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Home Management 101: A Guide for Busy Parents Paperback – May, 2001

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Editorial Reviews


"I highly recommend this book to any parent who has needed eight arms to try and get it all done." -- Mia Cronan, MainStreetMom.Com

"Williams shows you how to get organized...with ease based on her experience as a wife, mother and entrepeneur." -- Lillian Vernon founder and CEO of Lillian Vernon Catalog

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When this book first came across my desk... well, I must admit--I was almost too disorganized to read it! As a publisher, editor, author, mother, girl-scout leader, spokesperson, wife and more, I have a few too many hats on my hat rock and often feel I'm taking 100 steps backward for each step forward. I decided to put Debbie's concepts to the test and see if they would work with my hectic and demanding lifestyle. Not only did they work, they worked wonders. Probably the point that really hit home for me was where Debbie wrote about different styles of organizing. I confess, if you emptied my office you would probably find 2 dozen different day books, to-do lists and other remnants of organizational systems gone awry. In Home Management 101, Debbie emphasizes that many of the "do-it-all systems" we can purchase, aren't practical for the every day user. We need to customize our systems and make them our own. As she says, organizing is not a one-size-fits-all business. Debbie shows you how to customize your system, test it and make it work. She offers loads of ideas and tips to get organized without buying expensive planners or plastic bins or labeled spice jars. This is real stuff, for real life, for real busy parents. And did I mention that the book is fun to read? Debbie's lighthearted approach and enetertaining writing bring fun to an otherwise often-dreaded subject. After only an hour or two of reading, you'll be ready to get started on a new system and a new "organized you."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Champion Press (WI) (May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891400215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891400216
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,835,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 31, 2003
Format: Paperback
"This book shares all the information you will need to create a successful, easy-to-maintain system for your family. By learning the basic skills of an organized parent, you can react in a calm professional manner so that you control your household, rather than allowing it to control you." ~Debbie Williams

If your home looks like a hurricane just hit and there is no storm in sight, this book might help you finally tackle your organizational challenges. If you just have a few things out of place, here or there, then this will give you a few basic ideas you can implement in your organizational wars.

My mother's idea of organizing was to put everything in my room in the middle of the floor and let me sit and organize it for hours on end. Even after all this training, I still occasionally find myself in the middle of some disorganized, creative whirlwind.

There are times when you might be more in the mood to organize than at other times. To use those to the best advantage, read this book! It is really about more than just putting away clutter. I love her ideas about writing down items you run out of on "inventory" sheets hanging in various rooms. It saves running to the other room to find that pen and paper and ...oops, you already forgot what you were going to write down. This is a great time saver.

Debbie Williams presents an action plan:

1. Let's Get it Together -You will finally have ideas for how to sort through the items in your house. I like her idea about organizing one room at a time. It will give you a sense of satisfaction to see your home changing one room at a time.

2. Home Management 101 - A great section on managing paper clutter. I take ideas about sorting mail very seriously these days.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By apoem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 18, 2002
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This is a very very basic book on organizing your home. If you were just beginning a system of organization, didn't know where to start at all, or had not read another book about organization; then this might the book for you.
If, however, you are like myself- fairly organized and looking for a few hints and pointers and possibly some better ideas of ways to organize, you can skip this book. Personally I suggest to my friends that they consider 'Confessions of a Happily Organized Housewife' by Deniece Schofield. (Both her books are well worth the money!)
So- here is my opinion: IF you have never organizined before this is a very non threatening book with some great ideas for organizing various parts of your home. The author does a great job of explaining how to sort through things for importance, how to keep a system going once it is in place, and ideas of how to organize what you do keep. I just find it a VERY BASIC book. If you are already somewhat organized in your life or have already read some books on this topic, you can probably skip this book.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Cronan on June 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
Think nobody understands your organization woes? Think again...Ms. Williams hits all the targets with Home Management. She holds our hands through the process of breaking down our daily tasks into tackle-able parcels. Do you have uncontrollable kitchen clutter? That's where most everything lands in my house, anyway. School papers, mail, bills, newspapers, etc... This book shows you how to handle every piece of it.
You'll see side boxes with "Bright Ideas" in them. These are things you might have figured out if you thought about it long enough, but #1: Who has that kind of time?, and #2: Ms. Williams has done it for us! She even touches on some parenting skills when she gets into the toy arena! Shew....that's scary territory for any parent. Or if you have a teenager who's in a contest to see how many pieces if clothing she can own, you'll learn how to organize and store these things neatly so they can be found and not just recycled in the laundry!
I highly recommend this book to any parent or homeowner who has needed eight arms or split personalities to try to get it all done and put away. Great job, Debbie!...
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 7, 2001
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Debbie Williams takes to heart the concept of "feed a man a fish and he's full for a day, but teach him how to fish, and he'll have food for life." Her book, "Home Management 101: A Guide for Busy Parents," can take even the most organizationally challenged person and help them become more organized.
Whether your home is chaotic, cluttered, or just needing more systems for organization, this book is for you. Ms. Williams' writing style is delightful and easy to understand. It's like having her there as your personal guide in tackling that cluttered closet or chaotic kid's room. I used her book as a guide to organize two of the most chaotic rooms in my house. Before reading "Home Management 101," I was too overwhelmed to even begin. "Home Management 101" is a book I'll keep handy to refer to again and again.
The great thing is that Debbie Williams offers affordable organizational coaching services, which I've also used. She's got a wonderful way of helping you see exactly what you need to do and comes up with creative solutions that keep the whole family excited about being organized...
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