Secrets of an Organized Mom

A Book by Barbara Reich

“Everyone should Barbarafy,”
The New York Times

Mothers can feel like life is one neverending loop. Just when one problem or responsibility is handled, another one trips us up. But help is on the way: Barbara Reich has all the strategies necessary for staying ahead of the curve—and she’s wrapped them up into four easy steps that can be applied to any organizing project.

The keys to Barbara’s success are simplicity and consistency. Room by room, she takes readers through the most problematic areas in the home—from the tornado-struck play area to the over-stuffed basement or storage unit. Barbara shows readers how to approach organizing in manageable bites—many of which can be dealt with in two hours or less. With each organizing project, she teaches readers how to apply the four steps—1) purge, 2) design, 3) organize, and 4) maintain.

As the mother of teenage twins, Barbara offers tips for crazed moms as only a mother could. Combining the humor of a sympathetic friend, and the no-nonsense advice of a true type-A personality, Reich offers clever, appealing solutions that are genuinely achievable for everyone.

Secrets of an Organized Mom


From Publisher’s Weekly

In a straightforward and concise narrative, organization expert Reich promises, “Whatever organizational nightmare makes you crazy on a daily basis, the antidote can be found here.” It’s a tall order to fill, but Reich delivers. Not just for mothers, “this book shows how every member of the family can breathe easier,” says Reich. She starts off by advising readers to identify their homes’ “hot spots” areas that drive them the craziest. Her four-step method to organization follows: purge, design, organize, and maintain. Ground rules, which make up the “Ten Commandments of Organizing” include beware of junk mail, get it off the floor, and use one type of storage container, hanger, etc. Reich gives readers recommendations on the best types of items to use, such as clear plastic containers with drawers and trays, and tells them what questions to ask themselves…

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“The first thing I want to say is ‘holy crap this is such a good book.’  Seriously my friends, if you are struggling with organization this is a must read for you…”

Life Takes Over

“Right from the first page, Barbara had my attention. . .She gets it. She’s a mom herself, which of course gives her that inner understanding of what other moms are struggling with.”

Parent Grapevine

“It makes a lot of sense. It takes an unorganized mom and walks her through the steps to becoming a highly efficient, organized mom by following a system on how a family functions…”

Motherhood Moment

“There’s something every mom needs – being able to read the Secrets of an Organized Mom. I wish I could say I was always organized! I feel like I do a pretty good job, but I can always use some help…”

Celebrity Parents Magazine

“Simplicity being the key, Barbara goes room by room in readers’ homes—from the tornado-struck play area to the packed basement or even dreaded attic. She shows readers how to approach organizing in bite-sized pieces—many of which can be done in two hours or less—to make for a more peaceful and, of course, organized family life.”

Diane, A Fan

“All the other books I’ve read have had their useful bits, but for various reasons just didn’t work for me… I read this like I was holding [Barbara’s] hand and walking through the areas to fine tune each one and finally get everything up to the level that I’ve needed. This has greatly increased my happiness, comfort, and ability to cope with all the demands of my little family – I’ve been longing for this for such a long time.”

Fom The Bed Rest Book Club

“Easy to understand, humorous, and a quick read (all necessary to us moms – gotta keep our attention because STOP HARASSING THE CAT, SCOTT!, we juggle many things), Barbara managed to convince me that 1.) I was capable of an organized home and 2.) she was the lady to help me do it. She works from a four-step method of purge, design, organize, and maintain. Not exactly ground-breaking, as we have all watched enough episodes of “Hoarders” to know the drill, but when it’s spelled out in black and white, it suddenly seems more attainable. She also offers mantras that again, I kinda knew, but seeing it in print brought it home. Do your least appealing task first. Focus on what you can change. “