Author: Katrina Springer
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Publication Date: 13 September 2022
Format: eBook - PDF
Source: eARC from Publisher
Katrina Springer's mission is to find calm amid the chaos of everyday life. On her wildly successful blog, The Organised Housewife, she shows her million+ followers how to keep their homes and families organised. Through her simple, easy-to-follow tips and ideas, Kat demonstrates how to develop routines and schedules to keep your home clean - and your mind clear.
In The Clean Home, Kat's aim is to help those who feel overwhelmed by their mess, giving them step-by-step processes to clean their homes and enjoy the spaces they live in. Using the motto 'imperfectly perfect is good enough', Kat's wisdom and practical approach will help make life simpler and tidier.
I have been subscribed to Kat's newsletter and have followed her on Instagram from a while, so I was interested to see what her book would be like. She opens by discussing her theory of "imperfectly perfect is good enough" and mentions that different households will have different requirements. However, that didn't stop me from feeling intimidated as I read through the pages. If I tried to do the tasks she does to the same schedule, my barely stolen 5.5 hours of sleep a night would drop to 4.5 hours! Granted, our household situations are very different, but I still felt stressed and guilty with the sudden thought that I am not doing enough, even though I clean regularly. The book therefore had a slightly negative impact on me, but that doesn't mean it will be the same for all readers. I already have a cleaning schedule in place, even if it's not at Kat's level, and I already follow her advice with regards to meal planning. The people I think this book would be most helpful to are those newly living alone/with a new partner or who've recently added to their family and who are struggling to establish a routine to keep on top of their cleaning. In that regard, I think Kat has some wonderful advice to offer. Likewise, if you struggle with grocery expenses and often have difficulty deciding what to cook each night, following her meal planning/pantry suggestions would likely be of help. Overall, I would give this book four stars. The layout is good, the information clearly presented, and there are plenty of excellent tips in it, but it's going to suit certain people more than others, and approach it in the knowledge that it might make you feel momentary horror when you compare Kat's routine to your own.
I received this book as a free eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.