My computer’s desktop is cluttered with documents, and my fridge needs to be cleaned out. I’ve pulled far too many late nights the past few weeks, and I’m looking forward to some much-needed quality time with my family this weekend. All this is rather ironic, to be honest.
It’s ironic because today I’m releasing my first ebook, and my home has been on the backburner while I finalize its details. And the irony lies in the fact that it’s a book about decluttering, cleaning, and organizing. Laugh with me, will you?
I love to declutter. This makes me a nerd, I understand, but it’s still a task I truly enjoy. It’s cathartic to go through the stack of papers on my desk and get rid of all I no longer need. It’s freeing to sort through my closet, and pillage the contents I no longer wear for charity. When I was in college, I loved the last day of class, when I could strip my notebooks clean of jots and twiddles I no longer needed.
This rather unusual recreation came in very handy when we moved overseas, and we needed to whittle down our possessions as much as possible. And then I started this humble blog when I realized I had more thoughts than I knew what to do with on keeping a decluttered home and living a simple life.
So now, I’m releasing my new ebook, Spring Cleaning for Normal People: The Simple Mom Guide to a Decluttered Home (Any Time of Year). It’s a fun, easy-to-read guide for overhauling your home in around 10 days. It involves a simple declutter-clean-organize rhythm of injecting new life into your home, giving you room to stretch your legs and breathe again in your own abode. And I’m selling it for $7.
It won’t permanently clean your house, thus ending your career as a home manager.
It doesn’t bring you a live-in maid.
But it does give you a little encouragement when you want to add more square-footage to your home without hiring a contractor.
I’ll cut to the chase and tell you what’s inside:
• Part One: Stuff – A short essay about our consumer culture, and the headache behind having too much of it.
• Part Two: A 10-part guide to spring cleaning your home – decluttering, cleaning, and organizing all the main rooms of your house. Included are:
- checklists for each room
- printable templates to inventory your food, your clothing – anything you like
- a daily game plan to keep you motivated and encouraged
- recipes for making your own natural household cleaners
- reflection questions to get you thinking about the why behind home keeping
- ideas for future projects when you’re in a “diy” mood
This 68-page, instantly downloadable book works beautifully in a Home Management Notebook, and you can print the checklists and templates as often as you need them. In short, this is meant to be an encouraging, helpful guide to kick-start your goal of a simpler home.
Here’s what a few readers have said so far:
“Simple Mom’s spring cleaning guide is a gem for home managers. I think that the skill of cleaning well is being lost (at least, it has been for me!), and her guide is a simple and helpful primer for those of us who have a few things to learn about the subject. Best of all, she makes a normally overwhelming task seem lighthearted and manageable. I’m definitely planning to implement several of her tips into my own household.”
-Shannon from Rocks in My Dryer
“The forms provided are great and I am loving everything about it. It makes me want to clean, and that is not an easy task.”
- Amy from Mom Advice
“An excellent spring cleaning guide that is completely realistic. It’s about making your home a place you can enjoy living in – not turning your life upside down to have a clean home.”
– Rachel from Small Notebook
“I’m finding out that once you start to reclaim *surfaces* – beautiful, bare, dust-free, uncluttered, wood surfaces - it is inspiring and even addictive! … And the gleaming dark wood made me want to see our other surfaces bare, too, so I have plowed right on with filling up boxes to give and sell. I know this may sound cheesy, but I feel like I can breathe again, when I look around and see empty table-tops!”
- Sarah, co-creator of Pear Budget and stay-at-home mom of 3
Here’s a few free screenshots of what’s inside:
(Edited to add: When you buy the book, the download link will come to you through an email from a third-party vendor called E-junkie. And if you choose to pay by echeck, it will wait to send you the link until it clears.)
And as always, the Daily Dockets, Weekly Checklists, Grocery Lists, and Preschooler’s Chore Charts are completely free and can be downloaded here.
Check back on Simple Mom next week for thoughts on organizing your photos, a menu plan for September, and my latest dilemma on productivity – online, paper, or both?
Alright, I’m off to clear off my desktop, and then I think I’ll break out Candy Land for a quick game with my daughter.