SentrySafe Spring Cleaning Challenge + a Giveaway

by Marcy on May 29, 2012 · 77 comments

Recently the folks at SentrySafe sent me their new Combination Big-Bolts Fire-Safe to review. I jumped at the chance, because we have been using a super small fire safe for over 10 years now, and it just isn’t cutting it anymore!

The SentrySafe Combination Big-Bolts Fire-Safe is NEW, and offers 60% bigger bolts and a pry-resistant hinge bar for added security. I love that this safe is fire proof for up to 1 hour and 1700 degrees, plus it is water resistant for up to 24 hours in 8 inches of water. You can also bolt this safe to the floor if you are looking for even more security.

Personally, I am going to use this safe to store valuable documents that are hard to replace (i.e. our passports!) as well as wedding and baby photos and other family mementos that are valuable to me (i.e. photo discs, our wedding CD etc…) I will not be storing piles of cash in my safe, but it is nice to know that there are multiple security features in place if that is something I choose to do one day. :)

I love how roomy this safe is! It is nice to be able to adjust the shelves to the height that I want, and I love the in door storage. Overall I am extremely pleased with this safe and would recommend it to anyone who is in the market for a combination fire/water safe! Learn more about the SentrySafe Combination Big-Bolts Fire-Safe including all of the specs here.

SentrySafe is currently hosting a Spring Cleaning Challenge! Be sure to head over to their Facebook page to check it out, and you’ll not only have the chance to win FREE safes or a Target gift card, but you’ll also help a blogger win a donation to the charity of their choice! Get more details about the SentrySafe Spring Cleaning Challenge and vote for your favorites here.

I also have 1 SentrySafe Big-Bolts Combination Fire-Safe to give away to one lucky winner!

What am I giving away?

1 winner will receive a SentrySafe Big-Bolts Combination Fire-Safe

How can you win?

You can enter up to 4 times:

1) Leave a comment letting me know what your favorite organizational tip is. (Note: Scroll to the bottom of this post and click “Post Comment”. You must be on my site – you can’t do this through a reader.)

2) Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter:

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Who is eligible?

You must have a valid US address to be eligible.

When does this giveaway end?

Friday, 1st 2012 at 6PM EST

The winner will be chosen via the random number generator at random.org and will be notified via email. Please note that if I do not hear from the winner within 4 days that another winner will be chosen.

Good Luck!

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1 Carol May 29, 2012 at 10:27 PM

My favorite organizational tip: Don’t put it down, put it away.

2 Carol May 29, 2012 at 10:28 PM

I’m a subscriber.

3 Jayna May 29, 2012 at 10:33 PM

My organizational tip is to let my husband organize – and then I stick to it! Ha ha! Seriously, though, I’m great at organizing our files in alphebetical order and such…but the rest of the house is him.

4 kathy f May 29, 2012 at 10:54 PM

I organize my closet by hanging like items together and same colors together.

5 Kat May 29, 2012 at 11:14 PM

A favorite organizational tip is to take pictures of things and donate or sell rather than store and clutter.

6 Mtalley May 30, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Have a place for everything. My fav….each family member has a storage box for their “stock” of toiletries.

7 Michelle May 30, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Sorting through the mail as soon as it comes in and recycling the junk.

8 Michelle May 30, 2012 at 6:46 AM

I am an email subscriber

9 Jen C May 30, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Don’t keep all the papers the kids bring home from school. If it is a keepsake, scan it and toss the paper.

10 Jen C May 30, 2012 at 7:17 AM

I’m a subscriber.

11 Ashley S May 30, 2012 at 10:36 AM

My favorite organizational tip is to sort the pantry by shelves. One has bread items like bread, tortillas, etc. Another has cans but also sorted by expiration date since I try to buy in bulk, another has snacks like chips, cookies, crackers, fruit rollups. ANother has breakfast items like cereal, nestle choc mix, oatmeal, grits, etc. One has necessities like pasta, rice, boxed sides, etc. One has drinks such as canned drinks, tea, etc. And one of the shelves is MINE that my family knows not to touch! haha!

12 Ashley S May 30, 2012 at 10:37 AM

I just suscribed and added you to my google reader!

