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The Busy Mom's Guide to a Happy, Organized Home: Fast Solutions to Hundreds of Everyday Dilemmas Paperback – August 1, 2008
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One thing I didn't like was that I got the impression that Peel thinks the home/kids/family domain are solely the mother's job. That the man works for his family, and that clears him of responsibility on the home front. I'm not sure that's exactly her thoughts, but that was the impression I got. I don't like that. Not one bit. A job is (generally) only 40 hours per week. Maintenance of the home and care for the children is a job that takes 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks per year. There is NO WAY I can do it ALL without at least SOME help from my husband! I know that as the kids get older they can help more, but still. What kind of example is it to them if they see Mom working CONSTANTLY around the home, and Dad's always relaxing? They don't generally get to see him AT work, so I don't think it would send a good message if he wasn't doing things around the house.
Anyway, as I said before, overall this was a helpful book filled with a lot of great tips. I will reference it often when tackling various things that I think could use a new approach.
Within each chapter you will find ideas and tips to make each area of your home run more efficiently thus giving you a happy and organized home. This would be a great book for a new homemaker who may feel lost in how to run their home. I have to admit this would have been a perfect gift for me when I got married twenty years ago. Learning something new is always a bonus - but I don't feel like I learned anything new from this book. I've read a lot of books on how to organize my home...it's implementing that knowledge that is where I could use the most help! Hubs would probably agree as clutter control seems to be one of my major issues!
A good how-to reference book for beginner's.
Many thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review. Opinions in this post are solely my own.
In The Busy Mom's Guide to a Happy, Organized Home, Kathy Peel has collected hundreds of tips and techniques to simplify daily home life. Organized around the seven key areas of life--Time & Scheduling, Home & Property, Food, Family & Friends, Finances, Special events, and Self Management--she provides a quick reference for time- and mind-saving tips.
Though I tackled this book as a cover-to-cover read (I need a LOT of help), I think it is best digested as a what-can-I-do-to-improve-in-this-area-today resource. Otherwise, what should be a help might become a burden. She has lists and lists of ideas to improve relationships, obedience, chores, grocery shopping, fire safety-you name it. The last thing we need is to be overwhelmed with our obvious failure at picnic hostessing when what we are really concerned with is car-pooling (or in my case, dish duty). Am I right?
I suspect that unless there is a woman out there in complete denial, every woman that picks up this book will find a treasure trove of help for her busy life-stay-at-homers and working moms alike.
Armchair Interviews agrees.
This is a fabulous addition to any home library. I do think it could be a bit overwhelming if you tried to read and implement everything all at once, as it's a dense book, packed with all sorts of information and home management tools. This is a great book for someone just starting out with home organization, and it's also good for someone who has a system in place, but is looking for helps or hints.
My favorite part of each chapter? The Most Important Things to Remember pages. I have come away with so many tidbits of wisdom from those pages. I so need to remember these two morsels specifically, "Don't let the things that matter least to you rob time from the things that matter most." and "The minutes of your day come with a choice: Only you can decide how you'll spend them."
Overall, a terrific resource for anyone wishing to inject some order into their homes and lives.
Thank to Tyndale House Publishers for the opportunity to review this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love it! I thought I was a fantasic organizer but I am becoming a better one. She is making my family life managable and I am able to be a fun mom, have a clean home. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Fatima
This book covers everything!!! It's like having Pinterest in book form.Published 19 months ago by Melinda Brown
Easy to read. Easy to Follow. Excellent tips. Great enabler to enhance ones productivity. I would recommend this book for those looking to get more organized.Published on April 22, 2013 by Steven J.
I love Kathy Peel's practical writing style and detailed Table of Contents. I greatly appreciate her vulnerability in sharing her own mishaps and learning opportunities. Read morePublished on July 17, 2010 by Amber L. Herron
The Busy Mom's Guide to a Happy, Organized Home is a great book with tons of tips for moms (and dads) on how to keep your home happy and organized. Read morePublished on July 6, 2010 by Shawn Ann
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So much to do and so little time. Welll help is available thanks to the new book by Kathy Peel. Read more
Overall, I liked this book. It's more of a reference guide at 300 pages, split into chapters based on the different "departments" a mom manages: Time & Scheduling, Home & Property,... Read morePublished on June 1, 2010 by R. Webb
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America's Family Manager Kathy Peel has once more offered us solutions to the many things in our lives that can harangue, excite, and... Read more