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The Messies Manual: The Procrastinator's Guide to Good Housekeeping (Anglais) Cassette – Version coupée, mai 1997

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This is without a doubt the funniest and best book to help anyone trying to overcome their hoarding ... 8 mai 2014
Par Tina E. Detweiler - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This is without a doubt the funniest and best book to help anyone trying to overcome their
hoarding issues. Every possibly excuse is given and with great sensitivity and humor, Sandra makes a difficult job seem more than possible. She encourages with a subtle faith and I found great insights and inspiration in this book. I was so impressed I also ordered her Messies Devotional book which
gives positive thoughts and prayers to offered daily! The book arrived quickly, in excellent condition, well packaged and was sold at a good price.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Confession... I'm a "messie" 16 mai 2014
Par Kp1114 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I love, love, LOVED this book. I wish I could say I overcame my "messie" ways already, but sadly, I have not. I do, however, have a much better outlook on life since I understand myself better.. haha!! I had always struggled with the fact that I knew I wasn't "dirty".. now I know.. I'm just messy! This book helped me see that I have been wired to "overlook" chaos and disorder... and now I notice it more and it's helping me on my journey to become more like a "cleanie" (read the book, you'll understand)! One of my best friends is a "cleanie" and this book cracked us up as we read the definitions of each personality and saw how perfectly we were described.... we certainly understand each other better now-- I don't get offended when she instinctively comes in to work on my dishes and she doesn't get offended that sometimes, it's just gonna seem a little crazy in my home =)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 More Than Just A Book on Housekeeping 1 juin 2014
Par R. Williams - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I've read a handful of books and articles on organizing and housekeeping, I even watched concurrent episodes of the show "Clean House" hoping to glean some tips when it came on the Style network in the early part of 2000 for those of us with cable or who had cable back then and watched. Neither the show or the book truly helped me. The few times they did, the results of my efforts didn't last. I have been living a life of having chronically messy closets, drawers, piles of clothes . . . I would do surface cleaning - the dishes, the bathroom sinks, vacuum occasionally, but my paper and clothing piles were and still are out of control (but they are gradually thinning!), anyone that visited had to call first or I would be embarrassed, agitated, or defensive. I would be upset when my kids' friends came over and wanted to go in their rooms because I had passed on my messy tendencies to my kids! To help make me feel better about being caught with my pants down when unannounced visitors came, I have asked my husband and kids' what does this or that person's home look like hoping they would say, "It's messy like our place!" And the answer was usually them going on about tidy and pretty it was. I only know about a handful of people who are "Messies" (as Felton calls them) like me. But most people I know are neat and organized or even if they aren't super-organized they are neater than I. I felt incompetent and a bit less than until I read this book. Also, quiet as it's kept, being messy can spawn frustration, arguments, chronic lateness, financial loss (you lose cash or can't find bills) and even depression. Clutter exacerbates depression. Being messy is not a fluff issue.

The main reason the other books didn't help is because they were just pragmatic books on how to organize and clean. But I hadn't seen any books as to how the place got that way in the first place. Many of us Messies, have cleaned and organized parts of our homes before but haven't finished the whole house or kept our homes neat once we've cleaned or haven't organized the rest of the place. There's no peek into the psychosis of a messy person in those surface books, like this book provides.

According to this book, most "Messies" are very creative, highly intelligent people. In fact, Felton asserts that they are just a cut above average and that they are good people. Too good. Because they are too good, some of them over-schedule themselves helping everyone or over-schedule their kids. Then they don't have time to housekeep or are rarely home to do it. This is just one of the many reasons Felton lists for why some people are messy. Some of us are out too often shopping and socializing because our friends are important. Our friends are important but so are we! So is our peace of our mind.

Another highlight from the book, also helps do some de-programming for those of us who think that housework is not important in the larger scheme of things. For those of us who don't feel it's as important as helping to stop world hunger or volunteering. She said you can't help feed the hungry if you can't locate the names and addresses of the people you need to help! I'll add that you can't be on time for your volunteer slot if you can't find your shoes or keys! Being messy just affects aspects of your whole life.

She also asserts that housework is not easy or natural and that Messies are not lazy, which is refreshing to hear because even if people don't criticize messy people to their faces, we know what they're thinking. "Just clean it up! That person is just lazy. They don't want to clean up. All they have to do is . . . " It's not that simple and this book explains why. We have poor memories. We are easily distracted, we visually tune-out, and other reasons Felton details. She also illustrates characteristics of different types of Messies. The Sentimental Messie, the Clean Messy, the Spartan Messy, The Relaxed Messy, The Rebellious Messy, etc. There's a quiz to take where you find out which housekeeping areas for you are the worst. Some people do their dishes but don't know how much is in their bank account, for example. She suggests tackling the out of control areas first.

It really helps that Felton used to be messy because she writes the book as a non-judgmental peer, not as someone who is already neat and looking down on a messy person. She really gets why many of us are messy.

I didn't give the book five stars because while some of the tips for getting organized are very helpful, some are too detailed for a messy person. I understand that most "Cleanies" (Felton's phrase for neat and clean people) make lists. I personally know Cleanies that do this. But the binders, cards, filing boxes, and schedules that Felton suggests keeping are too detailed. One could be using that time to just get about the business of de-cluttering! I agree with keeping a brief schedule of daily or weekly household cleaning tasks after you've done her "Mount Vernon" task of organizing. Having a simple schedule or list typed up in an accessible place is helpful but many of us messy people are not advanced enough in our cleaning schedules for binders and filing systems of what to clean.

The other reason I didn't give it five stars is because some of her practical suggestions for organizing and cleaning are helpful, like donating. Decide to get rid of X and then give it away immediately! Don't save it for so and so's son or your friend because it may sit too long. Just bag it up and drop it off at the Salvation Army, she writes. Messy people tend to do that and then we don't get around to seeing so and so or remembering to give it to them!

But some of the other tips are not detailed enough. I would suggest using this book as a springboard, a spiritual motivator, a kind of scientific probe into the why's and wherefore's and then get another book on cleaning and organizing to supplement. However, some of her tips will definitely get you started.

Just as good or better at getting your home together is YouTube. Almost everything is on YouTube. Few things beat an immediate visual and quick how to. Especially since Messies are not always the quickest to process things according to Felton. A few rooms of my home and some of my drawers and closets really changed for the better after watching some YouTube videos - and quickly! Most importantly, some rooms of my home - like the kitchen and my kids' rooms - have STAYED ORGANIZED for weeks because of YouTube videos I've watched. Plus, the videos are free! There are literally dozens of vlogs and uploads on how to organize a closet, a kitchen, a pantry, your kids' toys. There are vloggers who de-clutter on a small Dollar Store, Goodwill, Walmart, Target, upcycle-what-you-have-budget and their spaces look amazing! There are people who spend more money and get all of their organizational items from the Container Store or hire a professional organizing company and their spaces also look amazing. Lastly, Pinterest has great ideas pertaining to organizing, too.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Book With Useful Tips 15 juillet 2016
Par Randy C. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
My wife enjoyed the book and uses some of her techniques.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Loved the 7 août 2016
Par Eileen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Purchased years ago. Loved the book
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