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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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Dana White

6 Hours 16 Minutes

Thomas Nelson

November 2016

Audio Book Summary

Bring your home out of the mess it’s in—and learn how to keep it under control! Housekeeping expert Dana K. White shares reality-based cleaning and organizing techniques that will help you learn what really works.

Do you experience heart palpitations at the sound of an unexpected doorbell? Do you stare in bewilderment at your messy home, wondering how in the world it got this way again? You’re not alone. But there is hope for you and your home.

Managing your home isn’t an all-or-nothing approach, and Dana has broken down the most critical things that you'll need to do to keep up with the housework. With understanding, honesty, and her trademark humor, Dana shares her field-tested strategies including:

- Exactly where to start to tame the chaos
- Which habits deserve your focus and will make the most impact
- How to gain traction in your quest for a manageable home
- Practical tips you can implement and immediately to declutter huge amount of stuff with minimal emotional drama

Cleaning your house is not a one-time project—it’s a series of ongoing and daily decisions. Start learning Dana’s reality-based cleaning and organizing techniques—and see how they really work!

Praise from Readers:

“This book lays out the hard truths of a clean house but in a way that doesn’t make me feel silly for not having embraced them before.”

“Dana leads you step-by-step with the heart of a woman who has been there and struggled with the same issues you are currently struggling with. Really, this is a must read for anyone who wants to learn the secrets that all those organized types seem to know.”

“I felt like a failure already. Did I really need to read yet another book full of tips and tricks that would leave me feeling worse? From the first page, I was put at ease.”

Get ready to say goodbye to the stacks of dirty dishes crowding your kitchen counters, conquer the never-ending piles of laundry, and stop tripping over clutter on your living room floor as Dana helps you discover what works for you, for your unique personality, and in your unique home.

A 28-day guide to help you start getting your home under control is available in the audiobook companion PDF download.

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  • 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)

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  • Natalie L.

    I am a little sad that this book is over :( I have been listening to the podcast for a few months now and this book was the icing on the cake. Both me and my husband work full time with a 4 year old, 2 dogs and a 5 bedroom house. My house has ALWAYS been a mess and I wanted to to something about it, but everything I tried either didn't work or didn't last. Yes not everything she says applies to me because she is a stay at home mom and I am not, however almost all of what she recommends HAS helped in my house. I have witnessed the proof first hand and can't wait to continue my deslobafication process. THANKS DANA!!

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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.

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  • Mariana F.

    Loved it! ❤️ Helped me realize I’m not alone in my messiness and it’s possible to create lasting change by creating a plan for new habits. Created a fire under my butt for sure.

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  • Anonymous

    this is one that I will listen to over and over again, or probably while I am washing the dishes and sweeping the floor

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  • 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

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