How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind
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 includeMy First Step: Giving Up on the FantasyThe Worst Thing About the Best WayJust Tell Me What to DoConquering LaundryGet Dinner on the TablePutting an End to the Never-Ending Weekly Cleaning TasksDon’t Get OrganizedHow to Declutter Without Making a Bigger MessFighting the Perceived Value BattleBut 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.

How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind Details

TitleHow to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 8th, 2016
PublisherThomas Nelson
ISBN-139780718079956
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GenreNonfiction, Self Help

How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind Review

  • Stella Lee
    January 1, 1970
    My home gets out of control regularly. I never really understood why it would get so crazy when I clean so often. Most people don't get it, they don't seem to have a problem with their house getting crazy but Dana totally understands. What's more, she's figured out how to fix it! What really appealed to me is that Dana understands because she's been there, she's lived the mess, she is not the neat freak with no clue what it's like to struggle with keeping a home tidy. She's a naturally mess-pron My home gets out of control regularly. I never really understood why it would get so crazy when I clean so often. Most people don't get it, they don't seem to have a problem with their house getting crazy but Dana totally understands. What's more, she's figured out how to fix it! What really appealed to me is that Dana understands because she's been there, she's lived the mess, she is not the neat freak with no clue what it's like to struggle with keeping a home tidy. She's a naturally mess-prone person who has figured out what it takes to keep a home tidy despite her messy tendencies, and she's put all her hard won experience down on paper so we can all benefit from it.This book spells out EXACTLY what I need to do to bring my home back from the edge of crazy and make it a calm oasis for my family. Her methods are simple and doable. There's no huge long to-do lists, there's no unrealistic list of house chores, there's no expectation that my home will never end up a mess again. There's just straight forward, achievable methods for getting a mess to not a mess. Methods that will also help to keep mess from happening again, but Dana also acknowledges that people like me can make a mess from thin air and that when that happens all I need to do is employ these methods again. That each time I use these methods in my home, the calm, clean, tidy home I strive for will last longer (despite myself) then the time before, so it's worth re-doing. It's worth trying again. It's worth not giving up just because my home didn't stay perfect forever and ever. I have been waiting for this book to be released ever since I knew about it so of course I jumped at the chance to get an advance copy so long as I gave a truthful review. I've been following Dana's blog, A Slob Comes Clean, for some time now and I've been using these methods since before she put them all so clearly into easily actionable tasks in this book, so I KNOW they work, from experience. She has helped me to recognise my bad habits and to cultivate good habits. If you are messy this book will help, if you know someone who is messy this book will help you understand them. Oh, I almost forgot to mention, How To Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind is a fun read! I devoured it as soon as I could and if my life had permitted I would have read it cover to cover in a single sitting. I will be reading it again.
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  • Kelli
    January 1, 1970
    Well, that took forever! A six hour audiobook that took me three weeks to finish despite some skipping ahead. Uh oh! This book was written by a blogger and the same issues as most. It’s extremely repetitive, too drawn out, and has sections called “proof it’s not just me” that supply comments from the blog supporting her methods. The best takeaway for me was at the very beginning when she advised that keeping a neat house is an ongoing chore rather than a project to be completed. Otherwise, there Well, that took forever! A six hour audiobook that took me three weeks to finish despite some skipping ahead. Uh oh! This book was written by a blogger and the same issues as most. It’s extremely repetitive, too drawn out, and has sections called “proof it’s not just me” that supply comments from the blog supporting her methods. The best takeaway for me was at the very beginning when she advised that keeping a neat house is an ongoing chore rather than a project to be completed. Otherwise, there wasn’t much here that I hadn’t heard before. I say (with NO judgement) that I am not at a stage where every dish we own is dirty and has been piled in the sink for weeks or we have no clean clothes in the house. I’m not hanging onto the baby clothes of high school-aged kids. I don’t open the silverware drawer and find empty dental floss containers, pens, old cassette tapes, a flea collar, college textbooks and dead batteries. If this sounds familiar, you may find this book helpful. It should be noted the author is charming and pleasant, and I applaud her ability to turn her housekeeping challenges into a money-making blog. 2.5 stars
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  • Anne Marie
    January 1, 1970
    When I first started this book, Dana White actually gives a warning to people like me, I would be in a category of 'not needing this book'. I debated just putting it down but then decided to go through it - maybe I could teach someone else (namely my mother) who would certainly fall into the category "desperately needs this book'. I love organization and trying something new and I even enjoyed other organizational books and tried giving an ode of farewell to each piece of clothing that I discard When I first started this book, Dana White actually gives a warning to people like me, I would be in a category of 'not needing this book'. I debated just putting it down but then decided to go through it - maybe I could teach someone else (namely my mother) who would certainly fall into the category "desperately needs this book'. I love organization and trying something new and I even enjoyed other organizational books and tried giving an ode of farewell to each piece of clothing that I discarded