I *Heart* Large Family Logistics

I’ve been meaning to post about Large Family Logistics for a couple of weeks now, but it’s simply too good to wait until I have the time to write a “real” post about it. LFL is chock full of practical advice about managing the large family home.

OH MY, it has changed our home for the better.  Mark was just saying that moving our chore time to the afternoon (as suggested in LFL) has been the BEST change that we’ve had in our house in a L-O-N-G time.  (I’m sure that he was excluding the arrival of Bella in that use of the word ‘change’.)

If you have a large family, hope to have a large family or just wish your home ran more smoothly, I suggest you hop, fly, run, swoop, scamper, or just click on over and order this book because honestly our home is already running more smoothly and I haven’t even finished reading yet.

Someone asked me if it would be worth the shipping costs to have it shipped overseas.  YES!

I could go on, but Isabella may have gotten wind about Daddy’s comment about “the BEST change” and she’s asking for some reassurance.

You may be interested to read about the positive changes of moving chore time to the afternoon.

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42 Responses to I *Heart* Large Family Logistics
  1. Blair
    January 18, 2011 | 7:25 am

    Couldn’t get the link to work?

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Thanks. I think it’s fixed now, let me know.

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    Blair Reply:

    Thanks, it does work now!

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  2. MomStarr
    January 18, 2011 | 7:31 am

    Kimberly, I got this book for Christmas and I too have been extremely blessed by the advice and suggestions. It has helped me to organize in my mind all my duties and how to delegate and arrange them throughout the week. Instead of dealing with things haphazardly this book helps me to organize it all and focus on each duty along with the children and get it done more thoroughly.

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  3. Becky
    January 18, 2011 | 7:31 am

    It is a fabulous book! It has so helped our family so much as well! Kim is fabulous.

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  4. Tina
    January 18, 2011 | 7:44 am

    I love this book! I’ve been following Kimberley’s blogs and been on her Yahoo group for a few years now and have got some great ideas from her.

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  5. Andrea
    January 18, 2011 | 7:59 am

    I have this book on my Amazon wish list. I will probably buy it with my birthday money in Feb. I cant wait to read it and get some suggestions on running our house more smoothly.

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  6. Tracy E.
    January 18, 2011 | 8:16 am

    I just ordered this book yesterday after hearing a friend rave about it. I had been hesitant to order it because we are a small family. But, she told me that no matter the size of the family there were wonderful things for one to learn from the book. She said she actually wished she had a book like that when she was first married.

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  7. Jama
    January 18, 2011 | 8:20 am

    VF offered this book in a package deal last week with 3-4 others including How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half. They should be arriving on my doorstep in the next day or two. Can’t wait. Knowing you like it makes me even more eager to receive it.

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  8. Samantha
    January 18, 2011 | 8:34 am

    Off to check it out!

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  9. Miri Fl
    January 18, 2011 | 9:25 am

    Thanks for sharing… just yesterday at my Bible study we were sharing how we need discipline on everything and God knows I need it. I’ll get it for sure.

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  10. Laryssa @Heaven In The Home
    January 18, 2011 | 9:26 am

    I REALLY like it too, even though I only have two kids right now. It’s been a huge help!

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  11. Kathi
    January 18, 2011 | 10:43 am

    I’m buying LFL this week with some of my birthday money…trying to decide between Books Children Love and Sarah Clarkson’s ‘booklist’ for children book to go with it???

    I meant to comment on your booklist post a few weeks ago…I *heart* quite a few of the same books as you!

    Enjoy the end of your book!

    Love!
    Kathi

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  12. Renee Stam
    January 18, 2011 | 11:43 am

    Trying to save money to buy this book, I think I would like it very much!!!!

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  13. Jenn
    January 18, 2011 | 1:27 pm

    Yes, a great book for all families despite their size! Our family of 6 is benefiting from this book and I plan to buy it for a friend upon her wedding this summer.

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  14. Sarah
    January 18, 2011 | 1:28 pm

    Thank you for this-I know I asked because of shipping costs abroad. Having said that, dh encouraged me to go ahead and buy it and it arrived today. Haven’t had a chance to look properly yet but hope it helps us make good changes too!

