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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Kirkman Raine Books (February 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956493904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956493903
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,796,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Danielle Raine was born and raised in Yorkshire, England.
After working as home-based graphic designer and copywriter for 11 years, she developed a severe case of the Housework Blues.
This prompted her to embark on a mission, to help women everywhere cope with the mental and emotional challenge of keeping a home.
Housework Blues - A Survival guide is her first book.
She currently lives in North Yorkshire, with her wonderful (but messy) husband and two sons.

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The secret's in the book.
Natasha
This book is good thoughtful reading, with probably several "reads" over time.
cheryl hughes
There is so much great advice in this book.
M. Sutter

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Natasha on March 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm generally not a self-help book type of person but Housework Blues: A Survival Guide really intrigued me. I may not hate housework, but I do suffer from the housework blues from time to time.

Do you ever stop yourself, as you crouch down to pick up yet another sock/toy/crayon off the floor and think "I haven't made this mess, why am I cleaning it up?". Or have you ever faced that huge pile of laundry/dishes in the sink and thought, "I'm too tired and unmotivated to do anything about this"? Do you ever think, "this is a waste of my brain and talents"? If you answered yes to any of these, you would do well to read this book.

There are things in this book that I already embrace (picking battles, for one) but there was still plenty of inspiration, simple suggestions and other good, no-nonsense advice that make this book worth reading and re-reading. This isn't a housework manual. You won't find many cleaning tips but you will find what you need to cope with the repetition, the injustice, the futility and all the other mental and physical challenges of housework.

My laundry, by the way: washed and folded. My house: neat and tidy. The book: read cover to cover. Me? Relaxed, refreshed and ready for more housework. How did I do it? The secret's in the book.
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A few of my close friends and family have often called me OCD. I can't help it, I just LOVE coming home to a clean house! But as the years have passed, I am no longer living alone in a pristine apartment with my one basset hound and pudgey kitty; I have since acquired a husband, two additional "fur kids" a full bred boxer and pit/boxer mix, two snakes (unfortunately my kitty lost her battle to cancer) and currently helping a good friend out by letting him live with us until he can get back on his feet (children are further down the list of life but this book will be my bible then as well!). So keeping a clean house these days has become a bit of a challenge, to say the least . Especially, while I am in the pursuit of a more than full time career; the last thing I want to do after working a twelve hour day is walk into the house and see empty cans of soda on the coffee table, a sink full of dishes and what appears to be a nice layer of "carpet" upon the floor our all tile house (three dogs tend to shed A LOT!). Oh, the frustrations, the resentment and the thoughts of smothering my spouse with a pillow in the middle of the night! Kidding!...mostly. ;-) Soon the thought of cleaning (something I actually did enjoy! I'm weird...I know) angered me, overwhelmed me and soon started to depress me! Where do I start? Why should I bother it is only going to last for five minutes, if I am lucky? Why does no one else seem to notice the messes I do? By no means is this book a "how to clean" type of book, it is defiantly a "how to DEAL with cleaning" type of book. As I was reading through the book, not only does the author's quirky sense of humor make it a fun read, but it helps you pinpoint the issues that are holding you back.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TracyP on May 4, 2012
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Ok, I've only read a little bit, but thats the great thing about this book, it helps you get to the root of the problem and then you only have to read that section. This book is worth a million how-to-clean books, can't recommend it more highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on May 2, 2013
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Really helpful and inspiring. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this from cover to cover. Allot of the hints and tips are common sense but I had never applied them to housework before, seeing them applied this way has been fantastic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rose on April 3, 2013
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This book helped me get things into perspective about housework.
I would highly recommend it. A great book for the burned out housekeeper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. C. in Knoxville on May 15, 2013
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This book made me realize why we do housework - to feel less stressed in our surroundings, to show love to our families, and a slew of other reasons. I plan to read over and over, just to stay motivated!
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