Updated to add: This giveaway is now over. The winners are #250, #116 and #230. Congrats!
Well this shouldn’t come as a shock to most of you but I really hate to clean and yes there is a HUGE difference between cleaning and organizing. So while I’m your girl for helpful organizing tips I am most definitely not your girl for helpful cleaning tips. I mean, don’t get me wrong, my house doesn’t look too bad (thanks to minimal clutter to help reduce cleaning time and kids that are pretty good at getting their chores done) but I could always use some help in this area.
Today I’d like to introduce someone who knows all about the ins and outs of not only cleaning but other valuable skills for everyday living. Heather Solos started her blog, Home-Ec 101, in 2007 which is originally how we met but we finally got to meet in person at Blissdom Canada last year which was very cool. Heather also just released a book based on her blog called, Home-Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living – Cook it, Clean it, Fix it, Wash it. She is a smarty pants for sure. I’m in awe of her knowledge of all things domesticated and her desire to help teach others such valuable skills for real life. I also really enjoy her entertaining sarcastic humor.
Throughout Heather’s 240 page book you’ll find information on all things to do with cleaning, washing, scrubbing, fixing, dusting, organizing, plumbing and cooking. Seriously it is FULL of answers for so many common household dilemmas and problems that are super quick to find too because she’s got the book broken down into four easy to refer to sections (so important!).
Section 1: Clean It – help for all your cleaning challenges
Section 2: Wash It – help for all your laundry challenges
Section 3: Fix It – handyman (girl) help for common household challenges
Section 4: Cook It – help in the kitchen including tips on menu planning (which she says isn’t just for control freaks..hahaha!)
So one of my household challenges? Mini blinds. Yuck! Our new house has them and I can’t afford to replace them. So I looked up blinds in the detailed index in the back, turned to page 71 and now know that the easiest way to get those suckers clean is just to take them down and soak them in the bathtub with some dish soap. And yes I tried to clean each slat one by one (talk about a painful messy experience!) before I read that little piece of wisdom. I told you I need help!
Anyway this is a great book to pick up for inspiration for yourself or for a shower gift or even as a graduation gift for that teen in your life.
Also available for Kindle!
In addition to the book I received to review, I also have THREE to giveaway as well. Simply leave a comment on this post, prior to Wednesday, May 4th at 2:00 pm EST, telling me one of your own household cleaning challenges. No other hoops to jump through :)