Housework Blues : How to cope with the mental and emotional challenge of keeping a home by Danielle Raine addresses an issue I have been experiencing all my adult life. I have it everyday. It effects me everyday and it make me feel a little bit rubbish about myself, every single day. Time to be addressed? Absolutely.
Housework Blues tackles our sorry, despairing, sad, often hate filled relationship with domestic tasks. Okay I know this isn’t everyones relationship with their house keeping but I know if your reading this review it’s probably becuase you identify with this issue at least a little.
This isn’t a book of household tips and tricks although it does contain a few pearls…No, it is about tackling your blocks. I identified most with the section on motivation (my lack of) and Danielle soon whipped me into shape. She writes very intelligently drawing on philosphy, psychology, reseach, religion, literature and on her own battle with these issues. She told me to focus on the end results not the job in hand. A serene home is a great motivator. She also talked about rewards. Today I cleaned the bathroom floor (properly!) my reward was 4 gold choclate coins and a big cup of tea and a phone call to my best friend. Whislt doing it I visualised how fabulous it would feel too finally have done it and how lovely it would look when my guests came. Both worked…I actually did it!!
Danielle also considers blocks to housework in chapters dedicated to feeling
overwhelmed, injustice, futility, no energy, boredom, inferiority and superiority and lack of motivation. Yep she covers it all and suggets lots of stratergies to overcome and sound reasons such as good health and pride to encourage you through. A brilliant much needed book!
Danielle has very kindly given us a copy of Housework Blues to giveaway to the lucky winner. 2 runners up will get the ebook version. All I ask from you is to share your most favourite part of housework. (keeping it positive here!)
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Only one entry per person
The winners wil be picked at random on November 5th