- 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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How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing with Your House's Dirty Little Secrets Paperback – November 8, 2016
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About the Author
Dana K. White is a blogger, 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. She 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
I received an Advanced Reader's Copy for my honest review. All words are mine and my opinions are strictly my own.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you struggle to make progress on getting your house in order, buy this book! I have followed Dana on Facebook for quite awhile, and I have made small changes, but this book is... Read morePublished 15 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Such a simple concept but one that has taken me years to understand. Dana White has put it simply and straightforward. Read morePublished 18 hours ago by Rainydaze
With adult ADHD and being a single working mother, it has been so hardly and so maddening to not be able to get a grip on my house. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I love this book so much. Dana is funny and relatable and tells it like it is. If you're a naturally tidy person, this book is not for you. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Katy McTeigue
If you have read other books, articles, etc on organization, but still struggle with it...GET THIS BOOK! Read morePublished 5 days ago by DJP
Warm and funny with fresh tips. Great perspective. Wish it were longer. Recommend audio book - I listened to it in the car to/from work and looked forward to the drive. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Chewiesara
I love Dana's humor and find myself nodding along. Just knowing that laundry, dishes and meals will happen daily frees up my brain to try to declutter.Published 6 days ago by R. Speight
I just finished this book last week, and I'm so glad I found it. I've never been able to implement or stick with a cleaning routine, and as someone who grew up in a house where my... Read morePublished 6 days ago by naturalmama
If your house is neat and orderly all the time, not the book for you, you won't get it. One of the most practical, down-to-Earth, realistic and "normal" cleaning and... Read morePublished 7 days ago by AJ