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'Linda Thomas's book is really a very helpful guide to raising awareness and awakening in us attention to the conditions we allow to be around us -- and affect us -- on a daily basis ... A worthwhile and rewarding read.' -- New View 'Linda also emphasises the importance of rhythm and provides practical guidance for readers who want to put her recommendations into practice; you will almost certainly be galvanised into action by reading this insightful book.' -- Scientific and Medical Network Review

About the Author

Linda Thomas was born in 1953 and grew up in South Africa in a large family. She now lives in Switzerland with her husband and two grown-up children. In 1988 she founded an ecological cleaning company, and from 1993 to 2012 was responsible for cleaning the Goetheanum buildings in Dornach, Switzerland. She is presently a housemother at the Lucas Clinic in Arlesheim. She lectures widely.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books (March 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782500502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782500506
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #695,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I work in a anthroposophical (Waldorf) home for mentally disabled people and I work part-time in the "Cleaning" Studio. My job is to motivate some of the residents of the home to clean. But not just to clean, to enjoy what they are doing and to understand that there is a deeper meaning and sense to cleaning for themselves as well as for the other residents.

I was given Linda Thomas's german version of this book (Putzen!?) to read when I started my job and although I can read german well, I can't read it at the speed I can in english, and so I was thrilled when Linda sent me a copy of her book in english when it was published earlier this year.

Cleaning is seen as a very menial and thankless job in our society and it is not a small feat to get disabled people to find joy in the task of cleaning.

Linda shares some amazing advice on how to care for rooms - how, if your attitude is the right one, the rooms feel cleaner, cared for and yes, she even teaches you that you can learn to enjoy cleaning!

I try on a daily basis to instill the values Linda shares with us in my "Cleaning" team and it seems to be working. We try to work in rhythmic motions, and try to have consistent chores.

This book is a really easy and enjoyable read and not only talks about cleaning in all its forms but also explores the various cleaning rituals in different cultures, as well as homemaking in early times.

The residents have been getting a special treat from my studio colleague who has been reading to them from this great resource once a week, and they are thoroughly enjoying it.

If you are looking for a book that gives you some great practical tips on how to clean your home and helps you to develop the deeper sense of cleaning, then this is a book I would warmly recommend.
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A very interesting perspective on cleaning. As a stay-at-home mom, I found this book appealing at times. Cleaning constantly can be very demanding and often is just thankless. I have always felt keeping a clean home was important. It helps me clear my head. I find it hard to be creative or productive in a messy house.

That being said, this is a strange book. The cleaning aspect of the book was often overshadowed by her odd mystical religion. I do believe cleaning really does have a profound effect on a space and people. I do not plan on kneeling to my toilet bowl in reverence though.

The description for this book is very deceptive. It states "In this unique book, she explores her passion for cleaning, and argues that cleaning can have a profound effect not just on the spaces we care for, but on our own wellbeing and personal development." Sure this may be part of of the book.. But more often than not the book is about her spiritual experiences. Such as communicating with a room to learn its needs, talking to a daisy that looks like a fat man, having dreams that magically happen the next day.

I think the present description does the book and the readers a disservice. Many readers will be blindsided and find the book not at all what they expected (me). At the same time, others who would have enjoyed it will never pick it up. I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for my review, and I am very thankful I didn't purchase this one.
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If you want a step by step tutorial on how to clean a particular item this may not be the right fit for you,though it does offer helpful solutions for common situations, but if you want inspiration in being a better housewife and mother and small steps you can use to get closer to that goal in a spiritual as well as material fashion, buy this book! I am biased, I admit. Linda was my second boss ever and a very dear friend to a homesick 19 year old. I owe the fact that my house full of 6 young daughters aged 1-13 years is not a worse mess than it is to her careful grounding in the basics of cleaning.
But I think I can truly say that anyone who wants to feel a little more effective and liberated as a housewife and mother, or cleaner in general, will find joy in reading this book and find that they can do the same jobs as ever in a gladder spirit because they find more meaning in them. We are too often tied down into the routine of things we 'have' to do...toilets, kitchen sinks, laundry and forget to step back and say "what does it mean?".

Thank you Linda, for helping me find freshness in my vocation as mother. Thank you for a the sunlit mornings in the Betriebsbuero talking about Elizabeth Goudge and Laurens Van Der Post and and why microfiber cloths were so handy and a hundred and one other things.
Love Enid
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After inheriting stuff and more stuff from family members who have passed away, I found myself getting more and more crowded by clutter and the clutter made it difficult to clean. I wanted help in breaking through this increasing mess and creating a lovely space. I loved all the spiritual, soulful discussions of cleaning - it created the foundation for the rest. Having lived in Europe, house gnomes and kitchen witches were normal and not weird to me. Frankly I am surprised to read how some were disappointed with this approach, when the "Look Inside" feature clearly states these topics in the table of contents. Anyway, this approach has been monumentally helpful for me in a way that has been effective and rewarding. It created a paradigm shift for me and my relationship to my space, my home, the items that I chose to have there, and how I maintain them. I was able to find happy owners for much that I did not need and am able to cherish meaningful items that had been buried in "stuff". I still have a bit to go, but I have finally been able to break through all of this - something that several other clutter removal and cleaning books were not able to inspire me to do.
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