The No-Nonsense Guide to Decluttering,
Organizing, and Cleaning Your Home
by Anne L Watson
There's no shortage of experts to cheerfully advise you on how to declutter, organize, and clean your home. But do they know what YOU want and need? Or are they only pushing rigid, quirky systems that ignore people's differences and how we really live?
With insight, wit, and common sense, "Smart Housekeeping" cuts through the clutter of questionable and often silly advice to offer practical keys to reclaiming and maintaining your home.
Anne L. Watson is the author of a variety of works, including literary novels, soapmaking manuals, and a cookie cookbook. She is also retired from a long and honored career as a historic preservation architecture consultant. Anne "lives apart together" with her husband, fellow author, and publisher, Aaron Shepard, in Friday Harbor, Washington.
A Decluttering Tale
Keys to Decluttering
Keys to Organizing
Keys to Cleaning
Sharing the Load
A Few Final Keys
HOUSE & HOME / Cleaning, Caretaking & Organizing
SELF-HELP / Self-Management / General
I have browsed so many of the decluttering books and housekeeping books on the market these days. It was pleasant to find someone who wasn't giving me a schedule and list of supplies to buy. Anne Watson writes with knowledge of the human condition and humor. No one really wants to be tied to a rigid cleaning schedule and it's no fun to live in a house that is so clean that you can't relax and put your feet up.
Her guest expert interviews are amusing. I was familiar with most of them and their opinions on housekeeping. This was a part that I enjoyed greatly. It really showed how some people can take this whole thing to the extreme and why so many people don't want to get involved with experts!
I thought her advice on how to approach the project was rather down to earth and sensible. Take your time and be realistic about how you live and what you like. You are the one who has to live in the house, so it should be to your standards, not some artificial benchmark. I really liked her attitude overall. If you are the average person who leaves your glasses, book and cup of tea on the table next to your chair while you go off to do something else, this book would probably appeal to you. This is the relaxed and realistic approach to keeping house and feeling at home in it.
I was provided an eARC of this book by Pronoun and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
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