Mom – The Family Manager

What is a family manager? If you are a mom, I bet you can claim the title.
Kathy Peel, who is known as “America’s Family Manager,” wrote a creed for all you moms out there. It goes like this:
I oversee the most important organization in the world –
Where hundreds of decisions are made daily
Where property and resources are managed
Where health and nutritional needs are determined
Where finances and futures are discussed and debated
Where projects are planned and events are arranged
Where transportation and scheduling are critical
Where team-building is a priority
Where careers begin and end
I am a Family Manager.
In her book, The Family Manager Takes Charge, Kathy encourages women to see that running a household is no small task. How many of these jobs do you do around the house and for your family?
  • Accountant/Bookkeeper
  • Auto Maintenance Supervisor
  • Baby-sitter/Day-care Worker
  • Building Supervisor
  • Chauffeur
  • Cheerleader
  • Chef
  • Coach/Team-builder
  • Counselor
  • Dean of Education
  • Entertainment Chairman
  • Fashion Coordinator
  • Filing Clerk
  • Fitness Trainer
  • Gardner
  • Gift Coordinator
  • Health-care Practitioner
  • Historian and Curator
  • Hotel Manager
  • Interior Designer
  • Laundress
  • Maid
  • Manager of Food Service
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Referee
  • Seamstress
  • Secretary
  • Short-order Cook
  • Travel Agent
  • Veterinarian

Congratulations! You are a family manager!

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. Janet Barclay on August 5, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Wow, I am tired just reading that list! Thank you (and Kathy Peel) for reminding us that everything we do is valuable, not just the work we get paid for.

  2. Janet Schiesl on August 5, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Yes, if you think about it. Moms do a lot for their families. More than an manager/boss.

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