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New York Times-best selling author, Stephanie O'Dea, is back with a must-have planning guide for busy moms. This daily all-inclusive planner will whip your household into shape with easy daily chores that anyone in the family can do. O'Dea's "Daily 7" chores are listed on the side with check-boxes, and each week has specialized tasks that are essential for keeping your household running like a well-oiled machine.
 
Gentle reminders for moms to remember to take care of themselves, including monthly prompts to conduct a self-breast exam make this planner different from all the rest --- this is truly a system to get organized, inside and out to create a new, improved, and Totally Together you!

This daily planning guide is set to follow the school-year calendar, but because it is spiral-bound and hand-dated, readers can begin at any time of the calendar year. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 Spi edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425241629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425241622
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephanie O'Dea is a New York Times best selling author, award-winning blogger, and a mom of three.

O'Dea likes shortcuts. A LOT. Her websites and books have reached more than 20 million people from all over the world.

She shared her number one cooking shortcut in 2008 when she made a New Year's Resolution to use her Crock-Pot slow cooker everyday for a year and write about it on the Internet.

Her award-winning blog resulted in three cookbooks: 365 Slow Cooker Suppers, Make it Fast, Cook it Slow and More Make it Fast, Cook it Slow. Due to a family allergy, all of the recipes happen to be completely gluten free.

O'Dea compiled her housekeeping, parenting, and meal planning shortcuts in Totally Together: Shortcuts to an Organized Life.

In this book/organizational guide, O'Dea tackles how to organize a busy household so anyone can have a "tidy and tranquil home in just minutes a day". The format for this book is a weekly planner (with checklists!) that can begin anytime during the calendar year.

In The Mommy Blogger Next Door (e-series), O'Dea's conversational style is warm and welcoming as she shares her own blogging success story along with helpful and practical how-tos for the beginning blogger.


Stephanie has appeared on Good Morning America, The Rachael Ray Show, featured in Real Simple Magazine, Woman's World, and Oprah.com. She is a contributing editor to Simply Gluten Free Magazine and is featured in the infomercial for the Ninja Cooking System. For a more comprehensive press listing, please visit her online home at stephanieodea.com.

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By S. Rittenberg on August 5, 2011
Format: Spiral-bound
I need help organizing my cleaning and my life. Fly Lady overwhelms me and leaves me feeling like a failure before I complete one day! No so Stephanie and Totally Together. I've found a schedule I can live with plus a system to keep my house clean and myself sane. I love that Stephanie understands that life happens and you're not always going to get to everything everyday. Her system is flawless in that it allows for that, it's easy to pick up, keep going and keep making good choices to make life easier. I really recommend the Totally Together system.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By kdh135 on September 8, 2011
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I have found Stephanie's crockpot cookbooks especially helpful and to be signficant time savers, so I had high expectations for her latest work. Thankfully, she delivered! The book takes the overwhelming tasks of keeping a household organized & breaks down the tasks by week. I feel like I can now manage the household tasks now that someone else has told me which ones to do & when. I highly recommend this book and know that as the weeks pass, my book is going to become tattered from all of the use!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Middendorf on August 21, 2011
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I just have to say I received my copy the 3rd of August and have been striving to apply the daily 7 and what a huge help just that has been so you can imagine how great the rest of this is!
Thanks Stephanie and keep going with this.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Baer on November 10, 2013
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I have been using this book for over six months and it has changed my life. My house is always clean, and I enjoy cleaning it. The book helps by focusing on tasks rather than areas. There are 7 things to do each day, which include keeping up with dishes, garbage, and (my favorite) the bathroom, by investing a minute or two to each daily. There are also checklists for weekly chores, like dusting, yardwork, and mopping. I don't always need to do these items due to my household size, but I run down the list each week. The best part is the "this week" section, which lists a few items to focus on each week - generally small, like cleaning the microwave or changing the bed linens. Sometimes larger, like cleaning the windows. This book keeps me organized, and it helps to engage my family in helping - because "the book says so". I don't have to nag, because it is hard to fight with a book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Firstimemom85 on September 7, 2011
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I follow Stephanie's blog for slow cooking & when I saw she had written this book I pre-ordered it from Amazon. I am 17 weeks pregnant and still sick as a dog! My house, laundry, dishes, and life seem to be more than I can handle right now. With child number three on the way, I really felt like I needed someone to tell me when to do "forgettable" tasks like clean the microwave or organize my closet.
Stephanie's approach to 7 daily tasks and one bigger task per week is exactly what I needed! Now I feel like I have a cleaner house and am more on top of things, even though I still don't feel that great.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has difficulty keeping things in order, and since that is most of us, Stephanie has really put together a non-judgmental, encouraging, easy approach to cleaning and maintaining your life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Dobesh on October 5, 2011
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I bought this thinking it was a book about organization, so I was surprised at how small it was. But now that I have read it and set up the planner I use it almost everyday. I am very forgetful and get overwhelmed easily with household chores, this has helped me set up a system and follow through on it. I do think however it is a bit pricey for a planner.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By angelheights on September 11, 2011
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This organizer is really geared more to a mom who has kids (and probably a bit of time at home). It didn't feel relevant to me. Also, the cover didnt seem durable enough to stand a busy persons life. I love the cookbooks -and Stephanie. Will probably gift it to someone else who could benefit.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Colleen McNiff on September 21, 2011
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I love Stephanie O'Dea's crockpot blog and was intrigued when I heard about this book. When I first received it, I read it in one day and was surprised at how short the actual book was. After the chapters outlining her techniques and ideas, the rest of the book is a weekly checklist/calendar reminding you to accomplish certain tasks each week. Some of the items change each week (i.e. one week you launder linens, and the next you clean your car, the next you work on holiday shopping, etc). So at first, I wasn't sure how helpful this book would be....But after a couple of weeks, I am SO glad that I purchased this book! It has surprised me by holding me accountable (due to the checklist each day) to accomplish the Daily 7. I am gradually easing into the purging (aka PROM) of my home and clutter. So while the actual chapters of this book are short, the techniques and ideas are great and useful, and the checklist/calendar in the back of the book is very helpful on a day-to-day and week-to-week basis for setting and accomplishing goals. I would definitely recommend this book! The main reason I chose 4 stars instead of 5 stars, is that I DO wish it had more content.
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