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The Well-Ordered Home: Simple Techniques for Creating Serene and Inviting Space Paperback – Mar 10 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 119 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger (March 10 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157224321X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572243217
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 17.8 x 0.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,333,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, is a psychologist and family therapist who previously worked as a house cleaner and professional home organizer. She is the author of The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood and Postpartum Depression and is an Affiliate Research Associate at the University of New Hampshire.

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This book has become a permanent fixture at the breakfast spot on my kitchen table. It could easily be titled "How to Eat an Elephant." Every few days, I open to a different page and find out how to make my life sane. The author has done a great job of helping me approach very difficult household tasks and become good at them. This is after all another skill those of us who are not obsessively compulsive need to learn in order to survive life on the edge! So far her ideas have gone down better and have saved me real time and real money by not having to re-buy what I know I have already bought but can't couldn't find if you had a gun to my head! Her writing style is crisp and light and she approaches the negative emotion of why these tasks are so distasteful. As you read you feel she is right there at your kitchen table to help you through the tough spots. Enjoy!
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I found Kathy Kendall-Tackett's book, The Well-Ordered Home an extremely helpful,easy-read book. I don't have hours of spare time to read lengthy diatribes that I can't remember five minutes after putting the book down. I prefer the two-pages-a-read kind of book, with common sense advice that I can apply the minute I stop reading, even at the midnight hour. This book is that kind of helpful tool. It's so much easier to follow someone who has been there and blazed the trail. Kathy leads me by the hand and gives me practical ways to get the job done in sprints as well as long distance runs. She anticipates my excuses for not tackling a job and addresses them before I whine them forth. As I finished each chapter, I said, "I can do that!" And I did . . . well, except for the garment groomer and lint roller. Think I can get it at Walmart? Thanks, Kathy!!
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By A Customer on March 22 2004
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A delighful new approach to home organization. Very focused on 50 specific areas that can be applied to many other situations. Great for the reader short on time but needing both motivation and an understanding of practical methods of organization for the busy family. Written in a positive and crisp manner...
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By A Customer on March 14 2004
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This is by far the worst, most superficial treatment of the subject matter I have ever seen. Dont waste your money on this book. You would do better with Don Aslett's books or Julie Morgenstein or both. This book was like an essay written by a bored middle school student.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa574ade0) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa50b5288) out of 5 stars Eating the Elephant June 19 2003
By Renee Hauser - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book has become a permanent fixture at the breakfast spot on my kitchen table. It could easily be titled "How to Eat an Elephant." Every few days, I open to a different page and find out how to make my life sane. The author has done a great job of helping me approach very difficult household tasks and become good at them. This is after all another skill those of us who are not obsessively compulsive need to learn in order to survive life on the edge! So far her ideas have gone down better and have saved me real time and real money by not having to re-buy what I know I have already bought but can't couldn't find if you had a gun to my head! Her writing style is crisp and light and she approaches the negative emotion of why these tasks are so distasteful. As you read you feel she is right there at your kitchen table to help you through the tough spots. Enjoy!
62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa52f4e1c) out of 5 stars Superficial Advice and Not So Well Organized, Either! Jan. 25 2007
By Katherine Berry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As a born-organized person now facing clutter problems due to homeschooling my young son, I'd purchased this book hoping to find new perspectives on battling paper monsters and the inevitable slew of books, toys and crumbs that kids generate. Sadly, there is nothing new in here.

"Handle paper as it comes in" is something you can read at free websites on home-organization. Ditto for "keep a nice box or bin in each room to stash toys in at the end of the day."

But you'll have to read through various chapters to put that together: the author is continually bringing up a topic (e.g., closet organization) then promising "I'll go into that more in Chapter X." Well, guess what: each 'chapter' is only 2 pages long. How much organizational advice do you REALLY think you're going to get in 2 pages?

This book does not recommend any particular system, does not discuss advantages or disadvantages of the varying home-organization products out there, and doesn't even suggest routines or schedules you can adopt for your day.

What it does do is dispense saccharin, simplistic advice -- spend 15 minutes per day sorting through clutter and discard what's broken beyond repair; what's outdated; what you don't love, use or need; do a little bit every day; keep supplies where you need them; replenish supplies as they're depleted; and don't set your expectations unrealistically high.

There, I saved you money. I wish I'd saved my own, and also wish that the hour I spent reading this slim, trite book had been spent organizing my kitchen cupboards (yet another thing this book does not tell you how to do).
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4f66a08) out of 5 stars I Can Do That! March 22 2004
By Marcy D. Alves - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found Kathy Kendall-Tackett's book, The Well-Ordered Home an extremely helpful,easy-read book. I don't have hours of spare time to read lengthy diatribes that I can't remember five minutes after putting the book down. I prefer the two-pages-a-read kind of book, with common sense advice that I can apply the minute I stop reading, even at the midnight hour. This book is that kind of helpful tool. It's so much easier to follow someone who has been there and blazed the trail. Kathy leads me by the hand and gives me practical ways to get the job done in sprints as well as long distance runs. She anticipates my excuses for not tackling a job and addresses them before I whine them forth. As I finished each chapter, I said, "I can do that!" And I did . . . well, except for the garment groomer and lint roller. Think I can get it at Walmart? Thanks, Kathy!!
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa510bbf4) out of 5 stars Loved It! Nov. 3 2005
By llreviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have several home organization and storage books, but this is the only one that I have actually read cover to cover. At first, when I got it, it was smaller than I was imagining and it had no pictures, so I thought I wouldn't like it. I was wrong! It gives ideas that make you maintain an organized house without much effort, once the initial setup of the suggested organizing ideas and techniques is in place. This book confirmed some of the things I was already doing that worked, it gave me new ideas and it helped me refine some that I already had in place. A quick and easy read and definitely suggested.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa510bc24) out of 5 stars A Well-Ordered Book! May 2 2006
By C. Strain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Don't let the size of the book fool you - just because it doesn't take an encyclopedia sized book to get her ideas across does not mean they aren't profound, easy to internalize, and life changing.

I recently had the pleasure of taking a seminar on the Well-Ordered Home taught by Ms. Kendall-Tackett at a La Leche League conference and I was so impressed I ordered the book the next day.

It's not too simple to be true - this little book can help you get your home in order so you can spend more time enjoying life!


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