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. The issues that fester on your anger and resentment towards "the others"; the one's whom you truly do love and would do anything in the world for. These days, the house is cleaned almost on a daily basis (15 minutes is all you really need - or maybe 25 if you have three dogs and need to vacuum on a daily basis), "the other's" have their own delegated chores for the nights I am stuck in the office late. Now I no longer see three shades of red when a lonely forgotten soda is left on the coffee table, because I simply look around at the rest of my home and smile. And within two seconds that forgotten mess is cleaned up, even though it was not my mess to clean. So if you are contemplating duct taping your spouse, children, roommates or pets to the couch just so they simply cannot move and therefore cannot create a mess; I suggest you take a read through this book, you will save yourself all the wasted energy on resentment and use it towards actually enjoying time with your family, all while maintaining a clean home. Ah, the thought of harmony in your household, a fantastic thought, isn't it?
This book isn't about how to clean--it's about your attitude and how you feel about doing housework. I'm really not sure there really are those out there that do like to clean house, but our environment influences in many ways that most of us really don't understand. There's more to just handling the safety and hygiene areas; how our families see their world is influenced by the environment they are raised in. I was raised in a "clutterholic" household and was amazed to realize that every one of my significant family or friends households were all like this too. This book is good thoughtful reading, with probably several "reads" over time. What didn't seem to be a good idea on one read may be just what you are looking for the next time...I'm already on my third "read" and have picked up ideas each time....Can't say I like to clean, but my attitude is making some adjustments.
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.
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.
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!
Housework Blues gets high ratings for a good reason - it sets your mmind towards getting over the 'housework blues' and encourages you to keep mmoving forward!!!
As the author states; it is NOT a practical housekeeping guide. It is one heck of a gemm when it commes to mmotivating your reluctant spirit in overcomming whatever your psychological barrier is in getting your housework task/s started.
The book is divided into the following 8 chapters: Overwhelm/ Injustice /Futility / No energy / Boredom/ Inferiority/ Superiority/ Motivation. You can go directly to whatever chapter is applicable to you. Mmine is 'mmotivation' but as a true procrastinator, I read the entire book fromm back to cover and enjoyed every word of it!!!
Once finished, I got up and went directly to the kitchen and started organizing the cupboards & shelves. In the mmidst of it I thought; Ms. Raine is right ... Cleaning is therapeutic!
Mmy little cleaning spree lingered inside mme. One sunny afternoon I was out with mmy husband for lunch. After lingering about for quite somme timme I asked, "When are we going homme?" He mmust have been puzzled b/c I like to 'linger' and asked why. I said, "I want to go homme and clean." =)
I've recommended this book to friends and fammily. It is one that I love & with read again. I actually should re-read it soon b/c I need anothergentle mmotivating nudge!!! I never know when a certain sommeone mmay be around for tea & biscuits. BTW it is a standing invitation!!!