This summer I was working with a client, organizing her garage. We were sorting through old books and she picked this book up and put it in the "give away" pile. I happened to glance at the book and I was so excited, I had found my "holy grail". I asked my client if I could buy it from her (I never take anything from my clients, though they try to give me all kinds of things.) and she looked at me like "why would YOU need this?!". She smiled and gave it to me. It was like I'd found my old wise friend.
I had read this book as a young mother in the 80's, and jotted down notes from this book on index cards. I returned it to the person that I had borrowed it from and she ended up moving away. I forgot to write down the title and it was a forever search for this book and it's contents. Deniece Schofield is the author. It's not in print, but there are copies being sold on sites like Amazon.com.
What I loved about this book is the house cleaning system. I began using Deneice's system in 1989 and have used it ever since. It helped me to establish a cleaning schedule that I slowly incorporated into my children's cleaning responsibilities. It was a great system for me because I was a little OCD about keeping my house clean. It helped me to delegate out the house cleaning and do a little each day. That's the key, a little each day, you set up the system according to what you are able to do, and you still find success.
I would highly recommend this book! I haven't read a book that has the common sense knowledge that most people need when it comes to organizing spaces, especially in your home.
Confessions of an Organized Homemaker: The Secrets of Uncluttering Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life. Author: Deneice Schofield
Another organizing book I recommend is:
Organizing from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System For Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life Author: Julie Morgenstern