Kate McKenzie’s Down To Earth Organization Style

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00001]The main character in ORGANIZED FOR MURDER is Kate McKenzie, wife, mother of twins, and small business owner. While her daily focus is on keeping her family’s and clients’ lives running efficiently and well-organized, she’s a pretty easygoing person and doesn’t feel one must go to heroic (or expensive) measures to keep life running smoothly.

In the book, she speaks at an organization workshop in the local bookstore. This is a little taste of her common sense approach to keeping a household on-track, and may give you some ideas, too.

Kate’s Notes: How to Keep a Happily Organized Home (for the organization presentation)

Unless you live alone, don’t try to organize your home by yourself. Involve the same people who helped get your disordered abode in its present state. Teamwork isn’t just more efficient time-wise, it’s critical if you want to make permanent organizational changes.

Learn as a team to clean as you go. No one is too young or too old to help in some way. Children can learn to put away one toy before taking out another, and the whole family can help load the dishwasher by rinsing and placing their own used tableware in after each meal. Hang hooks for coats and clothes, collect boxes and bins for toys, file paperwork as you’re finished with it and easily find what is needed later.

Most of all, don’t expect perfection at all times—the white glove test died with the 1950s. Ten minutes a day of family pick-up time, with everyone pitching in once a week for an hour to accomplish the big cleaning, and your house will stay comfortable for daily living and inviting when unexpected guests arrive.

ORGANIZED FOR MURDER will be released February 24th by Gemma Halliday Publishing. If you’re interested in learning more about the book, you can read early reviews at the novel’s GoodReads page. I’ll be posting the bookseller links when they go live next week.

Also, to tie-in with the release for ORGANIZED FOR MURDER, my publisher set the price on the first book in my other series COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES at a one-week bargain price of 99 cents–but that deal only lasts until Feb 22nd. You can find this special pricing in all ebook formats. Click the page above marked Here’s Where To Buy My Books to find clickable links to all online booksellers.

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About ritterames

Ritter Ames is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Bodies of Art Mysteries and the Organized Mysteries series. When she’s not writing or brainstorming new mysteries, Ritter is usually trying to get her favorite blond Labrador retriever to stay out of the pond, or keep her grouchy black cat from trying to give the dog away on Freecycle. The first two books in her Bodies of Art series were released in early-2016 by Henery Press, and the third was released October 11, 2016. She's currently working on the first book in a new series.
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