M.O.M.--Master Organizer of Mayhem: Simple Solutions to Organize Chaos and Bring More Joy into Your Home

M.O.M.--Master Organizer of Mayhem: Simple Solutions to Organize Chaos and Bring More Joy into Your Home

by Kristi Clover


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Getting—and staying—organized is a challenge in and of itself. Add motherhood to the mix, and you've got a whole new dimension of difficulty. So how does a busy mom stay on top of the daily chaos that children inevitably bring along with them?

No matter what your situation is, Kristi Clover's home organization systems will work for you. Her foundational rules are highly adaptable and will help you make your home more efficient no matter where you live or how many kids you have (and how messy they are). She helps you prioritize, break down big jobs, declutter, develop age-appropriate chores for your kids, tackle the endless piles of laundry, and so much more. If you long to have a functional and fabulous home for your family and you're tired of feeling overwhelmed by all the work, this life-changing book is for you!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801094255
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 311,413
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kristi Clover is an efficiency expert and a homeschooling mom of five kids ranging in age from preschool to teen. Aside from her family (and chocolate), she's passionate about encouraging and inspiring families by offering simple solutions for a more joy-filled life. A down-to-earth writer and an energetic speaker, Kristi loves to share about her adventures in motherhood and home life at KristiClover.com, on the Simply Joyful podcast, and on social media as @KristiClover. She lives in San Diego, California.

Table of Contents

The Struggle Is Real! Motherhood Changes Everything 9

1 Embracing Your Inner Organizer: Discovering Your Hidden Potential 15

Phase I The Foundation-Ten Simple Rules That Will Change Your Home Life

2 Rule #1: Use the "Glean and Tweak" Technique: Don't Start from Scratch 23

3 Rule #2: Don't Forget Your Top Priorities: Choosing Which Balls to Drop 35

4 Rule #3: Take Baby Steps: Slow and Steady for the Win 47

5 Rule #4: Do Your "Worst Thing" First!: Attacking the Projects We Tend to Put Off 59

6 Rule #5: Clear the Clutter: Rethinking Our Relationship with "Stuff" 69

7 Rule #6: Get Your Groove On: The Power of Routines and Habits 79

8 Rule #7: Plan Ahead: A Little Bit of Prep Work Goes a Long Way 93

9 Rule #8: Ask for Help: Bring on the Cavalry 105

10 Rule #9: Don't Eat of the Bread of Idleness: Overcoming Laziness and Avoidance 115

11 Rule #10: Stick with It!: Getting Organization to Stick 125

Phase II The Framework-The Systems That Will Make Your Home More Efficient

12 Decluttering Systems: Easy Steps for Crushing the Clutter 137

13 Organizing Systems: Solutions for Getting Your Whole House in Order 153

14 Storage Systems: Maximizing Your Storage Space 169

15 Chore Systems: Training Kids to Help 179

16 Kitchen Systems: Organization and Meal Planning Systems 191

17 Laundry Systems: Unburying Yourself from the Piles 205

Phase III The Finishing Touches-Bringing It All Together to Create a Home You Love!

