3 Books That Will Help You Clean Your Home Better and Faster
It’s that time of year.
As in spring cleaning.
Your home has been closed up all winter. And it's so pleasant to throw open the windows, feel the fresh air waft through your home, and give your home a thorough cleaning.
But cleaning isn’t exactly fun. Even when you do like the finished product.
There are probably lots of other things you’d rather do. Like, read a book. Or listen to a book. Or write a book.
Or maybe you never learned the proper way to clean, and it feels like all you do is move dirt from one place to another. That’s definitely not fun.
Well, I’ve got three books here to help you with your house cleaning problems. While all three are about cleaning, they each have something different to offer, so read on to see which one suits you.
Clean My Space: The Secret to Cleaning Better, Faster—and Loving Your Home Every Day by Melissa Maker
This is THE book you want if you’ve ever wanted to know the proper way to clean…well, anything. Clean My Space teaches you how to clean everything from windows to carpets to toasters.
But this book doesn’t just offer instruction. Melissa also has something she calls PTT—best products, tools, and techniques. It’s the idea that to do the job in the shortest amount of time possible, with the least effort, and the best results, you need the proper tools. So she shares recipes for homemade products, the best products to buy if you don’t want to make them, which tools you must have on hand, and finally the techniques.
The techniques are where the book really shines. You get very detailed cleaning instruction. Melissa doesn’t just tell you to clean the windows. She gives you specific direction on the proper way to do it so that you end up with clear, streak-free windows that sparkle. There are even illustrations that show you exactly what to do.
If you want cleaning instruction, Clean My Space is the book you need.
If you’ve got a good handle on how to clean, but systems and routines are where you struggle, you need Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful In Just 10 Minutes a Day by Becky Rapinchuk.
Simply Clean will teach you the routines you need to get your cleaning done. These routines are based on daily, weekly, and monthly or rotating tasks.
To get you started, Becky leads you through a week-long practice called the 7-Day Clean Kick Start. This gives you “quick success with minimal effort.”
Then she moves you to a 28-Day Simply Clean Challenge. This is where you “take care of the messes and clutter spots that remain.”
The best part of this book is all the checklists Becky offers. The book is full of them, which is handy if you want a visual listing of what to clean and when. You can use them exactly as written or adapt them to suit your home and lifestyle.
If your cleaning methods and routines are in shape, but you need motivation, the beautiful photography in The Complete Book of Clean by Toni Hammersley will do the trick.
While The Complete Book of Clean has some cleaning instruction, it’s not as extensive as what you’ll find in Clean My Space. And it does offer checklists, but they aren’t as robust on the lists in Simply Clean.
No, where this book stands out, is its beautiful photography. Beautiful! Every page has gorgeous visuals of clean, bright, airy spaces that will make you itch to get up and start cleaning your home. It’s like eye candy for homemaking.
Spring cleaning your house can be an exciting adventure or an overwhelming project. But the reward of having a home that is fresh and clean, a haven from the world outside is worth investing some time and effort.
While these three books have different strengths, you can’t go wrong by including any or all of them in your home reference library.
Clean My Space will teach you how to get everything in your home sparkling clean.
Simply Clean will help you create systems and routines for keeping your house clean and tidy.
And The Complete Book of Clean will motivate and inspire you with its beautiful photography.
All of these books are available at Amazon or wherever books are sold. You might also find them at your local library.