Best of 2020 – Productivity & Organizing Blog Carnival

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2020, the year of the mask

There’s no doubt that everyone’s looking forward to saying goodbye to this historic year. But before we do that, let’s take a few minutes to reflect on our good experiences. Here are a few of mine:

  • Although it’s mainly been virtual, I’ve spent more time with some people during 2020 than I ever have in the past.
  • By staying home for months, I saved a ton of money on gas, restaurant meals, and even clothes.
  • I’ve learned to be more flexible and creative, especially in the kitchen.
  • I’ve read a lot of amazing books, giving me a chance to escape to different places, times, and realities.

I’ve also read hundreds of blog posts, receiving information and inspiration on a wide range of topics. But I wanted to read even more! And so, for the final Productivity & Organizing Blog Carnival of the year, I asked my readers to submit their Best of 2020. I left it up to them how to interpret the word “best” but a few of the reasons shared with me for the selections were:

“This was my most popular post of the year.”

“WordPress had this as my top post for 2020!”

“I picked this one because well 2020 and also because it had the most comments.”

“I think my best post is this recent one about … my own big project of the month.”

“I submitted the one with the most heart. Turns out that it also had a high number of comments, but it wasn’t why I chose it.”

“I’m considering this post to be my ‘best’ because it started my idea to create a series of articles (four more) around one topic. It also showcases my first Canva-designed infographic!”

“It had the highest number of pageviews.”

“I asked everyone I know.”

As you read what my readers consider their best posts of 2020, you’re sure to pick up some valuable tips and perhaps even some inspiration for your own blog.

Please connect with the bloggers on social media, leave comments, and share your favorite posts with your own network. Please use the hashtags #POBC and #Bestof2020 in your social media posts.

Amy KennedyDo you feel like you are drowning in your own life?
Angela Carte11 Crazy Simple Tips to Save Money as a Stay at Home Mom
Debbie PendellMy Post-Covid World
Debbie RosemontTell the Truth: How Are You Really Doing?
Hazel ThorntonOrg4life’s 15 Best Blog Posts Ever
Hellen ButtigiegFeeling inadequate about your productivity during quarantine?
Janet Schiesl4 Easy Steps to an Organized Linen Closet
Janet BarclayHelp others get organized, virtually
Joe CarteHow to Have a Happy and Healthy Marriage in Your Thirties
Julie Stobbe7 Packing tips for a move across the country
Julie BestryDoes Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? 5 Strategies to Cope With Pandemic Time Dilation
Kim TremblayWhat's for Dinner During a Pandemic?
Linda Samuels7 Lessons I Learned About Weddings, Hope, & Possibilities
Mel Carruthers10 simple ways to show your home a little love
Melissa GratiasWhen you have all the time in the world but no motivation to do anything…
Neena NandagopalHow to Organize Your Cable Clutter
Olive WagarWhy Paper Treasures Still Matter
Pam WongAre You Ready to Work From Home?
Sara SkillenAll Up In Your Head
Seana TurnerStay-at-home Scavenger Hunt
Sheri SteedMy Strategy For Maintaining Sanity While Sheltering In Place
Stacey Agin Murray7 Steps to Organized Meal Planning For Crisis Time or Anytime


Thanks to everyone who shared their Best of 2020!

It’s not too early to start thinking about next year! Please let me know what topics you’d like to read or write about or if you know of a potential sponsor (maybe even yourself!).

In the meantime, go ahead and submit a post to January’s Blog Carnival, when the topic will be Organizing Checklists.

Coming Up

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Submission dates: January 19 to February 15

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Submission dates: February 16 to March 15

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A former professional organizer, I'm now a Website Design and Care Specialist. I love helping others succeed by sharing the knowledge and insight I’ve gained through marketing my own business for over 15 years! When I’m away from my desk, I enjoy reading, photography, watching movies, and cooking.

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A former professional organizer, I'm now a Website Design and Care Specialist. I love helping others succeed by sharing the knowledge and insight I’ve gained through marketing my own business for over 15 years! When I’m away from my desk, I enjoy reading, photography, watching movies, and cooking.


  1. Seana Turner on December 16, 2020 at 10:25 am

    What a great idea to have us submit these. It is interesting that we interpreted “best” differently. My submission had so many more hits than normal that it ended up being my most read blog ever!

    • Janet Barclay on December 16, 2020 at 2:31 pm

      That’s amazing, Seana! That’s one of the benefits to coming up with such a unique and timely topic.

  2. Lucy Kelly on December 16, 2020 at 10:57 am

    Can’t wait to read all these blogs, what a treat! Thanks for collecting all these, Janet.

    • Janet Barclay on December 16, 2020 at 2:31 pm

      I had the easy job – you guys did all the writing!

  3. Linda Samuels on December 16, 2020 at 11:02 am

    I enjoyed reading the blog post titles, especially in the context of each bloggers definition of “best.” It will be fun reading the posts too. What a year we’ve had! It looks like a good percentage of the posts are pandemic-related, which is no surprise. I also loved reading the ways bloggers chose what to submit. I remember having that conversation with you about this and love how you incorporated it into the post. Way to go, Janet!

    • Janet Barclay on December 16, 2020 at 2:35 pm

      I think the collection really encapsulates the year we’ve had. Lots of different ways to deal with the pandemic, but also a reminder that that’s just one part of our lives and there are lots of other things to think about too.

      Thank you so much, Linda, for your regular participation and support, and for sharing why you chose your specific post.

  4. OLIVE WAGAR on December 18, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    What a great collection! I chose the blog that was my favorite because no matter whatever happens around me or to me, I will always advocate for sending personal handwritten cards–kindness you can hold in your hand!

    • Janet Barclay on December 19, 2020 at 12:52 pm

      I love receiving cards in the mail! I’m sad that I’ve only received 6 Christmas cards this year (so far) and most of them are commercial. I only sent out a few but hope to do more throughout the year.

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