber Monday (Nov 24-27) , you can use the code bfcm to get $5 off. I mean, that’s cool, right?
Here’s what people said about The CGO Challenge:
” ‘Life changing’ is how a friend described the challenge and now after completing it, I agree. Kathy’s knowledge and expertise mixed with her thoughtful approach really made the weekly challenges achievable. I loved having a community of support because the challenge was all I wanted to talk about!”
“I’ve tried many decluttering challenges in the past. This is the first (only!) one that has worked for me. The combination of emails, lives and most importantly, the Facebook Group, was hugely motivating and inspiring. Seeing others make progress, and share it in the Group, encouraged action and, for me, accountability too. I’ll be back next year!”
“Kathy is down to earth, doesn’t judge and motivates you in a tactful way, reminding you how good you’ll feel when you finish a challenge! She encourages you with positive reinforcement! I loved her videos where she really gets philosophical and gets you thinking differently about important things in our lives to address!”
“This provided the structure and motivation I needed to make a big difference in how I feel about my living space. Guidance from Kathy and inspiration from others were a perfect combination to get things done. I would not have seen the same results if I had attempted to do this on my own.”
“Thank you for all you do to help motivate & encourage folks to make changes that truly impact our daily lives.”
“I just love gaining Kathy’s expertise every week to guide me. I’m good at following instructions and really needed her directions. I really really appreciated her engaging on my posts. I looked forward to her comments every week.”
“You will never regret starting your year with the Clever Girl Organization Challenge! It feels great to tackle key areas in your home and help them function in better ways. Ushering in the new year with Kathy’s expertise is my favorite gift to myself!”
“I can’t thank you enough for motivating me to clean up my act :). I feel so pleased with the progress, and though there’s a lot more work to be done, I’m not so scared of it anymore!“
“It may just change your life. The Challenge certainly changed mine for the better!” “I think this was the best money I’ve spent in a LOOOOONG time.”
Honestly, I just get moved to tears when I read some of these. I love knowing that I make a difference in people’s lives in ways that truly matters to them.
In the spirit of the Thanksgiving Holiday and expressing my deep gratitude for the people have invited me into their homes virtually, through this Challenge and through my Virtual Organizing Business. I’m honored and I hope never to lose that sense of gratitude and pride.
Sign up by January 7th, but don’t forget that Black Friday-through-Cyber Monday code: bfcm
“I think this was the best money I’ve spent in a LOOOOONG time.”
– 2022 CGO Challenger