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Absolutely organized : a mom's guide to a no-stress schedule and clutter-free home /

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Language: English
Published: North Light Books, an imprint of F+W Publications, Inc., , 2008
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Do you run non-stop but never feel like you accomplish anything? Feel stressed out at home? Dream about doing things that you never get around to doing? Wish you had extra hours in your day? Well, here's something even better!

Absolutely Organized is "a book full of tips and hope" for overworked, time-crunched, clutter-crushed moms. It's brimming with practical, proven and, in many cases, very simple solutions for keeping order in every corner of your life, from your refrigerator to your file drawers, from keeping a newborn on a set schedule to getting kids to willingly pitch in on household chores.

Debbie Lillard, professional organizer and mother of three, shares her easy-to-use "Absolutes of Organizing" tips to help you gain and maintain order in the three key areas of your family's life:

YOUR TIME: Learn the tricks for streamlining cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping and other everyday duties. Get more done and have more time left over to spend on your kids, your spouse, projects around the house, and even yourself! YOUR BELONGINGS: Use Debbie's simple but effective C.P.R. method (Categorize, Purge and Rearrange) to organize paperwork, photos, collections, toys, clothes, children's artwork and more. YOUR HOME: Take it room by room--home office, kitchen, bathroom, family room and even (gulp!) the kids' rooms. Rid your house of clutter, make the most of your space, and make home feel more comfortable, functional and relaxing. Follow Absolutely Organized from start to finish for a complete, full-life makeover. Or dip in here and there for help on one problem area at a time, such as that ever-growing mountain of paperwork, your collection of children's memorabilia, or that disaster area called a closet. Tried-and-true advice for every mom, Absolutely Organized will help you simplify your life so you can enjoy more and stress less.


Introductionp. 10
Part IOrganize Your Time
Chapter 1The Housework Never Ends!p. 16
Chapter 2We're at the Baby's Beck and Callp. 32
Chapter 3When Will They Learn...?p. 38
Chapter 4Are We Having Fun Yet?p. 46
Organized Thinkingp. 57
Part IIOrganize Your Belongings
Chapter 5The Paper Pile Keeps Growingp. 60
Chapter 6So Many Photos-No Albumsp. 76
Chapter 7I Keep Everything, but Treasure Nothingp. 82
Chapter 8My Collections Are Buried in Boxesp. 88
Chapter 9The Toys Have Taken Overp. 94
Chapter 10So Many Clothes, but Nothing to Wear!p. 104
Chapter 11Where to Put All Those Odds and Ends?p. 112
Organized Thinkingp. 121
Part IIIOrganize Your Home
Chapter 12Where Do I Start?p. 124
Chapter 13I Need a Home Office!p. 130
Chapter 14Never Enough Closets or Storagep. 140
Chapter 15The Kitchen is the Family's Hubp. 148
Chapter 16I Can't Even Walk in the Kids' Roomsp. 158
Chapter 17Our Main Bathroom is Embarrassingp. 166
Chapter 18Everything Ends Up in the Family Roomp. 172
Chapter 19I'm Living Out of My Minivanp. 180
Organized Thinkingp. 185
Absolutes of Organizingp. 186
What Every Mom Needsp. 186
Debbie Lillard's Room Organizing Worksheetp. 187
Indexp. 188


Debbie Lillard is a Professional Organizer and the mother of three young children. After starting her own organizing business in 2003, Debbie appeared on four episodes of HGTV's Mission: Organization . She has been referenced as an organizational expert in articles for the Philadelphia Inquirer and on HGTV's Web site. Debbie has a BA in Communications from Marymount University and worked as a technical writer in sales training for a major telecommunications company before becoming a "stay at home" mom.