Wednesday, February 6, 2013

5 Days to a Clutter-Free House: Quick, Easy Ways to Clear Up Your Space | Book Review

Everyone knows of the show “Hoarders.”  Houses full of stuff that never gets used and just piles up creating a chaotic life.  Now, we don’t all have the chance to have a team full of people to come clean and organize our houses for us in a matter of a few day but, thanks to Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims and their new book, 5 Days to a Clutter-Free House: Quick, Easy Ways to Clear Up Your Space, we can come as close as possible to the show without the camera crew.

Now, I am not saying that everyone that has a disorganized house would need to have a show crew come and clean their house or that your house is even that bad.  I am saying that this book works along the same lines.  At least on the “team” part.

Their plan is simple and the name is catchy.  Felton and Marsha call their organization plan Mount Rushmore Method.  As they say in the book:

 “The ‘rush’ indicates that the plan calls for the house to be cleared up quickly, in five days of activity.  The ‘more’ part of Rushmore indicates that it takes more than one person to execute this plan.”

So…there you have it.  Clean house in 5 days and a team to work with.  Sounds like your own reality TV show minus all the cameras. 

The method is easy to understand as they break the house up into different sections for each day.  They compare these sections to parts of the body.  On day 1 you would work on everything in your house from the feet to the knees, meaning that anything from the floor up to the low surfaces of your house.  Day 2 would be from the knees to the shoulders, which is anything from low surfaces to the height up to your shoulders, slowly working your way up to throughout the 5 days.

Now that you know the method and how it works you will need to assemble your team.  They even offer you help with that.  There is a sample invitation included in the text and a few pointers to help you find the team that is right for you. 

The book doesn’t stop with just getting your house clean and organized.  The last few chapters offer help with keeping it that way.  The chapters include information about time management, taking care of your family and, of course, taking care of your house. 

This is a great book for starting off your spring cleaning.  There are checklists and tons of tips throughout the book and stories from others that have accomplished what you want to.  So, get ready to get ALL of your spring cleaning done in just 5 days.  Start planning now!

Available February 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

*I receive a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review*

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