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  15. Ruth Adams
    January 18, 2011 | 1:34 pm

    I am reading through for the second time. I think it may be the most practical book I have read in a long time. Wonderful ideas. The afternoon chores, right before Daddy gets home, have made a huge difference here as well. I look forward to implementing more ideas in the days to come.

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  16. Annie
    January 18, 2011 | 1:40 pm

    This post speaks to me. I don’t exactly have a large family, 4 kids. But, I was standing just about 5 minutes ago just praying and crying out to the Lord for help. We home school also, we have no outside activities and are here most of the time. I believe God creates the family to be a complementing and cohesive unit! It is just so hard to manage at times. From laundry, the 2-month old, the almost 2-year old, helping my 1st grade son who still has so much trouble staying on task independently, well, you get the picture!!! It is nice to know there are resources out there. I just committed to the Lord to pray for each and every hour that I am awake. I amazed at how much time I just have been letting pass by. Praise God for His mercy!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    The Lord does give us the help we need. And sometimes he uses others to encourage and point us in the right direction. LFL has been a huge help to us. Her systems work to help me get everything that I need to get done over the course of a day, week or month done in it’s proper time.

    Praying that God will give you wisdom for each moment.

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  17. Katie
    January 18, 2011 | 2:05 pm

    Thanks for the reminder of this book. I just purchased it.

    Amazon has the best price on it that I could find, 17.28 and free shipping if you have Prime.

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  18. Jenn
    January 18, 2011 | 2:27 pm

    I’m reading through that book now and loving it. I have been considering changing our morning chore time to the afternoon as well…if you have a minute could you explain why it is so much better in afternoon? What do you like better about it that way? My kids really like their free time in the afternoon so I’m not sure…

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    Karolee Reply:

    Jenn,
    I haven’t tried that yet, because I teach piano in the afternoons. But I think it might be a good change, and I am going to try it. Anyone else have any input on that?

    SMiles,
    Karolee

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    Emily M. Reply:

    I’m also wondering about this. This sounds silly, but it is so “outside the box” thinking for me to do our chores in the afternoon. =) Kimberly, I’m wondering why the switch and why you feel like it has worked out so well! Thanks! I can’t wait to check this book out, it sounds like something I need right now!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    OK, ladies. Perfect post idea. I’ll try to get it pulled together in the next couple of days. :)

    The best thing? The house is lovely when Mark walks in the door from work, he loves it!

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  19. Kimarie
    January 18, 2011 | 2:34 pm

    I love this book, too!! I had a notebook with a lot of stuff from Kim’s website 4 years ago. It helped me SO much after a total house remodel. I can’t recommend this book highly enough (and I’m almost done reading it, too). Kim is so encouraging – “No pity parties. Just start doing it!” And you are right – it doesn’t apply just to large families. I wish I’d had it when I was first married, since a lot of my unorganized habits go back to then. I knew what I wanted, but I had no one to show me how to do it in a biblical, family-building manner.

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  20. Jenny
    January 18, 2011 | 3:05 pm

    My husband bought this for me for Christmas, and even with just three kids it really has made a HUGE difference in our home!

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  21. Karolee
    January 18, 2011 | 3:13 pm

    I bought this book for myself for my birthday in December. I have found it SO helpful! The biggest help is in divvying my attention between all the areas of my life effectively by assigning them days of the week. No more am I getting up in the morning and being paralyzed by all the different things I need to do in all areas of my life and home. Now I know there’s a day for everything and everything will be gotten to on their days. Related to the principle of “a place for everything and everything in it’s place”. I highly recommend this book.

    Smiles,
    Karolee

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  22. Megan
    January 18, 2011 | 6:08 pm

    So should I put my feet up while pregnant with number six and get it off the shelf it has been on?
    I’m thinking yes!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Yes! :)

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  23. Aubrey
    January 18, 2011 | 6:13 pm

    I also have found this to be one of the single most amazingly helpful books in my life! I also can’t gush enough about it.

