How a Storage Unit Saved My Sanity (and a GREAT Giveaway from Extra Space Storage!)

Big Giveaway from Extra Space Storage

When Extra Space Storage asked if they could sponsor a post and an AWESOME giveaway here, I was excited to do it.

There was a time in my life when renting a storage space saved my sanity.

We’d moved. We had two little boys and didn’t know a soul in our new town. It was a good move for us, but I had been very happy where we were.

The stories we’d heard and hoped would happen to us (the ones where someone puts a house on the market and it sells the first day) hadn’t happened.

We tried having my husband live here with his sister until the house sold. Two weeks of attempting to keep the house perfect while also dealing with a 2yo and a 3yo on my own changed our mind. (I was a future Slob Blogger, after all.) We decided it was worth stretching our budget as far as it could possibly go (maybe a little farther) to rent a small house until our old house sold. We wanted to be together.

We moved everything we needed and left a normal-home’s worth of furniture in the house that was on the market.

(Did you catch that? We had enough stuff to fill two houses . . . )

We didn’t park in the garage of the rent house because it was filled with boxes.

It was a two-car garage.

Right after we moved, we found out I was pregnant. We were thrilled, but hormones combined with the stress of a home not selling combined with the fact that I could not seem to make a single friend sent me into a very dark place.

When our house finally sold five months later, things didn’t immediately improve like I’d assumed they would. At the exact same time our house sold, every house in our new (small) town that was a possibility . . . also sold.

AND, we now had EVERYthing we owned (which was WAY too much stuff) in that rent house.

Every wall was hidden behind boxes stacked to the ceiling.

As my daughter’s due date approached and this mama’s claustrophobia became almost unbearable, we made the decision to rent a storage unit.

I hadn’t wanted to rent one. This was a temporary situation. I kept thinking that ANY day we would find our new home and this difficult period would be finished. My excessive frugality and Make It Work!! personality had such a hard time justifying the expense when technically, we had “room” for the boxes, our beds, and our bodies.

We didn’t have room to walk around, but walking around? That’s a luxury.

Thankfully, the pregnancy hormones won. I can’t even express the relief and peace I felt after all that STUFF was in storage and we could finally LIVE in our temporary home.

I’m all for idealism. Now that I’ve been decluttering like a crazy woman for five years, I’m definitely all for purging down to what will actually fit in my house (my CONTAINer).

But I’m mostly for sanity. And for NOT tripping over things that are “temporarily” being stored in the living room because there’s no more room in the garage.

If renting a storage unit means your family can live (not just survive) in your home during a transitional period, it’s money well spent.

It definitely was for us.

The day we brought our daughter home from the hospital, the house we live in now went on the market. We put a contract on it within a week. She was two months old when we moved in, but we enjoyed those two months with her in our small, free-of-boxes-in-the-living-room rent house.

According to Extra Space Storage, most people rent storage units for these reasons:

  1. Moving/downsizing
  2. Life event (going to college, death of a loved one, divorce, etc.)
  3. Infrequently used items (holiday decorations, seasonal equipment, etc.)

About Extra Space Storage: We pride ourselves on being the best in four different areas – customer service, cleanliness, convenience and security. Our goal is to make the self storage experience as convenient and hassle-free as possible for our customers. We’re in the business of storing people’s belongings, keepsakes and memories and we take that very seriously. This is why our facilities implement the highest security technology, perimeter fencing and the majority have a manager that lives on site.

If something truly needs to be stored, and you don’t have real storage space in your home (the master bedroom doesn’t count . . . ), a temporary rented storage space is a great option.

Now for the giveaway details!!! (Y’all, I’m so excited about this!!)

winner of ess

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed! Congrats to Jen whose comment was randomly chosen by the WordPress Plug-in called: And The Winner Is . . .

The Prize: Extra Space Storage is giving away a $500 Home Depot gift card to be used to help one lucky winner become more organized in their lives.

That’s one lucky winner HERE at A Slob Comes Clean!!!

Restrictions: Winner must be a U.S. resident and be 21 years of age or older.

So how do you enter?

Share a photo of a decluttered space in your home on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #ESSandslobcomesclean !! Then come back here and leave a comment with the url to your entry!! (I’ll explain how to do that in a moment!)

A decluttered space!! That’s great motivation! And you DON’T have to show a before picture!!!

I know that’s a bit of work, but it’s a $500 Home Depot giftcard! Just think what you could get with that!!

So what do you need to do?

  1. Declutter a space. It can be a cabinet, a drawer, a closet or an entire room.
  2. Take a picture.
  3. Post that picture on Facebook (to the A Slob Comes Clean page or the Extra Space page), to Instagram, OR to Twitter using the hashtag #ESSandslobcomesclean in your post.
  4. Copy the URL of your social media post (detailed photo instructions are below!) and paste it in a comment on THIS post. (Replies to the email by email subscribers won’t count. You need to click on the title of the post in the email to get to the blog to comment.)
  5. Repeat for one of the other social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter) in a NEW comment.
  6. Repeat again for the last of the three social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter) in a NEW comment.
  7. Get an extra entry by liking Extra Space Storage on Facebook and leaving ANOTHER comment saying you did that. (You only need to post a picture to one social media site to be eligible for this additional entry.)
  8. Get even more entries by following Extra Space Storage on Twitter and Google+ and leaving comments saying you did!

