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 Cleaning and the Meaning of Life: Simple Solutions to Declutter Your Home and Beautify Your Life Interior designer Paula Jhung has helped hundreds of clients suffering from what she describes as "stress-mess"--a state of chronic disarray felt by those who want their homes to be havens but feel clobbered by clutter and sapped by the time and energy they spend doing housework. In this book, readers will learn how to prevent stress-mess and enjoy the serenity and power that come from an orderly home. Using her simple LIFE formula (Lighten up; Invest in comfort; Forget perfection; Enhance flow), she promises readers will: cut clutter by 80%; minimize cleaning; and increase comfort Her tips cost little or nothing to implement and range from the practical to the inspirational (readers will learn how to lighten their laundry load; what colors and patterns actually keep a home cleaner; and how to set up an inexpensive home retreat). While some design books take themselves too seriously or are overly complicated, this book contains light-hearted chapters such as TMS--Too Much Stuff Syndrome, The 7 Secrets of Highly Effective Closets, The Procrastinator's Guide to Purging, Your Astrological Cleaning Style, Sex Invest in comfort; Forget perfection; Enhance flow), offers readers a guaranteed way to cut clutter, minimize cleaning and increase comfort. The book explains the "stress-mess" connection and empowers readers to give their home a stress-mess makeover with easy, affordable fixes. Paula Jhung's two previous books on similar topics sold over 78,000 copies. She is a regular columnist for Family Circle's "Total Know-How" column, (circulation 19 million); an article or series of articles on Cleaning . . . is guaranteed to appear in the magazine.
  Date Published 4/1/2005

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Rated By: Beverly Trainer
From: San Diego
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Comments: Cleaning and the Meaning of Life
Hey, this is a fun read! No prissy prima donna, Paula Jhung describes her own struggles as she shares tips and techniques along with some pretty funny and dishy stories. Part how-to and part humor, this book has lots of cool ideas for overcoming household clutter and inner angst. And--this would make a great gift for brides, frantic moms or friends who're just trying to balance it all.
Rated By: Dulce
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Comments: Cleaning and The Meaning of Life
After reading your book I totally see the pattern I am following from my childhood. I now can see who has TMS in my family and where I get it from. I can also see how the clutter adds stress in life. My husband tells me I have too much stuff and that I need to simplify, he agrees with what you say in your book 100%! You have good advise in your book and I think if I work at my clutter 20 min. a day I can do it without it over whelming me. It's nice to know there is help out there!

Rated By: Laura Wheeler
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Comments: Sound advice from the guru of clean
For a self-proclaimed packrat, this book was a lifesaver to me. Within the first 25 pages, Paula gives the reader the "rubbish inquisition" - questions like, "if there were a flood, would I try to save this?" and "does it make my life easier?" Making room for all of my husband's stuff in our new apartment has ben infinitely easier now that I can let go of all my STUFF - and I owe it all to Paula.
Rated By: Andrea
From: Austin, TX
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Comments: There is light at the end of the tunnel
Perhaps one of the best parts about this book is that you don't feel like you're reading a cleaning manual. Paula intermixes stories, both personal and not, throughout the book, so it's completely possible to read it cover to cover and not feel like you've been "learning" - but, of course, you have! My favorite chapter is "Let there be light." It is amazing how by doing a few simple things, such as changing your lightbulb wattage, can make a HUGE difference.