Tackle It Tuesday — Packing up the Messiest Hotel Room in New York

by Susan

Tackle it Tuesday

BlogHer ’10 was a Whirlwind… or more like a TORNADO according to our Hotel Room

Janice and I often describe ourselves as tornadoes who leave mess behind everywhere we go.

Well, BlogHer brings out the messiest in us. From the moment we hit our hotel room to the moment we cram the last piece of swag into our over-stuffed bags, we are go-go-going… with no time to pick up after ourselves.

We always have such a blast at BlogHer and again we were on a non-stop video shoot sponsored by the fabulous Kmart Design.

Our life during a BlogHer conference goes something like this…

Some time between 2 and 5 am we collapse on our beds and then wake in a mad rush to get out the door. We frantically search through our suitcases to find what we needed that very instant and toss everything out of our way. We run in for a wardrobe change and dump the contents of our purses on the floor as we switch to a different handbag. We drop off bags of swag and quickly pull out items like kids on Halloween to see what we’ve got.

I’m confident that the chaos of our hotel room was miles beyond what any other BlogHer partier generated.

And because we have no shame… we’re going to show it to you!

Janice took these photos Saturday night in the wee hours. Yes — we were still up!

tackle it tuesday blogher hotel

tackle it tuesday blogher hotel

tackle it tuesday blogher hotel

tackle it tuesday blogher hotel

tackle it tuesday blogher hotel

But SOMEHOW it got even messier Sunday morning while we sorted out swag and clothes and tried to see how we could fit everything in our suitcases and carry-on bags.

tackle it tuesday blogher hotel

tackle it tuesday blogher hotel

tackle it tuesday blogher hotel

In the end, we gave bags of swag away but still had to get the taxi to stop so we could buy a duffle bag to bring home the swag we decided to keep.

tackle it tuesday blogher hotel

After checking our bags, we were on our way…

tackle it tuesday blogher hotel

Now… the biggest trouble with that mess is that we had to TACKLE it in a mad rush on Sunday morning (luckily LATE morning as we purposely arranged an afternoon flight.)

Of course the tackle took far longer than we planned and we were an hour past the late check-out time. But we bribed the housekeepers with bagfuls of swag and they let our delayed check out slide.

After a long taxi ride slowed by parade traffic, we made it to the airport and arrived at our gate just in time for the flight. But we apparently didn’t need to rush as while boarding, the airline decided the plane was too broken and delayed the flight. The 2 hour delay made us miss our Seattle connection and we spent the night in Seattle. We finally arrived home on Monday afternoon!

What are you tackling this week? Link up show off…

Tell us what you’re up to with all your other tackles… housework and otherwise… add your link to your tackle in the MckLinky below!

Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about Tackle It Tuesday here.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done.

(It doesn’t even have to be housework… just whatever is on your To Do list.)

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Here is a fun thumbnail style linky…

IF the thumbnail Linky doesn’t work for you — or you prefer the old style, you can enter in the linky below.

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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 The Mom Venture Blog August 10, 2010 at 3:59 am

This is great, I have so much to tackle this week. We’re trying to get our house ready to sell, not to mention that I just need to have some organization if I’m going to function properly anyway! Thanks for the challenge.


2 Susie's Homemade August 10, 2010 at 9:02 am

That is one awesome tackle!


3 Jennifer, Snapshot August 10, 2010 at 9:11 am

Sorry about your delayed flight, but thanks for sharing the pictures. That’s hilarious! And I know it WAS a big tackle.


4 Zelma August 10, 2010 at 9:43 am

You guys are truly shameless! I’ve never had a hotel room look like that before, but then again, I’ve never been to BlogHer, so maybe it has something to do with that :)


5 Nolie August 10, 2010 at 10:04 am

I love the no shame. Bright side I did see slivers of bed that you guys were able to crawl into and sleep Saturday night.


6 Patty Reiser August 10, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Wow! What a mess to tackle. I hope my roommates and I can keep the mess to a minimum. We’re leaving tomorrow for the Arizona Biltmore for Heritage Makers Reunion, aka our annual national convention. Right now I am trying to tackle my packing. No time to blog about it though.

Celebrate Life and Capture It!


7 Margaret August 10, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Oh wow! I will never complain about my kids messy hotel room habits! LOL!


8 SisLisa August 10, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Perhaps you could take a sidekick teen to keep your room organized next year. I bet you had a blast! But having some extra help along might make it much easier for you to really enjoy it all the more. So what did you get to do the night in Seattle?


9 Kristie August 10, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Wow, you guys had a ton of stuff!! My tackle this week looks very small in comparison.


10 Amanda August 10, 2010 at 4:28 pm

wow looks like you guys had lots of fun


11 Mikki August 10, 2010 at 5:41 pm

WOW! That’s a LOT of stuff!! But sounds like you all had a great time!

So glad to hear you got home safely too. What an adventure you two have had!!


12 Debra August 10, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Great Tackle…….so glad we decided not to take pics of our room….we had 3 in our room! Whew…..that was a tackle and I was the only one leaving Sunday. :-)


13 Jaclyn Rubly August 10, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Congrats on tackling it! You guys got a lot! That’s awesome! Looks like you two had a lot of fun!


14 Jaclyn Rubly August 10, 2010 at 9:05 pm

I posted my tackle and dedication for your website!



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