18 Making Your Home Both Functional and Fabulous: Breathing Life and Beauty into Your Home 215

Take Note! 227

Acknowledgments 233

About the Author 237

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M.O.M.--Master Organizer of Mayhem: Simple Solutions to Organize Chaos and Bring More Joy into Your Home 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
HeatherF89 4 months ago
Master Organizer of Mayhem by Kristi Clover is a great book if you are looking at organizing and creating systems that make everything run more smoothly in your house. Kristi mentions in her book, “Home organization isn’t a one-size-fits-all thing. You have to figure out what works best for you and your family.” This is not at all a book that would make you feel guilty for needing help organizing your house. Kristi writes as an encourager that guides you through ways that you can organize your house and start enjoying the space that you live in! I received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review!
tinkarmstrong 4 months ago
Kristi Clover nails being a M.O.M. in this book! She focuses not only on organizing but on bringing joy to your home by focusing on what matters most! She offers different ideas and tips but doesn't say "my way is the only way to make your home function." Instead, she encourages the reader to "Glean and Tweak" - glean from what is given and tweak it for your family. There is a lot of freedom in that! At the end of each chapter, there is a small section to help you think about and process what you just read. Some sections even have links to free printables to aid in your journey! Even with the small amount I have gleaned and tweaked so far, there have been positive differences in my home and family! If you have ever listened to the Simply Joyful Podcast, you can almost hear Kristi as you read through the book. If you know her style and personality, you know she added in giggles, belly laughs, and too-true examples all throughout the book. More importantly you know, her goal is for you to LIVE simply and BE joyful. I found myself marking quote after quote in the book - quotes that applied to life in general, LIVING and BEING, not just organization! I know I will be reading and referencing it over and over! Thanks for such a great book, Kristi!! ***I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. However, had I not received it free from the publisher, I STILL would have bought it and shared the same review!
MarialeDros 4 months ago
I love it!! It's a great book for every mom. its very fresh and easy to read.. Kristi offers you very practical and realistic steps of how to be a M.O.M. it inspires you and help you with great ideas how to organise with efficiency your home in a way you can enjoy your family and keep your priorities right.
BevW88 4 months ago
Absolutely Fantastic!!! I loved reading all the organizational tips and tricks from Kristi! She’s given me some great ways to make my own home function a little better! She shares how she organizes and what systems she has implemented! She also reminds the reader to tweak things to make them work for our homes! I am already starting to put some systems into play in our home and work to have a more organized home to have more joy day to day! I definitely recommend this book if you are looking for ways to make your home flow a little smoother! I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review!
MrsBishop 17 hours ago
*I received M.O.M. Master Organizer of Mayhem from Baker Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. * Kristi Clover’s new book M.O.M.: Master Organizer of Mayhem- Simple Solutions to Organize Chaos and Bring More Joy into Your Home is the handbook you need for organizing your life, even if you have a large family. It offers simple, practical tips that you can easily implement in your daily life. From how to get started, clearing clutter, and adding healthy routines and habits to get your life together. As a Mom of 5, she really knows what she’s talking about! Being a Mom of one myself, some of her tips don’t exactly apply to me- because less hands to help, and less to clean up after…but, her organizing tips and ideas were well received and have already started getting implemented in our household. I always like to think I’m pretty organized. I can de-clutter and shift things around like a pro, so they look cleaner. But, a few days later- it’s back to utter chaos. Please don’t look inside my cabinets and closets!!! In M.O.M. Kristi says: “Knowing how to get organized is only half the battle. Actually doing the hard work of getting organized- and then staying on top of the mayhem- is the other half of the fight.” She also says that home organizing is kind of like a diet plan. Lots of plans can get us organized, but the maintenance part is where the whole thing falls apart. PREACH! Good intentions and all that… While some of her advice is pretty self-explanatory and common sense- like a place for everything, and everything in its place. She really does offer up a lot of ideas and strategies for managing your household and keeping it in check. I love that at the end of each chapter, she leaves space for you to take notes and make checklists to help get you started. And thanks to M.O.M., I may actually stay on top of the chaos and mayhem in my home for once. Even in the closets and pantry…
Anonymous 23 days ago
