Just one look at this bright green cover with the author’s face gently smiling up at me, made me hopeful that this would be a book that I could learn from. A book that I would find myself frequently pulling off the shelf, to remind myself of tricks and tips… like my own personal cleaning guru, in book form. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Home: No-nonsense advice that will inspire you to clean like the Dickens, by Mrs. Thelma A. Meyer herself is that exact book.
When I opened its pages, I half expected a fresh lemony scent to come wafting out, but instead I found something else I love– lists. Lots of them. Yippee! This book devotes separate chapters to individual areas of your home, and each chapter begins with a list of cleaning tools and products to keep on hand to tackle the needs of the particular area. In addition, Mrs. Meyer has helpfully combined all the suggested items and products into a master list in the beginning of the book as well. If that weren’t enough, there are also suggested timetables for the major cleaning jobs that we often forget about… or maybe that’s just me. Either way, it’s all here- Spring cleaning, Fall Cleaning, daily, weekly, monthly time lines. As I read through this book, I almost wished that I could bring Mrs. Meyer into my own home for a while, if only to get me caught up!
Interspersed throughout the cleaning information are tidbits of advice that made me feel like my own grandmother was speaking to me, sharing her experiences about raising children, caring for a family and keeping it all together as the master of the household responsibilities. While I might not have necessarily agreed personally with all of her advice (I can’t see making my bedroom a 100% child-free zone, since that would eliminate our Saturday morning snuggle times!), I could take it all with a grain of salt (which, incidentally, is something that also has many cleaning applications… who knew?) I recently discovered that there is an entire line of cleaning products that bear the Mrs. Meyer name, but to the credit of the author, this book never promoted her products at all. If anything, she most often gave cleaning advice that involves simple items like baking soda, vinegar, dishwashing liquid and lemon juice.
At my home, we will soon be tackling several home improvement jobs that have been put on hold for a while, but I know that as soon as the spackle dust clears, I’ll be compiling my Spring Cleaning lists and consulting Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Home for guidance.
Dawn has a whole lot of books she needs to go dust now. When she’s not cleaning (like the Dickens or otherwise), she can be found blogging away at my thoughts exactly.
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I need a clean guru too, because this is the work I always put last, I’d rather do anything but! (Which is to say that I prefer intellectual pursuits!)
Beth Davis says
Yeah for lists!
With 4 boys under 6 I NEED to win this! 😀
Sue W. says
Without a doubt, I hate to clean so this book just might give me some great insights into how to do it. I would love to win it.
Everybody could use a little help, hope I win!
I know a few teenagers that could read this book and maybe get inspired. lol
Kristinia aka Loving Heart Mommy says
I love cleaning and this book would help me out I believe!
Neat book :)! Please enter me. Thanks!
Teresa Baker says
Please pick me! I know this is strange, but I really enjoy cleaning my home and taking care of my family. However, being a working mom, my time at home is limited. I am sure I could do it in a more efficient and effective way. Thank you for considering me! 🙂
I think this is a book I could really use!!!
Please count me in! I would love to win a copy of this. My Mom took mine 🙂 Thanks for the chance!
I would love to win this book, for sure!!
Amy Bradshaw says
Oh goodness I could use this for sure! lol
Jen N says
I love new tips for keeping this house clean!!!
Thanks for the giveaways!
I do SO much better with my days if I take the time to make lists. Sounds like a great fit!
Julie Smith says
My daughter is always asking me how I keep the house organized, but I used Flylady to help me get out of my slobby ways and she says she just can’t get into the swing of it. I think the lists mentioned in this book would be just the ticket for her .. she can start with just ONE room and start a routine there, then move on to the next.
I think I might need this book! I have lots to learn in the cleaning department!