Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Award Recipient
Professional organizer Barbara Reich offers a life-changing program—focused on decluttering and streamlining your home—that helps families live simpler, less chaotic lives: “Everyone should Barbarafy,” raves The New York Times.
Mothers can feel like life is one never-ending loop. Just when one problem or responsibility is overcome, another one 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: purge, design, organize, and maintain.
The keys to Barbara’s success are simplicity and consistency. Room by room, she goes through the most problematic areas in the home—from the tornado-struck play area to the packed basement or storage unit—and approaches organizing in manageable bites. In addition to cleaning and organizing tips, she talks about how to avoid social overload, preaching the power of “No”—for example, when your child wants to attend six birthday parties in one weekend. As the mother of thirteen-year-old twins, Barbara offers insight into the lives of crazed moms as only a mother could.
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.
In a straightforward and concise narrative, organization expert Reich promises, "Whatever organizational nightmare makes you crazy on a daily basis, the antidote can be found here." It's a tall order to fill, but Reich delivers. Not just for mothers, "this book shows how every member of the family can breathe easier," says Reich. She starts off by advising readers to identify their homes' "hot spots" areas that drive them the craziest. Her four-step method to organization follows: purge, design, organize, and maintain. Ground rules, which make up the "Ten Commandments of Organizing" include beware of junk mail, get it off the floor, and use one type of storage container, hanger, etc. Reich gives readers recommendations on the best types of items to use, such as clear plastic containers with drawers and trays, and tells them what questions to ask themselves when trying to determine what items to donate, recycle, or toss. Chapters on how to organize specific rooms are extremely detailed and make the tasks feel doable: "A Walk on the Wild Side," for example, tackles children's bedrooms and play areas; "The Bare Necessities" covers the bathroom and linen closet. Reich's book just might take the anxiety out of tasks that many find completely daunting and overwhelming.
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This book gave me great ideas on how to organize my home - love the simple steps she describes