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One Year to an Organized Life with Baby: From Pregnancy to Parenthood, the Week-By-Week Guide to Getting Ready for Baby and Keeping Your Fami

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Bringing a baby into the family is undeniably one of life's most momentous experiences, marked by expectation, joy, and hundreds of tasks and questions. Which baby gear essentials do you need to buy and when? How can you reorganize your home to make room for your baby? When should you start looking for a daycare center or nanny?"One Year to an Organized Life with Baby" pri ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Da Capo Lifelong Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Useful tips for organizing your home and your life for the impending arrival of a baby and one year beyond. Some chapters were less relevant to my life or covered things that I was already doing. Many chapters did provide food for thought on things that would be coming down the pike. At times there were recommendations to purchase expensive organization gadgets or other services that I think are wholly unnecessary, but overall I did learn something and at least have some ideas about what I'd lik ...more
When I picked up this book, I didn't realize that it was written by a professional organizer who would expect that you were as anticlutter(this woman actually takes her coffeemaker in and out of a cabinet every morning) and as capable of spending lots of money on organizational products as her typical clients. So,I was rather disappointed because I was expected it to offer advice that was more practical.
Go from feeling overwhelmed to empowered with the organizational techniques in this book. I have been inspired to start some heavy spring cleaning as a result.
Sarah Delacueva
Very useful tips about getting organized before the baby arrives. I liked the week-by-week format with tips and tasks. Since I am already fairly organized, there were definitely things in this book that I had already done or already had systems for. However, since it was my first pregnancy, there were plenty of baby-related tasks that I had never done before and didn't know how to organize. This book was extremely helpful in alerting me to tasks that I hadn't thought of and gave me lots of good ...more
I picked this up after baby had already arrived so I can't speak to the pregnancy parts. In terms of postpartum I didn't really find anything new or insightful. Most of the tips are common sense. I was looking for cool lifehacks and aha moments but this really is just an overview of things you should be doing and probably are doing in some form or another.
I picked this up from the library postpartum, so I only read the latter third of the book. I love this sort of book that sets a focus for each week with some tasks and suggestions on how to be efficient. Right up my alley, so I did do some of the organizing and it was an entertaining read, but didn't change the way I do things.
I got this book free on a Goodreads giveaway, but I had no idea when I entered to win it that it was based on Zen (Buddhist) organization. I'm not into witchcraft nor would I ever desire to open that door of destruction to my unborn baby or my marriage, so I wanted to give anyone looking into this a heads-up that this is the basis for the book.

The author also encourages mind-emptying meditation (very dangerous) and other forms of spirituality that can be ultimately harmful because they open up
Some parts of this book were so useless but parts were actually very that I hadn't thought of and made note to put them on my "to do before baby arrives" list. Also provided some very helpful tips for postpartum recovery and transition to becoming a mother and going back to work, etc. Got this via the library.
Emily Schatz
I read this in quite a bit more than a year, but enjoyed it for the following reasons:
- it's helpful for overwhelmed expectant parents who aren't sure what to do with all the STUFF and information that comes with new babies
- it made me realize I was more organized than I thought
- it covers a lot of housekeeping ideas and things-to-talk-about tips, which for me generated a lot of brainstorming
- it's funny.

Minus one star for relying too heavily on commercial organization products, and minus one st
Lots of good tips for a new mom.
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. The book contained lots of helpful advice and information on what to do and expect when pregnant and when baby comes home. Although not all of the advice was useful for my lifestyle, there was plenty of helpful advice for me!
Mrs. Schonour
Thinking ahead to parenting, this book is a great way to organize your life. If you are already a very organized person it will give you a few tips. If you need help in this area, this book will be incredible.
Even though the timeline and advice is pretty simplistic, the structure was just enough to give me a place to start expanding it.
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