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Sidetracked Home Executives(TM): From Pigpen to Paradise Paperback – February 1, 2001
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About the Author
Rozen is a writer and editor. She has taught college English and journalism.
Peggy Jones trained with the Westminster Pastoral Foundation and the Society of Analytical Psychology and subsequently worked in private practice as a counsellor, psychotherapist and Jungian analyst. During this time she served as the first organiser of the Day Release training at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation and taught on that and other courses at the Foundation. At the Society of Analytical Psychology she served on the Training Committee and contributed lectures on the collective unconscious and the archetypes in the Public Events program and gave a number of talks (some of which were subsequently published) to various counselling and psychotherapy organizations. She has also run several workshops on the "I Ching".
Mary Jo Rulnick and Judith Burnett Schneider live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Judith Burnett Schneider runs a successful editing/critiquing service. They give over 70 presentations a year at conferences, workshops and seminars, and have written articles for or been featured in magazines and newspapers like Disney's FamilyFun Magazine, Home Business Journal Magazine, Pittsburgh Parent, Atlanta Parent, San Diego Family, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, the Houston Chronicle and the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
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Top Customer Reviews
If, however, you are a SHE because you're a frozen perfectionist, someone who never cleans because you don't have time to do it RIGHT, this is not the book for you. The card-file is wonderful - except that I'm entirely capable of spending the next 6 months making sure I've got the file system perfect without ever actually doing any of the stuff on it. There's also nothing to prevent you from overloading yourself with nit-picking chores and burning out. If these sound like things you would be prone to, then I would recommend "Sink Reflections" by Marla Cilley instead. She uses much of the same material as Pam and Peggy (she credits them as her inspiration), but her program is specifically designed for those of us who try so hard for perfection we get nowhere.
If perfectionism isn't your problem, then by all means go with Pam and Peggy. They're great fun to read, and however bad your house is, they will understand.
When I recently gave up my busy work life to come a work-at-home mom, I thought one of the results would be a neat and organized home. My excuse for a more than slightly disorganized home was that, as a full-time traveling working single parent, two dogs, two cats and a tank full of fish, I was just too busy. My fantasy was that more time at home would cure that.
It didn't -- if anything, my disorganization seemed to expand to fit the free time. Worse, even with all the free time, without spending much time on housework, I never seemed to be able to find the time to do a lot of things I wanted to do. My shelves were filled with home craft materials, but even if I had the time to spend on a project, I couldn't seem to locate what I needed.
But when my fourth grader's teacher told me he was the most disorganized child she'd taught in 7 years, and then showed me his desk overflowing with papers, books and homework assignments completed but never turned in, I realized something had to be done. I was training him to live in CHAOS (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome). Visions of my son in the future, opening his high school locker only to be buried alive, prompted me to find a solution for him -- which meant I needed to lead by example.
And so -- since nothing else had worked -- I ordered the book, and dubiously started to read it.Read more ›
I have a real problem with distraction. My house was a mess. Three children under the age of 2. Three in diapers. I didn't have my own washer or dryer nor a dishwasher. Couldn't get all the food hot at once because of interruptions. Kept running out of staples..
Then my sister heard about this book on the today show. I took it very seriously. It took me two weeks to read and compile all the cards. I sat in each room of my house and listed slowly and methodically every single chore I wanted to "ideally" do.
Finally after much mental fatigue and work, my card file system was ready. Drum roll please.............
From that day on my house ran like a well oiled machine. Christmas cards and gifts on time, physicals for school scheduled early, grocery shopping done according to menus and everything in order. People often asked me how I did it. I showed up for things on time when parents with only one child couldn't make it.
Since that day I have probably given six of these books away to interested parties. Many people don't actually do the book, they just read it....doesn't help. But if you want a real solution to chaos...you can't beat this book. To this day I use this system. I am no longer as disorganized as I was when my children were little, but I still find it keeps me on track.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got to middle of book and realized was getting no information about decluttering or anything about the house. Stopped! What a waste of time! Read morePublished 13 days ago by Diane Ensminger
This is a great tool. I love the non judgemental advice and practical suggestios. This book has made a real impact on my life.Published 17 days ago by Bonnie Marvelle
Had an earlier edition. Loved it till it fell apart. Got sidetracked with FlyLady, but now back with the original. Read morePublished 25 days ago by babspace
read this book years ago, just bought a new copy. it's funny and helpful for all of us who were not born organized. don't like the cover pics. Read morePublished 1 month ago by EC
Love this book. Great ideas and helping me get back in order with my house and family.Published 3 months ago by E Tingey
Fun read, good ideas that work if you take time to organize yourself.Published 3 months ago by Maggie
I guess I shouldn't rate it so high since my house is still kinda messy after reading this- but at least I feel like I'm in good company now! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mollie B Griffith
This book takes a completely different angle on organizing your home. It is fun to read and helpful for the chronic slob.Published 3 months ago by Marleen Flood
It's a great book for anyone who is looking to become more efficient at home and get more things done. Being a "domestic engineer" (e.g. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John S.