I received a book on review recently. The title: Secrets of an Organized Mom.
Let me tell you, this book, written by Barbara Reich, has been the inspiration and guidance I have been looking for. Without having even fully implemented Barbara’s strategy, I have sorted closets, organized play spaces, and reclaimed drawers and cupboards.
Right from the first page, Barbara had my attention. And not just because being organized and staying on top of the stuff that families accumulate is every mother’s dream. But because, she gets it. She’s a mom herself, which of course gives her that inner understanding of what other moms are struggling with.
I read the book looking for a method of organization that would work for me and my family and that we would keep using even after the initial clean-out was done. This is key. There’s not a lot of point to getting organized if you’re not going to stay organized. And that seems to be the hardest thing in my family. (I’m probably not alone in this.)
In Secrets of an Organized Mom, the process is broken down into four simple steps followed by the 10 commandments of organizing. Now, any organized person will tell you that these steps and commandments are the basics of keeping on top of things. And I’ve seen the general idea laid out before, but there is something special, witty, humorous, and understanding in the way that Barbara tackles this topic. I think what shows through is her passion for organizing and her passion for happy families. This is what captured me. And I can think of a few people in my life to whom I may be gifting this book. I think they’ll be captured by it in the same way that I was.
Now, onto the organizing. Even without scheduling time in my calendar (something Barbara outlines as necessary to properly tackling a “hot spot” or “the area that drives you absolutely the craziest”) and fulling implementing her methods, I have been inspired by her book to get organized. In several areas of my home, I have Purged (step 1), Organized (step 3) (I skipped Step 2—Design because I already had infrastructure in place, we just weren’t using it) and Maintained (step 4). And I have felt great doing it! Less clutter = a clearer mind.
My next step is to schedule some time for that hot spot that’s driving me mad!
Got a mess in your home? Want to dig out from under it? This is the book you need. Funny, easy to read, lots of great information and inspiration. Secrets of an Organized Mom is by far the best book I have read on organizing and staying organized.
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I received a copy of Secrets of an Organized Mom for review. However, the views and opinions stated above are my own. I was not compensated in any other way.