I absolutely love this book. It presents a relaxed, merciful approach for those of us who are trying hard to get it together. It's not a rigid system that you have to do or die; it's more like sitting down with an organized friend as she helps you evalutate what isn't working for you and how you can change it. Plus, the goal is not a picture-perfect house at all times--it's "relatively neat and clutter free most days." That is like breathing a breath of fresh air. Perfect mercy for those, like me, in need of it!
What I love about this book is that in the beginning of her homeschool journey, Mrs. Rockett was much like me: aware of the need to manage her home more effectively but not sure how to start going about that. So she studied and taught herself, and wrote this book as a way to mentor us younger moms. While it certainly talks about some practical aspects of homeschooling, it's more broadly about living in a house, trying to keep it manageable, while also homeschooling and raising kids. (By the way, she also had three boys!). She also developed a great system for managing paper, which is my downfall. Now I just need to implement it!
This book is practically an encyclopedia. It will talk you through perhaps more than you ever wanted to know about just about everything home related. Reading it inspires you that there really is an art and science to keeping house. You'll learn the right way to do things, and why. Personally, I benefited the most from the beginning of this book: chapters "Easing into a Routine," "Neatening," and "Kitchen Culture" (what you must do to keep your kitchen clean and why).
Those are the top three books that have helped me the most in getting more organized. What are your favorites?
I don't want to be just a good mom--I want to be a great mom! To do that, I definitely need lots and lots of God's mercy. Five children, ages nine and under (4 boys, 1 girl) call me Mama, and they bless my life and draw me to the feet of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. A former broadcast news journalist, I traded in the glamour of being on-air for the glory of motherhood. My husband is my best friend and companion in this crazy little endeavor of seeking to raise a godly family amidst the chaos of daily life with very active little people. (For the record, it's Cheryl). :)