How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind
Dealing with Your House's Dirty Little Secrets
Dana K. White
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
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 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.
Thank you Dana!
In addition to the immediately actionable advice, it's comforting to know I'm not alone. Like Dana, I have struggled to understand why I excel at other "projects" in my life and work but not my own home. I have struggled thinking "if only I had a bigger place" and said to myself over and over "when I get done with [insert stage of life], I will become a tidy person." Dana is the friend who gets it and just shares what might work for people like us. I recommend reading the sample or listening to one of her podcasts before purchase to get an idea of who her target is. It's definitely me and I am so happy to have found her.