Organizing my house and life seems to be a never-ending battle. When I came across this book, M.O.M. Master Organizer of Mayhem, the title immediately spoke to me. Mayhem is the perfect word to describe the state of my house on many days. I have read countless books about organizing that offer various tips, but the difficult part is actually implementing them on a consistent basis. Kristi Clover, the author of M.O.M., offers her organization advice in three phases. Phase I is about “Ten Simple Rules That Will Change Your Home Life”. Phase II talks about six “Systems That Will Make Your Home Efficient”. Phase III is entitled, “Bringing It All Together to Create a Home You Love!” Clover’s advice is based on first-hand experience regarding what has worked for her own busy household. However, I like how she emphasizes that every family has different needs and phases of life. She does not claim that there are certain organizing techniques that work for everyone. She encourages the reader to persist through the trial and error phase and not give up altogether. One little tip that I am trying with my own family is to write out a list of to-dos for each family member instead of constantly nagging. It will be interesting to see if it works in the next few weeks! If you are looking for inspiration to kick-start an organized life, M.O.M. Master Organizer of Mayhem is a good place to start.
seekinggraceandgratitude 27 days ago
M.O.M. Master Organizer of Mayhem: Simple Solutions to Organize Chaos and Bring More Joy into Your Home by Kristi Clover is not just a catchy title with a hopeful message, but is practicality packed with purpose. It is one of the easiest, most relatable and relevant books I’ve ever read and I was hooked on it from the beginning. The author, Kristi Clover, is a mother of five children who not only homeschools and is a home organization and efficiency expert but is also a public speaker and podcast host. In essence – Kristi is awesome! Completely humble, honest, and real, she is the definition of what it means to be authentic and I think her genuine realness is what makes this book so darn good! Organized into three parts, M.O.M. Master Organizer of Mayhem will walk you through the foundations, the framework and the finishing touches you need to develop and obtain in order to create and maintain a purposeful, joy-filled home. Unlike many home organizing specialists out there, Kristi gives the reader very practical and applicable tips, tools, and strategies to tackle any and all areas of your home. From decluttering and organizing, to implementing meal prep, laundry prep, and family chore responsibilities, M.O.M. Master Organizer of Mayhem will encourage and motivate you to create a home that is both functional and fabulous. Step by step and room by room, Kristi discusses the ins and outs of getting started, pushing past procrastination and laziness, what to do if you feel you’re in over your head and what not to do – DO NOT GIVE UP! Kristi is an excellent cheerleader throughout this book and offers “toolbox tips” along with personal motivation and links to different types of printables via her website that will inspire you to stay organized and personally apply her concepts to your own life. One of the biggest highlights of this book for me was the offering and suggestions of creating multiple systems, routines and strategies for the various areas of organization. Kristi acknowledges that home organization is not a “one size fits all” concept but rather is something that needs to be uniquely, specifically and custom designed in order to fit the distinctive needs of a family. How refreshing! (I mean, don’t you just love her already?!) Likewise, I found a lot of benefit in her ideas on how to develop routines for households with children. I am an organized person but admittedly, I am struggling in the routine department. As a homeschooling, working mother of five kids, she offers so much wisdom and encourages the reader to recognize when it is time to seek help and how to effectively run an efficient home. But again, she never tries to push her way as the only way but instead offers many different ways of doing things while challenging the reader to determine what systems would best fit within their own family. Relatable and realistic, M.O.M. Master Organizer of Mayhem is a book that speaks like a best friend coming over to save the day when you’re in the middle of laundry overload, toddler tantrums and a house that is like an obstacle course of homemade blanket forts, puzzle pieces, Lego bits and tiny Barbie accessories. It is a book that will look you in the eye and let you know that it’s okay to start small as long as you start at all. This book will hold your hand throughout the entire journey as you learn how to best navigate, organize and maintain your home. If you’re looking for a pick-me-up that will satisfy and uplift you mor
Anonymous 3 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. I definitely recommend it! This book has amazing tips to keep an organized, decluttered home by creating a routine that best works for anyone who reads it. (Everyone is different, therefore everyone’s routine will be different) I love how Kristi has added toolbox tips throughout the book. There’s also unlocking joy sections in which questions are added to help put things into perspective. She provides links to her printable material (videos and blogs) that can be accessed online. *disclaimer I did received a copy of this book from the publisher.
Maganamom 3 months ago
Organized or not, you need to get this book! Grab a cup of coffee and sit down with this easy to read and oh so practical book. I so enjoy Kristi's style and down to earth style. I've gained so many tips already and put them into practice. Kids or no kids, you will find such great gems throughout. I definitely recommend this book to help you along this organizing journey! You will not regret it!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I am loving this book. I received this book as part of the launch team, but this is my honest review. A quick and easy read, Kristi has written this book in such a way that it feels like you are having a conversation with a friend. She gives practical tips to help tame the chaos while maintaining a joyful attitude. As a mom of 5 children ages 10 and under, I am excited to implement some of her strategies.
