Harvest House Publishers
I love to read anything new on the market about aspects of time management. As such, with no qualms about gender roles, I eagerly grabbed up Mindy Starns Clark's book, The House That Cleans Itself. Reading it was time well spent, for the book has great game plans for household organization, use of the computer to keep better records, engaging the whole family in the cleaning process, and sustaining a clutter-free environment.
In a closing chapter titled "My Journey to Clean," Clark confesses that her mother, although a wonderful person, was not the world's greatest housekeeper. And, consequently, she didn't teach Clark much in regard to housekeeping, which resulted in a messy, dirty, disorganized home by the time Clark's kids were teens. To overcome this disaster, Clark started to study the ways professional housekeepers cleaned house. However, she also studied the way families lived and used a home. Additionally, she re-evaluated her biblical role as helpmeet and parent. Combining all of this information helped her develop a system of household organization that provided good health, safety, aesthetically pleasing decors, and functionality. These are the methods she explains in her book.
There are some specific aspects of this book that will particularly appeal to female readers. For one thing, there are sidebars filled with funny, true-life incidents told by women (and a few men) who admit they have not always been the best housekeepers. My favorite is a vignette about a woman who helped her husband run their dairy farm and, thus, cleaning the house ranked second to other chores. One day the county health inspectors showed up at her door, and she was immediately convinced they were there to condemn her home. Fortunately, they were only there to check the quality of the well water.
Another good aspect of this book is its emphasis on "spiritual" house cleaning (Proverbs 24:3-4). One chapter explains the value of having a place in the home just for prayer, meditation and devotions, and how to create such an area. Each chapter in the book begins with a quote from the Bible, and there are references to biblical principles throughout the text. This is not one of those books that is written and then "a bit of Bible" is tacked on at the end. This is written by a woman who knows her work and her Scripture. Even reading one chapter as time permits will do wonders to put people on the right track for creating a more wholesome living environment. – Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, Christian Book Previews.com
The House That Cleans Itself is a true housekeeping guide for the housekeeping–impaired! It boldly takes on the reasons behind chronic messiness and why ordinary home–organization books won’t work. Using the methods of “horizontal thinking,” this book teaches readers how to set up a home so efficiently and logically that it seems to clean itself.
More than a how–to book, The House That Cleans Itself also looks at what God has to say about cleanliness and order, and how He can inspire order in every reader’s life in a fresh and unique way. For added fun, some of the tips Mindy uses come from research for her popular novels, The Trouble with Tulip, Blind Dates Can Be Murder, and Elementary, My Dear Watkins.