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Anyone do this program?

Got the book today from the library on a whim, and it sounds good. Do-able. No lists or trying to change behavior - just changing your house.

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Haven't heard of this.
I'm interested to hear how it goes.

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I would love to read this book.
Just did a search though and there are no libraries in my county that have it.
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I had a look at the website and you could read the first chapter, it got me intrigued, so I have ordered the book on amazon!

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I like that rather than forcing a bunch of new habits, you go through and figure out what your family's habits are regarding why your house is in the state it is in and make changes to the house so that you don't have to really change your habits. For example, one change I've made: shoes are kicked off as soon as we enter the house and no one ever put them on the shoe shelf or took them to their room. They are just kicked around willy nilly. I've put a basket by the door (old laundry basket--will replace with a cute wicker basket when I get the money). Viola! Now shoes go into the basket. True we have to dig through to get matching pairs, but at least we know where they are. No more hunting through the house to find shoes.

The hardest part is pre-step one: where you just let the house go, if it isn't messy when you start, so that you can see what the messy habits are. Drives most people insane and invariably, your MIL will plan to visit while you are doing that.
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Drives most people insane and invariably, your MIL will plan to visit while you are doing that.

headed to amazon to investigate this right now! I *have* to figure out more ways to streamline, and since I don't have a house elf... it seems I've purged ad infinitum already but I'm still not where I want to be. I wonder if meals will cook themselves, too??

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this works in a lot of ways, but some retraining is often necessary. my husband loved using hooks for his clothes while we were in scandinavia, so we got hooks when we got home. he didn't use them (i did). he would dumb his clothes on the floor *beneath* the hooks. so, i put a laundry basket there, and he would put his clothes *next to* the laundry basket that was under the hooks. honestly, i finally told him "Hang your D*** clothes!" and now he does, but it took about 4 years.

and even today, i'll still find *some* clothes on the floor *beneath* the hooks.

but otherwise, it's absolutely true. if you have things organized according to your habits, it will be cleaner.
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After reading the preview on Amazon the first thing that came to my mind was the dirty clothes in my DD room. She puts her dirty clothes in a corner of her room and has been telling me she needs a laundry basket there. I keep telling her to put her clothes with everyone else's outside the bathroom. Of course, she forgets and I end up having to remind her after gathering the pile from her room (she's 7). I guess I should break down and get her a laundry basket!

I like the premise. Just put it on hold at my library. I'll report back once I've read it and given it a try. We are pretty minimal in owning stuff but we definitely have some cluttered zones. Maybe this will help.

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