Self Help That I Can Actually Approve

I’m not a self-help book kind of girl. I enjoy my books trashy – the better to escape into.

But when a book arrives on your doorstep, how do you say no? For someone who could live quite comfortably within the stacks of the library, free books are better than . . . well, you know. Let’s just say they’re almost as good as chocolate.

And The Busy Mom’s Guide to a Happy, Organized Home by Kathy Peel is surprisingly, un-self-help-book-y. For those of you who ARE self help readers, don’t worry. There’s plenty in there on the typical self help topics of “managing relationships” and the like.

So why is this an Inside Out find? For the REST of the book, the sections on stuff like the average life span on an appliance (under 12 years for a water heater – now I know why ours just died), or shortcuts for cleaning each room around the house (yes, less cleaning and it’s approved by a self-help guru!! woohooo). I’m thinking I should bookmark the section on household emergencies – how to deal with a burst pipe, overflowing toilet, etc. – and place it out for the next babysitter. Just in case.


  1. Jeanne, Kathy Peel is going to be chatting about this book and offering useful tips during an online chat Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. EDT at I work with, and it’s going to be a great chance to interact with Peel and get her advice! Hope you can join!

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