Don’t forget that each entry needs to be in its own comment.

Stressed yet? Don’t be. You can enter by only making it through step 4! (But once you’ve done that, why not grab those additional entries!)

And here are instructions (with photos) for grabbing those URLs you need for your comments!


How to get the url of a specific tweet

For Instagram:

how to grab an instagram URL

For Facebook, you can post in this way to either my page or the Extra Space Storage page. Don’t post it on your personal profile or it may not show up.

How to Post and Grab a Time Stamp on Facebook

Please feel free to ask for help!

Now go declutter!!!



Legal Stuff:

No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law.  One entry per person.  To be eligible, entrants must submit a photo of their decluttered  space. Entrants must be a legal resident of the United States and at least 21 years old.  Contest begins October 15, 2014 and ends October 24, 2014.    After the deadline, Extra Space Storage will select one winner out of all eligible entries in its sole and exclusive discretion.  The winner will be notified by October 25th via email and must respond within 48 hours or will forfeit the prize. The prize will be mailed to the winner by Extra Space Storage within thirty (30) days of being selected.  Any taxes on any prize are the sole responsibility of the winner.  Prize is offered “as is.”  Extra Space Storage is not responsible for late, lost, or incomplete entries.  Extra Space Storage reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, modify or prematurely conclude the contest for any reason.


A few more things for my own sake: is not responsible for the delivery of the prize. I am being compensated for my time writing this post and hosting this giveaway, but the story about the baby and the stuff-overwhelm and the boxes everywhere is my own.





Summer Survival Cleaning (And a Scotch-Brite Giveaway!)

The giveaway is now closed and the winner has been notified! Stephanie P won!!

It’s a sponsored post! With a giveaway!!!
Summer Survival Cleaning (And a Scotch-Brite Giveaway!) at

It’s summer. I love summer.

We’re keeping up with the basics, but the very nature of summer means there are days when dishwashing emergencies happen.

Y’know, like when you stay at the pool just a few (or twenty) minutes too long, so you decide the only option for getting dinner on the table AND showering before the evening’s baseball game is sticking something frozen in the oven.

On a cookie sheet.

But the cookie sheet is sitting in the sink (dirty) because it didn’t fit in the dishwasher last night.


Yay for our favorite kitchen tool.

Scotch-Brite sent my kids some cleaning tools so they could clean for me for Mother’s Day. Their favorite and mine is the Scotch-Brite Soap Dispensing Dishwand with Heavy Duty Cleaning Head.

It’s perfect for kids to use because it eliminates the need for excessive-dish-soap-squirting. (Not that my kids would know anything about that.)

It’s also perfect for quickly and easily washing the single cookie sheet I need NOW.

Oh, and then there are the moments when you’re heading out to the 50 cent summer movies and realize you never washed the popcorn bucket after the last movie you saw.

(You do realize all the “yous” in this post are talking about me, right? Okay, good.)

Using the Scotch-Brite Soap Dispensing Dishwand with Heavy Duty Cleaning Head at

Yep, the dishwand is good for popcorn-bucket-cleaning too. No need to squirt a glob of detergent into the bucket, spend five minutes rinsing obsessively, and then still end up wishing your popcorn didn’t taste a little like dish soap.


Scotch-Brite asked me to review two of our favorite tools, but it was hard to decide on the next one. I liked all of them.

Scotch-Brite Cleaning Tools Reviews at

I decided the coolest, totally-new-to-me one has to be the Stay Clean Scrubbing Dish Cloths. My middlest son used it in the video. As he said, it’s kind of like a sponge, a scrubber and a dishcloth all in one.

It has the soakey-uppy-ness of a sponge, but I can use it like a dishcloth. And . . . the other side is scrubby. You can fold it over to scrub the counter when you find a particularly scrub-worthy spot. This helps when someone (totally hypothetically, of course) missed a spaghetti-sauce-splatter the night before.

Or two nights before.

The only thing I don’t love is that when it dries, it no longer drapes over the divider in my kitchen sink the way a regular dishcloth would.

Scotch-Brite Cleaning Tools Review at

This is what it looks like when it dries:

Brand new Scotch-Brite Stay Clean Scrubbing Dish Cloth before and after laundering at

On the left is a laundered Scotch-Brite Stay Clean Scrubbing Dish Cloth and on the right is a brand new one. Once the used one is wet again, they function the same!

And now . . . it’s your chance to win your own Gift of Clean! Win some Scotch-Brite tools of your own!!

Scotch-Brite is offering one reader a prize pack of Scotch-Brite cleaning tools:

Win the #giftofclean from Scotch-Brite at

The value is $75!!

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me which of the tools I reviewed in this post sounds like something you need!

