The House that Cleans Itself: Creative Solutions for a Clean and Orderly House in Less Time Than You Can Imagine

The House That Cleans Itself is a true housekeeping guide for the housekeeping impaired It boldly takes on the reasons behind chronic messiness and why ordinary home organization books won t work Using the methods of horizontal thinking , this book teaches readers how to set up a home so efficiently and logically that it seems to clean itself.More than a how to book, The House That Cleans Itself is a true housekeeping guide for the housekeeping impaired It boldly takes on the reasons behind chronic messiness and why ordinary home organization books won t work Using the methods of horizontal thinking , this book teaches readers how to set up a home so efficiently and logically that it seems to clean itself.More than a how to book, The House That Cleans Itself also looks at what God has to say about cleanliness and order, and how He can inspire order in every reader s life in a fresh and unique way For added fun, some of the tips Mindy uses come from research for her popular novels, The Trouble with Tulip, Blind Dates Can Be Murder and Elementary, My Dear Watkins.
The House that Cleans Itself Creative Solutions for a Clean and Orderly House in Less Time Than You Can Imagine The House That Cleans Itself is a true housekeeping guide for the housekeeping impaired It boldly takes on the reasons behind chronic messiness and why ordinary home organization books won t work Usin

  • Title: The House that Cleans Itself: Creative Solutions for a Clean and Orderly House in Less Time Than You Can Imagine
  • Author: Mindy Starns Clark
  • ISBN: 9780736918800
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The House that Cleans Itself: Creative Solutions for a Clean and Orderly House in Less Time Than You Can Imagine”

    1. I loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone dealing with clutter. I am transforming my home into a place that is more organized and (more importantly) easier to clean. I like the practicality of this book, and although I cannot implement all her suggestions, I like the plan and have been motivated by her Christian perspective. My favorite nuggets in the book are: 1) the reasons people like me hold on to things for years 2) the idea that every item in my home takes time as I interact with [...]

    2. I've probably enjoyed reading this self-help house cleaning book more than any other that I've ever read. I enjoyed the author's personality coming through, the funny little stories at the end of each chapter, the short chapters and new perspective on changing your house to fit your behaviors and not necessarily your behaviors to fit your house. I have never known a house cleaning or do-it-yourself book to be so religiously inclined or spiritually uplifting either but I found the faith-filled te [...]

    3. I thought a few of her suggestions were spot on, get it?Putting disposable wipes in every room. This has made cleaning up for me go so fast. You can do an entire bathroom in minutes and then you just throw the dirty wipe away. I think it was Fly Lady, not sure, that said why would you pay to buy paper towels when you just throw them away. Hinting that you are just putting your money towards garbage. But I must disagree. If the wipe causes you less laundry and speeds up the cleaning process, how [...]

    4. Most organizational books are written by naturally neat people imparting their methods to the rest of us. This can be helpful, but often such people don't understand WHY others are disorganized--and so such solutions are only temporary help.Clark professes her own disorganization and her method to keep her house "clean enough." There is a lot of advance work (and work after the initial purge/clean), which may dissuade many from even starting. Even with that, there are some helpful nuggets. The m [...]

    5. Great book for the "Housecleaning Impaired". For someone with ADHD, this book has great ideas for cleaning and organizing, with an empasis on simplicity and common sense that really works. I applied the technique to my entire house and it really works for me. Now we are relocating and it is much easier to get the house ready for the market than if I had not implemented these things!

    6. this book at the start was overwhelming and added more work to already needing to clean your house. i could nor finish. made me feel guilty.

    7. This is a good one. I have read ahem Lots of housekeeping/organization books over my lifetime, and just picked this one up again recently. It was fun to re-read it, because as I read, I realized that it may possibly be the one that has brought the most change into my life. Though I never did a whole-house reset as Mindy advises, I did gradually end up trying most of her tips and eventually putting quite a lot of her systems in place. Honestly, it just works very well! I adapted some of her ideas [...]

    8. This isn't my usual go-to read, but I'm really glad that I picked it up. Some of her ideas about housekeeping have already helped me keep my home cleaner. One of her most useful thoughts is the idea that the home must be changed to match the owners' behavior, and not vice versa. Also, to combat clutter, it's helpful to remember that each and every thing we own consumes a portion of our time. Its value should be equal to or greater than the value of the time that we spend on it. A useful read!

    9. WOW I am not alone in my cluttered lifestyle, and it was nice to find out that I wasn't the problem my house was! *grin*Seriously, though! I started implementing MANY of the NEW ideas from this book a few days ago and it was amazing to see my bedroom and kitchen stay uncluttered and clean from day 1! Who knew, all I needed to do was figure out how to make the house work for me, not how or what I would have to change about myself to make our home a day to day livable space. I plan a slow progress [...]

    10. As emotionally baggage-laden as house cleaning can be, an approach this encouraging and empowering can really be useful. The author's starting point is that the cleaning that happens most frequently is cleaning that is easy, convenient, and that most closely matches the ways that household members already function and interact with the space. This approach requires the least number of new habits, and is most maintainable.The author doesn't give a system so much as a set of problem solving tools [...]

    11. This is not the kind of book I would normally choose to read (I'm admittedly bad at keeping a clean home, but I also don't feel the desire to read about cleaning) but it was chosen for my book club. I found it to actually be really helpful and it had several ideas I want to implement. I love that it was written by someone who was bad at cleaning for other people who are bad at cleaning as well. It makes it much more attainable.

