Spring Gleening

Yesterday was the FIRST day of Spring, which means it’s time to roll up those sleeves and do some spring cleaning. Really, most of what I classify as spring cleaning is just as much organizing – sure it’s great to dust and scrub and mop, but it’s equally great when everything is finally in its place. To help motivate those in your household, or even just a friend that needs a boost, I’ve rounded up five nifty ideas to help you get your home in order.

Umbra Bubble Cord

Energize Your Entertainment Unit: Talk Bubble Cord – $8 for 3 @ Umbra
I don’t know about you, but every time I walk past the mess of cords behind our TV unit or under our computer desk, I get a little tense. While I’d like to believe my fiancé knows what all goes where, it might be nice to have everything clearly marked in case one day I have the unenviable task of plugging or unplugging some pieces. These cute, reusable clips from Umbra make electrical cord organization super easy. Use the enclosed white-erase marker to jot down each cord’s use, and simply erase whenever you replace a product or move something around. While you’re at it, invest in an energy-saving power bar to maximize your productive vibes. Makes a great gift for a techy dad.

Acrylic Lipstick Holder

Beautify Your Makeup Vanity: 24-Lipstick Acrylic Organizer – $6.99 @ The Container Store
For whatever reason, I have an abundance of lip products. And yet, I often lose track of the slippery little buggers, when in fact I’d probably wear lipstick a heck of a lot more if it were perched on my counter, looking like a beauty store display. It’s so incredibly easy and affordable to add little touches like this to your dresser, bathroom counter, or vanity table – you’ll not only have something that looks great, but encourages you to actually use your precious products. After all, a candy-coloured rack full of lipstick is simply too enticing not to take for a spin.

Sports Organizer

Shape Up Your Garage: Sports Organizer – $49.99 @ Bed, Bath & Beyond
If you’ve got kids in the house, inevitably you’ve also got sporting equipment. Whether they’re squeezing in extra practice between little league matches or simply have a football or basketball kicking around for impromptu pick-up games, those pesky (yet important) pieces of equipment can be a pain to store. This nylon case is genius on multiple levels. For one thing, it’s on castors, making it easy to move around. For another, the multiple compartments gives you flexible storage options – maybe each kid is responsible for one bucket, or you can keep everything together by sport of by function. No matter what, this is an extremely functional solution for your garage or storage room to keep yourself from tripping over an errant soccer ball.

Snap It Up Desk Organizer

Tidy Up Your Workspace: Snap It Up Desk Organizer – $17.99 @ Organize.com
I just cleaned up my perpetually cluttered desk at the office the other day and man was it easy. Annoyingly so really – I could have been sitting in a far less scattered, messy space had I just taken an hour to tidy up at some point. Or alternatively, if had some better organizational tools at my fingertips. Enter the Snap It Up Desk Organizer – a rainbow-hued acrylic board that takes up marginal space and can stash layers of items on a temporary (or long-term) basis with its colourful oversized rubber bands. Slip that super important client’s business card in there, or the list of numbers you most frequently call, or even stamps so you can grab one in a flash. Looks great, works great, tis a great choice for a cluttered coworker’s desk.



Clean Up (not out!) Your Closet: Gleener – $20 online
If you’re like me, wardrobe space is at a premium – which often means shuffling out heavy sweaters, knit dresses, and wool pants come warmer weather. Before you pack all those precious winterwear items away (or have a wardrobe purge of items that have gotten pilled with frequent use), grab a hold of this amazingly handy gadget called Gleener. With three fuzz-removing blades depending on what type of fabric you’re angling to fix, this manual tool is a snap to use – just attach the appropriate head and brush it over your worn-in knitwear for astonishing, fabric-renewing results. Trust me when I say your future self in the fall will very much thank you when they go to put on that delicate sweater on the first chilly day of the season. Three quick bonuses on this product, are you ready? First, it’s made by a Canadian company (yay!) Second, it comes with its own handy storage case so cleaning up one mess doesn’t cause another. Three, it’s under $20 (and it works) – making it a fantastic gift for your clotheshorse sister or even as a snappy Mother’s Day present for the gal who has everything.

I hope whoever wins today’s prize has a hefty sweater collection: I’ve got a Gleener to give away to a lucky reader. If you want to enter, you’ve gotta pledge to actually use this amazing / handy gadget okay? Here’s how:

1) Leave a comment by April 5th with the home organization gift idea featured in this post you like the best + who you’d buy it for.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around April 6th to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Snaps up for subscribers: if you get a daily dose of the Canadian Gift Guide already, you’ll earn yourself a bonus entry in this giveaway. Just remind me that you’re a subscriber below so I can verify that’s the case if you win. And if you’re NOT a subscriber, I mean really, what are you waiting for? Use the ‘gift me please’ box on the righthand side to sign up.

