Wanted to share a proper book review of How To Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind.
This one surprised me. I really enjoyed it although I can’t say I enjoyed the entirely too true for me practical knowledge shared.
The proper title of the book reads as How To Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing With Your House’s Dirty Little Secrets by Dana K. White. Ms. White owns the blog, A Slob Comes Clean.
My Book Review:
Do the dishes. Those 3 words pretty much summarize the book. People like my husband might wonder why anyone would need to read a book which summarizes such basic knowledge. He doesn’t need this book. If you are one of those people who naturally can’t go to bed at night until the dishes are all done and the house is tidy, this book is not for you.
I’m the target audience, those of us who simply don’t understand why the house doesn’t stay clean. I cleaned it this morning, why is it dirty again tonight? I simply need a better system for keeping it clean. Turns out that no, we don’t need a new system. We just need to do the dishes. AGAIN.
“House keeping doesn’t end. Ever”
The author presents this knowledge with a conversational tone and practical examples from her own house. I especially related to her ideas of how thinking of her home as a project added to her cleaning frustrations. It may take me forever but I love a good finished project. Turns out home management doesn’t work the same way. It’s an ongoing thing and not a single home management system in the world will work for us until we actually do the work.
I found it refreshing to read a home-management book from someone who doesn’t actually enjoy housework and admitted it. The book’s divided into four parts and flows nicely with the exception of the meal-planning chapter which felt a little out-of-place to me. Maybe it’s just because that is the one area I have (somewhat) under control.
She also tackles the subject of decluttering in the book. Of course, it’s easier to clean when there is less clutter, the mantra of clean-loving organized people everywhere. However, I appreciate her different approach to this topic. Her advice: Do the easy stuff first. Deal with the visible. Simply, throw away the trash. Her idea of thinking of our homes as one giant container also appealed to me. Let the space you have set your limits on the stuff you own.
I found this book helpful and have been doing a better than usual (certainly not perfect) job of simply doing my dishes than my past attempts at “shining my sink.” The book is for someone who simply needs to get a handle on an out of control messy house.
Another thing much appreciated by me in this book: the lack of references to other e-books and blog posts. Sometimes when I read books by blog authors, I feel as though I’m constantly presented with a sales-pitch for their blog and/or products. None of that in this one, a friendly “this is what you have to do” conversation (that I could almost picture having in the author’s kitchen).
The end contains an appendix entitled: 28 Days to Hope For Your Home which I’m finding quite helpful as I work my way through it. It’s super simple and not at all overwhelming.
The Kindle Version of the book is currently on sale for $1.99 on Amazon Prime right now.
NOTE: I get no compensation from Amazon for any purchase you make through my blog (Go purchase it from another blog where the person does get something!) and also did not receive any compensation for this review. I purchased and read this book because I wanted to read it and thought you might like to hear what I thought.
Have you read this one? What did you think?