Raise your hand if one of your new year’s resolutions (every year) is to declutter and organize your home? Well, me too. As I’m working on a review of my goals post, I realize how little I got done this year (being a new mom who works full time will do that to you) so I was thrilled to have a chance to read and review a book on home organization.
I received the book in exchange for my honest review.
What I liked about A Mom’s Guide to Home Organization:
This book contains some practical ideas that are simple to implement but would really work. I liked the left to right rule quite a bit. The idea is: you put everything you are working with on your left (such as recipe ingredients) and move them to the right as you are done using them. That way when you get interrupted, you will know where you left off. Other tips are to have a family calendar where you can write everything down so you can track events, budget, etc., and to have activity charts where you can see what is going on at a glance.
This book contains so many lists and I love lists! Such a practical and visual way to organize your needs and plans. I like the simple suggestions to just pay attention to your usual routine and see what you’re using on a regular basis – ensure those items are included on your travel packing list. The suggestions are common sense and straightforward, so are easy to implement and say “oh yea, why didn’t I think of that?”
I also liked the list of chores that kids can do by age, to help them get involved and help with taking care of the household. The stair basket is an idea I’ve been hearing about a lot, and I’m planning on implementing one. I think I’ll decorate another large diaper box or shipment box like I did the DIY toy box to use as the stair basket.
The part on organization is what interested me the most. I liked her CPR approach (Categorize, Purge, and Rearrange). I really struggle with “purge what you don’t need”. I have the “what if” syndrome, and also the “this is too much effort” syndrome. I like to hide things in closets and bins, but purging isn’t easy for me. That is definitely a personal goal I need to work on. I like her lists of “Absolutes of Organizing” because everything on that list makes a lot of sense.
There is a really good chapter on paper, and how long to keep each type of file. I’m usually pretty good at filing things in proper folders in the cabinets, but I don’t go through and purge them. I’ve only done that once – when we moved – because I didn’t want to move that much paper. I did switch every bill I could to electronic “paperless” statements so that I wouldn’t have to deal with filing and keeping more paper, and the bills are automatically debited as well. Less to keep up with is very helpful.
I liked how each section ends with a list of the important points that chapter made. It helps serve as a reminder after reading and are very useful for later review.
What I did not like or agree with in A Mom’s Guide to Home Organization:
This book is clearly intended for stay at home moms. The schedule for cleaning the house definitely doesn’t work when you are coming home after 7 PM every day. The “solution” for working moms? Hire a cleaner. That is not advice that would convince me to buy a book on organization. I would instead rather see a modified schedule for working moms to tackle on weekends.
I also was not a fan of the new baby section. This book assumes a new baby should be sleeping through the night (from 11 PM to 6 AM) without nightly feeds at 8 weeks. That is terrible advice for breastfeeding mothers and I really don’t think this book should even be giving this kind of medical advice.
Author: Debbie Lillard
Description: Are you frazzled by your family’s hectic schedule and chaotic household? Then try Debbie Lillard’s “A Mom’s Guide to Home Organization.” This book walks you through simple processes and tips for organizing your time, your stuff and your space. The second half of the book addresses how to teach your children the life skill of being organized. Written by a busy mom for busy moms.
Create a Happy, Clutter-Free Home!
Do you dream of having a clutter-free kitchen, organized closet, tidy toy room and stress-free schedule? All of this and more is within your reach when you follow the practical and effective organizing advice in this book. In this ultimate home organization guide Debbie Lillard, professional organizer and mother of three, helps you gain and maintain order in three key areas of your family life:
- Your Time: Learn how to get more done in less time by streamlining everyday duties, creating morning, after-school and bedtime routines, and effectively managing extracurricular activities.
- Your Belongings: Use Debbie’s simple but effective C.P.R. method (Categorize, Purge, and Rearrange) to organize, toys, clothes, children’s artwork, paperwork, photos, collections and more.
- Your Home: Follow the step-by-step instructions for organizing every room in your home, plus find help for keeping your child’s schoolbag, desk, locker, and home study area organized.
Follow the book from start to finish for a complete home makeover, or dip in here or there for help with one problem area at a time. The tried-and-true advice will help you simplify your life so you can spend less time struggling to keep up and more time savoring everyday moments with your family.
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