and tried finding the joy in what I kept. But honestly? Dana White is real for the rest of us. Dana White provides real solutions, tips and backs it up and she has put into words many of the organizational secrets that keep my house de-cluttered and organized. Developing simple habits - or as she calls them "pre-made decisions" and also her container mindset are excellent takeaways from the book. Although I have not gone through it, her 28 day plan is like a meal-plan for your home - and its actually makes sense, not a bunch of tips that are seemingly impossible. If you want to organize your home and are just overwhelmed with the thought of it, Dana Whites book is a great place to start. By creating habits, you'll be amazed with the time and energy you will get back in return. I received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    This book is for you if you have ever - 1. thrown Marie Kondo's book against the wall in a fit of rage,2. dumped your junk drawer into a box during a move, and continued to use that strategy for every move well into midlife,3. suspected you are so right brained there is no housekeeping/organizing book that can help you.I stumbled upon Dana White's blog one day while once again googling about cleaning instead of actually cleaning. I became a devoted fan after reading her post, "Defining Normal." This book is for you if you have ever - 1. thrown Marie Kondo's book against the wall in a fit of rage,2. dumped your junk drawer into a box during a move, and continued to use that strategy for every move well into midlife,3. suspected you are so right brained there is no housekeeping/organizing book that can help you.I stumbled upon Dana White's blog one day while once again googling about cleaning instead of actually cleaning. I became a devoted fan after reading her post, "Defining Normal." If you are a Flylady failure like me, try this. It just might change your life.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Humorous, and down right honest. I read the intro to this book and the author very firmly states that this book was NOT written for someone like me. However, I laughed my way through the first chapter and decided I didn't want to quit reading it. I really believe that this book would be super helpful and life changing for those who truly do struggle with house management. I took one star away, because, sometimes I felt like the chapters seemed a little repetitive. I really enjoyed the author's v Humorous, and down right honest. I read the intro to this book and the author very firmly states that this book was NOT written for someone like me. However, I laughed my way through the first chapter and decided I didn't want to quit reading it. I really believe that this book would be super helpful and life changing for those who truly do struggle with house management. I took one star away, because, sometimes I felt like the chapters seemed a little repetitive. I really enjoyed the author's voice, though, and I picked up multiple tips and ideas for managing my own home.
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  • Dana
    January 1, 1970
    Entertaining book with commonsense tips, good easy ideas for the modern slob. Some of these include; doing the dishes EVERY day, 5 minute bedtime cleanups and tackling visible clutter before hidden clutter like floors over drawers.
  • Jennifer Ward
    January 1, 1970
    Here's the total (and somewhat embarrassing) truth...My home LOOKS mostly clean. But start opening drawers and closets or looking under beds and there is a different story to tell. If I can't find a home for something, I shove it in a drawer to "deal with it later." And sadly, "later" rarely comes. Aside from cleaning kitchen counters and sweeping the floor daily, I have no set schedule or routine for cleaning. Whatever gets done whenever it gets done. So toilets might get cleaned once a week... Here's the total (and somewhat embarrassing) truth...My home LOOKS mostly clean. But start opening drawers and closets or looking under beds and there is a different story to tell. If I can't find a home for something, I shove it in a drawer to "deal with it later." And sadly, "later" rarely comes. Aside from cleaning kitchen counters and sweeping the floor daily, I have no set schedule or routine for cleaning. Whatever gets done whenever it gets done. So toilets might get cleaned once a week.... or I might skip a week. Until I realize "Oh hey! I haven't done this in a few days!" Or something like that. After reading this book, I have begun to implement many of the strategies Dana suggests and it's making a difference! New habits are forming. And when you are a fly by the seat of your pants kinda girl, new habits are a good thing sometimes
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  • Tonia Pearse
    January 1, 1970
    This book! I love it! Somehow Dana White makes a book about keeping up your house - something I hate and have endless struggles with- a joy to read! She is fun and funny and encouraging and understands the issues that people like me have when attempting this feat! From her introducing the word slob-vision (where you no longer see the mess because you are so used to it) to her easy to follow and believe in thoughts and procedures for what works for the imperfect unorganized house keeper, this boo This book! I love it! Somehow Dana White makes a book about keeping up your house - something I hate and have endless struggles with- a joy to read! She is fun and funny and encouraging and understands the issues that people like me have when attempting this feat! From her introducing the word slob-vision (where you no longer see the mess because you are so used to it) to her easy to follow and believe in thoughts and procedures for what works for the imperfect unorganized house keeper, this book has changed my life already. I literally got out of bed at night multiple times while reading this book because I felt empowered to accomplish something! Hope. That's the bottom line. She gives hope and encouragement (and practical, manageable advice that makes sense) to people who are overwhelmed with mess, disorganization, and who just can't seem to keep it all together in the home. This book was easy to read, easy to relate to and easy to follow! I highly recommend this book to anyone who is an imperfect housekeeper! I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I had no idea who this author was and now I'm subscribed to her podcast, her Facebook page and Twitter feed because she is awesome!!
