Deliver your home from the mess it's in and learn how you can 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.”
Early on she used the name "Nony" (short for aNONYmous), since she was divulging her deep, dark, slob secret. Now she truly comes clean--with not only her real name, but the strategies she has developed, tested, and proved in her own home. She learned what it takes to bring a house out of the Disaster Status, which habits make the biggest and most lasting impact, and how to keep the 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.
Part 1: Reality Check
- My First Step: Giving Up on the Fantasy
- The Worst Thing About the Best Way
- Bad News: Cleaning Your House Isn't a Project
Part 2: Daily Stuff: The Down-and-Dirty Truth About a Clean House
- Where to Start
- The Truth About Habits
- Just Tell Me What To Do
- Pre-made Decisions
- Don't Judge a Habit on the First Day
- How to Use Timers: Fighting TPAD (Time Passage Awareness Disorder)
- Putting an End to the Never-Ending: Weekly Cleaning Tasks
- Laundry Conquered. Yes. Really.
- A Whole 'Nuther Chapter on Laundry (Answering Your Many Objections)
- Get Dinner on the Table
Part 3: Decluttering: The Down-and-Dirty Truth About All Your Stuff
- How Decluttering and Routines Are Codependent
- Don't Get Organized
- Cure Decluttering Paralysis: Do the Easy Stuff First
- Containers and Limits and How They'll Change Your Life
- Find Your Clutter Threshold
- How to Prioritize Decluttering Projects: The Visibility Rule
- Two (and Only Two) Decluttering Questions
- How to Declutter Without Making a Bigger Mess
- Head Explosions, Regret, and Re-decluttering
- Sentimental Clutter
- Clutter Guilt
- The Value Trap: Sell or Donate?
- Decluttering Momentum
Part 4: Change That Lasts
- Other People
- Special Circumstances
- But Will It Last?