genamayo 3 months ago
Wow! Every chapter just kept getting better and better! What I love most about this book is that even though I've been a mom for 18 years and a homemaker for even longer, I learned so many great tips about how to do things in a very streamlined and step-by-step manner. And, it's so do-able! (I’m so grateful to have received a complimentary copy of this book so I could write this honest review.)
TStoneback 3 months ago
I couldn’t put this book down. I felt like Kristi was speaking my language! This book was not only an encouragement to get organized, but it also laid out an action plan to follow. She really broke down the steps to what seems like a daunting task, so I didn’t feel paralyzed in overwhelming defeat. Master Organizer of Mayhem moved me to action! When I finished reading, I immediately evaluated a few “problem” areas in my own home and implemented Kristi’s methods to solve them. Now being consistent with them will be my next goal. *I was given a copy of this book as part of the launch team, but the opinion is completely my own. I have enjoyed so many of Kristi’s other resources, and I am so glad to have this valuable book, too.
5643437 3 months ago
Kristi Clover has written a fantastic book to help moms get organized no matter what season you are living in currently. She is a wife, mother, homeschooling teacher and more. This book helps lay the framework for a more peaceful and less chaotic home. I really loved how she included toolbox tips throughout the book that helped give quick ideas to use. The book was written in a way that inspired me to do more. Rules, Systems, and pulling everything together is in the book. The book was not only informative but was also enjoyable to read as well. She helps illustrate ways to tame the chaos and bring more joy into our homes. Because let's face it, we all need more joy in our lives.
smiliejen 3 months ago
M.O.M. Master Organizer of Mayhem has helped me address one of my greatest struggles in motherhood--organizing my home. When I had just one child, my house was so clean and organized, a bit on the OCD side. Now that I have 4 kids, mayhem is a great term for how I feel my house is now. I feel overwhelmed by all the things that need to be picked up each day and fighting with my children constantly to help around the house is not joyful in the least. I love how Kristi shares that our children are interns and that we can't expect them to do things right the first time. We have to be their teachers and help them along the way. We need to train our children to help with chores daily and I love her tips on how to get our kids involved. I will be trying them all out to determine what works best for my children. Decluttering is "my worst thing" and I've avoided it because I've always had a little one constantly getting into everything as I am trying to clear things out. I keep saying I'll get to it when my youngest is in kindergarten. This book reminded me that I need to attack that project first rather than to continue to put it off for another day. She provides great tips on how to overcome clutter that will be invaluable to me once I finally jump full in to tackle all the things! I am inspired to create my own master list and create daily habits and routines so I'm not overwhelmed in just trying to decide what to tackle on any given day. I also think this system will reduce my overwhelm and help me to keep order in my home at the same time. I highly recommend this book if you need help in getting your house more organized, but also to simplify things to bring more joy in your home. I know I will be referring back to this book often as I begin creating new systems, routines and habits in my home and tackling the bigger projects.
Ileana Rodriguez G. 3 months ago
I did not know Kristi, untill I read the book. She is a women to admire. I am an only child mom amd sometimes get frustrated that I can´t make my house and life tidy. But this book is full of tips and tricks to do it. Some of them may seem very common but the true is that once you see it from Kristi perspective you really want to give them a try. I want you to know that I received an early reader copy of the book from the publisher, in exchange for my real and honest review. So here it is. I am in Mexico and found this book very useful.
Tinkerfly81 3 months ago
This book is so helpful. I often feel overwhelmed by the clutter and chaos that 5 kids can cause. M.O.M. gives so many helpful tips and ways to get started. I love that it is not a one size fits all but allows you to figure out what will work for you. One chapter is called, “Use the Glean and Tweak Technique”. It helps you realize that you can glean from all sorts of ideas and then twerk according to what works for you. The book explains why messes happen in your home (and it is not just because you have kids!) and how to conquer the chaos. The advice is practical and manageable.
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Anonymous 3 months ago
Practical and encouraging! Kristi has a way of sharing all shes learned over the years in a relatable and encouraging way. New M.O.M.s and veterans alike can benefit from this gem!
CynG0315 3 months ago
