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Housework Blues: A Survival Guide [Paperback]

Danielle Raine
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26 Feb 2010
WARNING: This is not a practical housekeeping guide. There may be the odd tip or useful gem but the main aim of this book is not to teach you how to clean your home. The sole intention is help you cope with the unique psychological challenge of being a modern female with a home to keep. This book is less 'how to' and more 'why bother'. These are strategies to keep you sane. The only stain removal advice will be for the blots on your spirit. Containing quotes, humour and over 75 insights, tips, games and ideas - tailor-made to bring calm and comfort to any woman with a home to keep - Housework Blues is a virtual pick-&-mix goodie bag of housework-survival tactics, helping you cope with the (often unrecognised) mental and emotional challenge of keeping a home. This book is for you if you recognise any of the following housework blues: • Overwhelm • Injustice • Futility • No Energy • Boredom • Superiority • Inferiority • Lack of Motivation

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Kirkman Raine Books (26 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956493904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956493903
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Danielle Raine was born and raised in Yorkshire, England.

After working as home-based graphic designer and copywriter for 11 years, she developed a severe case of the Housework Blues.

This prompted her to embark on a mission, to help women everywhere cope with the mental and emotional challenge of keeping a home.

Housework Blues - A Survival Guide is her first book.

She currently lives in North Yorkshire, with her wonderful (but messy) husband and two sons.

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"I think this should be a must read on everybody's list. " --Housework Haters Club, November 2009 Housework Haters Club, November 2009

"Perhaps these are the keys to staying sane... " --TCM Reviews, September 2009 TCM Reviews, September 2009

"... what you need to cope with the repetition, the injustice, the futility and all the other mental and physical challenges of housework." --Occupation Housewife, March 2010

From the Author

After being a full-time mum and working from home for 10 years, I developed a severe case of the Housework Blues.
I couldn't find any books to help me cope with the mental and emotional challenge of keeping a home, so I embarked on a mission - to write one myself. After years of reading and researching and experimenting with different approaches, I found some truly enlightening - and simple - solutions.
Housework Blues is a collection of ideas, insights, games and fun tips that helped me make peace with my domestic demons.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed Life 7 Sep 2010
I think this book might just have changed my life. I always had a messy home, and always felt a bit of a failure as a housewife. I used to have marathon cleans before visitors came and dreaded unexpected knocks at the door. Then I bought this book and everything changed.
This book lined up all my excuses for not doing housework and shot them down one by one. The attitude change I have had since reading it has amazed both me and my husband. Anyone who would like a clean house but has trouble getting started on the housework, feels like they're too intelligent to be stuck cleaning the house, are not good enough at cleaning, or simply can't be bothered to get out the vacuum cleaner; You need this book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 7 Dec 2011
Love this book. Very motivational but from an emotional viewpoint rather than a practical one.
Which for me, worked very well as I know how to declutter and what I 'should' be doing to help
keep my house tidy but I couldn't understand why I just wasn't motivated enough. This book is
full of excellent chapters which I'm sure will touuch a nerve and raise a smile with most readers.
Even after reading just a few pages I actually wanted to get some housework that was amazing :-)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my life 14 Jun 2011
By Ducky
Format:Kindle Edition
I could really identify with the author who hates the repetition of housework and since reading her book my attitude towards it has changed completely! My house is now clean and tidy and I don't suffer from depression because I live in a negative environment any more. This book doesn't tell you about how to do the housework, that isn't the authors' intention. She motivates you and bluntly sometimes tells you to snap out of it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A uniquely vauable insght 13 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an original and potentially life-transforming book. Buy it !It has already raised my confidence and morale,and housework is no longer a bugbear.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I found this book very inspiring and find that I am a lot more organised since reading it.
Getting myself motivated has been my main problem for years
. Procrastination is my middle name!! Several "light bulb" moments occurred whilst reading the book. Once you do get on top of things you really do want to keep it that way. Most people feel uneasy around mess ,dirt and general chaos. This is in our DNA?
A quote by Lynne Mashhadi on the effects of Clutter says, "All humans desire deep down to create order out of chaos, because chaos equals instability and instability equals danger. We want to feel in control of our lives because we sense that it's essential to our survival " I think that this is very true Experiments whereby broken windows,graffiti ,abandoned rubbish etc etc are left untouched have been proved to attract more of the same. As Danielle points out,one item out of place in the kitchen is easily dealt with. When it is joined by several other dirty or misplaced objects it gets harder and harder! I am now, firmly in the habit of washing up and tidying as I go ,rather that facing utter devastation after a major cooking session!! I too have read many books on this subject but have definitely found this to be the best. Thank You Danielle!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for people as far-gone as me! 18 Dec 2010
-The books says it is not so much about the "how" to clean your home as the "why bother?" to clean your home, but I don't feel it was for people as far-gone as me! It may suit someone who needs help reconciling themselves with the fact that they already do an awful lot of housework, but I don't think it is particularly good for those who are lacking the motivation to get started or to get right into it. In my view it's more about how to reframe all this housework you're already doing as a positive thing for yourself and your family, which will doubtless suit some, but for those with a mountain to climb, it may not fit the bill. (Off to check out this FLYlady people talk about...)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 7 Feb 2011
This is a great book and without doubt one of the best books on the subject of housework that I've read so far (and I have read a few!) Danielle writes in a warm and user-friendly style and the information given is unique, and very practical. One I've recommended to my friends. Thanks Danielle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 13 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved this book as it says it how it is.Yes housework can be boring but now I just get it done using some of the tips in the book and it's great to have a tidy, organised house and done without me feeling a martyr to it. Thank you Danielle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique book
I have read a LOT of books on housework, household organization, domesticity etc and this one offers a unique perspective as it discusses attitude rather than techniques. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Auntie Judy
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical ideas and not just for housework
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. A lot of the ideas are applicable to far more than 'just' housework. For me I really identified with the concept of 'overwhelm' and now try to break... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gwen
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Any book that makes you feel positive about your life is surely worth reading. I like the quote "A house is made of walls and beams. A home is built of Love and dreams"
Published 13 months ago by Mr. Christopher A. Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent advice!!!
WOW! Each chapter was about why I didn't want to do housework!

- Overwhelm
- Futility
- No energy
- Boredom
- Inferiority
- Superiority
-... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Reader
1.0 out of 5 stars Not really a book on housework
This has to be the worst books on housework. I was thinking this book might serve as a motivational tool with some household hints and tips. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lee Peachair
5.0 out of 5 stars Written for women a good read for everyone
I really enjoyed reading this book, packed flu of tips and advice for overcoming the dreaded " I'll get round to do it someday" syndrome. Highly recommend it for everyone!
Published 18 months ago by Richard Graham
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious waffle
There are 300 pages in this book. I felt that 100 would have been more than enough. Another reviewer has referred to psycho-babble, and this just about sums it up - and... Read more
Published 18 months ago by D. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
Like other reviewers have said, this isn't a book with actual tips in the same vein as Kim & Aggie et al, however, it adds a bit of fun to the idea of housework by encouraging you... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Payal
2.0 out of 5 stars Strange psychology book
This is a very long psycho-babble book to try to get you in the right frame of mind to do housework. No tips about how to actually do it or organise your chores etc... Read more
Published 23 months ago by beckybee
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