"Bless others with your extra stuff. Hold things with a light hand, because they are not yours in the first place. They belong to God. Materialism in our current culture is a constant battle to fight."
Okay, so even if you don't have a million kids, this book is so helpful in so many ways. I turned it in a couple of weeks late to the library (someone else had it on hold; sorry, person!) because I was busy taking notes out of it to implement in my life. And the reasons I didn't just BUY the book are (1) I'm trying to save money and (2) it would take up space in my house, which defeats the decluttering. YES, there is such a thing as intelligent clutter (books!).
I already had a Household Binder set up; I just never updated or looked at it. I am a wreck. In fact, right now I can't even find my notes from Large Family Logistics!
Let's just say I have many steps to go before I can get my house running all orderly like my man so desperately wants. I first need to get rid of as much crap as I can so I can then organize the rest. Then I need to work on my chore instructions so the kids know how to do stuff independently. Chores are AWESOME training for real life. My boys knowing how to do chores and cook should bag them some rockin' wives (orrrrr, hmmm, a wife like me who burns water and vacuum belts ... maybe I should rethink this).
I love her section on having a tea party with your kids to teach manners and just spend time relaxing and talking with them. The author is a big fan of just hanging out with your kids and getting the house to where it runs itself with a little input from the members now and then. Most of the hanging out with my kids is done when the house is an explosion and I use a field trip as an excuse to not look at the house and to escape.
I'm off to further declutter ... trash bin, recycle Dumpster, thrift store, here I come with more stuff for you.