Friday, October 19, 2007

More from Bonnie...

I've been thinking of all the good tips I've gotten from Bonnie McCullough's books over the years. Besides being able to take charge of my week through the Weekly Plan, the Children's Chore Helper was revolutionary for me.

My sister Rachel Anne at Home Sanctuary posted about yet another tip from Bonnie's book: Minimum Maintenance. Rachel goes into great detail so I won't here, but Minimum Maintenance freed me from the slavery that told me I had to clean BEFORE I could straighten.

Bonnie taught me that it is ALWAYS better to straighten everything first, then choose one small area to clean. That way you have not created TWO messes, and you improve your chances of actually finishing something.

Anyway, hop on over there and say hello. And then go straighten something.

Have a great weekend!

8 comments:

Beck said...

That is fantastically helpful. Off to say hi...

Nicole said...

Hi Katherine! I just sat in my closet yesterday on the phone crying bc I CANNOT get my life together! I have tried Managers of Their Home but I get so overwhelmed and just quit. I even have a young girl helping me right now and yet I feel like I am always scrambling!! Thanks for the tips and schedule examples...I am interested in getting this book. Have a great weekend!
PS..I have been feeling your pain of being the single parent..my hubby has been out of town (on and off) for the last 3 weeks. Every time....a kid gets sick!! Glad yours is home! I can make it til Sunday!

Margo said...

Thank you! :-)

Rhen (yestheyareallmine) said...

Thank you for the link. It was a great post and I am including it in this week's blog review.
Thank you!!

Mary said...

I was looking into this book and saw that there is another one...Totally Organized. Have you read it? If you could only buy one of Bonnie's books, which would it be?

Katherine@Raising Five said...

Hi Mary,

I have not read Totally Organized, but it looks like it takes the concepts from her budget book, her 401 Ways to Get Kids to Work at Home (also excellent), and her Household Organizer. I guess it would depend on where you need the most help. She touches a little on all these points in the Household Organizer, but if you want more help dealing with papers (not covered very much in the Household Organizer book) or the budget, this sounds like a great book to get. It is also a bit newer (realize, these books were published 20 years ago, but I think that's why I like them. She doesn't assume you are going to go out to eat every day or call in a service when you get overwhelmed!).

You can search inside the books on Amazon to get a better idea what is included in each book.

Hope this helps!

Katherine

Terry said...

If I cleaned before I straightened I'm not sure if my house would ever be presentable. If I straighten and something comes up that calls me away from my duties (with kids always expect the unexpected) at least things look a liitle better until I can finish the actual cleaning work. I'd never heard of this author but I definitely will check out her books.

Mary said...

Thanks Katherine. I looked them up on Amazon and I still can't decide. I want them all! I think I'll start with the first one and work my way through. With both you and your sister endorsing it, I figure it must be good. I need to get organized and I just don't seem to have the skills myself.