[NOTE: I get that this was not written to be a tween/teen book, but I think even tweens and teens could benefit from the organizational tips and tricks given. Plus, I know I have adult followers who would totally appreciate hearing about this book!]
When I saw this book on display among the new books of the Parenting section, I swear I heard it call my name! Though I have OCD and clutter has always been able to cause me undue anxiety, my house has never been completely organized. Many of my friends seem to think that it is well organized, and maybe it is pretty good compared to some other houses, but I know there is still a lot of room for improvement. Being a working mom, I rarely have enough time to do more than get by from one week to the next. After all, keeping a house organized while staying on top of the billion or so other things a mom needs to do is not an easy feat! I often say that I practice “subsistence living” — I am not falling behind, but I only seem to get the bare minimum accomplished. I would love to feel like I am actually making headway on the clutter [i.e. getting rid of it] instead of barely getting by, though, so I figured I would read this book and give her methods a try.
The first chapter lays out Reich’s ground rules, and subsequent chapters help you tackle specific areas of the house. I like that you can apply her four-step method and her “Ten Commandments of Organizing” to pretty much any room/organizational challenge. And, while she does talk about children’s areas and children’s stuff, this book could work just as well for people without children if they simply skip the parts that don’t apply. The practical advice paired with a “tough love” attitude made me give it a try… and seeing the end result in my 8-year-old son’s room sealed the deal! He is happy that he has more room to play and that he can find all of his toys, and I’m thrilled that the “place for everything” structure empowers him to clean it all up when he’s done. Almost one week later, his room still looks like it belongs in Better Homes and Gardens. 🙂
I absolutely love this book! So much, in fact, that I just ordered a copy of my own — to reference in the future and maybe even to lend to friends/family who want to check it out.