For extra entries, you have two choices:

  1. Follow @scotchbrite_3M on Twitter.
  2. Click here to tweet about the giveaway!

That’s a total of three possible entries, but remember to leave a comment for each one!

I’ll close this giveaway on June 30, 2014 at 9 p.m. Central time. I will use the And the Winner Is . . .  WordPress plugin to randomly choose a winner. (It’s totally random. I have nothing to do with the choosing other than hitting a button!) Once a winner is selected, he/she will have 48 hours to respond to my email with his/her mailing address or another winner will be selected. Scotch-Brite is solely responsible for the fulfillment of the prize and will ship it directly to the winner. See all my giveaway policies here.

One last thing: Obviously, this post was sponsored by Scotch-Brite. They sent me these products and I am being compensated for my time writing the post and hosting the giveaway. The experiences and opinions and last minute popcorn-bucket-washing? Those are all mine!


Got a Messy House? (A Giveaway of a Zep Cleaning Products Gift Pack!!!)

It’s another sponsored post! With a giveaway!

I seriously don’t know how it happens every year at the same time, but Spring Cleaning Fever is a real thing. For me, some years are better than others, depending on how well I’ve been keeping up with the everyday stuff. There is something about nice weather that makes me want to clean a little deeper and stop ignoring things that were once easy to ignore.

This post contains TWO exciting things:

  1. A reminder about the BIG contest Zep Commercial is hosting that’s a total fit for this blog’s audience.
  2. A (waaayyyy smaller, but awesome) cleaning supplies giveaway here on A Slob Comes Clean that’s super-easy to enter!

Now for details on #1:

This is a reminder that Zep Commercial is hosting an awesome contest to find America’s Biggest Hot Mess. I hope HOPE HOPE one of you wins! (Though I have nothing to do with choosing a winner!)

America's Biggest Hot Mess Contest by Zep Commercial

Here are the contest details:

Zep Commercial is searching for America’s Biggest Hot Mess—that person who is undeniably and hopelessly challenged when it comes to keeping their home clean.

Zep Commercial will accept photo and video submissions for America’s Biggest Hot Mess at between Feb. 6 to March 6, 2014.

Users can nominate themselves and are also encouraged to submit evidence of their friends’, family members’ and coworkers’ messy ways. If a person you nominate is declared one of the three overall winners, then you (the nominator) will receive $5,000.

Nominations and submissions should include a photo or video of the mess and story behind why that persons deserves professional cleaning help. Videos must be between 30 seconds and 2 minutes in length, and photos should not exceed 100MB. Acceptable formats for submissions include .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .png, .mov, .mpeg, .mwv or .mp4.

Starting March 7, a team of cleaning experts at Zep Commercial will judge all eligible entries based on:

  • The Story Behind the Mess (40%)
  • Creativity (the funnier, the better!) (35%) and;
  • Unbelievability Index (just how disgusting is the mess?) (25%)

From all eligible entries, the 10 entries with the highest scores will be named finalists.

The public will then vote on their favorites, and the three submissions with the most votes will be declared winners and will receive a complete house cleaning from Zep Commercial and $5,000 to help keep their home clean for one year. If the winners were nominated by someone else, the nominator will also receive $5,000!

Winners will be announced on or about April 7, 2014.

How cool is that? Start snapping pictures and taking videos!

Click here to read more details and to enter!

And details on #2:

Prize Pack from Zep Commercial Cleaning


I’m so excited to host this giveaway of a gift pack of awesome cleaning products from Zep Commercial. New cleaning products arriving in the mail is great motivation to tackle those extra icky spots. One commenter on this post will win!

Anyone can enter. Just leave a comment on this post and I’ll use the “And the Winner Is . . . ” WordPress plugin to randomly choose one winner.

If you want more chances to win, link to your entry (or entries) into Zep Commercial’s America’s Biggest Hot Mess Contest. You can enter that BIG contest (like, with a professional cleaning AND $5,000 as its prize) once each day, so for each entry you’ve made there, you can get one more entry to win this (comparatively) little ol’ giveaway here. Just leave an additional comment for each additional entry on this post with the URL to your entry in the America’s Biggest Hot Mess Contest. (Once someone has entered the contest, and their entry has been approved and posted on the contest page, there’s a “share” button they can click that will give them a URL to their post!)

I’m excited to see your entries there!

The prize pack offered here will be a $55 value and will look similar to the one above (though it may have a few different things in it). Giveaway will close Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 9 p.m. Central.

Leave your comment(s) here on this post on the blog. If you’re reading via email, just click on the title of the post to get to the blog to enter. Replies to email subscriptions won’t count as entries.

I will use the And the Winner Is . . . WordPress plugin to randomly choose a winner and that winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email and provide a shipping address. If the winner does not respond in 48 hours, he/she will forfeit the prize and another winner will be chosen. Zep Commercial will provide the prize and ship the prize directly to the winner. This is a sponsored post which means I was compensated for writing it and for coordinating the giveaway of the gift pack of cleaning products. I am in no way involved in the America’s Biggest Hot Mess contest and you must read and follow all rules on that contest’s website. See all my giveaway policies here




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