I used to be fairly organized. I wouldn’t say that I had a place for everything and everything in it’s place, but I would say that I had a handle on where everything was and it was very easy to keep things neat and tidy, before kids. I was even able to stay relatively organized when I only had one, even two kids. It wasn’t until we had baby #3 that things started to get out of control and now that we have baby #4, he’s now a toddler, things are just a mess to say the least. I have so many toys, clothes and school items to keep track of it’s really quite overwhelming at times. Just staying on top of the daily house cleaning duties is more then I can handle some times. So finding the time and motivation to organize and purge properly has sort of been put on the back burner. Sadly, I can’t let that be the case any longer. We don’t have a large house by any stretch of the imagination but it’s big enough to house our family of six (for now) I just need to find better solutions for organizing our stuff.
That’s where the amazing book, A Mom’s Guide to Home Organization comes into play. Written by Debbie Lillard, it’s actually a compilation of her two previous books Absolutely Organized and Absolutely Organize Your Family. Debbie is a professional organizer in the Philadelphia area, who has appeared on A&E’s Hoarders and HGTV’s Mission: Organization as well as radio shows across the US, Canada and England. And she has run her own organizing business Space to Spare since 2003.
A Mom’s Guide to Organization is such a helpful book for this very disorganized mom. I think my favorite thing about it is that you can read the entire book or you can go to a particular chapter depending on what part of your house or life you are working on. From tips for organizing your photos to organizing and containing your children’s toys, Debbie walks you through using her simple but effective C.P.R method (Categorize, Purge, and Rearrange). The book is broken up in to parts featuring the main areas of life that need to be organized, your time, your belongings and your home.
I love that she includes little stories of people she has encountered as well, explaining how things can go right and how things can wrong. She also includes Random Absolutes of Organizing, such as, subtract before you add, put like things together,and keep purging simple with Yes and No piles. Such simple suggestions yet I tend to forget them frequently.
This wonderful book won’t be released until December 20th but it would still make a great gift! The book will be available wherever books are sold and online at Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, etc. It will also be available for Kindle, iPad and all other e-read/tablet devices. The cover price is $26.99.
*Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book to help facilitate my review. All opinions are strictly my own.*