- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 27, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718080602
- ISBN-13: 978-0718080600
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 257 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dana K. White is a blogger, podcaster, speaker, and (much to her own surprise) a decluttering expert. She taught both English and theatre arts before leaving her job to make her family her life's work. In an attempt to get her home under control, Dana started blogging as “Nony” (short for anonymous) at A Slob Comes Clean. Dana soon realized she was not alone in her housekeeping struggles and in her feelings of shame. Today, Dana shares realistic home management strategies and a message of hope for the hopelessly messy through her blog, weekly podcasts, and videos. Dana lives with her husband and three kids just outside of Dallas, Texas. Oh, and she’s funny.
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I have to qualify this to say that I’ve been married to a neat freak for 36 year, so my slob factor has been contained – but not squelched! Dana speaks to me even though my house isn’t really that messy.
Dana does have a few things that she repeats. But, to me, that’s a good thing because sometimes (all the time?), I need to hear things a few times before they sink in.
This is not an organization book. It is a deslobification book. When the house isn’t drowning in too many things, the organization will follow. Really!
Dana discusses getting the clutter out of every area in your house. That sounds like a project that would take a dedicated week or month. But her system (that she has perfected from experience after experience) allows this to happen in what she calls “awkward pauses” in your real life. You can get the clutter out in the small chunks of time that happen while you’re waiting for the load of laundry to finish. Or in between times you pick up your kids from different schools.
The first time you read that you are supposed to carry one thing, right then, to the place it belongs, your heart, brain, and body will rebel. You will say, “That’s not practical. I’ll be carrying things back and forth all day! It only makes sense to make a pile of things that belong in the master bedroom all at once and then carry it there. It’s so inefficient to carry one thing to the place it belongs!!” Well, Dana explains why it is so much better to carry that one thing, right then, to where it belongs. (Spoiler – it keeps you from making a bigger mess while you’re disorganizing because you know once you get a pile of things that don’t belong in the kitchen, the doorbell will ring! She explains it a lot better than I can.)
This isn’t a book that promises once you “deslobify”, your house will never be messy again. That would require magic (or at least a total brain transplant for me). It does promise to give you tools to allow you to manage your house when life happens. That’s good enough for me.
***I pre-ordered this book, and also got to read an advance copy as a member of the launch team.***
I just learned of Dana K. White four months ago. I quickly related to everything that she said. I felt like I finally found someone who really understands me! I’m not the horrible person I had been believing I was. I just didn’t know how to manage my stuff! I have felt like a failure when it comes to housekeeping my entire life. I am 58 years old. My stinking thinking is now changing and I feel hopeful!
Dana takes you step by step, room by room, and makes it easy! In fact, the first rule is to do the easy stuff first — trash! Why did I never think of that myself? Then you go to the next easy thing. I can do that! And things start looking better. I have now learned that “less is better”. I don’t have to do it perfectly for it to be better.
Dana does have a sense of humor but in this book you will also see a serious and compassionate side. I appreciated that as much as the humor.
I pre-ordered this book, but also got to read an advance copy as a member of the launch team. I plan to get the audio version as well. Dana is fun to listen to.
Thank you, Dana, for the opportunity to read this book and for the encouragement that you give to so many!! I’m so glad I found you!
Having read Dana’s first book How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind, I immediately pre-ordered her Decluttering book, because that is by far my biggest problem. Luckily, after pre-ordering & paying full price, I got an advance copy of the book. Admittedly, I did worry that a lot of it would entail repeats from the first book, without much new info. PUT THAT CONCERN TO REST.
While there is a little repetition, I found this much more in line with what I really need – from the reasons for the clutter to the ways to attack it, Dana really speaks to my specific problems.
Having just started my cleanup, I’m still at the 1st Visibility Station, but I’ve finished the Easy Trash and Duh-Clutter, without anxiety or coming to a dead halt – that’s 2 major steps for me. Now I’m gearing up to answer the 2 Declutter Questions and then pray I can tackle the Container Concept.
Had a little trouble with the Donate Duplicates I Don’t Need, until a Light Bulb Moment: I need to stop storing stuff I can’t find anyway and let the Store store it for me. New concept of a Store! It’s easier & faster to hop in the car and go to the store, where things are stored logically, than try to find things at my house. Even if I must pay full price (gulp – Light Bulb #2) it’s cheaper than wasting money on a whole bunch of On Sale Junk, then forgetting I have it…or beating myself up & the frustration of searching for hours because I can’t remember where I put it.
Maybe I can master the Container Concept after all. Yes, there is Hope for me and my mess house. Thank you, Dana.
One Last Note: Dana’s humor is great – not too cutesy, totally appropriate and makes the lessons oh, so palatable. If you’re even a little bit slob, a cluttered mess or just need help clearing out one area – this is a great book for you. (less)