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About the Author

Annie Jean Brewer is a frugal living expert who combines minimalism with frugality to live the life of her dreams. She has been writing since she was old enough to put pencil to paper and started living on less when she left her husband around 2001. Her mastery of the subject enables her to live on her writing income so that she can be a stay-at-home single mother for her youngest child. It is her desire to help others through the written word. She plans to write until her fingers fall off and then write some more. She currently resides in Central Kentucky with her youngest daughter and a menagerie of pets. Her days are spent writing books, working on her blog Annienygma.com, reading copiously and chatting online with her family, friends and fans.

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  • File Size: 530 KB
  • Print Length: 231 pages
  • Publication Date: September 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095B6ENW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #939,925 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hello!


I am Annie Jean Brewer, the mind behind Annienygma.com.


I come from the wrong side of the proverbial railroad tracks, the daughter of an ex-con and a dancer, raised in the shadows of the Appalachian mountains of Eastern Kentucky.


I was taught to cuss, shoot and play cards with the best of them as I helped my father bootleg and run a weekend card game to supplement our income after he lost his leg in an accident.


By the time I was 18 Father was dead from cancer; by the time I was 19 I was pregnant with my first child. By 22 I had child #2 by the man I would eventually marry and saw my mother dead in a car accident.


By this point in my life I hated myself; I was an unwed mother 2x over, considered by many to be a slut and a whore (including myself). After Mother died things became steadily worse.


There was still a little fight inside of me and among other things I attempted college twice, the Army once and a whole slew of get-rich-quick schemes. I enjoyed writing so I would submit short story after short story to any magazine I thought may read it. I received a ream of rejection slips and finally decided that not only was I a failure in life but a failure in chasing my dreams as well.


I eventually married the father of my second child, which (while the proper thing to do) was definitely NOT the smartest thing I've ever done. Let's just say I spent the next several years walking on eggshells in an attempt to avoid his wrath.


Constantly berated by spouse, family and friends I literally wanted to die. When I found myself seriously considering this possibility I KNEW it was time to change.


I knew I had to get out.


I applied myself even more to creating some sort of income for myself. I signed up for Amway. I did Tupperware. I sold the Excel phone service. I tried to learn medical transcription. I splurged on those medical coding kits that are supposed to teach you everything you need to know to create your own at-home medical billing service (Yeah, I was that dumb).


I tried those at-home sewing gigs. I tried the doll-furniture making gig. I even bought the home foreclosure stuff that was being sold on some late night television program!


My salvation came in the form of two registered Cocker Spaniels that were given to me in the local Wal Mart parking lot.


I spent most of what money I had that night on dog food and took those pups home to learn how to breed those critters and make money.


The profits from those pups purchased an old 10×50 mobile home and when I finally convinced my husband to take a job over the road I moved the kids (now 3 of them) into that tumbledown hovel and dug in for the fight of my life.


Freed of my marital chains, I attended computer repair school and graduated with ease. I found myself working full time at a restaurant by day with my evenings split between computer and cleaning jobs.


I supplemented my high-school education with books borrowed from the local library and even gained a love for classical music and literature. I even reigned in my tongue and gained control over my horribly foul language!


I had the "dream" as I remade myself but I was working my ass off to get it.


Eventually we were forced to relocate to Western Kentucky and it was there that my real journey began.


I discovered that the less I owned, the easier it was to clean.


The less I owned, the less I had to trip over.


The less we had, the less I had to work to pay for it!


I work and support my daughter entirely from my laptop, taking my work with me wherever there is an Internet connection--but my favorite work location is at home.


Something changed inside of me when I made the mental shift from acquisition to minimalism. The less I owned the happier I became.


Nowadays I can do almost everything from my pet laptop. It is my workplace, my stereo, my library, my mailbox, my telephone, my television and my video player.


My monthly bills--including rent on our 1-bedroom cottage are less than $500 a month. This includes insurance on our paid-for van and gives us room for extras as well.


This minimal amount has allowed me to follow my dream of becoming a writer--I rarely even work on computers anymore because I no longer have to.


Instead I spend my days writing books and blog posts while caring for my daughter and the menagerie that we have acquired.


We love grabbing our sleeping bags in the summer and camping in the woods or sleeping wherever we end up in our van.


We enjoy random trips to visit family and friends.


We enjoy mountains of experiences that would be impossible if I worked a conventional job.


I cherish being a stay-at-home single mother and having the opportunity to watch my baby girl grow up.


I am proud of the fact that I do not need a boyfriend to support me. This frees me to look at men as men instead of as financial lifelines.


I definitely enjoy a lot more spare time!


I have learned something very valuable and I hope to pass it on through my blog and books: you will succeed if you keep trying.


If you keep working, if you keep looking, if you keep searching the answers will come. If you don't limit yourself, your answers may come from the most unexpected places (like a couple of dogs in a Wal Mart parking lot).


