I’ll be totally straight with you – cleaning is not my strong suit. My husband gets frustrated with what I call my “cleaning ADHD” – I get easily distracted cleaning little things up in different rooms of the house so that no single area looks completely clean.
I’ve read tons of books on cleaning/organizing/decluttering, and you know what I’ve found? They’re usually written by people who don’t actually struggle with cleaning.
That’s great for the only-slightly-messy people, but what about the people whose houses look like they imploded on themselves a large majority of the time? (not saying that’s what ours looks like, necessarily….ahem).
I’ve read Dana White’s blog, so I knew that she was coming from a place that I could relate to, but I wasn’t expecting her new book, How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind to have so many “AHA!” points for me.
Just to be clear, this is not for the person that needs a little bit of help with cleaning/organizing.
In fact, in her intro (cleverly titled “Who Needs This Book?”) 😉 she says the following:
Let me help you decide. Not everyone needs this book. Rule yourself out as my target audience if you buy home management books because you get a kick out of cleaning and organizing gives you a thrill. If your home is ready for unexpected guests more often than not, you probably don’t need this book.
If you truly can’t understand how someone could sleep while dirty dishes are in her sink, close it up right now and move on to something else.
Still with me? Yeah? Cool.
I’ve kind of thought that I was lacking in cleaning genes, and while that may actually be true, it’s nice to know that there are other people that think like I do. Dana even has a section at the back of some of the chapters called “Proof It’s Not Just Me” that has reader comments that she has received on her blog.
There are so many golden nuggets in here for people who are cleaning-deficient, but my biggest takeaway is figuring out how long a task ACTUALLY takes. Like unloading/reloading the dishwasher. Sometimes I put it off because I don’t think I have time to do it in that moment, but in the meantime the dishes keep piling up in the sink and on the counters. If you figure out how long it actually takes to do the task (a few minutes!!), then it removes that excuse from your head and makes you realize that there IS time for it and you will probably even save time, if not sanity, in the long run.
A lot of these methods/suggestions will seem so simple to some people, but can cause a total perception-shift for us messies. These are tried-and-true methods from a recovering messy, which I really appreciate.
If this sounds book like something that you need in your life, the kindle version is currently $1.99 – so go grab it!
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