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

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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 wit
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 8th 2016 by Thomas Nelson
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Angela The author includes a "28 Days of Hope for Your Home" addendum at the end of the book. The basic idea is to start with one task (doing the dishes) tha…moreThe author includes a "28 Days of Hope for Your Home" addendum at the end of the book. The basic idea is to start with one task (doing the dishes) that you do consistently every single day and over the next 28 days you work up to a handful of daily tasks that you still do every single day. The point is CONSISTENCY. She encourages you to consider scheduling weekly tasks and shares her "basic plan" like doing all the laundry on Monday or mopping all the floors on Thursday, etc. But the idea is to encourage the reader to create a system that works best for them. She's really funny and that helps you remember her points. I've been trying her system for about a month now and its working!(less)

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Stella Lee
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio
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
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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."
Anne Marie
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, self-help
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
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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... ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Tonia Pearse
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing

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
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Susan Carbajal
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Karen Kemp
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Angela Boord
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: homemaking
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 ...more
Jamie Schultz
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Ticcoa Leister
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, north-america
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
Denise January
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a PDF of this book from the publisher for review.

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
Teri Miller
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Amy Langmaack
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Erin Waters
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: productivity
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.
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Just like with the other book from this author I've read, Decluttering at the Speed of Life, it's a valuable resource, yet I'm honestly really relieved I borrowed it instead of buying it, for a few reasons:

1) It's repetitive as heck. Just like the other book.

2) Once you take away a few core values from the book (like setting a specific day each week for laundry and not budging from that), it's a lot of filler material and anecdotes for no reason. The "meat" of this book could easily be fit into
Hannah Jayne
Jul 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
i feel akin to nony. i appreciate this book.

i am not naturally inclined to clean, to keep schedules, to keep habits, to throw things away, to put things away, to give things away, to let go. but i am naturally inclined to collect, to see value in everything, to be overly sentimental, to not want to do the dishes, or the laundry, and to sit on the couch doing nothing. and i do get uncomfortable in full spaces and anxious by letting chores grow and sad about all the many useful ways things could
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Where was this book when I was raising a gaggle of little kids? This would have been helpful. I liked her no-nonsense approach to dealing with clutter. The one that resonated the most with me was how important it was to NOT lie to yourself and you have to live within your space. If you look around your home and see stacks of clutter, this might be the book you need.

What I didn't like was her constant use of words "Sister" "Sis" "Girl" and even "Gal" when addressing the reader. It sounded like sh
3.5 stars
Christina Reynolds
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jessica Wheeler
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"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. White

I 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
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