Clean Up Clutter -- Win A Prize

Today is the 3rd day since changed to a new design with a new URL and name --

Every week, I'll give away prizes to anyone who visits the blog and leaves a comment, or signs up to Follow, or subscribes to my free newsletters, Writing Hacks, for writers, and Wordplay, for readers.

The blog moved, and I physically moved after selling my house. Now I'm ensconced in my weekend "cabin" in the Hill Country for the next 4 months -- staring at stacks of boxes that contain the clutter I cleaned out of our home when I was giving it the HGTV treatment prior to selling.

What's Your Clutter Downfall?

Seeing all this clutter forced the revelation on me that I don't need -- or want -- all this. Most of the stuff had been packed away in the attic and closets for years so it's not as if any of it is needed. Now I'm doing what I should have done before moving it all here: going through every box and filling bags and boxes for charity donations and for the kids if they want it.

So what do you hang onto that you really don't need but feel compelled to keep? Answer that question in a Comment on this post, and you'll be entered to win one of these fabulous Week 1 Prizes:

This Week's Prizes

Free boxed set of The Garden Series by Historical Author Cynthia Wicklund.
The set includes all four of the popular Regency Romances: In the Garden of Temptation, In the Garden of Seduction, In the Garden of Disgrace, In the Garden of Deceit. Visit “The Garden” again where love and passion await…

Audio Book Edition of In The Garden of Temptation by Cynthia Wicklund.
Adam Stanford always does the right thing, but when he meets Catherine Bourgeault honor and gentlemanly conduct are forgotten. He’ll risk his reputation and all he holds dear to possess this amazing woman. However, what seems like a straightforward effort to purloin another man’s wife is fraught with deceit and the dark secrets of a demented man who’ll do anything to save his empty marriage.

$5.00 Starbucks Gift Card
Courtesy of Adina Mayo Photography & Graphic Design. For the best book cover designs, visit (She does all my book covers.)

$10.00 Cafe Press Gift Certificate
Courtesy of The Write Way, my own little boutique in cyberspace.

eBook Gift Card of your choice for a copy of my latest book Scents and Sensuality.
Perfumer Amanda Whitfield knows the Science of Smell. Harrison Kincaid knows the Science of Computers. But what about the Science of Sex Appeal? Pulsing, throbbing, will-not-be-denied Sex Appeal. Amanda, desperate for a man to escort her to her snooty cousin's wedding, and Harrison, desperate to put an end to his mom's matchmaking, get blindsided by desire when they are thrown together. Desire -- with a side order of desperation -- creates a captivating complication in this sexy, sassy Romance.

Take The Vow

I think all of us in America have too much stuff. So take the pledge today to pare down. My grandfather always said: "Use it up; wear it out. Make it do, or do without." I'd like to amend that so it reads: "Use it up, or give it up. Wear it out, make it do, or do without."

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  1. Books. Definetly books.You can always re-read them. New site looks really good.

  2. Ah, divavixenqueen, I'll make a confession. I have a 5x5 storage unit filled with boxes of books. Sigh. I donated a lot but just couldn't part with the ones in these boxes.

    Thanks. Glad you like the new site.

  3. Boxes of books (I should send them to a nursing home for the inbound to read-some of the books are 40 yrs old), keepsakes, drawings and crafts from my children, grandchildren and my friends children. Precious Moment figurines, other figurines including Hummels. Stg bldg, garage, attic all filled. Probably over 2,000 books (all read). Please enter me in your contest & maybe it will include someone to take out the junk. lol

  4. Hello, Pat. Sounds as if have the same clutter addiction. I'm happy to enter you in the giveaway. What's your email address?

  5. Books, clothing that I hope to fit back into (lol), kids pictures, drawings, and grades. Old purses, shoes really too much stuff. I really need to get into my attic one day and get rid of some stuff. Just have a hard time doing so.

    kac_030 at yahoo dot com

  6. Hello, again, kimmyl. All of my attic stuff is now in boxes clogging up the entry way and guest rooms of my weekend house where I'm staying until Nov.