If you keep looking, total strangers will give you clues to help you along. I once had a computer repair client press a book in my hands that entirely changed my life--and I thought she was nuts when she did it!


The only true failure in life is if you STOP trying.


These are my journeys; be they good, bad or ugly. This is who I am. I achieved my dream of becoming a writer and a stay-at-home mom and I KNOW that you can achieve anything you desire if you only focus and keep trying.


I want you to know that if I can do it; the backwards country girl whom everyone said was destined to fail--if I can do it, I KNOW you can too! I want you to see my success and share yours every step of the way.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By meg on November 14, 2011
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Here's a book that is quick to read, but you'll keep it forever for the cleaning-solution recipes. Annie Jean Brewer outlines a no-nonsense approach to cleaning your house and keeping it clean, from getting rid of stuff you don't need to how to mix basic ingredients into the right cleaning solution for the job.

I've been cleaning my own home for nearly forty years, but I still learned a lot by reading this book, including how to lightly wash carpets without renting a big old carpet shampooer. It's the recipes, though, that blew my mind, utilizing ingredients that are common, like baking soda and vinegar, and some that I haven't seen since my grandparents used them (washing soda, Fels Naptha, etc.), but which are still available at places like Ace Hardware. There's even recipes for laundry soap, including ones that are suitable for HE front-load washers.

The book ends with a lively and compelling case for Minimalism and its application in all aspects of life, not just cleaning. Annie's spirited writing style will provide chuckles along with the good information.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By dianon on September 25, 2011
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while looking for something to help do a "good clean up" to my fairly minimalist home i came across annie jean brewer's book. it's a short read, but very much to the point. in between topics she gives simple recipes with items that we all have in our cupboards, no exotic materials. she also offers a few simple name brands which i again found helpful. i also got a kick out of the personal care cleansing and how little we really need.
as noted it was a quick read, but i found it quite helpful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carolynn on October 7, 2012
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If you like recipes for homemade cleaning products, you will like this book. She has some other unusual ideas like mopping carpets but doesn't fully go into the details of how to do it, so it just comes off as a little bizarre. After reading this book, I felt like my cleaning process was more minimalist than hers. It is an interesting read. I may use a tip or two from the book. I don't think I will become a convert to her process. I like my own better.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MDavid813 on September 22, 2012
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I really never knew it was just this easy to clean my house with so few products. I really appreciate the info and the recipes. Now, does the author have any books on how to raise teenagers???
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Koppur on November 17, 2012
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It has a lot of great tips and advice, but it wasn't what I was expected. It should have been called The GREEN Cleaning Method. It doesn't focus on how to clean up and organize and be more of a minimalist as I thought it would, but rather tells you how to use as few cleaning products as possible and how to use as few chemicals as possible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Audrey on December 22, 2012
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I was under the mistaken impression that I had to purchase bathroom cleaner, toilet cleaner, kitchen cleaner, laundry detergent, dish washing liquid, dishwasher detergent, sanitizers, and more to get my house properly clean. It isn't so! I have learned that I can do all of that and more with only a few basic ingredients, most of which I already had on the shelf. I tried a few of the cleaning suggestions in this book and found that they actually do work just fine. They also cost a whole lot less than the name-brand cleaners on the grocery store shelves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Lally on April 4, 2014
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Such a useful book with good practical recipes for environmentally friendly cleaners. It shows how to reduce housework to a minimum without having to live in a cluttered slum. From now on the Minimalist Cleaning Method will be my housework bible.

If I must express a negative, it is only to ask if the author could expand her researches a little more and give us British names for those soaps and other cleaner ingredients.
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The Minimalist Cleaning Method by Annie Jean Brewer is a book that very easily pay for itself and then some if one actually puts into practice even a few of the tips in the book. The first part of the book is pretty straightforward minimalism within the context of cleaning which is pretty much the less stuff you have the less house space you have the less time and effort it will take to clean your house. The real value of the book is the recipes and cleaning techniques on how to clean your house for a lot less. The breakthrough cleaning discovery to avoid the need for most products is so simple yet brilliant that I will not repeat it in my review out of respect for the author's work. She also talks about how one can also use a broom to sweep the carpet without an expensive vacuum cleaner, and how to safely mop your carpet the old fashion way to avoid the need for expensive carpet shampoo cleaning. The range of the cleaning recipes include: laundry soap (both powder and liquid), general cleaning solutions and powders, including how to make liquid soap, dish soap, toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, deodorant, perfume bath soak mixes, and insect pest control. The best thing is that all of these cleaning recipes are cheap and easy to make and were commonly used before the rise of the overpriced cleaning product industry that has most of us brainwashed into thinking that if it doesn't have a nice color and scent that it will not be able to really clean. The author also walks the reader through how she cleans different rooms of her house and at the end of the book provides a list of further reading resources that she has personally found very helpful if one wants to read more about simple living.
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