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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (September 29, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345419855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345419859
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,489,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Here's another winner from Kathy Peel. She's got tons of great ideas from decluttering to cleaning, from organizing child care to throwing great, stress-free parties! There's a comprehensive index in the back, and a complete table of contents in the front, so this one's terrific to keep around for a reference!

Eileen Gaffney, Associate Managing Editor

From the Inside Flap

"Whoever you are, and however you operate as a family manager, this book can help. Use it as a yearly planner, a reminder, and a good friend with good ideas."
--Kathy Peel

Throughout the year, life is full of surprises. A sudden rainy day confines your kids to home. Wouldn't it be nice to give them fifty fun ways to combat cabin fever? Your husband calls: he's bringing home some important business associates for dinner. Imagine whipping up a delicious meal on a half hour's notice. A sudden visit from family? Learn to clean your entire house in a weekend. You can do it--and family manager expert Kathy Peel shows you how in this indispensable year-round planner.

¸  Outline monthly and seasonal goals and strategies
¸  Develop your best management style
¸  Apply the seven survival strategies
¸  Simplify finances and record keeping
¸  Anticipate and plan for the big changes

Plus ideas for shortcuts in the kitchen, speed cleaning, smart shopping, and hundreds of other ways to make every day easier and your life much happier.

More About the Author

Kathy Peel is CEO of Family Manager Inc., a company that trains women in the art of family management. She has written 21 books, selling more than 2 million copies. Her latest works are The Busy Couple's Guide to Sharing the Work & the Joy, The Busy Mom's Guide to a Happy, Organized Home (winner of the 2009 Gold Mom's Choice Award) and Desperate Households. She is AOL's Kids & Family Coach, and she contributes to many publications, including FamilyFun, Parents, Woman's World, Family Circle, HomeLife, and ParentDish. A popular speaker and media personality with repeat appearances on programs such as Oprah, The Early Show, The Today Show, and HGTV.

Visit Kathy Peel's Web site: www.familymanager.com

Customer Reviews

It's so easy to feel like we stay-at-home moms do so little in the world.
Sheila Wray Gregoire
The Family Manager's Everyday Survival Guide by Kathy Peel What a wonderfully refreshing resource Ms. Peel's book is!
D. Williams
Of course it's full of pretty much the same stuff other books are full of too.
Holly Rose

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By D. Williams on August 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
The Family Manager's Everyday Survival Guide by Kathy Peel
What a wonderfully refreshing resource Ms. Peel's book is! The Family Manager's Everyday Survival Guide is not only filled with useful, practical effective tips for managing your home, but the author's philosophy is so REAL. She immediately provides the reader with "10 Reasons to Get Organized", followed by "10 Reasons Why You'll Never Get Organized and Stay That Way Forever" - how true to life! So many books on organizing and time management teach just one way of doing things, and when this style does not match the reader's personal style, a sense of failure is created; but not so with Everday Survival Guide.
This book is well written, easy to follow, and (dare I say it) well organized. It is a guide, reference book, and primer all in one. Reading one of the basic principles in organizing early in the book is a big plus for the reader: "Organization is an ongoing art, a process, not an end product." This is exactly what organizing professionals teach their clients, and a lesson not to be dismissed lightly. By stating this right up front, Kathy Peel has tuned the reader in to the fact that there is nothing wrong with them, and the quest for finding balance in their life is shared by all women.
I particularly enjoyed the home management exercises, such as looking through rooms in your home for "secret" storage space, and not taking anything for granted in uncluttering your home. Using checklists as a time-saver is a wonderful idea, avoiding being disorganized on trips, for parties, etc.
I've added The Family Manager's Everyday Survival Guide to my recommended reading list for my workshops and teleclasses, and encourage readers to buy two copies: one for themselves, and one for a friend. Happy organizing!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is wonderful! It is down-to-earth, practical, easy to read and thorough. All of her tips are very do-able, and she never implies that her way is the *only* way (or even the *best* way, for that matter). The author encourages readers to take their own personality, family size, lifestyle, etc. into account and work from there, instead of trying to achieve some Martha Stewart (aka Impossible) ideal. I highly recommend this book.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By apoem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 22, 2001
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First the positive:
This book is full of useful information to help you in organizing your home, your time, your life and more. There are many hints and techniques as well as a encouragement. If you are just starting down the road to organizing, this is a good book to begin with.
However, if you already have a fairly well run family and need to fine tune your organizing this is not the book to get.
Much of this can be read in any women's magazine in any given month. Many of the ideas are very simplistic (not that this is all bad).
Overall, I'd say that there are other better books out there that deal with organizing a home. I prefer Confessions of a Happily Organized Family or others by the same author.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
Kathy Peel is person who's been there. Can't find soccer uniforms, socks, and overdue library books. She's learned by experience, and her ideas come from her experience. The book gives you ideas, and leaves room for you to use your own management style. Good tips for geting the kids to help around the house, and getting the family to work as a team. I think the main idea here is for the home to be a reasonably clean and pleasant place to be. A comforting place to be after a stressful day. She includes a reasonable plan for organizing your life day by day, as well as some good solutions for things that happen once or twice a year. I found the book to be helpful without alot of suffocating rules to follow. Try it, you'll probably like it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 2003
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I am organizationally challenged. I admit this. My home is an explosion of toys, cracker crumbs, laundry and paperwork. Our bills are regularly late because we can't find them or worse forget about them. I would like to say this book re-invented my life, I have to be realistic though. After almost 30 years of disorganization nothing will change over night. The author does offer some very practical simple solutions that I was able to implement with almost no effort. This was great for us. I created an organization system and rearranged a few items of furniture to find that I could use the space and things I already owned to my advantage. I try to look through the book weekly to find something new I can add to our routine to see what we can do to improve things. If you are just starting out with organization or you are to the point I was where you were ready to explode this is an excellent resource.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Wray Gregoire on May 19, 2003
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It's so easy to feel like we stay-at-home moms do so little in the world. Everyone else has titles at their job: "assistant product developer", "marketing coordinator", "research and design engineer". We're simply "Mom". And often as we sit around in our jeans with banana mash stuck on them juggling a baby and figuring out when we need to leave to pick up our older ones from school, we wonder whether we're really that important.
Kathy Peel helps us in two ways: first, she encourages us that what we do truly is important. In fact, it's the most important job there is! And if we're going to do it right, it requires some organization.
The Family Manager doesn't just teach us how to organize our homes, it helps us make sure that the main priorities don't get lost in the shuffle of driving to gymnastics, to Boy Scouts, and the grocery store. She reminds us to plan family activities, to make everyone feel special, and to take time just to enjoy each other. And to keep stress to a minimum, she reminds us to do the "preventative maintenance" in all areas of our lives, so that we don't have to spend precious time putting out fires.
When I wrote To Love, Honor and Vacuum, I didn't repeat what Kathy Peel did, because she did such a good job. I focused on how to change our relationships so that we don't feel so taken for granted, but I recommended that everyone also read The Family Manager to learn how to do that housework quickly, efficiently, and to everyone's benefit.
If you're down in the duldrums and feeling like you're running off your feet, this book will help you to remember that you are important and that you can make a difference.
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