• How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind

  • Dealing with Your House's Dirty Little Secrets
  • By: Dana K. White
  • Narrated by: Dana K. White
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-08-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (910 ratings)

Regular price: $21.67

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Publisher's Summary

Bring your home out of the mess it's in and learn how to 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". In the beginning she used the name Nony (short for aNONYmous), because she was sharing her deep, dark slob secret. Now she has truly come clean - with not only her real name but the strategies she has developed, tested, and proved in her own home. She has learned what it takes to bring a home out of disaster status, which habits make the biggest and most lasting impact, and how to keep 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 listeners learn what really works.

Chapter titles include:

  • My First Step: Giving Up on the Fantasy
  • The Worst Thing About the Best Way
  • Just Tell Me What to Do
  • Conquering Laundry
  • Get Dinner on the Table
  • Putting an End to the Never-Ending Weekly Cleaning Tasks
  • Don't Get Organized
  • How to Declutter Without Making a Bigger Mess
  • Fighting the Perceived Value Battle
  • But Will It Last?

With a huge helping of empathy and humor, Dana provides a step-by-step process with strategies for getting rid of enormous amounts of stuff in as little time (and with as little emotional drama) as possible.

©2016 Dana White (P)2016 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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A gold star plan for de-slobification

I was spell-bound listening to this. Yep, 2 chapters on washing dishes. No complaints. 2 on laundry? I get it. And that 28-day appendix. That illustrates the sameness of starting de-slobification? I listened. Even though the author had some well reasoned warnings about using eBay to declutter, I was somehow called to it. $700 + later, I'm finishing up the decluttering. I loved this book. Great performance. This woman's "12-step" program is gold. Thank you!

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Such a great book!

I have been following Dana's blog (and particularly podcasts) for a few years, and I listen while I try to clean... this made the book an essential buy for me. Dana is just like me, and is hilarious, and makes me feel like I'm not alone. This stuff doesn't come naturally to everyone. I finally have hope though - and I am seeing little successes. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who feels overwhelmed by their home. I'm starting to actually enjoy mine, now that it is becoming more manageable through simple tasks like doing the dishes. Looking forward to the next book :)

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  • Jennifer
  • YPSILANTI, MI, United States
  • 04-27-17

listen the whole way through

There were times when the author seems to harp on a subject. For a while I was thinking, 'that's unrealistic'. But listen the whole way through. If you're struggling with mess and clutter you've found a friend for the path. You've found your people. She's flexible, but you have to hear her out. This approach will change how you do things.

Years ago I set out looking for The organizing book. You know the one - the one that will make it All make sense. Once you've read it, you won't have a single mess left to clean up.

But experience is the best teacher. This author takes that on with humor. Things get clean because we clean them. We learn what works for us by experience. There will be one or two of her methods you have to adjust to your own unique circumstances. For the most part, this is that book. But as much because she honors that experience will always be the best teacher. She has great methods. She has great advice. She also has the wisdom to give ideas for how her advice might need to be tweaked for unique needs. Good book. I highly recommend it.

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READ THIS BOOK!

Dana you rock! This book is honest, open, hilariously perfect with all of life's imperfections that you shared. Simply marvelous. This is a well done "must read". Totally worth the listen. Glad you narrated it yourself. Can't imagine anyone else capturing it all the way it deserves. READY FOR YOUR NEXT ONE!

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Wonderful!!!

Finally, someone who moves through life the same way I have. It seems that the more I try to get organized, the more I leave new messes in my wake. Who would have thought washing dishes could be a great way to move forward to make my home a pleasant place to be. Thank you!

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Must Read for Would-Be Homemakers

Awesome! This is the BEST information on keeping a home that I've ever read! It is pratical, informative, relatable, and funny all at the same time. I finally feel like I have a roadmap for daily success at home and I have already seen results. I am truly glad to have found a kindred spirit who decided to share her experience and strategies for success. Two thumbs up!!

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Life changer

As a full time special education teacher, mom of a 2 year old and one on the way, wife of a teacher and coach I am constantly fighting what feels like a losing battle when it comes to keeping my house livable. This book motivated me to make small changes that will undoubtably help me take control and in turn enjoy my home and my family. Loved listening to it while I cleaned and decluttered. Thank you!!

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Love it!

It was so good. Dana recorded it beautifully and is so motivating and expiring. Thank you!

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A book on cleaning that you will be entertained by

Where does How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my absolute favorites!

What other book might you compare How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind to and why?

It sounds JUST like her podcasts. And I love her podcasts.

Have you listened to any of Dana K. White’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

YES! Her website, and podcasts. This is just slightly more organized.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES!!!!

Any additional comments?

So excited that I was able to get this on audio book. (I've just discovered Audible by the way! Where has THAT been my entire life??) I decided to make yesterday (Monday) laundry day. I loved that I was listening to your book (and I ADORE that you're the one reading it) while I was folding and putting away laundry. I laughed hysterically on the part about children never seeming to remember where the hamper is. Oh my goodness gracious. Isn't that the absolute truth. The concept of decluttering turning into a worse mess because you're just relocating the mess instead of purging it. Life changing. I've always thought there was something wrong with me. Why couldn't I have a clean house? Like ever? Why am I always drowning in laundry and dishes???? MAKING myself do the dishes and run the dishwasher every night truly is a game changer. This is my first week attempting a laundry day. Wish me luck. ;)
Thanks Dana so much for following your passion and what God has led you to do. You've helped so many women! Amazing what God calls us to do isn't it!?!? Much love!!

