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"Every woman who runs a home should call themselves a Family Manager." -Oprah Winfrey

About the Author

Kathy Peel is the bestselling author of fifteen books. In addition to being the founder and president of Family Manager, Kathy is a contributing editor to Family Circle magazine and also writes regularly for many other publications. She has appeared numerous times on national television programs, including Oprah, Good Morning America, The Today Show, and CNN's,  Daybreak.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Books; 1 edition (September 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399529136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399529139
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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I learned (and am still learning) a lot from this book.
Working Mom
This is an absolutely perfect book for a shower gift or anniversary gift for a new bride--I am excited to give a copy to my daughters when they leave home.
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My husband has really enjoyed coming home every day to a more organized, neater home.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
SHORT CUTS and HOW TO's. Everyone must read this if you are the head of the household, in that mom-sort-of-way. I think anyone starting out would especially appreciate this book. It teaches basics such as how to sort laundry the best way to cleaning shortcuts. I have only read a few chapters so far, but enjoy every minute reading it when I have the chance. Everyone will learn something from this book! Thanks Kathy!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Working Mom on March 31, 2004
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This book is a fantastic reference guide for any busy mom! Most helpful are the tips on keeping a well run household when you haven't got much time to get everything done.
This is an absolute must-have. I learned (and am still learning) a lot from this book. Think of it as having your own personal mentor and cheerleader on your nightstand!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By K. Weirich on November 28, 2005
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My husband and I recently bought a home and I really felt I needed to find some tips on being organized. I used to be very organized (and still am at work), but with the birth of my daughter almost a year and a half ago that has all gone down hill around the house. I came away with some really good tips for organization. Not to mention some good tips on how to get rid of ants and various other insects and rodents. Great book for any mom who feels their house needs a little boost in the organization department.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Pearce on November 21, 2005
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This is the kind of book that one would need to keep referring to, as one goes about ones life in the various roles described. I really like the way Kathy Peel gives a complete job description for each role, more or less, and answers questions that would come up as each job gets tackled. There is so much involved in being a family manager, and I'm sure she has covered everything. Having this book on the shelf is like having the wisdom of both sets of my grandparents and my parents right there.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 7, 2007
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I just got this book a few days ago, and have been reading it in my spare time, but already I've organized the office, my daughter's closet, and the kitchen cupboards with Kathy Peel's advice. This book not only gives great tips and advice, but gets you motivated to keep a clean, organized and orderly home. I'm only in the 4th or 5th chapter so far, and have gotten so many great ideas for keeping a more smooth-running home. My husband has really enjoyed coming home every day to a more organized, neater home. Our biggest problem is clutter, and she gives great advice for getting rid of clutter and controlling the influx. We have a lot to do yet, but I'm excited to take back our home with Kathy Peel's helpful instructions.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rivka Slatkin on February 11, 2007
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A lot of organizing books repeat the same old principles. Kathy's book applies an entirely different creed! Family managers become CEOs of the family which gives us a whole different perspective and value system. I highly recommend this book. Even after you get the concept down, there is a lot of information in the book you will want to have on the shelf as a reference.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By WiseMomma on July 5, 2008
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Upon leaving the corporate world to nurture our first born, I came across this book. It was a very helpful tool! It gave me help I needed to transition rolls from Corp Woman to Family Manager. It helped me see myself in a new light. The term HomeMaker is so matronly and out dated. With my new title as Home Manager and new job description I was ready to tackle the days ahead with confidence. This book gives sooo much practical advice. It's like having a granny sharing all her secretes and golden nuggets to keeping a house in order all the while balancing the delicate relationships of wife, mother and friend. Written well, organized chapters by subject, meaty & written in plain english with no unnecessary fluff. It is a wonderful book and I'm so glad I got my hands on it! More than a good read, it has templates and loads of suggestive advise to getting the job done efficiently and quickly. The Family Manager Takes Charge is a must have for those seeking more sanity while running the home.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By H. Stoddard on January 3, 2007
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It is worth the price if you are really clueless and need a guide to taking care of the house. I have always wanted to stay home with my kids and have always had visions of a happy clean home, and then reality hits and it is not that easy. [...]
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