Organization is Possible for MomsAs a parent, I always have a full plate and my house definitely shows it. On days when both kids have activities, I have to cook dinner, walk the dogs, and help with homework, cleaning up clutter is the last thing I want to do. Organization has never been one of my strong points, although I do love a clean and tidy space! So, when I was given the opportunity to read and review A Mom's Guide to Home Organization, I jumped at the chance.
Review of A Mom's Guide to Home OrganizationLillard does a great job of breaking down every aspect of organization (and I mean every single one!) and giving step by step instructions on things you can do on your own. With two young kids, I especially gravitated to the information about playroom/bedroom organization and getting rid of kid clutter. She recommends 6 different types of containers, and we already have 4 out of 6 in the playroom alone. If you have a busy schedule, you definitely need to check out the Seasonal Extracurricular/Family Activities Chart to get everyone organized. It lets you lay out each person's schedules by month so you can make sure not to spread yourself too thin. Helping to teach your kids is also a great way to delegate and not have so much to do on your own. Chore Charts and Picto Charts (for younger kids who can't read) are a great way to get the little ones to do their fair share.
I especially identified with Lillard's warning to have realistic expectations. I tend to be a perfectionist when it comes to completing tasks, and I needed that reminder so that my kids don't push back when it comes time to set standards and expectations for their participation in keeping the house clean.There are so many great ideas and pictures in this book, I can't even begin to explain them all. Definitely go get this book and start marking the pages you need most. I know mine will be full of sticky notes and highlighter very soon!