Time Flies When You’re Having Fun: A Look Back at 8 Years of the Creative Organizing Blog

posted by Aby Garvey on February 25, 2014 14 Comments

8 years ago today I published my very first blog post. Isn’t that crazy? Eight years ago! That’s a mind-boggling long time ago, isn’t it? And to think, it all started on the suggestion of a friend who said “You should start a blog.” My guess is I said “What’s a blog?” followed by “Sure. Why not?”

When I started this blog, I seriously was about that tuned into blogging. Blogging was quite new, way back then, but it seemed like a fun way to share content and create community. I wanted to share organizing ideas, inspire people to take action, and show people how to add creative touches to their organizing projects. My goal was to make the creative organizing blog a happy place, filled with empowering messages and doable ideas. But I also wanted it to be real, a place to share little snippets of my own life.

When I started blogging my kids were five and seven—little kids! Fast forward to today and one of them is taller than me! As my kids have gotten older, I’ve pulled back from sharing details about their lives in the public space. Yet, some of my favorite posts have been the ones about real life—the raw stuff and even the painful stuff. Over the years, you’ve gone on a vacation with my mom and me, helped me say goodbye to my beloved little dog Buddy, and cheered me on as I finished my first half-marathon. But most important of all (to me), you, my dear reader, helped me through the most difficult time of my life …losing my Dad. Having a reason to write about him, and an outlet to share my thoughts about him, was incredibly healing, in ways I couldn’t have imagined before I became a blogger.

Aby and Dad Grand Haven

Today, in celebration of our 8-year bloggivesry, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the highlights of the past eight years. Here we go!

First post: While my first post wasn’t a “hello world” post, it just as easily could have been. The post didn’t even have a title (oops!) and consequently got left behind in our move over from Typepad. But this first post was followed up on the same day with a post with a title. (Yay, me. I’m a fast learner!) In this second post I shared my enthusiasm for newly discovered Swiffer Dusters.

Post(est) with the most(est) comments (non-giveaway). Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays: 28 Day Challenge – Day 1

Most pinned post:  A Year of Organizing Checklists

My favorite post:  ‘Twas the Night After Christmas… This post was so fun to write…it just rolled off my fingers. (A blogger’s dream come true.)

Jay’s favorite post: Goodbye Buddy  In Jay’s words, “There’s just something special about the way Aby tells this story, and of course Buddy was my dog, too.” Indeed he was. If it weren’t for Jay and his Subway sandwich, we might never have had Buddy!

Jen’s favorite post: Organizing with Your Kids: A long term perspective pays off.  As Jen says, “I’ve got a little clutter bug of my own, so this one really resonates with me. Each time I’m tempted to haul in a dumpster, I remind myself we’re working on long-term goals here!”

bath supplies bucketBased on the comments, here are some of our readers’ favorites:

And finally, one of the biggest honors in the past 8 years was winning The National Association of Professional Organizers Los Angeles Organizing Award in 2009 for Best Organizing Website or Blog. That was fun and we couldn’t have done it without the support of great readers like you!

best organizing website award

So that’s a quick look back at the past. It really is hard to believe that it’s been 8 years. But one thing I can tell you is this:  I’m truly glad I started blogging, on a whim, 8 years ago. Thank you for reading and commenting and being a part of the simplify 101 community. I appreciate you!

What has been your favorite post, tip or idea that I’ve shared over the years? What ideas stuck with you or struck a chord? And…what types of posts would you like to see in the future? Thanks for sharing! And thanks for 8 fun years. 


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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and coaching program

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  • February 25, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Wow–eight years! Congratulations! I’ve been enjoying the blog for a long time–I was trying to remember when I started; I think it was around the time you won the NAPO award, so probably since 2009! I hope you keep at it for at least another eight years!

    February 25, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Thank you, Nancy! :)

    • February 25, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      Congratulations on 8 years! I feel like I’ve “known” you for at least that long. Your blog posts always seem to resonate. I really loved Finish It Fridays. Those I think are my favorites because they spurred me to action. I love your website and the community you’ve created. My life is definitely better because of the classes I’ve taken with you!
      Happy Blog-versary!

      February 25, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      Thanks so much Alissa! It’s very possible you’ve been around simplify 101 since before the blog. :)

      • February 25, 2014 at 8:25 pm

        Happy Bloggiversary! You have transformed me- my blogs, my desk, and my piles.
        I am so happy I found you! I use your wisdom daily.
        Thank you!

        February 26, 2014 at 9:29 am

        Thank you so much June! :)

        • February 25, 2014 at 11:33 pm

          Congratulations and happy bloggiversary! I always love when your posts pop up because I love to ‘hang out’ in this space with your cheerful and positive attitude. My favourite tip of yours was about the home management binder (I did a half hearted attempt at one at the time but finally put the time and effort into making it work after signing up for the online mini course recently – now I have a pretty one on my kitchen counter that is working great!). My favourite post was about your Dad. Because I wish I had a Dad like yours and you wrote so beautifully about it that, for a moment, I could feel how that would feel. It brought me to tears in a good way.

          February 26, 2014 at 9:31 am

          Aw thank you so much Catherine. Your comment gave me little goosebumps. Thank you for your comment. Hugs.

          • February 26, 2014 at 2:17 am

            Congratulations to you and your blog! I have been reading for quite some years as well (maybe six?), have taken quite a lot of your classes and will definitely keep sticking around. Keep going, Aby, you are a great inspiration to so many people! all the best from Austria!

            February 26, 2014 at 9:30 am

            Thank you so much Evi! :)

            • February 27, 2014 at 6:14 am

              Happy anniversary! Your posts are always the first ones I read when I see a new one. By far the best practical organizing solutions out there, especially love the Take Action que.

              February 27, 2014 at 1:25 pm

              Thanks so much Erica! So nice to hear from you. :)

              • March 2, 2014 at 5:34 pm

                Congrats on your many years of great blogging! Thanks for the recap – it was fun to read some of the older posts.

                March 3, 2014 at 11:04 am

                Thanks, Tiffany!