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Absolutely Organize Your Family: Simple Solutions to Control Clutter, Schedules & Spaces [Kindle Edition]

Debbie Lillard
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Book Description

Struggle Less and Savor More

Managing a family is no easy task. There are school projects to supervise, a constant deluge of laundry and toys to deal with, and after-school activities to drive to every night. It makes you wish you had an instruction manual to help you keep it all together - well, now you do!

Absolutely Organize Your Family is full of practical and effective solutions for all of your family's organizational challenges.

Debbie Lillard, professional organizer, mother of three and author of the popular book Absolutely Organized, offers all new "Absolutes of Organizing Your Family" tips to help you gain and maintain order in three key areas of your family life: Schedules, belongings and spaces. Inside you'll find:

  • Solutions for overcrowded and out-of-control schedules

  • Advice on establishing morning, evening, and bedtime routines

  • Strategies for organizing toys, collections, artwork, photographs, and more

  • Ways to keep closets and dressers in order even in the midst of growth spurts

  • Help for your child's schoolbag, desk, and locker

  • Methods of keeping bedrooms organized

  • Ideas for creating a homework area to improve study habits.

Spend less time struggling to keep up and more time savoring everyday moments with your family. Start your family's organizational makeover today.

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About the Author

Debbie Lillard is a Professional Organizer and a mother of three. After starting her own organizing business in 2003, she appeared on several episodes of HGTV's Mission: Organization. Since the release of her first book, Absolutely Organized (North Light Books, 2007), she has appeared on national talk radio shows and been quoted as an organizational expert in national magazines. She was recently interviewed for an article in the June 2009 issue of Real Simple.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1404 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1440301646
  • Publisher: Betterway Home (June 18, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VYC9JC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Deb Lillard does it again after the success of her first book, Absolutely Organized, with her follow-up, Absolutely Organize Your Family. If there is one thing that parents need today more than anything, it's more time. Lillard has created a chapter by chapter guide to discover that time. I warn you, it's not going to be easy, but it may be easier than you think with Lillard's help. It's going to take a bit of soul-searching and some discipline, but the techniques described in Absolutely Organize Your Family do work and can last a lifetime, not just for you but for your entire family from childhood into adulthood.

Lillard starts by examining how Mom and Dad do things before getting to the entire family. It makes sense to take a look how Mom and Dad treat organization first, doesn't it? Once they are on board, Lillard encourages an examination of the schedule of the family. Families are encouraged to work together to decide how the family time should be divided whether that be work, school, sports, activities, down-time, vacation, summer, etc. The book continues with chapter after chapter of tips, suggestions, charts, and pictures to help the reader navigate each area of their family's life including: scheduling and calenders, chores for the kids (my favorite), routines for the everyday, making the most of spaces, room-cleaning, a method for organizing those old clothes, and my personal favorite - what the heck to do with all of those papers that come home from school.

Lillard writes with empathy (she is a mother of 3 herself), experience (she is a professional organizer and she shares her own client's experiences as well as experiences from other organizers) and fun (she is a big proponent of the concepts of "down-time" and "good enough.") What the reader comes away with is a terrific resource to make organizing changes in home and life that will last for years to come. This is a book that will pulled from your shelf time and time again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Organize Your Family August 31, 2010
By S
Absolutely Organize Your Family by Lillard is one terrific book!
This book covers a lot of things we mothers complain about. As a parent we often say ... "I didn't know that." as if it excused us/me. There is no wiggle room in this book. It tackled me and my stressors totally, explaining it all in a friendly, easy to understand, way. It specifically told me how to work with my kids schedules, letting them make choices so the kids themselves don't get overstressed. And... how to set up our family schedule for fun together. I even learned how to perserve sanity with all of the sports equipment that comes thru my front door. I am glad I read this before school started. Now I am in control! Thanks Mrs.Lillard.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Busy Mom August 31, 2010
By Lisa C.
Absolutely Organize Your Family is a terrific book and a quick read. I am the target audience for this topic - 2 kids, full time job, too many papers, easily distracted with never enough hours in the day. I am prone to putting everything on the dining room table when I walk in the house, figuring I will put it away "later". I was a big fan of Deb Lillard's 1st book and equally pleased with her second. It's entertaining as well as full of great but simple ideas and excellent tips.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Organize your family? GENIUS! August 31, 2010
I was an instant fan of this author when I read her first book. When I saw her latest book pop-up in my email with the title.. well I was SOLD! I love her writing style! When I read her books, I feel like I am sitting with a friend who is giving me great advice! I can always use organizational help, I mean, really, WHO COULDN'T? From offering solutions to everyday clutter, to inexpensive storage ideas.. I love the book's practical and easy approach to getting the house (i.e. family) organized. I always stress about all of the paperwork that comes in the dreaded backpacks after school.. the book helps you with that and lots of other stuff (sports equipment, toys, artwork, clothes, photos, "collections" and more). It also gives solutions for scheduling your overly busy life, advice on setting routines and STICKING with them.. I could go on:) Definitely happy with this author's latest book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I read this whole book in one day and started organizing the next. I especially love the sections for families of special needs children. Thank you for the great ideas and motivation Debbie Lillard!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Natural Next Step August 31, 2010
Thanks, Debbie Lillard, for your great book. It seems that your focus on the family is timely for us, as we are in the pre-school years and each day has the ability to fly by! And there is just so much STUFF to manage properly!!! Great points and illustrations. A quick simple read. A perfect gift for any parent or teacher...especially in the Pre-K state!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful for school-age families! September 5, 2010
By BLJAmom
This book has given us some excellent tips on how to approach the new school year as an organized family. With four small kids, we're always looking for ways to keep our schedule and "stuff" under control. This book has been a huge help in getting our family ready for our oldest to begin school, as well as in reorganizing our kids' rooms.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent organizing ideas October 2, 2010
By kas5050
This book is packed full of great organizing ideas. It is easy to read, and easy to put the ideas into action.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Not what I was expecting.but ok
Published 5 months ago by Charity
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 5 months ago by John Faulkner
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
loved it
Published 7 months ago by Nay
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Can not rate higher, have not read
Published 9 months ago by Lady Di
4.0 out of 5 stars organization....yeah right!
From what I have read, this would be a handy tool that most certainly could help someone as unorganized as I am, however, I can not seem to find the time to even read this book. Read more
Published 19 months ago by andrea frohman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas for organizing kids
Has several good ideas and a very basic approach. Great for schoolage children's spaces. Also some good ideas for keeping homework in order.
Published on May 6, 2013 by Jennifer Reinsma
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new
I didn't learn anything new. I hope no one made the mistake of paying for this book. A big, fat yawn from me!
Published on April 5, 2013 by Hannele
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new
So basic that I did not glean even one helpful new tip. Waste of time and would not recommend. Even the review process is unwieldy,
Published on March 10, 2013 by Earl De Maris
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty basic
You'd have to be a complete moron to not know how to organize anything. This book is for those morons.
Published on February 26, 2013 by Melissa Matthis
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy and practical
This book has several easy ways to manage the mess. I like the examples and the web pages for references.
Published on February 11, 2013 by Karen Juarez
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More About the Author

Debbie Lillard is the owner of She has been doing business since 2003 and is an active member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). You may have seen her on episodes of HGTV's Mission Organization, Hoarders or heard her on several national talk radio shows. Her organizing tips have also appeared in such magazines as Better Homes & Gardens, Woman's Day, Family Fun and All You. She is one of six children and the mother of three. She writes about what she knows: trying to keep order and sanity in a home full of active children!


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