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Why Cleaning Has Meaning: Bringing Wellbeing into Your Home Paperback – March 1, 2014
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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.
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.
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.
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I received Why Cleaning Has Meaning: Bringing Wellbeing Into Your Home, from NetGalley in exchange for a review. Read morePublished on July 26, 2014 by Teddy
A good look into the life of the author, Linda Thomas and her experiences as a cleaner. This book was not at all what I expected... Read morePublished on June 2, 2014 by TeriA
Linda Thomas is a pioneer in her field. It has been such a pleasure to read this book.
I am impressed by and grateful for her unique and extremely informed approach to... Read more
Linda Thomas is the final word on cleaning. She is a master. It helps if you have an understanding of Anthroposphy and the work of Rudolf Steiner if you really want to be able to... Read morePublished on March 26, 2014 by Ma S.
Oh. My. Goodness. This was definitely NOT what I was expecting.
I'm not someone who adores cleaning but I'm clean. Read more
I was hoping this book would be a socio-anthropological examination of cleaning as a profession and its paradoxical place in our lives. Read morePublished on March 10, 2014 by Heather Phillips