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Life's Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets Hardcover – March 24, 2010

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Lisa Quinn is an Emmy Award-winning TV host, set dresser, author, and busy mom of two kids. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (March 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811869938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811869935
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,127,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Reid VINE VOICE on April 6, 2010
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The impulse to overdo it in the housekeeping department has never been one I've shared, but I'm always ready to chuckle at people who fold fitted sheets and I'm always open to new ideas for managing to look marginally competent as a homemaker while leaving the bulk of my time free for other things. As a result, I've read more than a few books that boast one or the other: homemaking mockery or housekeeping tips. It's a difficult balancing act, trying to do both at one time, and this book leans way over the edge into the practical. While some parts of it were laugh-out-loud funny, the majority of it was - like the recipes for deli chicken - not really engineered to amuse. If you're primarily looking for laughs, you might want to move to another book. This is better for those who want somebody to tell them in a friendly and non-condescending way how to hide the scratches in the hardwoods with a relatively inexpensive method that doesn't require a degree in art or chemistry. (Hint: it requires crayons.)

It's a good book, but at 160 pages (sans index) it's pretty trim. It's got some new and interesting advice, but some tips I've seen before. Your satisfaction with it might depend on the ratio of new-to-old material for you. It might also depend on your disposable income. In my opinion, the full jacket price of the hardback is a bit high, given the brevity of the book. I didn't "dock" it for that, though. If the price is comfortably in your book budget or you get it on sale, it's not likely to hamper your satisfaction. But if the book seems pricey to you, you'll want to take its length into account before purchasing.
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I really expected to like this book. I thought it would offer clever ways to focus on what's important in housekeeping and help the reader release herself from the pointless mandates of yore. I had this expectation even though I was a bit put off by the title (I would agree that life is indeed too short to worry about the possible wrinkles that might ensue from a less-than-perfect folding, but I don't think the act of attempting a reasonable folding of a fitted sheet is, in itself, all that big a deal). The author's answer to this alleged problem: "Just wad it up . . . and shove it in the closet." It seems to me that this advice will create more problems than it will solve.

Rather than focusing on housekeeping, as I expected, a large portion of the book is devoted to (rather crudely at times) espousing the author's highly personalized decorating and entertaining styles. I really have no interest in being a "half-a**ed hostess" (if that's how she feel about it, why bother at all?), and I really don't want to forsake overhead lighting because "a darker room looks cleaner." The author's motto for the (surprisingly skimpy) cleaning section is, "Your home doesn't have to be clean to look clean." If company is coming, "spray cleaner in the air right by the front door" so people will *think* you cleaned in preparation for their arrival. Just who are these people the author is so reluctantly having to her house??

The only valid advice in the book is trite and unoriginal: purge your house of stuff you don't use, don't buy so much stuff in the first place, throw out junk mail, don't install white carpeting (or any carpeting at all, advises the author), and don't paint your walls with matte paint. Yawn.
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People tend to lend credibility to "knowledge" which comes from books -- this may have once been somewhat justified but it's no longer necessarily true.

This work falls into the "a little of this and a little of that" domestic category -- a sort of self-help book. If you read it, you'll encounter some good advice... and also some questionable advice. So the problem here, especially for younger people, is how to separate the two.

Author Lisa Quinn paints with a broad brush when she speaks of certain groups of people (e.g., men) and that was my second red flag. But my first alert came on quickly as this book is poorly-written. Quinn has adopted the street vernacular, frequently employing needless mild vulgarities, instead of taking the time to write with quality. It's much easier to come off sounding tough (the supposed voice of experience) but I wasn't fooled in the least. I viewed a lot of this nonsense as personal guidance by attempted intimidation. Many of us can recall assertive elderly aunts of this ilk who are renowned within the extended family for speaking their minds.

The author describes herself as a reformed perfectionist, especially where homemaking was concerned, (and yes, I agree that this is a big problem); she now views herself as much more practical in her approach to domestic and personal bliss. I think she has about four more stages to evolve through before becoming self-actualized.

Many Type-A personalities feel qualified to assert advice for others at each stage of their tumultuous lives -- at the time, such perspectives just seem right but in retrospect, they rarely do. A central theme of the author seems to be to forget all about what others think of you and enjoy your life. That's okay advice if you don't want many friends.
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