So, just for Landon, an update on the house that cleans itself. Yes, I have it and I'm on page 93. The basic idea is to map out your house in a noteboook and go through zone by zone purging, cleaning, and setting up systems so that it cleans itself. It assumes that if you could change your behavior by now you would have, so it works around your weaknesses.

For example, if you always leave soda cans in the living room, instead of just trying to change, put a recycle bin in there. Or if you always drop your coat by the side door, put a coat hook there. That kind of thing. I have yet to apply it, but I think it's a great system. I have my notebook and am ready to go! I just want to finish the whole book first.

Also, I love the part where you're playing detective and looking at photos of your messes to see what the real problems are. You might think it's that everyone drops their shoes by the door, and never notice the wet umbrella in the corner that makes the wall icky - that sort of thing. So, yes, I wholeheartedly endorse the book!! And the author, Mindy Starns Clark, also writes mysteries. Perfect!


Landon said...

Thanks Robin! I was thinking about getting it, but I think the goal is not to read the book but to actually clean up your house. Sounds like it may be too much for me to handle!! :-)

January 14, 2009 at 3:30 PM
Mystery Robin said...

You know, it's most helpful when you have either no time to clean and you really need to streamline, or lots of areas that collect crap that you need to figure out answers for. Which describes my situation perfectly. :) It's also good if there are others in the house that you don't want to always tell to move their crap, but you'd like their crap to just magically be put away. It's the Mary Poppins approach, but without the magic. ;)

January 14, 2009 at 3:37 PM
Kathleen said...

it sounds very cool!

January 15, 2009 at 1:39 PM

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