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Absolutely Organize Your Family is a Tool, a Resource, an Organizing Bible
on December 1, 2010
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.