I thought I pretty much knew it all when it came to home organization, yet it still felt like something what missing. That something was Kristi Clover and M.O.M - Master Organizer of Mayhem. You see, all of the other organizing books I had read broke everything down into plans and systems but they neglected the most important element: motivation. Kristi gives some amazing ideas for those plans and systems but she keeps it real. I LOVE LOVE LOVE what she says about "gleaning and tweaking". I used to try so hard to use someone's system that I came across and then it would be a big failure. Gleaning and tweaking is something that is SO helpful. Make it work for YOU! Kristi doesn't set unreasonable expectations. "Perfection is not the goal" - amen to that! She puts the focus and priorities where they should be and then shows you how to manage your chaos too! She makes it easily achievable - instead of looking for absolute perfection, she helps you figure out how to get enough done to reduce the stress WITHOUT adding to the stress by overdoing. It's a balancing act, but Kristi offers amazing advice on how to achieve that. I really found the questions at the end of each chapter helpful. They helped me focus on my “why”, my priorities, my family, our needs and wants. Some of my favorite quotes: “you can get only the most important things done and still have an incredible sense of fulfillment” “ we can bless even if there is mess” “The people in our lives need to know they are more important to us than a perfectly organized home.” “My goal in organizing my home is to create a welcoming atmosphere of love, joy, and peace.” If you want REAL advice on how to get organized - something that doesn't set unrealistic expectations and takes the stress of #momlife into consideration, this is the perfect book for you.
OakTreeReviews 4 months ago
M.O.M. — Master Organizer of Mayhem: Simple Solutions to Organize Chaos and Bring More Joy into Your Home is a helpful organizational book by Kristi Clover. The book has a lot of great tips for keeping a clean, organized, and joyful home. Clover divides the book into three sections: simple rules that will change your home life, the systems that will make your home more efficient, and ways to create a home you love. M.O.M. is full of practical home management tips and specific organizational advice. By providing detailed ways to tackle disorganization, Clover shows how mothers can clean away the chaos from their homes. One of my favorite parts of the book addresses how to “make time” to get things done; I like how Clover suggests eliminating time-wasters from your schedule, focusing your attention on just one tasks at a time, and using a timer to remind yourself to do things. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the daily tasks of life, this book will lend you a helping hand! I received this book for review.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I loved this book! Kristi is like a best friend guiding you through organizing your house, step by step. She reminds us it’s not about perfection and to give ourselves grace, and helps you to focus on making your home a place that’s inviting and relaxing. I enjoyed learning so much from her!
Anonymous 4 months ago
Reading Kristi Clover's book M.O.M-Masters of Mayhem is like sitting down talking with your best friend. IShe's real and transparent. One of her methods and is the Glean and Tweak method. So many homemaking/organization books make it look like there is only one way to organize or keep up a house. It can be frustrating with so many different opinions and ideas on how to work it with your personal family. Not to mention the pressures we face with trying to have a Pintrest perfect house. With Kristi being a mom of 5, she understands that everyone is in a different season of life, and give multiple ideas that you can pull from. It's organizational freedom. I highly encourage you no matter what season of life you are in, to get Kristi's book. It will help you on your path to organizing your home no matter the size of your home or your family! ***Disclaimer***I received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher for an honest review.
Nicnac63 4 months ago
I love organization, whether it pertains to a sock drawer, a kitchen pantry, or anything and everything else in my life, so I was excited to dig into this book. I’m not sure which piqued my interest more—the title or the fun cover art. They’re both humorous and eye-catching, and certainly paint a somewhat intimidating picture of motherhood, but in a--it’s the most wild, chaotic, yet rewarding experience of your life--kind of way. Without going over the incredibly helpful and encouraging advice this book holds, I’ll tell you it doesn’t waste a bit of your precious time to read it. Every chapter, every subject covered will make an impact—and in a fun, practical, efficient, and sometimes humorous way. The information is simple, orderly, and practical, and encourages us to get and stay organized, and to not allow mishaps or misfortunes to steal our joy. Overall: As an empty-nester, I can assure you thatches book doesn’t only pertain to moms with small children. Anyone can stand to implement change, grace, and order to our homes and lives. The narrative of this practical guide is easy to read, and I found it incredibly inspiring! Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was under no obligation to post a positive review.
Stephanie Brown 4 months ago
M.O.M. has been such a blessing to my family and I. Kristi writes in such a way that makes it easy to relate to her, and her ideas of how to master the mayhem in your house. This has not only helped me to begin getting my house in order and start lasting routines, but it has also helped me to have more time to do things with my family so we can make lasting memories! You will be thankful that you got this book from the first chapter to the last!
KatieAllen04 4 months ago
LOVE this book!!! She is so relatable. I love how she gives tips and ideas and we can make them work for us. I can’t wait to re-organize my house. Which then will allow more family time, and that is priceless!!!! Thank you!!