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Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley
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Dec 19, 09

Read in December, 2009

Not a bad book on organizing your home, but not very well organized (IMO) for an organizational book. The author has had a website for awhile before writing this book, and it kind of assumes that you have been a website follower, I think. Not that you can't follow along just fine, only that it will say "And now you're going to put this into your binder of routine lists!" and I would be like, "Oh, I guess I'm supposed to have a binder of some sort..."

It seemed often geared towards women with much messier/disastrous houses than mine, and that made me feel good. Yeah, sure I have toys all over my kitchen floor, but there isn't any mildew growing in my bathroom like she's describing! Yeah for me!

Her methods are all about getting into cleaning routines, having specific things to do on specific days, etc, etc... I think this method could work great for me, but in a few years. I tried the idea of doing things routinely (kind of), but with a 3 year old and a baby, I got interrupted every 3 minutes by something. Then I would have to take them downstairs to feed them breakfast, while I was doing a "routine" upstairs. According the this book, I should not get distracted by doing the laundry downstairs when I am supposed to be doing the bathroom upstairs. However, with young children you are forced to move around the house constantly, and nothing would get done if I didn't allow myself to get "sidetracked" into doing a different job when I end up in a different part of the house with my kids. That's how I see it, at least.

I am a much bigger fan of Don Aslett's style. He is much more ADD. If I end up trapped watching the kids in my 3 year old's room, keeping them from making each other cry, then I'll straighten up his room and put away his laundry and change his sheets, since I am there. This is in spite of the fact that I am in the middle of cleaning the living room downstairs and the vacuum is still out. So maybe someday, when my kids are old enough to play on their own for more than 10 minutes at a time...
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message 1: by Dahlene (new)

Dahlene Sounds to me like you don't need to read an organization book if you are already multi-tasking by performing your example of being in the same room to distract your son from having problems and cleaning up where you are instead of fretting about getting back to that vacuum in the middle of the floor downstairs. Anyway, good job on trying to overcome chaos in your world of chaos with 2 small children!


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