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  • Angela Boord
    January 1, 1970
    Actually, this is probably a 4.5 star book, especially if you are a naturally disorganized person, I.e. a slob. Because this is a book written by a self-professed slob for other slobs about how to de-slobify your house. It is not written for people who keep their kitchen counters clean without thinking about it, or who have kept the same wooden puzzles together without losing a piece through 4 or more kids. It is not written for people who are capable of keeping command journals and thinking in Actually, this is probably a 4.5 star book, especially if you are a naturally disorganized person, I.e. a slob. Because this is a book written by a self-professed slob for other slobs about how to de-slobify your house. It is not written for people who keep their kitchen counters clean without thinking about it, or who have kept the same wooden puzzles together without losing a piece through 4 or more kids. It is not written for people who are capable of keeping command journals and thinking in zones. It's written for people who need to be reminded that they should do their dishes every day.Having a large family does teach you some survival skills the hard way -- we do dishes 3x a day and could probably do with adding a 4th time -- but I think if I had read this book in my 20's when my family was small, I could have saved myself a lot of pain and headaches. Even though I am not quite on the basic level to which much of the book is directed, I still found several good ideas that work with the way my brain works, such as focusing on making small daily habits instead of on grand systems, getting the easy stuff done first in any situation you find overwhelming, and making decluttering as simple as possible (do not ask yourself any questions that involve emotions, for one thing). It's a good book, and I recommend it to anyone who has ever thrown a housekeeping manual at the wall in disgust because its advice seemed way too complicated or totally inapplicable to the piles of stuff crowding your living room.
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  • Donna112244
    January 1, 1970
    I was blessed to receive and Advanced Readers Copy of tgis book to read and review. It has been EYE-OPENING!! Dana White has captured the intermost thoughts of my brain and placed them on paper. I cannot express the relief that comes from hearing her words of affirmation about what 'slobvision' can do to our Psyche and that I am not alone. I have already made the basic changes she has suggested in the first 8 chapters, they're simple, but they're LIFE BREATHING changes. As I continue through thi I was blessed to receive and Advanced Readers Copy of tgis book to read and review. It has been EYE-OPENING!! Dana White has captured the intermost thoughts of my brain and placed them on paper. I cannot express the relief that comes from hearing her words of affirmation about what 'slobvision' can do to our Psyche and that I am not alone. I have already made the basic changes she has suggested in the first 8 chapters, they're simple, but they're LIFE BREATHING changes. As I continue through this book I am finally understanding that I really can do this. This book is NOT a '5 simple tricks to making your house clean once' type of a book. This is a 'change your attitude, open your eyes, give yourself grace, put on your big girl panties, and get to work' kind of a book. If you are finally ready to understand your deep desire to be organized, but also have a deep loathing of the mess/clutter you have never been able to tame:. NOW IS THE TIME TO READ THIS BOOK!! Your house may never be 'realtor come show my house anytime you want' ready, but it will no longer be 'I hate this house mess so much that I want to burn it to the ground' overwhelming.