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No PDF attachments :(

LOVED the audio book! I will listen again and again for motivation.

The only, and I mean the ONLY complaint I have is there are not any PDF attachments for the pages in the appendix. So, I don't have the following pages for reference:

28 days to hope for your home
Not for the mildly disorganized
Develop 4 Habits over 4 weeks
Find hope for real change in your home
Day by day guide

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  • beliveitbeit
  • 06-02-17

Great to get going with

This book is great to reinforce that suspicion that you have too much stuff, gives you the encouragement you need to get rid of it, and helps you to realise the majic of daily habits. I found listening while I tidied/cleaned/decluttered helped me to keep motivated.
Also I found Dana's American accent not in the least bit annoying- even endearing. Or maybe I have just listened to so many American books that I am now immune! Thank you Dana White

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  • dibble
  • 11-11-16

A funny and realistic coaching session for failed housewives

Dana K White is a very funny writer and podcast broadcaster
. Her tone is encouraging and humble. Her goals realistic and simple.

My home may never be magazine worthy, but my mind is no longer overwhelmed and anxious, which is most important.

This is not a book full of technical checklists and exhaustive plans. I think it's better for it. I'll listen to this again and again while I'm cleaning or decluttering.

I'm so glad, too that the author read the book. Her voice is lovely both here, and on her podcast.

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  • fifa
  • 11-19-16

A good read

Even if you do your dishes every day clean your kitchen floor do read this book.
It is for readers who are not very organised.
If you need ideas to organise your closet and how to make your house Pinterest worthy than this book is not for you.
I love one thing about this book is it changes your mindset.

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  • Sine Gaunitz
  • 03-28-18

Great book for all slobs

What did you like most about How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind?

Great narration by the author and a happy positive tone throughtout. It helped me with strength through a decluttering session and I will definitely try to teach my boyfriend the "Just do the dishes" mantra.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

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  • gloria
  • 03-22-18

brilliant book! helped me straight away! thank you

listened to it over 2 weeks and put dana advice in place straight away. in less than 3 weeks my house is hugely improved. I'm so grateful to be able to admit I'm a slob and since doing so I no longer feel as much of a slob as I was before hand xx

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  • Pollstar
  • 12-17-17

Fantastic.

This book could have been written for me. Every single word resonated so strongly.

It takes you through the probable reasons that, despite your best efforts, your house is always disorganised and messy.

It does not provide an exact prescription for how to do everything but instead gives a loose framework which can be adapted for your lifestyle and circumstances.

I imagine that some of the points made again and again would grate if you already knew them - but then if you knew them you probably would not be reading a book with this title.

Perfect for impractical perfectionists, cuts through the thinking which was holding me back.

Best thing I have listened to for a long time.

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  • Sara
  • 11-10-17

An amazing book!!!

Clearly a very clever lady, who says what she feels, the never ending struggle to get ahead with the housework, which is impossible, even if you get to the bottom of the laundry basket, you realise you are wearing clothes, you can never get in front, great to listen to while doing housework, it gives you hope x.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-29-17

loved it! definitely for me.

I have read bits and bobs on the blog so thought I would give this book a whirl. Boy am I glad I did! I totally identify with everything, it all made total sense.
I would definitely recommend this to a friend....but only if they have a similar mindset!

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  • rachael
  • 01-02-17

A thoroughly entertaining, down to earth "how to" guide

Amazing. Loved it. Wish I had been able to have this a decade ago. Many light bulb moments;)

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  • Nikki Fletcher
  • 10-03-18

Loved it

I love this book, can’t recommend it enough,I am finally managing to get my home under control. Also I find Dana’s voice very restful and often put the audio book on with headphones when I’m ‘doing the dishes’.

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  • neet76
  • 09-11-17

The little voice in my head that helps me manage my home

I've listened to Dana's podcast for a long time now, and while the concepts in this book are those I've previously heard on her podcast, I love that I now have them all in one place. I listen to her coach me through my daily tasks and it motivates me to stay on top of the basics . It opens up so much more time, energy and life in our home when we're not dealing with daily chaos. Thanks so much Dana.

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  • Katy McTeigue
  • 01-21-17

So helpful

I've been listening to the podcast for a while. I love Dana's accent, and tone, and this book is ideal to listen to while cleaning. My house has improved so much since I started seriously trying to implement her simple techniques. If you're looking to improve you're already tidy home, this book isn't for you, but if you're drowning in clutter, and eating take out because the thought of cleaning the kitchen before you eat it too daunting, if you make excuses not to have people over because you're ashamed of your housekeeping, this book is for you.

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  • Katie Katie Book Listener
  • 06-04-18

Love love love it

This book was written for a person like me who doesn’t see mess until someone is coming to visit and can’t quite get my head around the relentless daily nature of maintenance.

If in doubt, get the book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-18

love it

this book changed my life, my bible! love love love!!! recomend to those thats just cant get on top of your home

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  • Melinda - YarnderWoman
  • 10-18-17

A fresh take on the topic

It's great to hear from someone who is not naturally organised/tidy/clean and to therefore get a different perspective on home management.

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  • Sarah
  • 08-10-17

So helpful for strugglers of home maintainance

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK. I have listened to it at least 10 times if not more. So refreshing to have advice from someone who's actually been there and at times still struggles with keeping up with housework. I have always struggled with it my whole life and after taking in her concepts my my tidier and easier to keep tidy since raking on her decluttering advice.

excellent for anyone struggling with a messy home