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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
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 8th 2016 by Thomas Nelson
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Susan Laverty Not really. It’s mostly daily and weekly tasks geared towards people who let things pile up. I did find some useful advice though because it’s about…moreNot really. It’s mostly daily and weekly tasks geared towards people who let things pile up. I did find some useful advice though because it’s about changing your mindset. Overall I found the writing entertaining and liked the book enough to check out her second one.(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
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Kelli
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
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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
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Carolyn
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."
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Laura
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
Dana
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
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
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Donna112244
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
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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
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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.
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.
Stacia
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
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Nicola
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
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Danessa
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
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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
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
Rebecca
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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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!
Joan
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.
Lindsay Norton
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked 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 ...more
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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Jennifer Davis
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Hanc Mckie
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
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Melissa Roetzel
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
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“Because of my love of excessive efficiency, my former decluttering efforts went something like this: Oh, this goes in the master bathroom. I’ll make a master bathroom pile here. That goes in the playroom, so I’ll make a playroom pile. These nails should be in the garage, so here’s a garage pile. Six piles later, life happened. I left the decluttering project to go take care of life with every intention of coming back as soon as I could. But I didn’t. Either more life happened, or I forgot. When I finally returned to the project a few hours (or a few days or a few months) later, those totally logical little piles had morphed into one big pile that was no longer the least bit sorted. The clutter that once drove me crazy while it sat behind the cabinet door or inside the drawer? Now it was out in the open, outside the area I was decluttering. I’d created a bigger mess.” 2 likes
“I can pick up a bad habit in three days flat and struggle for years to break it. A good habit, however, causes emotional angst and physical pain to create, but I can break it in less than twenty-four hours.” 2 likes
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