13 Lila B May 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Use tiny bits of time to organize a drawer, your purse, one shelf.

14 Rachel Eicher May 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Try to clean up every night before you head to bed!

15 Thabal May 30, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Assign a place for everything you have, even for the smallest things. It becomes so easy to organize if we know where each thing needs to go.

16 Thabal May 30, 2012 at 12:42 PM
17 Thabal May 30, 2012 at 12:46 PM

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18 Juliana Wade May 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

My favorite organizational tip is to always put whatever I get out, right back where it belongs. If I don’t it piles up and I have to spend lots of time re-organizing.

19 Juliana Wade May 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM
20 Juliana Wade May 30, 2012 at 1:18 PM

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21 Carmen May 30, 2012 at 3:17 PM

My favorite tip is to reuse what you already have to organize instead of buying more stuff. Baskets can be used for storing lots of little items, cereal boxes can turn into magazine holders, etc.

22 Carmen May 30, 2012 at 3:20 PM

I’m subscribed to your feed

23 Kim in OH May 30, 2012 at 3:43 PM

I recently printed out a freezer inventory sheet, cleaned out my basement freezer, wrote down everything that I have inside, and stuck the sheet to the freezer door. It makes it so much easier to know exactly what (and how much) I have!

24 Ginger Adams May 30, 2012 at 5:10 PM

My favorite tip in the kitchen is to put the things that expire first at the front of the cabinet.

25 Camiele May 30, 2012 at 5:12 PM

My tip is to put everything away right when you get home – otherwise it sits around for a few days, or even weeks!

26 Camiele May 30, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Tweeted it on Twitter.

27 Camiele May 30, 2012 at 5:15 PM

I subscribe through a reader.

28 Monica May 30, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Go through your mail everyday so it doesn’t pile up!

29 Monica May 30, 2012 at 5:18 PM

I subscribe to your emails

30 judyyy May 30, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Get rid of the clutter so you don’t have too much to have to organize.

31 judyyy May 30, 2012 at 6:03 PM

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32 Connie May 30, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Go through your mail as soon as you get it, put what you don’t want/need in the recycle box right away.

33 Connie May 30, 2012 at 6:13 PM

I’m an email subscriber.

34 barrie May 30, 2012 at 6:15 PM

I’m an email subscriber.

35 barrie May 30, 2012 at 6:21 PM

I print out our weekly calendar from my icalendar on my Mac. Then I add our meals to that and display it for all to see. Everyone is then in the loop!

36 Shannon Goodwin May 30, 2012 at 7:03 PM

email subscriber

37 Shannon G May 30, 2012 at 7:05 PM

I stay organized by filing things immediately and only keep the essentials.

38 John May 30, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Favorite organizational tip is – everything has a place and there is a place for everything!

39 John May 30, 2012 at 7:29 PM

I subscribe to your emails

40 J. H. May 30, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Lists, lists, lists! I’m a list-maker. Regardless of what is being organized, I can’t do it without a list.

41 Linda Shifflett May 30, 2012 at 8:22 PM

My house has been a big mess of disorganization however, I am going room by room to put things in their proper places. The pantry is set up now by box items, bagged items, canned items all put together and the labels facing the front. Also organizing important papers and could certainly use this safe to store and keep these items safe.

42 Linda Shifflett May 30, 2012 at 8:22 PM

I am already a subscriber by email.

43 Anne May 30, 2012 at 10:16 PM

I subscribe through Reader.

44 Anne May 30, 2012 at 10:17 PM

I like to file things as them come, and yearly go through the file cabinet to shred docs that are no longer needed.

45 Trish S May 30, 2012 at 10:58 PM

I organize food in the pantry accroding to expiration date so I can make sure the oldest food item is used first.

46 Trish S May 30, 2012 at 10:59 PM

I subscribe to the e-mails!

47 Brynn Dexter May 31, 2012 at 1:13 AM

I keep a file folder on hand to organize bills and papers so they don’t pile up

48 Brynn Dexter May 31, 2012 at 1:14 AM

I tweeted as Brynn20

49 Brynn Dexter May 31, 2012 at 1:15 AM

I am an email subscriber

50 Ysenia Ramirez May 31, 2012 at 6:14 AM

My best tip would be make a file for all your paperwork, bills etc. It can make a huge mess and will be easy to find when needed.

