Short Cuts and Getting Organized – Totally Together Journal Review

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Does anyone else feel frazzled just thinking about the hectic school schedule about to start?

Things are always busy in a family, but there’s a time right before a teenager gets his driver’s license when it gets even crazier.  They have so many places to go, and no way to get themselves there.  I really think it’s God’s way of preparing us to have our kids drive off on their own.  We get so tired of all the shuttling that we begin to welcome the thought of our kids navigating the roads (and the other crazy drivers!)

We are in that state right now – the taxi years.  It’s fun and precious, but hectic.  And fitting it all in during the first few weeks of school is a challenge.

So when Stephanie O’dea (aka the Crockpot Lady) asked if I’d be interested in reviewing her new book, Totally Together: Shortcuts to an Organized Life
I jumped at the chance.

And I love it!  Stephanie loves short cuts.  She’s my kind of gal! 

The first part of the book is full of why-didn’t-I-think-of-that type tips.  Simple, yet effective ways to get life tasks done easier.  She takes on time-wasters (the internet, anyone?) and explains her PROM system.  Purge, Remove, Organize, Maintain.  I do pretty well with purge and remove.  Organize and Maintain hang me up.

And that’s where the second part of the book comes in.  There are calendar pages chock full of more quick tips and tasks for keeping up with housework, holidays, birthdays and more.  She even has ideas for family fun and taking care of yourself scheduled into the year.  Bonus – a lot of the weekly tasks she lists are jobs you can delegate to your kids.

Best of all, Stephanie makes it all sound do-able.  She breaks things into such small bites, complete with short cuts that it makes me think we might not only make it through this school year, but thrive too!

You can find Totally Together: Shortcuts to an Organized Life at Amazon or your local bookstore.

You can find Stephanie O’dea at her new, improved site that includes not only the awesome Year of Slow Cooking blog, but also her Totally Together blog and her new Web TV.

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  1. Tiffany, thank you for this wonderful write-up! I’m so happy that you are enjoying the book and finding it helpful! oxxo

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