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  • Susan Carbajal
    January 1, 1970
    I am currently on page 111 of this book and my mind is seriously blown. I am a slob, for real. We have lived in our current home for 8+ years and maybe for six months, my home was in good order. I am a recovering perfectionist, I am not good at having routines, you name it, I struggle with it. Dana gets me, she gets my mindset, she gets what I need. So far, I've adopted the first few precepts that she encourages. It has really changed so much. My slobvision is much clearer and I am starting to f I am currently on page 111 of this book and my mind is seriously blown. I am a slob, for real. We have lived in our current home for 8+ years and maybe for six months, my home was in good order. I am a recovering perfectionist, I am not good at having routines, you name it, I struggle with it. Dana gets me, she gets my mindset, she gets what I need. So far, I've adopted the first few precepts that she encourages. It has really changed so much. My slobvision is much clearer and I am starting to feel like this could change the way my house looks. I was blessed to receive an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. I can't wait to continue to read and reread, then implement the strategies into my daily life.
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  • Karen Kemp
    January 1, 1970
    I was curious to read this book because for some reason I've always been drawn to cleaning/homemaking/organization type books. But they are usually written by people who are naturally adept at cleaning/homemaking/organizing, which (believe it or not) doesn't quite help than those of us who aren't. We need to get information in a different way than those who are. So I read this book to see what could be different about it, and boy, did it hit the jackpot! I'm so glad I read it!This book is writte I was curious to read this book because for some reason I've always been drawn to cleaning/homemaking/organization type books. But they are usually written by people who are naturally adept at cleaning/homemaking/organizing, which (believe it or not) doesn't quite help than those of us who aren't. We need to get information in a different way than those who are. So I read this book to see what could be different about it, and boy, did it hit the jackpot! I'm so glad I read it!This book is written by someone who isn't naturally clean and organized in her home, so when she explains her reasoning for why she does things it makes perfect sense to me! I can't count the number of times something she said really resonated with me - and hit me hard. The kind of "hard" that I think about it later, and it actually affects how I do things around my house now. That's the kind of information I needed from a book like this! I know it will help me make great changes, because it already has. Some things that helped me:- the idea that things usually take longer or shorter than we think (If it only takes a few minutes, why not just get it done? If it is going to take longer, why not start sooner?)- the idea of routines for things that I'd never considered them for, or I'd considered them but didn't understand why they might help, so I discarded the routines before they had a chance to help- the idea that sometimes we just don't see things because they've been there so long they become a part of the environment -- even if we don't really want them there. - a lot of other things! I read this book as a pre-release pdf in exchange for an honest review of it. I think I will probably buy this book for myself and my daughters. I'm so glad I was willing to give another cleaning/homemaking/organizing book a chance.
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  • Jamie Schultz
    January 1, 1970
    Now a days, Americans are drowning in stuff. More stuff than we ever needed. One of the more popular books lately have been about decluttering and cleaning. Dana White attacks this openly and immediately in full force. This is written for the creative, the artists, the ones who shove EVERYTHING in a closet before company comes over, the ones who cannot understand why they know they are intelligent yet their houses remain dirty, with no matter the number of shelves, containers, or routines making Now a days, Americans are drowning in stuff. More stuff than we ever needed. One of the more popular books lately have been about decluttering and cleaning. Dana White attacks this openly and immediately in full force. This is written for the creative, the artists, the ones who shove EVERYTHING in a closet before company comes over, the ones who cannot understand why they know they are intelligent yet their houses remain dirty, with no matter the number of shelves, containers, or routines making it clean. Those who make every excuse, and potentially an existential crisis when understanding the perfection, how, and why of cleaning. She tackles it all, knocking it down and getting to the center. Nothing is going to get your home clean, except you. The methods she presents can be found almost anywhere, but it is her style, pattern, delivery, and honesty that kept me reading and trusting the way through. Do yourself a favor, read the book, and then go do your dishes. Your home will thank you. Note: I received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review, and boy howdy do I feel lucky I did.
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  • Ticcoa Leister
    January 1, 1970
    Is your house out of control? Cluttered? Messy? Disorganized? Driving you crazy?Dana K. White has tips and tricks that will help you get your space back on track. And she's FUNNY.A book about housekeeping that's also an enjoyable read? Yes! White provides lighthearted motivation to get out of your housekeeping ruts, de-clutter your home, and streamline your home-management routines without making you feel like a domestic failure. A must-read for anyone who feels overwhelmed by their daily chores Is your house out of control? Cluttered? Messy? Disorganized? Driving you crazy?Dana K. White has tips and tricks that will help you get your space back on track. And she's FUNNY.A book about housekeeping that's also an enjoyable read? Yes! White provides lighthearted motivation to get out of your housekeeping ruts, de-clutter your home, and streamline your home-management routines without making you feel like a domestic failure. A must-read for anyone who feels overwhelmed by their daily chores!I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    January 1, 1970
    4.0 Stars   This was an entertaining home management book with a lot of great practical advice. I read the author's second book on decluttering first, so I did find some overlap in content in this one. I listened to this on audio, which was a highly enjoyable experience while I cleaned my own house.
