Monday, April 27, 2009
It's' Spring! Sort of... Outside it looks dreary and gray, and inside it looks like a tornado hit. As the season makes us think of new things and cleaning, I thought that a new book on cleaning would be appropriate, and helpful. Laura is hosting a Springtime Giveaway Carnival at her site. Please visit there and read some of the wonderful blogs that people have posted through her site. As for my Giveaway, it is meant to help and inspire those of us who need to dig ourselves out after a long winter. The snow is gone, but the drifts in my house still remain. I can hardly walk through my office, and the tables in my craft room are groaning under the weight. It is time to get out the proverbial "shovel" and dig myself out of the mess I have created while stuck in the house for the winter. All too soon I will spend most of my time outside in my garden and the last thing I want to do is be stuck inside finishing projects and attempting to clean around the mess.
Normally I would link you to Flylady and tell you this was the best system for me. I would tell you about how I have been a Flybaby for three years now and that my housekeeping skills have drastically improved. This is all true, but as you can see, I have fallen back into some old habits and I need to retrain myself to the system. As you know, sometimes you need a bit of inspiration to get yourself going.... so while I was in our local bookstore browsing for summer activities for my kids, I came across this book.
Ya, I know, this would have been no where near the homeschool isle, but I was enjoying being out with only one of my four and took advantage of being able to even visit a bookstore...
Back to the book. Organize Now! is a wonderful guide to have that somewhat follows the Flylady system of breaking your house down into areas and tackling things at a manageable pace. Jennifer Ford Berry takes an entire year of cleaning and organizing on by breaking it down into a week by week system. She also includes checklists at the end of each week that you can incorporate into your calender (because as parents, we tend to live by the calender, I know I do, color coded and everything). She helps you eliminate the clutter you are aware of and some that may have snuck up on you, like the medicine cabinet. I am planning to go out and purchase a copy for myself after the giveaway, I have enjoyed flipping through this one so much.
So, how to win? Easy. Just post a comment on my site about anything at all, making sure I can link back to you. If you are posting as anonymous, be sure to include your email address. That's it. Simple... Oh, and be sure to visit Laura and her site to see other fabtabulous things from other extraordinary women as well!
The winner of my Spring Giveaway (thanks to random.org) is Diva! at Divagirls Chatter!