Thursday, February 18, 2010

Confessions of an Organized Homemaker by Deniece Schofield

From the back cover: Do you find yourself constantly picking up toys and clothing that clutter your home? Has your desk drawer become your filing cabinet? Do dentist appointments and important events seem to sneak up on you - if you remember them at all? If so, then Confessions of an Organized Homemaker is coming to your rescue!

Learning that I read this book would make half my friends roll their eyes and laugh saying, "She'll never get organized!" and the other half would drop their jaws in surprise and say, "She's the most organized person I know." They'd both be right. I have areas where I rock in organization - I could give seminars on efficiently grocery shopping, doing laundry, and packing lunches. Time management - I can juggle schedules better than most. But my car is always a mess, I have a deep seated phobia that prevents me from going to the post office in a timely fashion, and I am a paper hoarder which leads to lots of other problems! This book didn't solve my problems. I already know what I am supposed to be doing. But it was a nice kick in the rear for a few of my problem areas - menu planning and getting the family to pitch in on chores.

I'm not sure why the title of this book is "confessions" but I do have a few confessions of my own that are the result of my lack of organization. The big one is overdue errands. I am good at the side of errands that is 'picking up what I need', I am bad at the side of errands that is 'returning what I am done with'. I'm taking Lent as a time to make my peace with this world of overdue errands. I have movies from Blockbuster that were never returned (about three months overdue), I have a Play station game from the game store that was rented about four years ago, lost, and never paid for, I have the ball gown destroyed and never returned, and I have the library books from the summer of 2005 that deserve a post all their own. I am tackling each of these neglected chores and doing my penance. In the case of the library books, the penance was fines to the tune of $70.00. See...lack of organization is painfully expensive.

Would I recommend this book? Sure, if it's on a good sale. Most of the organizational/housekeeping tips are very similar to what is to be had for free over at Flylady but sometimes it's nice to hold a book in your hands, curl up under your Snuggie, and imagine what your life could be if you just got organized!

This book is my "C" book for the 2010 A-Z Reading Challenge. Click on the button to see my progress.


Gerbera Daisy Mom said...

I have this book -- somewhere! :)

bermudaonion said...

I'm actually pretty organized, but I'm sure I could always learn something new!

marion said...

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