    Has it been mentioned that there is a Yahoo group for those that are interested in working through the book together? We’re only on chapter 3, so there’s plenty of time to catch up.
    :)

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Large-Family-Logistics/

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  24. Dawn@OneFaithfulMom
    January 18, 2011 | 6:48 pm

    Told ya’!! My best friend is reading my copy right now. I have 10 kids, and she has 5. This book is so great for so may reasons. One thing I really liked is how the chapters are short, so you can get through the book without having to spend a long time on each section. Esay to read; easy to apply!!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    You are sooo right!

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  25. Serenity Summers
    January 18, 2011 | 8:39 pm

    I got this book for Christmas and I have found it to be incredibly encouraging!!!! My husband even bought me colored gel pens to underline things and write my notes in the margins. I have never done that with a book before but it helps me remember an idea or thought I might have while reading that I would otherwise forget :)

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  26. Alisha
    January 19, 2011 | 9:08 am

    Do you think it’s helpful even when your “large family” consists of only young children? So much of the advice I see for large families assumes there are older children in the family. Mine are 1, 3, 6, and 7 with #5 baking until July.

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    Jenn Reply:

    I think it would be *very* helpful at that stage. I really wish I had implemented a lot of these things when I had only littles. Now I have 7 kids from 6 months to 13 years old and I feel like I am having to learn things that I should have started learning/doing several years ago. If I had followed these methods then, things would be much smoother now.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I know what you mean Alisha. My oldest was 3 years old when I purchased Managers of Their Homes and while I was able to glean from it, many of the things didn’t really weren’t possible until our children got older.

    However, LFL is not like that. It’s a system for managing your home and children whether they’re all small or not. She also gives lots of helpful ideas for incorporating small children into your home management routine and for training them as you go along.

    Short answer? Yes, it’s helpful even if you only have young children.

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    Karolee Reply:

    Alisha, I agree with the others that this would be helpful for you. I have 5 kids ranging in age from 11 to 9 months. I actually fell into the other camp, where I questioned whether it was too late for me, since my oldest 2 are 11 and 9. This has been a recurring thought for me through any large family/homeschooling/child training book or blog I’ve read in the last 2 years. Is it too late for me because I didn’t have my act together when my oldest were 5 and under?

    I wish I”d had this information when my kids were smaller and our household was smaller. I think you’ll be able to glean a lot of helpful info for the NOW and also be able to visualize the future better, having read this book.

    Smiles,
    Karolee

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  27. Nicki
    January 19, 2011 | 10:23 am

    Oh, I love this book, too! I got it for my birthday and devoured it over the weekend. I agree with everyone who said it’s a great book for ANY size family. I wish I’d had it from the very beginning. What a great start for a new family.

    I’m still considering afternoon chores . . . but I love all the great tips in the book, down to the suggestion to keep a pacifier and burp rag at the computer desk. Only a mother of many babies in a row would know how handy that is!

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  28. Katie
    January 19, 2011 | 3:22 pm

    Did you all see the LivingSocial deal today? You pay $10 and get a $20 gift card for Amazon. That would make a great deal for anyone wanting to buy this book.

    http://livingsocial.com/deals/21336-20-amazon-com-gift-card/social_share?ref=addthis-share5&amp%3Brui=13871811

    It says it’s for the DC area, but anyone can purchase.

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  29. Alisha
    January 21, 2011 | 7:00 pm

    Thanks for all the replies! I just ordered it off Amazon, right before I saw that Kimberly was giving away 2 copies (I never win these things anyway, though, lol). I had a good friend (who also has only littles) highly recommend this book to me the very same morning Kimberly posted this, so I took that as a sign that I should definitely get this book.

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  30. Carron
    January 24, 2011 | 9:37 am

    I need the most help in the kitchen! Organizing, planning meals and developing schedules for school, errands & cleaning!!

    I blogged about this giveaway over at http://www.carronhefner(dot)blogspot.com

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  31. Carron
    January 24, 2011 | 9:38 am

    It’s on my facebook page too–twice actually:) Thank you!!

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