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10-minute Housekeeping: Hundreds of Easy Tips to Clean and Straighten Every Room of Your House - Even When You Don't Have Time Paperback – 2 Feb 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press (2 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592331777
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592331772
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,116,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Had some one told me this was a spoof-cleaning book, prior to reading it I would still believe them.

Some of the tips are laughable, such as keeping a stack of freshly laundered table cloths, to stick over a pile of junk to disguise it when visitors come round, I killed myself laughing about that one.

It did however make me feel a lot better, about the mess.

This book did have some good advise about prioritising your cleaning and saving time in general. But to be honest, I would stick to Kim and Aggies book. Sorry if I cannot be more positive than that.
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Format: Paperback
Don't buy this book. It is truly ridiculous that someone actually published this collection of common sense knowledge. A bit of a catching title and you would be tempted to think real help lies between the pages, but honestly it's not worth even reading this review this far.
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This little book covers cleaning all areas of the house but there's nothing here you wouldn't have thought of as common sense, like make your bed every day. Some of the tips create work such as, put decorative pillows on the bed to make it look better. Pity as it could have been a useful book to dip into.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 10 minutes goes a long way!! 3 May 2007
By books & shoes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I really liked this little book! Right off, the author assures us that she was completely like the rest of us who have a million responsibilities and never have time to clean, who have coffee mugs piling up on their nightstand, and whose family has to steal or fight for clean socks in the morning. The fact that these tips weren't coming from some cleaning guru fanatic was comforting. The format and style is easy to read, like a girlfriend sharing housekeeping secrets and very much to the point. I could easily pick the book up at any time and read a number of tips in a minute or two. There are several helpful tips on using common household products (vinegar, fabric softener sheets, etc.) as well as time-saving shortcuts to get the job done.

What I most enjoyed was how the author wanted you to know that it's okay if you don't have time to clean the entire house (or room for that matter) or if you don't have the right cleaning supplies for a particular job, do what you can when you can and work with what you've got! Just do the 10 minutes! As soon as I started reading this book, I applied the principals to my horrifically and perpetually messy house and had it looking clean and organized within 3 days (HUGE feat in my house and might I add, in 10 min increments)! Before I even finished the book!

If you've got a handle on cleaning and are looking to learn some new tricks, this book has some of those. But if you're like me and can't seem to get a grip on your housekeeping, then I'd have to say this book is excellent!!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars When you need to go a bit deeper into cleaning 23 Aug. 2007
By Mary Jane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is filled with tips. It does not tell you step-by-step how to get a room clean, as does so well the magnificent "Speed Cleaning" by professional cleaner Jeff Cambell. So, as a companion to Speed Cleaning, 10-minute Housekeeping is like the frosting to the cake (the cake being Speed Cleaning).

It takles specific problems: pleated lampshades (baby hairbrush), inside of microwave (water with white vinegar on high setting), stainless steel appliences (waterless hand sanitizer), and many more. I found about 10 tips to be usefull to me.

But, since what I needed was a detailed plan of speedy weekly cleaning, I give this book only 3 stars. Its a good book to have once you have the basics down.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic Tips For Light Housekeeping 24 Jan. 2011
By Books and Chocolate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a good book of basic cleaning and housekeeping tips to make maintaining an orderly home easier by breaking up bigger projects into smaller 10-minute tasks anyone can manage. The author does a good job helping the reader set realistic goals and encourages him or her that no house will ever be completely clean all the time. The goal isn't perfection, it's to keep everything reasonably clean and orderly by tackling jobs one small step at a time. For example, instead of putting off cleaning the living room because you doesn't have the time, take 10 minutes to wipe off windowsills or lampshades and dust the furniture later.

Kennedy also gives good tips for what kinds of cleaning supplies to use and addresses specific cleaning challenges such as removing crayon marks from walls, covering scuff marks on furniture, or keeping wicker furniture clean. Most of the ideas aren't new and this isn't a how-to book for deep cleaning a home, but it's a good reference for the smaller jobs.

I was given a copy of this book for review by the publisher but the opinion of it is mine and wasn't solicited. If I didn't like it, I would say so.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick cleaning tips 25 July 2010
By Sylvia E Dunlop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I love these ten minute book because they are quick, easy reference books. I can either read it over and over again to refresh my memory ... or just look up what I need when I need it. For example cleaning cement with bleach.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great tips 15 Oct. 2013
By M. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchasd this book once when it was on sale and I needed to spend just a little bit more to get free shipping (before I had Amazon Prime). I had no expectations for the book, and wasn't even sure if I would look at it at all. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed the tips presented. It's nothing new and drastically life changing, but it is nice to have a lot of tips together in one place!
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