Amy Knapp's Family Organizing Handbook: 314 Mom-Tested Super Tips, Tricks and Secrets to Take Care of Everything with Time Left for What Really Matters

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Amy Knapp, businesswoman turned stay-at-home mom, discovered that the productivity for which she was renowned at the office disappeared in her home environment. She started creating tools to help busy moms organize their multifaceted lives, beginning with the Amy Knapp's Family Organizer engagement calendar-which now sells over 125,000 copies each year.

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Overview

Amy Knapp, businesswoman turned stay-at-home mom, discovered that the productivity for which she was renowned at the office disappeared in her home environment. She started creating tools to help busy moms organize their multifaceted lives, beginning with the Amy Knapp's Family Organizer engagement calendar-which now sells over 125,000 copies each year.

In this useful book, Amy gathers the best strategies, tips and ideas in a unique approach that goes beyond time management and organizing and gets at what's really important in life:
—Your family's unique style-there is no "one organizing method fits all"
—Why it's important to pay attention to the little stuff
—If it's not fun it's not going to happen
—Expectations can make or break you
—This is for you and your family-no one else is noticing
—Organizing is a means to an end, not an end in itself
—This is the best thing you can do for your kids

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  • ISBN-13: 9781402207617
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publication date: 8/20/2006
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Knapp was a businesswoman with a promotional advertising company when her daughter contracted meningitis at the age of two months. Realizing that she was going to have lifelong challenges and disabilities, Amy sold her business to become a stay-at-home mom, only to find that her organizational tools didn't help her be productive in a home environment. To fill the gap, she created Amy Knapp's Family Organizer, now in its sixth year with accumulated sales of over 500,000 copies. She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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After I became a full-time, stay-at-home Mom, I struggled to get my family organized. I had been a successful businesswoman and, with the birth of my son Kyle, a working Mom-and very thankful for both of these very challenging and rewarding roles.

In 1995 our daughter Natalie was born and within two months was hospitalized with meningitis. (There is nothing like sleeping on a hospital couch for a week to make you re-evaluate your priorities.) When Natalie was nine months old, it became apparent that there were long-term medical complications from the meningitis, so I decided to sell out of my business and join the ranks of stay-at-home mothers. It was a decision my family and I have never regretted.

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Table of Contents

Introduction -

Chapter 1. Getting in Touch with Your Inner Organizer -
—Know Yourself (Forget about Perfection Here) -
—Your Organizational Style -
—Organizing vs. Cleaning -
—Taking Care of Business: Planning and Scheduling -

Chapter 2. The Well-Oiled Machine: Getting Everyone on the Same Track -
—The Family Calendar: Your Central Communication Tool -
—Getting the Kids Off to a Good Start -

Chapter 3. Room-by-Room Focus: It's All about Flow and Function -
—Kitchen: The Heart of the Home -
—Laundry: A Necessary Evil -
—Bedrooms: A Place for Peace and Quiet -
—Bathrooms: The Real Utility Room -
—Entryways: Welcome Home -

Chapter 4. Top to Bottom: How to Get Your Whole Life Running Smoothly
—Getting Stuff Done: Handle It All with Ease -
—The Home Office: Support Where You Need It-
—Dressing for Success: The No-Brainer Approach to Clothing Yourself -
—Reducing Clutter: Making Space to Breathe Easy -
—Feel-Good Projects: Save It for a Rainy Day-
—Meal Planning, Groceries, and Shopping:Healthy Food and Happy Eaters -
—The Car: Your Mini Home on Wheels -
—Time for Generosity: Cards and Gift-Giving -

Chapter 5. The Word from the Front Lines -
—What is your best attribute as a parent? -
—What is your worst attribute as a parent? -
—What is the one thing that surprised you most about being a parent? -
—What was your most embarrassing moment as a parent? -
—What is the best piece of parenting advice anyone ever gave you? -
—What is the worst piece of advice anyone ever gave you? -
—If parents got do-overs, what is the one moment as a parent you would do over?-
—What is your funniest moment as a parent?-
—Do you have an organizing tip that works for your family? -
—Who do you most admire for their parenting style or skills and why? -

Conclusion: Reaping the Rewards-
Index -
About the Author -

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    Great Tips

    I love this book. Full of tips to help you through the day.

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