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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 8, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718079957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718079956
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.5 stars rounded to 5 stars because her methods really work and there's no one else saying quite what she's saying right now.

I wasn't sure I needed this book. I'd already been reading her blog and listening to her podcasts for almost a year and I bought a few of her e-books including 28 days to hope for your home. But I bought this book because I wanted to be sure there weren't any concepts I missed and as a thank you to her for her blog and podcasts because her methods have already changed my life. After trying to follow other methods and strategies, hers is the one that works for me.

It is nice to have the book to read and to refer to easily if I want to read about a particular method. I do have some disappointment with this book which was one of her concepts "layers of a clean house" was not mentioned that I could recall in the book. That may be me having missed it though. The other disappointment was that I kept hoping for a concise summary of her methods at the end of the book since her writing style can be a bit ramble-y but it never came. So I feel like I have to write one myself to remind me. Which I think I'll do here in my review here so I won't lose it. For those who have read the book the summary will make sense. For those who haven't, it'll seem to make sense but I strongly suggest reading the book for it to really sink in. It'll tell you the whys and hows of her methods and motivate you with humor.

Summary:
First, do daily habits: dishes, sweeping kitchen, five minute pickup, bathroom check
Second, do laundry day. Or daily laundry or twice a week laundry. Just have a laundry system that works.
Third, declutter, don't organize.
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If you've read the book, you understand. If you haven't, you will realize that doing your dishes is one of the first steps to getting your house under control in a manageable, not-scary way.

My favorite parts of the book were talking about the "container concept", the "just declutter" mindset, and the reality of regrets of decluttering. It is more freeing to realize that you'll have some regrets, but it will be OK.

I have read various books and blogs on cleaning and organizing and I would rate this as one of my favorite books on the subject. I connect more with her experiences and priorities, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

If you are a follower of Dana's blog and/or podcast, "A Slob Comes Clean", you will find some of the material familiar, but I still believe that it is worth purchasing. I find her writing motivational, like a gentle nudge from a friend who understands me and doesn't judge me for my tendencies to get distracted from cleaning.

I received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review. I would have read it anyway - I even kept the preorder I placed before I received the Advance Reader Copy because I figured it is a small thank you to Dana for writing her blog. I've read it for so many years and it has helped my attitude about cleaning, and the organization and appearance of my home.
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Here's the total (and somewhat embarrassing) truth...My home LOOKS mostly clean. But start opening drawers and closets or looking under beds and there is a different story to tell. If I can't find a home for something, I shove it in a drawer to "deal with it later." And sadly, "later" rarely comes. Aside from cleaning kitchen counters and sweeping the floor daily, I have no set schedule or routine for cleaning. Whatever gets done whenever it gets done. So toilets might get cleaned once a week.... or I might skip a week. Until I realize "Oh hey! I haven't done this in a few days!" Or something like that. After reading this book, I have begun to implement many of the strategies Dana suggests and it's making a difference! New habits are forming. And when you are a fly by the seat of your pants kinda girl, new habits are a good thing sometimes. I can't wait to keep adding in the new strategies offered here... even my family is beginning to notice that this isn't just a passing phase I am going through and they are getting on board!!

I received an Advanced Reader's Copy for my honest review. All words are mine and my opinions are strictly my own.
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I love Dana K. White.
I'm a mom of three teenagers. I work full time (and then some) outside my home. I have four dogs and a cat. My house is a flipping disaster. No book, no podcast, no blog, could make my home Pinterest-worthy. But with Dana, I feel quite pleased with myself if (IF!) I just do the dang dishes and sweep the dang floor.
Maybe when the kids are grown and gone I can be a Pinterest queen. But I don't WANT to rush this at ALL, so I'll just stick to the basic habits and be content.
I also highly recommend the podcast, "A Slob Comes Clean". If nothing else it's entertaining. Dana White is like a friend to me! She tells me it's gonna be okay (in so many words). And so far she's right. Thanks Dana and many blessings!
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