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I finished up the audio book How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White. It was recommended to me by our daughter Kayla. She found it interesting and found some good points and thought I might too.
I did find it interesting. I wish the book would have been around when I was in my 20’s. I was a terrible house keeper. Hubby and I laugh that every time we moved to a different house, I managed to keep it just a little cleaner. Now days, my house is always tolerable. I have some clutter mostly because I am working on so many projects out of my house ….Childcare…the blog…quilt publications…the antique stuff…my hobbies. I think now days I suffer from a want to do things that is MUCH bigger than the hours I have in a day.
Anyway…the book is good if cleaning is your arch nemesis. I have two girls that would do good to listen to the book. They were like I was at their age….
I’ve listened to lots of cleaning/organizing books and I have to say that this one is more my style than any other book….except I am a deep closet cleaner.
You have heard me reference that I’ve been cleaning and going more organizing than EVER. It’s because of the book!! I have found it to be life changing for me. Life changing in a good way.
Here’s what Amazon had to say….
“In How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind, Dana explains that cleaning your house is not a one time project but a series of ongoing premade decisions. Her reality-based cleaning and organizing techniques debunk the biggest housekeeping fantasies and help readers learn what really works. Chapter titles include
- My First Step: Giving Up on the Fantasy
- The Worst Thing About the Best Way
- Just Tell Me What to Do
- Conquering Laundry
- Get Dinner on the Table
- Putting an End to the Never-Ending Weekly Cleaning Tasks
- Don’t Get Organized
- How to Declutter Without Making a Bigger Mess
- Fighting the Perceived Value Battle
- But Will It Last?
With a huge helping of empathy and humor, Dana provides a step-by-step process with strategies for getting rid of enormous amounts of stuff in as little time (and with as little emotional drama) as possible.”
Amazon readers give the book 4.8 stars. I loved the humor throughout the book. I loved the ideas that weren’t the same old. I loved that her approach was different. I’m going to give it 4.5 stars. Much I’ve learned over age and my own observation. I do think if you have tried to have a cleaner home only to fail, you definitely need to try this book. Right now it’s free for Kindle Unlimited users. I am off to find her next book, Decluttering at the Speed of Life.
Well, I’m now following her blog!! I can always do better, but it does get difficult when you live with someone who just puts stuff down when they are finished with it. Do I nag or just play mom cleaning up after a 1 year old??? Oh, a 1 year old can help clean up after themself!!
I’m the one who puts stuff down and it stays there. My poor husband just goes along with it until he can’t stand it anymore. I’ll have to listen to this book.
I am reading her 2nd book, Decluttering at the Speed of Life, and am really enjoying it. Plus it is not like all the other organizing/decluttering books that I have read over the years.
I am not that far into in so I can’t give a full review. . . . but what I have read so far has gotten me thinking about things in a new way. . . and it might actually get me to a less cluttered life!
Funny thing, I found this book this morning and was looking at picking it up, as we just moved and I want to keep it clean. Thanks for the great review as it just solidifies now that I want to get it!
I went over to read Dana White’s blog and am enjoying it very much. She is funny. Instead of getting the book right away I decided to go back to the beginning of her blog. I will be getting the books. Thank you, Jo!
I would like to give this to a friend for Christmas, but I’m afraid I would insult her. She spends a lot of time packing and unpacking plastic bins but never gets rid of anything.
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