90 Responses to “Spring Gleening”
  1. Victoria Ess says:

    I like the Beautify Your Makeup Vanity. I don’t have many lip products, but my bff does, and she’d love it.

  2. Victoria Ess says:

    Subscribing with victoriaess@Hotmail.com

  3. April Campbell says:

    I like the sports organizer

  4. Patricia says:

    I could really use the Gleaner

  5. Julie G. says:

    I could use the Umbra talk bubble for cords – sorry, wouldn’t give them to anyone, I’d keep them for myself!

  6. Annie Demill says:

    I love the sports organizer for my sister-in-law who has 3 boys. I would use the Gleener and let you know how it worked! I already get my daily dose of the Canadian Gift Guide and look forward to reading it every day 🙂

  7. Sara says:

    This is a tough one! I’m in home organization mode lately and could use just about all of these! I’d probably say the sports organizer just because I can never have enough storage space! I’d keep it for myself to clear up all those balls and sticks my 3 year old has in every room of the house!

  8. Cathleen says:

    I think the Snap It Up organizer would be the most help to me. I always seem to be missing an important piece of paper…

  9. Joan G says:

    I want that Sports Organizer for my grandkids – both of them are heavily involved in sports and this would help organize their equipment.

  10. Jessica says:

    definitely the Sports Organizer

  11. Leah says:

    I like the gleener, I’d buy that for my sister

  12. Leah says:

    I’m a CGG subscriber

  13. cookie3 says:

    Love the Umbra talk bubbles for cords but I also love the Gleener which would replace the clothes shaver which tends to cut little holes into fabric if you aren’t careful.

  14. Louise says:

    I like the Beautify Your Makeup Vanity. I would buy two one for me and one for my mom:)

  15. Louise says:

    I’m a subscriber to Canadian Gift Guide -wildcardacehigh@yahoo.ca

  16. photomum says:

    I could definately use the Gleener

  17. leah leitch says:

    Talk Bubble Cord – $8 for 3 @ Umbra – I would gift these to everyone I know, so practical! Already a happy subscriber. Merci!

  18. Tyler McEwan says:

    I have a plethora of sweaters that I could easily Gleen – so could the rest of the family!

  19. Jayne Myers says:

    I’d buy the Sports Organizer as a gift for daughter to help with my grandsons’ sports equipment.

  20. mousecat says:

    I would choose Sports Organizer – from Bed, Bath & Beyond for sure. I’d buy it for our garage! We totally need to do some organizing in there!!

  21. stellar says:

    I love the Sports Organizer and would purchase it for my boyfriend.

  22. I could use the snap it up organizer!

  23. Jeannie Smyth says:

    I love the Beautify your Makeup Vanity. I have way to lipsticks and can never find the color Im looking for! This would make my life so much easier.

  24. Jeannie Smyth says:

    I subscribe to the Canadian Living Guide and I have to tell you that I thoroughly enjoy reading it! I always learn something new and see some great new products. Keep up the good work!

  25. Donna L. says:

    I’d get the Sports Organizer for my hubby to store his sports equipment.

  26. beewbedard says:

    the sports organizer would be good for our house- all of us

  27. beewbedard says:

    I am a subscriber

  28. sarah p says:

    I like the sports organizer…I can see this coming in handy!

  29. sarah p says:

    I am an email subscriber! ::)

  30. dustin coombs says:

    the gleener for my sweaters and my moms

  31. Susan says:

    I like the lipstick organizer — I could probably use it for papercrafting storage too (eyelets, brads, pearls, etc.) I definitely have a large sweater collection and am a current subscriber.

  32. The Gleener is something I need and would use. I’m known for leaving the house in ratty looking sweaters.

  33. linnett says:

    I would pick the Sports organizer for my hubby, thanks

  34. debra says:

    love the gleener and the sports organizer

  35. Chantelle says:

    I would love to have the talk bubble cord. I have a million cords for games systems, computers, printers, cell phones and a everything else and it would be nice to know which cord belongs to what electronic.

  36. GARRY S says:


  37. Suzanne says:

    I would buy the Gleener and would give it to my daughter as she has so many sweaters.

  38. Suzanne says:

    I am a subscriber. suzanne dot giroux at gmail dot com

  39. darlene boyle says:

    the gleener definitely

  40. Jennifer L. says:

    I love the Gleener. This would be great for my sister and friends.

  41. Anne Derkat says:

    I could really use the glreaner

  42. nicolthepickle says:

    I really like the idea of the lipstick organizer. Mine are in a bug jumble in my drawer.

  43. intensev5 says:

    Snap It Up Desk Organizer – I would love to get this for my daughter to help organize her desk area.