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  • Teri Miller
    January 1, 1970
    How to manage your home is a clever, interesting book written for a very specific audience. Dana makes it very clear who she is writing it for. However, even though I am not necessarily in her target audience I really liked it. Somehow Dana gives very helpful, practical advise while entertaining you. This book is great for anyone needing some guidance with managing their home and life. Perfect for young women starting out on their own.
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  • Stacia
    January 1, 1970
    This is White's book about basic housekeeping & creating very simple habits to begin to addressing your "slob" home. (White is a self-professed, reformed "slob".)She does a great job explaining why you have a mess (your mind just doesn't register it) & talks you through doing some very basic cleaning tasks. And she repeats & reinforces doing these basic tasks daily. White is a good motivator, as well as being funny. A great book for the truly overwhelmed, sloppy home that is so over This is White's book about basic housekeeping & creating very simple habits to begin to addressing your "slob" home. (White is a self-professed, reformed "slob".)She does a great job explaining why you have a mess (your mind just doesn't register it) & talks you through doing some very basic cleaning tasks. And she repeats & reinforces doing these basic tasks daily. White is a good motivator, as well as being funny. A great book for the truly overwhelmed, sloppy home that is so over the top that you don't know where to start. If you need help with decluttering (which will then make your housekeeping easier), check out her other book, Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff.
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  • Nicola
    January 1, 1970
    I received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review. Which is wonderful, because I need the help sooner rather than later!This book is not for people looking for organising tips, or new ways to clean their house. It is definitely not for neatness enthusiasts looking for more inspiration. If the thought that their are people out there who sometimes have to do dishes *before* they can eat or who are unable to close their sock drawer freaks you out, then please step away now. This bo I received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review. Which is wonderful, because I need the help sooner rather than later!This book is not for people looking for organising tips, or new ways to clean their house. It is definitely not for neatness enthusiasts looking for more inspiration. If the thought that their are people out there who sometimes have to do dishes *before* they can eat or who are unable to close their sock drawer freaks you out, then please step away now. This book is not for you. But, if you watch in awe of other people who always have a tidy kitchen, never have to worry about tripping over things or have piles of "stuff" defying gravity, then this, my friend, is the book for you. This book is mentally refreshing. Before it has even helped my house, it has helped me. I realise that not having my house under control doesn't make me a failure. It is also so helpful to see that there are other people out there with the same struggles. I had tried a few "methods" before to get on top of it once & for all, but I never succeeded in any of them, which then made me feel more of a failure! The difference with this is that it is not written by an organising expert, or cleaning enthusiast. Dana started in the same place as the rest of us. She knows what it's like to be overwhelmed by it all, & try and fail and try again. But she slowly figured out what works. Not what works for "normal" people, but what works for "slobs". In this book (like her blog & podcasts), she shares what she has learned. Some of it is so simple and basic that you just want to dismiss it (or just plain rebel against it). Other things sound so crazy you don't think you could possibly do it like that. But once you think about it, you realise that's the difference, & can see why you have failed before. One of the best things about this book is that she doesn't tell you what to do. She tells you what she has learned. You can try it if you want, then ADJUST it according to what actually works in your home. She also explains why it works, especially for people with "slob brain". I am yet to start the "28 days" in the appendix, but I have already noticed slight changes to the way I do things, or more importantly, how I see things. Knowing how to fill the "awkward pauses" in my day is a revolution for me! And that has already had an impact in my home. Counters are clearer, clean dishes are more readily available. I even have this annoying new habit of thinking about putting something where it lives instead of dumping it on the counter. And if I get overwhelmed or discouraged, I now know where to start. It will involve a lot of hard work, & I now accept that it is a never ending task, but I can tell my home is going to be more livable. And I am ready to move forward!Most importantly, this book will not do the dishes for you. You have to do that. Every day. Which totally sucks...
