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How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing with Your House's Dirty Little Secrets

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Dana White

Narrated By: Dana White

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Date: November 2016

Duration: 6 hours 16 minutes

Summary:

Bring your home out of the mess it's in and learn how to keep it under control.

"The dirty little secret about most organizing advice is that it's written by organized people," says blogger, speaker, and decluttering expert Dana K. White. "But that's not how my brain works. I'm lost on page three." Dana blogs at A Slob Comes Clean, chronicling her successes and failures with her self-described "deslobification process." In the beginning she used the name "Nony" (short for aNONYmous), because she was sharing her deep, dark, slob secret. Now she has truly come clean-with not only her real name but the strategies she has developed, tested, and proved in her own home. She has learned what it takes to bring a home out of Disaster Status, which habits make the biggest and most lasting impact, and how to keep clutter under control.

In How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind, Dana explains that cleaning your house is not a onetime project but a series of ongoing premade decisions. Her reality-based cleaning and organizing techniques debunk the biggest housekeeping fantasies and help readers learn what really works. Chapter titles include

My First Step: Giving Up on the Fantasy
The Worst Thing About the Best Way
Just Tell Me What to Do
Conquering Laundry
Get Dinner on the Table
Putting an End to the Never-Ending Weekly Cleaning Tasks
Don't Get Organized
How to Declutter Without Making a Bigger Mess
Fighting the Perceived Value Battle
But Will It Last?

With a huge helping of empathy and humor, Dana provides a step-by-step process with strategies for getting rid of enormous amounts of stuff in as little time (and with as little emotional drama) as possible.

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  • Claudia S

    I really liked this book. I found it entertaining and very helpful even though I am older and my kids are grown. I disagree that it is for only stay at home Moms. I think it would have helped me even though I worked outside the home most of the years that my kids were growing up. Also I tend to hoard a little and she had some really good ideas about that and several other cleaning and organization tools. I enjoyed the book very much and would recommend it.

  • Michelle P

    Very repetitive, very few tips. NOT FOR anyone that has a job!! Only useful for house wives and MAYBE house husbands but it's not a great book. She just really loves the sound of her own voice. It's not written for busy working women or men like me that may or may not have 5 children and a dog. If I could spend a full weekday doing laundry I would be very happy but I don't have 8hrs a day for laundry. Only the 2-3hrs when I get home from work and just the weekend. I do not recommended to read this book if you are looking for useful practical and straight forward (straight to the point) tips. Everythibg in this book could be summed up by saying: - Just do it (everyday for dishes and specific days for everything else) - schedule it in and limit the time you will take to do it - make it a habit - get help from family - keep it simple (even 5 mins of tidying up a day helps)

  • Danielle Tiplady

    This book is not for the mildly disorganized. It will help you get your messy clutter filled home out of disaster status. I have been reading Dana's blog for about 5 years and a lot of what is in the book is on the blog. BUT this book breaks down daily and weekly habits, decluttering tips, and home management strategies all in one spot. I have been listening to the book while decluttering which keeps me focused