Psst! Yeah, you. Can you keep a secret? OK, here it goes….my house is a mess! I mean, no matter how much I try to move the newspapers into the recycling bin, the toys into their bins, the laundry into the dressers, I just can’t keep up. And since I work from home, I feel guilty that our home isn’t as tidy as it could be. Barbara Reich must know just how I feel. Her just-released book, Secrets of an Organized Mom, speaks to me in a way that doesn’t make me feel so terrible about my chaotic household. Instead it leaves me with practical tips that don’t require a fancy smancy organizing system–just some common sense. Reich’s how-to book breaks down the otherwise arduous task of house-cleaning into a more manageable series of mini projects: room by room. You can read the chapters out of order and start with whatever part of your house needs the most attention (for us, it’s the playroom) and jump right in. Personally, I liked Reich’s starter advice, especially about making a decision and acting on it (I am queen of holding on to papers for those “what if?” moments.) And if ever you find yourself becoming overwhelmed, recalling her digestible mantra–purge, design, organize and maintain–will get you back on track. And you may just have a cleaner house…even if it only lasts for a little while (sigh…)
In a Nutshell: Just in time for spring cleaning, Secrets of an Organized Mom is a breath of fresh air that helps de-clutter your house and your mind.