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  • Danessa
    January 1, 1970
    I picked up this book with the hopes of finding tips on how to organise my home better. But Dana warned pretty much ahead that this book is not for "organised people" and I wondered if I fall into that category. My house is clean most of the time, because I like things neat and tidy. But if you look at it closely, it's still cluttered. And I hate clutter. My kind of ideal home is those minimalist concept and after living with hoarders, I kinda gave up!I can relate to most of what Dana shared in I picked up this book with the hopes of finding tips on how to organise my home better. But Dana warned pretty much ahead that this book is not for "organised people" and I wondered if I fall into that category. My house is clean most of the time, because I like things neat and tidy. But if you look at it closely, it's still cluttered. And I hate clutter. My kind of ideal home is those minimalist concept and after living with hoarders, I kinda gave up!I can relate to most of what Dana shared in this book. Her advice makes perfect sense and they are practical. Her list of non-negotiables are do-able and it has become a habit. I like what she said, "If we have been rocking our daily habits, we can be ready to have guests over in five minutes." And that's what happened last week. For the first time in many years, I hosted dinner for some friends at home (without the help of my husband because he was in camp for a week). This was manageable as I followed through her tips on where to start and dealing with pre-made decisions. The sections on managing and getting rid of clutter were also awesome! I received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Amy Langmaack
    January 1, 1970
    I occasionally joke and say I am a hoarder. My house isn't overrun, but even though we moved into our house 2 years ago, I still don't feel like there's a place for everything. Some of that is because we do actually need a few more pieces of furniture. Some of that is because I struggle to let go of things. This book has changed my view of decluttering. I've been able to let go of a few things I normally would have clung to. And I've started picking up my house daily and building new habits. Thi I occasionally joke and say I am a hoarder. My house isn't overrun, but even though we moved into our house 2 years ago, I still don't feel like there's a place for everything. Some of that is because we do actually need a few more pieces of furniture. Some of that is because I struggle to let go of things. This book has changed my view of decluttering. I've been able to let go of a few things I normally would have clung to. And I've started picking up my house daily and building new habits. This is a book for anyone who struggles to keep their house clean and looks longingly at those decorating magazines wishing they could do that to their house. This book reminds you, you are not alone, there is hope, and it does not have to be perfect to be clean. It's a process. And it can be done, even when you don't have a mind that thinks like all those other professional organizers!I received an advanced reader copy in exchange of an honest review
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  • Denise January
    January 1, 1970
    I've spent my adult life struggling to understand why some people always have clean, ready for guests homes while I continually have a disaster zone. Surely they have maids? More disciplined children? A husband that loves laundry day? Or maybe, as Dana so clearly lays out, they have a plan that becomes a series of habits. I'm still in the midst of nailing down these habits, but for the first time in years, I understand that I can manage my home without losing my mind. Dana does a great job of be I've spent my adult life struggling to understand why some people always have clean, ready for guests homes while I continually have a disaster zone. Surely they have maids? More disciplined children? A husband that loves laundry day? Or maybe, as Dana so clearly lays out, they have a plan that becomes a series of habits. I'm still in the midst of nailing down these habits, but for the first time in years, I understand that I can manage my home without losing my mind. Dana does a great job of being relatable. Her advice is delivered through manageable sections that are easy to return to and build upon. I enjoy her ideas and have already seen a difference in my home and in my attitude toward maintaining my home. Receiving an Advanced Reader Copy of this book for my honest review was just the impetus I needed to stop making excuses and actually start cleaning!
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    I received a PDF of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I am a recovering slob. I identify with a lot of what the author describes, especially her thought process as it relates to the disorganized messes I often discover in my house (and car.)I appreciate that this book is written by someone who is NOT naturally organized and orderly. Many books of this type are written by people who are naturally organized and love to clean. White's gentle but direct instruction DOES WORK. Do it, and r I received a PDF of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I am a recovering slob. I identify with a lot of what the author describes, especially her thought process as it relates to the disorganized messes I often discover in my house (and car.)I appreciate that this book is written by someone who is NOT naturally organized and orderly. Many books of this type are written by people who are naturally organized and love to clean. White's gentle but direct instruction DOES WORK. Do it, and reap the benefits!
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  • Erin Waters
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This book is perfect for people, like me, who are desperate to have organization and a sense of peace in their home, but just aren't sure how to achieve it!
  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    Full disclosure: I received a free e-galley copy in exchange for an honest review.A review will be posted around the 8th of October.Recommended for public libraries.