    12. I can't get enough organizing and cleaning out around here. Love this books strategy of making your house fit your family's lifestyle or behaviors. It's helped me solve problems we've had for years like our messy garage and not being able to access decorations or my kids clothes. It's helped me clean out every drawer, every closet, every cupboard and not spend money! I've freed myself of stuff that I haven't touched or needed for years. I had the best garage sale the other day!

    13. So I was totally impressed by this book. I was looking for some tips on keeping my house clean and I found a totally new way to look at my home, myself and my family. Plus the author is religious and included scriptures and making God a partner in your quest for a clean home.

    14. I liked that this author admits she is naturally a horrible housekeeper--unlike Martha Stewart or KonMari or others who wax eloquent about cleaning, she's like me in that I'd rather be doing something else. On the other hand, I am pretty sure that my house is consistently cleaner and more picked up than hers, so this wasn't life changing for me. I do have several friends who I think would greatly benefit from a read-through, though. I liked the emphasis on setting up your house/storage/organizat [...]

    15. 3 1/2 stars actually. This book had some very good points but a lot of the advice left me horrified. I can’t imagine basically leaving stuff in a mess but hiding it in a pretty cabinet because you are what the author calls “housekeeping impaired”. To be fair, the book did offer very good advice on clearing out the clutter and donating things. It gave a good structured plan for keeping your house clean. But my OCD cannot get past the part that says “change the house to suit your impairmen [...]

    16. I have enjoyed this book so much. The author isn’t like most authors who write orgainzation or cleaning books so she had some original ideas that I had not considered and have used already. I dont struggling with tidiness but I’m often aware that i’m probably wasting motions and energy the way that I clean and organize. Her ideas have helped me eliminate some of my inefficiencies. I felt like the Bible was used to prop up her chapters in an unessecary way that was just distracting.

    17. I am not what I would call housekeeping impaired, but there are still lots of great tips to be taken from this book. The author's standards are very high, both in decluttering and in cleaning, and I would wager my standards will never be hers, but the overall concept of arranging your home to function with your family instead of trying to force certain behavior changes makes a ton of sense. I will definitely be implementing some of her ideas.

    18. I thought this book would be about living in a home occupied by fully functional robots. Such a let down.

    19. Decent book for gaining insight into why clutter happens around the house, and how to look for creative ways to make things look tidy.

    20. Anyone who thinks that a house can really clean itself is delusional, but this book does set forth a good plan for how to arrange and organize your home to work with how you and your family live in the home first rather than the standard organizing mantra that has you changing your behaviors to fit a set plan.Ms Starns Clark brings you a plan that has you look at your house as it is at its worst. In fact, if you’ve just cleaned, she advises you to not clean and wait a week or two to put the pl [...]

    21. The overall principle of this book was interesting: change your home to fit your habits instead of vice versa. The basic idea is kind of a no-brainer, for instance, if shoes end up all over the floor by the front door, than provide a receptacle for them near the door.What she does not address well is how to instill these habits in others, particularly children. In addition, many of her suggestions will simply not work in a home with babies and toddlers. (will anything, really?)I found the first [...]

    22. I skimmed over a lot of this book (I just don't have the patience right now for wordy self help books I feel like they are all too long and contain so much fluff), but I did find the book really helpful. The basic idea I gleaned from the book is to arrange your house to accommodate your habits and tendencies instead of the other way around. I've always just tried to change my behavior (or my family's behavior) to fix problems in our home, but this isn't very realistic. For example, when I found [...]

    23. For some reason, I just love reading about cleaning and organizing—way more than I enjoy actually cleaning and organizing. I found this book at a thrift shop and had to pick it up. I like that Clark thinks like a messy person (because she used to be one!). She understands how our minds work. Apparently a lot of us have ADD. I had a sneaking suspicion that I had a touch of it, and her questionnaire confirmed it. I don't have ADD strongly enough for it to be an actual problem, but enough that I [...]

    24. I ask my students all the time, "What do good readers do?" One of the things good readers do is look at the title to find clues and information about if they might like the book. What about the title catches their attention? What can you say about The House That Cleans Itself? I was hooked from the get go. The title alone got me, the glittering stars spashed around the outside of the house, gleaming as if its been polished.What I liked about this book was the concept that your life has a flow. H [...]

    25. This is great stuff. Kind of like "Getting Things Done" for housework: apply some rudimentary, bottom-up rules to what seems like a chaotic and miscellaneous collection of behaviors, but which actually fall neatly into place once you look at them right.The most innovative thing about Clark's approach is that she essentially concedes to not trying to change our terrible habits and behaviors which led to our messy houses (if we were *capable* of being adults and changing our habits, we wouldn't ne [...]

    26. I really liked this book. I can't say that I will do everything she suggested in cleaning my house but I have already started implementing quite a bit of it and my house is looking great. Actually, one of the most important parts of this book for me was her discussion on purging the house of all unneccessary clutter. I didn't do it the exact way she suggested but I purged my house and the difference is amazing. I love it! She also talks about setting up stations for different areas of one's hous [...]

    27. The author offers many wonderful ideas and helps you feel better about yourself if you aren't so good at cleaning your house. She is very insightful. I will actually take away some good ideas from this book.I can read this book and appreciate the bible verses at the beginning of each chapter. That is something the author adds that she finds inspiring. They are simple quotes that don't distract me. but I was blindsided by overarching religious nature of this book. The reason I only gave it three [...]

    28. Really liked the concept in this book of looking at the messes in your house and getting to the root of why they happen - then rearranging things to stop them from happening in the first place. Your house will "clean itself" because it makes it *easier* for things to go and stay where they are supposed to be. For example, Clark recommends making "stations" around your house where things usually happen - e.g. I made the decision to move our office desk to the front room of our house instead of in [...]

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