A few months ago, I shared a chore management tool I’ve been having wonderful success with. I really love having something tangible to help me with my cleaning routine, but the more time that went on, the more I realized I needed more help to get my home in order. I needed to get the house organized and decluttered so it would be easier to follow my nifty chore planner, and I needed to get my family on board. I was really lucky to be contacted by Renee Metzler, an author who wrote a book designed to help people like me. Renew Your Space and Spirit, Total Home Makeover is a 20 day plan that is helping me get my home (and life) from being out of control, to being much more manageable.
I don’t know if you’re anything like me. Well, scratch that, I know there are lots of people out there like me. I’m not a dirty person. My home will not cause you to come down with an illness worthy of an episode of House. But a couple months ago, I wouldn’t have let you in if you showed up unexpectedly. I’m unorganized. I’m tired. I have bad habits. I feel overwhelmed, and tired, and frankly, out of control. I feel like it’s hopeless.
I will never have a “drop by anytime” home. I will never have the house clean, dinner cooked, and the kids educated on the same day. At least I used to feel that way.
I don’t want you guys to think I’m just telling you this because I am reviewing this book (long time readers know I don’t beat around the bush and I would tell you if something didn’t work for me). I want you guys to really know how frustrated I was- and I want you to know that this book gave me a sense of hope, and as I worked through it, I’m seeing a big difference in my home.
Phase 1: Transform Self
This phase is all about changing yourself. Bad attitudes and habits are replaced with realistic expectations routines. It’s hard to make a difference in your home if you’re stubbornly standing in your own way. Personally, I was letting my fatigue be an excuse to do things half way. I was too tired, so instead of cleaning the kitchen after dinner (or even rinsing the plates), I would leave them on the counter, or worse, on the table. Lots of things were like that- but it’s just an excuse. How long does the dishwasher really take me? I timed myself one day- 3 minutes to unload. 5 to load if I am pre-washing. I needed to be proactive, and take that 8 minutes each day to get the chore done, instead of letting it all pile up to become a much bigger chore.
In this phase, I got myself on a better daily routine. I worked out a weekly routine. And I worked on meal planning to free up some time for myself.
Phase 2: Transform Family
This phase acknowledges that you aren’t in this alone. At least you shouldn’t be. You can’t force your family to help you around the house, but you can train children in chores and come up with reasonable chore routines for the family. This phase will help you talk to your family about responsibilities and show you how to teach your children to do chores.
Phase 3: Transform Home
This phase is my favorite, and it’s the phase I am still working on. In this phase, Renee takes you room by room, helping you de-clutter and optimize your space. The idea here is to set up your home in a logical way, so it’s easier to maintain. You may need to purge some things. You may have to rearrange a little- for example, in my room, I needed “zones” that made sense- a place to sleep, a place to dress, a place to relax. Having the closet and mirror and dresser all over the place made it too easy for me to leave clothing all over the place.
This section is very detailed- and this is where the real value in this book lies for people like me. Each room has suggestions for things to look for, ideas for organizing, and tricks to maximize your space.
In a Nutshell:
This book isn’t a checklist, and isn’t just for encouragement. It’s a real plan that will help you tackle your mess- both your home, and your attitude. Each day starts with a pep talk from your personal coach, and will give you a step by step plan to take control of your home. It’s real work, and it works. It is Christian based and includes a devotional section as part of the self-transformation goal. It can still be successfully used by secular homemakers (and working mothers, and fathers, and everyone really, needing a change). This book is encouraging, and helpful, and totally worth the $11.99 if you need help getting yourself, your family, and your home under control. You can purchase the book from Renee’s website, or from Amazon in paperback and kindle form (if you want to start today!).
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