  • Lindsay Norton
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed it and got some very beneficial things from it. I did find the constant use of the word "slob" to be too much. The word has such negative connotations, and I'd rather not have that added to my critical inner monologue, which has plenty of negative things to say already. I think the book is overall very good though, and takes a different approach than most toward things. I think it's particularly good for people with ADHD who just can't figure out how to make the usual systems work. It I enjoyed it and got some very beneficial things from it. I did find the constant use of the word "slob" to be too much. The word has such negative connotations, and I'd rather not have that added to my critical inner monologue, which has plenty of negative things to say already. I think the book is overall very good though, and takes a different approach than most toward things. I think it's particularly good for people with ADHD who just can't figure out how to make the usual systems work. It was definitely encouraging in the way, and finding that other people struggle with it as much as I do.
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  • Christina Reynolds
    January 1, 1970
    I was super excited to be accepted as a member of the street team for Dana White to help review and promote her new book “How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind.” I received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review. Although I’ve read Dana’s blog posts in the past and have always enjoyed her honesty about her own challenges with managing a home, I was somewhat skeptical about yet another book on home organization and cleaning. Until I started reading it!!! It became appa I was super excited to be accepted as a member of the street team for Dana White to help review and promote her new book “How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind.” I received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review. Although I’ve read Dana’s blog posts in the past and have always enjoyed her honesty about her own challenges with managing a home, I was somewhat skeptical about yet another book on home organization and cleaning. Until I started reading it!!! It became apparent in just the first few chapters that this was not just another book but rather THE book that would make home management seem attainable!She tells you to start off small with just doing the dishes every night. Then once you’ve done that for a week, she tells you to add another task for another week in addition to continuing to do the dishes. You keep building on your routines each week which makes maintaining your tasks easy as they have become routines. And lest you wonder how this can make a difference, she tells you “Routines remove the need to make the same decisions over and over again.” In short, it simplifies your life by reducing stress over decision making. But less you start to stress about being able to consistently maintain good habits and new routines, she reassures you that when life gets crazy, as it is apt to do, that you will be fine as you know exactly where to start again. She advocates using a timer to not only gauge how long tasks take so that you can easily determine where you can fit them into your busy schedule but also to ensure you don’t get overwhelmed. After all, we can all do something in five minutes! I love how she tells us not to wait for the perfect plan, the perfect cleaning products, or the perfect organization tools/system. But rather, since most of us can’t honestly afford to invest in fancy products or cute containers, that we should work with what we have on hand. The only important thing is simply to get started. Her advice on decluttering really hit home for me as I am a proclaimed packrat/clutter bug with a generous dash of frugalness thrown in which makes parting with the smallest item(s) seem overwhelming. She poses several questions to you to help with the decision making process. However, the most compelling reason for her book and guidance is where she stated “…what’s more wasteful? Spending three dollars to buy more glow-in-the-dark bracelets? Or paying a mortgage on a house where we can’t live comfortably because it’s so full of stuff?” Don’t hold on to things just because you might need them some day. Don’t let the clutter weigh you down.And she continually advises throughout the book, that although certain processes and methods work for her, she is just providing guidance and that we should all adapt and modify to fit our homes and our needs. “You are the only one who can improve your home, and you can’t know what works until you experience what works.” At the end of the book she provides a guide for developing four habits over four weeks to “find hope for real change in your home.” What I loved the most about Dana’s book is that it acknowledges to me that we feel we have short comings and can feel overwhelmed when trying to improve and change. But by sharing stories of her own challenges and those of others who have fought the battle of home management, she makes you realize you are not alone and not a failure! It takes away perceived shame and empowers you to realize that you too can reach the goal of an organized and company ready home. I have been practicing the beginning steps and already feel better about my home. I will continue to follow the 28-day guide and know that I can be successful because her plan makes it so easy! I’ve even printed and highlighted my favorite sections to refer back to when I need them. I cannot recommend this book enough!! If you’ve ever struggled to get a handle on your house and clutter, this book will definitely help! Hurry and get your copy so that you too can see how easy it can be!