51 Ysenia Ramirez May 31, 2012 at 6:14 AM

I am an email subscriber.

52 Barb S May 31, 2012 at 7:28 AM

I hot-glued spring-type clothespins to the insides of my kitchen-cabinet doors. They’re great for holding a printout of a recipe, the school-lunch menu, and other reminders without cluttering up the outside of the fridge.

53 Barb S May 31, 2012 at 7:29 AM

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54 Megan Collier May 31, 2012 at 8:53 AM

I’m an email subscriber, I’d like to be entered into the drawing for the safe! :) Today I bought the Mamasource deal you told us about…the Little Kid’s National Geographic. Thank you!

55 Megan Collier May 31, 2012 at 8:54 AM

One of my favorite organization tips is to make your grocery list separated by store, then listing the items for which you have a coupon so you don’t forget them.

56 Jennifer Madigan May 31, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Keep like items with like items. I broke my own rule recently and when I went looking for something I couldn’t find it.

57 Jennifer Madigan May 31, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I Subscribe via email.

58 Jennifer Madigan May 31, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I Tweeted about this giveaway.

59 Tara Liebing May 31, 2012 at 1:46 PM

My tip is don’t just throw your mail in a pile on the table or wherever becaus before you know it you will have a mountain.

60 Tara Liebing May 31, 2012 at 1:48 PM

I follow you on twitter and rt post
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61 Tara Liebing May 31, 2012 at 1:49 PM

I subscribe to your emails

62 Tara Liebing May 31, 2012 at 1:50 PM
63 Leah Berrong May 31, 2012 at 2:53 PM

I lay everything out for my kids and myself the night before even better if weather is consistant will lay out clothes for the whole week!

64 Leah Berrong May 31, 2012 at 2:54 PM

I subscribe to your e-mails!

65 Andrea F. May 31, 2012 at 3:07 PM

I receive your e-mails, THANKS!!

66 Andrea F. May 31, 2012 at 3:08 PM

My organizing tip? YOU get it out, YOU put it up!! :0)

67 Jessica T. May 31, 2012 at 3:55 PM

My organizing tip is to keep up with things and put them away instead of leaving it for later. And I keep a lot of lists!

68 Sarah H. May 31, 2012 at 5:22 PM

My organizing tip is to have a bill basket. When the mail comes, put the bills in the basket and twice a month sit down with the basket and your checkbook. No bills ever get lost or not paid.

69 Lauren May 31, 2012 at 8:42 PM

organization tip: file whole coupon inserts by date so you’ll have to access to every coupon when you need it without having to clip them all.

70 Christy Anderson May 31, 2012 at 9:08 PM

My organizational tip is to put things in their place as soon as you get them or finish using them.

71 Amanda Y. May 31, 2012 at 9:52 PM

I found that the only thing that works for me is to scan or copy/paste so I have electronic copies of stuff (they’re so much easier to file in electronic folders than papers!) and then I put all the important papers on a pile…figure I can dig if I ever need something from there lol!

72 Amanda Y. May 31, 2012 at 9:53 PM

I’m an email subscriber

73 Amber Vincent May 31, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Lable and Tag Boxes and Bins Enough Said

74 Cheryl May 31, 2012 at 11:19 PM

I try to put stuff back or away right away, instead of waiting. I’m working on trying to pick up 5 things every time I leave a room. With 2 little ones though, it’s hard to keep on top of things. So I’m learning to be okay with a little bit of clutter & enjoy all the hugs & cuddles & story times

75 Cheryl May 31, 2012 at 11:20 PM

I’m a subscriber

76 Kristy June 1, 2012 at 9:35 AM

i try to go through mail & sort it as soon as I bring it in the house

77 Kristen June 4, 2012 at 11:51 AM

My favorite organizational tip is to plan ahead whenever possible. Take meal planning for example – when dinners for the week are planned in advance I feel much more organized getting home at night and facing the dinner, bath, bed time rush.

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