- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 30, 2003

More info:

Books —

• “Mom Central: The Ultimate Family Organizer,” by Stacy DeBroff and Marsha Feinberg, Kodansha Publishing, 1998. This spiral-bound planner has tips for keeping moms and children organized, as well as places for notes and schedules.

• “The Family Manager’s Everyday Survival Guide,” by Kathy Peel, Ballantine, 1998. Organizing expert Kathy Peel has tips for running a household in the same manner one would run a business.

• “Confessions of a Happily Organized Family,” by Deniece Schofield, Betterway Publishing, 1997. This book has ideas for keeping parents’ and students’ lives running smoothly.

• “Organizing From the Inside Out for Teenagers: The Foolproof System for Organizing Your Room, Your Time, and Your Life,” By Julie Morgenstern and Jessi Morgenstern-Colon, Owl Books, 2002. Professional organizer Julie Morgenstern teamed with her teenage daughter to write this book for teenagers. Their basic advice is to analyze, strategize and attack to manage time and space.

• “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens,” by Sean Covey, Simon & Schuster, 1998. This book, by the son of Stephen Covey, who wrote most of the “7 Habits” inspirational books, offers real-life stories of teens who have overcome obstacles and succeeded. There also are a workbook and a journal teens can buy to help get organized.

• “Lee Canter’s Managing the Morning Rush: Shaping Your Family’s Morning Routine,” by Lee Canter and associates, 1995. This planner will help families get out the door in the morning.

Associations —

• National PTA, 330 N. Wabash Ave., Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60611. Phone: 800/307-4782. Web site: www.pta.org. This national parent-teacher group has many articles and tips on making the transition to a new school, connecting with teachers and managing homework.

Online —

• Organized-living.com (www.organized-living.com), the site of California-based HandyGirl professional organizing, offers tips, articles and products for getting organized.

• Mom Central (www.momcentral.com) is the site of Stacy DeBroff, author of several books on organized moms and children. The site offers many tips, articles and solutions.

• Professional organizer Julie Morgenstern (www.juliemorgenstern.com) has tips, books and an idea exchange on her site.

• Professional organizer Kathy Peel has written 17 books that visitors can order from her Web site (www.familymanager.com). There is also a “daily hit list” organizer to download.

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