  44. Vesper says:

    I would like the Gleener for my clothes

  45. Vesper says:

    subscriber – meikleblog at gmail dot com

  46. Christine Harrison says:

    I LOVE the “Gleener” such a great idea! My favorite idea would have to be “Talk Bubble Cord” that is BRILLIANT!!!!! I need this…. Thank you for a fun giveaway! 😉

  47. jm says:

    I would like to win all these prizes

  48. Lisa says:

    I love the Sports Organizer and I would buy it for my kids to put their basketballs in.

  49. karen says:

    the sports organizer

  50. Jayne Cameron says:

    I could use the sports organizer

  51. Melissa D says:

    I love the sports organizer. Looks awesome for the kids stuff… I would love it for ourselves!

  52. Melissa D says:

    I am a subscriber. Thanks!

  53. Debbie Petch says:

    I really could use a gleener. They are great! I think the talk bubble cords are great too.

  54. Debbie Petch says:

    I have been a long time subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide.

  55. Love the Gleener! I had a similar gadget and gave it to my mom who has even more sweaters than I do, so this would be so welcome.

  56. I am a CGG subscriber:-)

  57. kathy wilson says:

    the gleener

  58. Pam Clark says:

    Oh! When I saw the desk organizer I thought of my husband right away! The time I spend looking for something on his desk that he can’t find!!!! I don’t even want to go there.
    Now, the gleener – I just got a great deal on a CASHMERE top. But I guess part of the great deal was that it kind of pills a lot 😦 so could I use a gleener ???

  59. diane p says:

    I like the talk bubble cord and I would buy it for my son.

  60. diane p says:

    I am a subscriber.

  61. Glogirl says:

    I like the Beautify Your Makeup Vanity: 24-Lipstick Acrylic Organizer and would get it for my mom.

  62. Glogirl says:

    I am a subscriber.

  63. ASHLEY O says:

    I Could Use the Gleener for sure! And my two little girls would LOVE the Sports Organizer 🙂

  64. Belinda McNabb says:

    I would like to try the Gleener and I would keep this for me

  65. Belinda McNabb says:

    I am a subscriber

  66. Lori says:

    Snap It Up Desk Organizer – $17.99 @ Organize.com

    id buy it for… me! 🙂

  67. Alison K says:

    The home organization gift idea featured in this post I like the best is the “Energize Your Entertainment Unit: Talk Bubble Cord – $8 for 3 @ Umbra” & I’d buy it for my computer geeky friends who have more cables going every which way that I always manage to trip over one of them. I have no idea how they vacuum!

    Bonus entry: I’m a subscriber but I don’t receive a daily dose of the Canadian Gift Guide. Instead it’s a weekly roundup. Did I sign up for the wrong one?


    • CGG says:

      Hmm strange Alison – I’ve never heard of someone getting weekly subscriptions! Maybe check at the bottom of your next email to see if there’s a way to change the frequency of your emails.

  68. Linda A says:

    I would like to try the Gleener

  69. Rachelle lapalme says:

    I love new ways to stay organized, I would love to try your products. Wish I am lucky enough to win. All the best 🙂

  70. Donnas says:

    I’d like the lipstick organizer for myself.

  71. Donnas says:

    I’m a subscriber.

  72. julia g says:

    I want the Gleener; it would make a great Mother’s Day gift.

    I am a subscriber.

  73. angela mitchell says:

    I love the Talk Bubble Cord Clips. I’d give these to my husband.

  74. angela mitchell says:

    I’m a subscriber:)

  75. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    It’s the Gleener that caught my eye and my interest. Sounds like the perfect thing for me and my pullovers.

  76. Nikki Mulkern says:

    The sports organizer for sure, and I would give it to my husband and two boys!

  77. KellyPC says:

    Love the sports organizer but we wouldn’t use it for sports equipment.

  78. Ashlee says:

    I need that Gleener! I have a wall of shirts, as well as a wall of sweaters, hoodies, and cardigans that could benefit from such a cool little device! Fingers crossed!

  79. I like the “Tidy Up Your Workspace: Snap It Up Desk Organizer – $17.99 @ Organize.com” the best and would buy it for myself.

  80. I am now a confirmed subscriber.

  81. aimee says:

    i would buy the sports organizer for my sons

  82. michelle k says:

    i like the Sports Organizer

  83. Jane MacKinnon says:

    Talk Bubble Cord – for my husband. I hate the mess of wires that hang from the entertainment center and every desk we own.

  84. Karolina Gielarowiec says:

    Sports Organizer

  85. Ali says:

    Talk bubble cord for me as I need the cords labeled when I ever try to fix something!

  86. Phil evans says:

    Some great items here sure to make spring greening a breeze.

  87. Lori Z says:

    I’d buy the Sports Organizer for my husband — it’d be great in the garage.

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