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

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 26, 2013 - HOUSE & HOME - 256 pages
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Organizing guru Barbara Reich offers a life-changing program for your life and home.

Mothers can feel like life is running on a never-ending loop. Just when one problem or responsibility is overcome, another trips us up. But help is on the way: Barbara Reich has all the strategies for staying ahead of the curve—and she’s wrapped them up into four easy steps that can be applied to any organizing project: 1. purge, 2. design, 3. organize, and 4. maintain.

The keys to Barbara’s success are simplicity and consistency. Room by room, she takes readers through the most problematic areas in the home— from the tornado-struck play area to the packed basement or storage unit. Barbara shows readers how to approach organizing in manageable bites— many of which can be dealt with in two hours or less. As the mother of thirteen-year-old twins, Barbara offers insight into the lives of crazed moms as only a mother could with tips like these:

• When it comes time to clean out the toy bin, keep only what your child plays with— educational toys “exist to make you feel guilty.”

• Throw away those kitchen gadgets you never use. A streamlined kitchen can mean the difference between another night of take-out and a healthy family meal.

• Your child doesn’t need to attend six birthday parties in one weekend. To avoid social overload, Barbara preaches the power of “No”—and there’s no need to follow it up with a why.

• Having trouble parting with your child’s artwork from three years ago? Scan or digitally photograph everything and create a gallery on your computer.

Combining the humor of a sympathetic friend and the no-nonsense advice of a true type-A personality, Reich offers clever, appealing solutions that are genuinely achievable for everyone.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
some truly simple ground rules
9
the entryway and front closet
23
the master bedroom
45
I ereaders and tablets 49 I folding 55 I hanging
57
childrens bedrooms
65
the nursery
87
the bathroom
101
the kitchen
131
Acknowledgments 241
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Barbara Reich formed Resourceful Consultants, LLC in 1999. Barbara has appeared on the Today show and has been featured in The New York Times, New York Post, and Real Simple, among other publications. She and her husband live in Manhattan with their twins. For more information, visit SecretsOfAnOrganizedMom.com.

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