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  • Jessica Wheeler
    January 1, 1970
    "These ways work, even when life happens. There’s no perfection here, no fairy tales. Just clear explanation of what you need to do to get your real-life home under control." -Dana K. WhiteI felt like I was chatting with a good friend while reading this book. Dana gets it. All busy, sleep deprived adults will relate to just about every word. Even if you have a beautifully organized life and home, you will find humor in this book. Dana is a great teacher, but if you don't need teaching, you will "These ways work, even when life happens. There’s no perfection here, no fairy tales. Just clear explanation of what you need to do to get your real-­life home under control." -Dana K. WhiteI felt like I was chatting with a good friend while reading this book. Dana gets it. All busy, sleep deprived adults will relate to just about every word. Even if you have a beautifully organized life and home, you will find humor in this book. Dana is a great teacher, but if you don't need teaching, you will be entertained.If you are surrounded by clutter and piles of "stuff" Dana will help you dig your way out. Housekeeping is an acquired skill. This book will show you that house cleaning practice might not "make perfect," but it will "make better."If your entire house is a complete disaster area or you just need to organize one closet and you don't know where to start- Dana will help you create a plan.This book will inspire you to get started and keep going. Dana will be the voice in your head that says, "Load the dishwasher now. If you don't run it tonight, you won't be able to see the counter top tomorrow night!"This book is funny, informative and inspiring. If you have things, you will benefit from reading this book (especially if you have many, many things.)I thank Dana for my Advance Reader Copy of this book. I'm happy to give my honest review.
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  • Jennifer Davis
    January 1, 1970
    I started reading this book Sunday afternoon and before I knew it, I'd read 13 chapters! I love the fact that Dana K. White is not an organized expert. She thinks like someone who struggles to stay organized - like me! One of the best take-aways for me is the thought that as long as I'm trying to figure out the best way to do something, I'm not actually doing anything. Story of my life! She confronts our idealistic fantasies head-on and encourages us to embrace reality by making a few non-negoti I started reading this book Sunday afternoon and before I knew it, I'd read 13 chapters! I love the fact that Dana K. White is not an organized expert. She thinks like someone who struggles to stay organized - like me! One of the best take-aways for me is the thought that as long as I'm trying to figure out the best way to do something, I'm not actually doing anything. Story of my life! She confronts our idealistic fantasies head-on and encourages us to embrace reality by making a few non-negotiable decisions about what we will do, when, and how. For me that has meant going from wishful thinking to actually rolling up my sleeves and getting things done. I'm also in the process of implementing her suggestions for meal planning and simplifying meal prep. If you struggle to maintain your home and feed your family, you're going to love this book! Dana is funny, non-judgmental and so practical. Plus I'm looking forward to having the 28 day "Hope for Your Home" step-by-step guide to reclaiming your home from complete chaos. Dana can help you, not matter how hopeless it looks right now!I received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Hanc Mckie
    January 1, 1970
    I received an e-copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion.This is a humorous, genuine, relatable book by an author who truly understands how overwhelming a cluttered home is and how challenging it is to prepare for guests. Dana's blog and subsequently her book literally transformed the way I approach tidying, decluttering and cleaning. I used to binge clean, then spend a few weeks feeling frustrated at how untidy it quickly became before binge cleaning again.Her simple tips and habits are s I received an e-copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion.This is a humorous, genuine, relatable book by an author who truly understands how overwhelming a cluttered home is and how challenging it is to prepare for guests. Dana's blog and subsequently her book literally transformed the way I approach tidying, decluttering and cleaning. I used to binge clean, then spend a few weeks feeling frustrated at how untidy it quickly became before binge cleaning again.Her simple tips and habits are so achievable and have made a real difference to me- I am, through following her, now able to welcome anyone into my home at any time. 5 minute pickup, put it where you'd look for it, trash first.... So simple yet somehow the principles eluded me, until now. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who has ever felt that sinking feeling of "what do you mean it needs tidying AGAIN?", or who lives in constant fear of unexpected guests!
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  • Melissa Roetzel
    January 1, 1970
    I have always knew I had a warped way to clean. When I was a child it was every Saturday until we were done - spotless - hours and hours.. I rebelled against that and am lucky to clean once every two months.I have over the years bought countless "organization" books, but never could find a the one that fixed me. Little did I know that Dana K White, wrote a book for me. After Chapter 1, I was already a changed cleaner and by the end of the book, many of my habits have been broken and decluttering I have always knew I had a warped way to clean. When I was a child it was every Saturday until we were done - spotless - hours and hours.. I rebelled against that and am lucky to clean once every two months.I have over the years bought countless "organization" books, but never could find a the one that fixed me. Little did I know that Dana K White, wrote a book for me. After Chapter 1, I was already a changed cleaner and by the end of the book, many of my habits have been broken and decluttering has begun in earnest.This book is a must for anyone who just wants people to be able to walk into their house and not be embarrassed. This is practical advice and tips that are not hard to put into action.I received a Advanced Reader Copy for my honest review.
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