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Is There Life After Housework?: A Revolutionary Approach to Cutting Your Cleaning Time 75% Paperback – October 1, 2005
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Now, things are different. I feel in control. I have time to focus on my family and other important things. My family responds so much better to cleanliness and order around them. I am actually really enjoying the housework now, and feeling a huge sense of satisfaction in spending minimal amounts of time doing what used to take me FOREVER. My home is far from perfect, but it's a vast improvement.
In a nutshell, here are the basic ideas of what this book is all about:
1. Aslett gives a very concise and helpful explanation of the basic cleaning chemicals and equipment that you need. It's all much simpler than most people think. I realized that most of my cleaning chemicals/supplies from the grocery store were unnecessary and ineffective, and now I have chemicals that actually work, and supplies that make the work SO much faster and easier.
2. Much of the housework can be either severely minimized or prevented entirely, if you take preemptive measures. And Aslett shows you exactly what measures to take. Preventing housework takes much less time and effort than doing housework. Of course you can't ever entirely get rid of the work, but you'd be surprised how much of the cleaning your house can do for you.
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I threw out all my grocery-store products, and went down to the janitorial supply. It was a lot cheaper. (And if I had not read the book, I would not have known to ask for the "professional discount", which they gave me.) I was cleaning the house with less energy and getting more results.
Don Aslett is the guru of house cleaning: he knows a lot, he shares all the info, and he is funny.
We are big followers of Montessori and many of the principles follow that, such as always picking up after yourself. The kids had been doing this and our house is basically always clean and neat. If you have kids, you might benefit from learning about Montessori home organization -- this plays a big role in children being able to clean up after themselves. In fact our children started doing much cleaning up without being taught once we organized according to Montessori.
This books had lots of helpful tips on the actual cleaning. Our favorite (which I had seen on this old house) was how to wash windows better. Now I have a window cleaning fetish.
You will do well to be a fast reader. He get's very excited and goes on and on. Probably could've been about 1/5 the size. His excitement however is nice and worth the extra words.
My regrets being that I was unable to keep this title when I moved home, it was sadly lost in packing of everything. Now I am able to use it to plan my own housekeeping arrangements for the future. I wish that Don Aslett could run courses in the UK. This is worth EVERY penny/cent, it will soon pay for itself in savings made - TRUST ME !!!
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I bought this book with its first publication in the 1980s, like EARLY 80s. Loved it so much that I just bought this for my daughter-in-law. She will love it!Published 7 months ago by Sue A
Great read! I found myself sucked in and then motivated to clean every room. This guy hit it on the head for why cleaning is soo time consuming and tedious! Great tips and tricks.Published 12 months ago by Amie Kaltenbach
Love the book. Don has given me great ideas and I am trying them out as we speak. Especially interested in the type of doormat he recommended. Trying that now. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Janice M. Breedlove
It has been about 28 years since I read the first version and have had a much better life for it. Decided to read the second version to get re-energized and excited about getting... Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Farmer Joyce
The book contains great tips and reaffirmed many cleaning ideas I have come up on my own over the years. Read morePublished on November 27, 2013 by Cathy Hatch
This is a great guide to have for timesaving tips on how to keep your house looking clean. As the person with the primary job of keeping our house clean, I'm always looking for... Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by Doug Erlandson
I would recommend this book our kids and grandkids. I bought this second copy to give to my recently married granddaughter and her husband who have just acquired their first... Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by Georgina from the Bronx
I love this book and just gave a copy to my sister (at her request!). This author has lots and lots of great tips for keeping your house clean with the least amount of effort and... Read morePublished on April 15, 2012 by Gardengirl