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Organizing Life as Mom (E-book) Review by Karen Yuen

How helpful a book on organization is depends on one important factor--how organized are you already? Jessica Getskow Fisher has published an e-book that is sure to inspire even the most organized homeschool parents to greater heights. Jessica helps readers develop a plan to clean up those dusty corners of our life that really need help!

This book, which sells for $9, goes a step further than most organizing books I've read; it walks readers through a series of thought-provoking questions that guide each person toward setting her own individual priorities and determining which areas need specific attention. Of course, this list will be different for every person. So, Jessica includes a chart that asks readers to list every hat they wear (e.g., wife, mother, daughter, educator, etc.) and each associated goal with specific accompanying actions. Another worksheet takes each goal and further breaks it down into steps needed to complete that goal by a specific deadline. Sounds simple enough!

What really makes this e-book a treasure trove are all the pre-made charts and calendars that can be easily filled in right on your own computer! Jessica explains clearly how to print them and organize them into a "command center" notebook that will ensure your organizational success. Brilliant! This simple approach is especially helpful for people who haven't read much about organization and are sinking into a pit of despair and chaos.

Even if you are already a well-organized homeschooler, Jessica's simple approach may be just the thing to help you teach your children how to get and stay organized! So, if you are an organization novice or expert, you will certainly be able to make use of this clever e-book in many ways -- and reduce your stress in the process!

Product review by Karen Yuen, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, June 2011