By Victoria Brown
Secrets of an Organized Mom: From the Overflowing Closets to the Chaotic Play Areas: A Room-by-Room Guide to Decluttering and Streamlining Your Home for a Happier Family by Barbara Reich.
Featuring Barbara Reich’s Ten Commandments of Organizing, this book will help every type of mom, from the “where-on-earth-is-the-diaper-bag” mom to the “I’m-in-pretty-good-shape-unless-you-happen-to-open-a-closet-door mom.” Her no-nonsense approach will help you establish good behaviors, order, and, finally, peace. (Commandment Number Two! “Routines work.”)
Playing the role of your loving but firm BFF, Reich will make you think about your space and your stuff in entirely new ways and will actually convince you that it’s okay to keep your daughter’s hairbrush and elastics at the breakfast table, if that’s where you actually braid her hair every morning – providing they’re tucked away, of course, in a drawer or container. (Commandment Number Six! “Store things where you use them.”)
Quick to read and easy to dip in and out of, Secrets of an Organized Mom is structured room-by-room with practical advice and real-life examples that will help get you organized, and, most importantly, keep you organized. (“Storage is for things that you actually use.”) Reich maintains that saving time is one of the benefits of being organized, and while you might feel you have too much stuff, you’ll probably never have too much time!
Available at McNally Jackson and Barnes and Noble.