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I don’t actually know what semi-retirement is, but it sounds like a good description for what’s happening with 28 Days to Hope for Your Home, which was the first e-book I released back in 2012.
I wrote it after MANY requests to develop a deslobification guide which people could follow to help them start getting their homes under control. I resisted writing it for a VERY long time. I thought I knew what people wanted. I assumed they were like me (before the blog) and wanted a guide to getting their homes perfect and keeping them that way forever. And always. Until the end of time.
I knew I couldn’t provide that. I was just a slob, trudging her way through her own home, making real progress and seeing real change, but also realizing perfection was never going to happen.
But then, one day, it hit me. I couldn’t tell people how to have a perfect home, but I could totally teach them how to have hope. How to get to a point where they no longer feel overwhelmed. Where they can look around their home and say, “OK. I think I can do this.”
So one Sunday afternoon, I started writing. As this Deslobification Guide took shape, it naturally fell into a day-by-day guide, starting at the most basic of basic tasks, the dishes.
So unglamorous, but it was the same path I took when I started my own journey. With each week, I added a new task to be learned and implemented in a way that prevents the feelings of overwhelm and despair that people like me are prone to when it comes to totally boring, day after day after day stuff that we want to ignore in favor of big, dramatic projects with snazzy results.
But ignoring the daily stuff is what gets us into the state of despair. Doing the daily stuff is what provides hope. And brings traction.
So I released the e-book, petrified people would hate it. In my sales page, I gave all the reasons why someone SHOULDN’T buy it. But people did. And the vast majority (like 99.9%) didn’t hate it. And I was reminded once again that I really am not the only person in the world to whom this stuff doesn’t come naturally.
And that little e-book I didn’t want to write keeps on selling and people keep on emailing me to say the habits in it have changed their home, and have given them hope.
But on Monday, February 29th, it’s coming down. Not because it doesn’t work anymore (doing the dishes will ALWAYS work, unfortunately there isn’t a better way), but because it will be included as an appendix to my traditionally published book, How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing With Your House’s Dirty Little Secrets, which will be released on November 8th of this year.
So I wanted to be sure you receive fair warning that for NINE months (three months longer than I was originally told), it will be unavailable. Not that you can’t do your dishes, and find all of the information here on the blog and get started finding hope for your home without it. But if you want a step-by-step guide and don’t have this yet, get it now or wait until November.
But still, read all the reasons why you shouldn’t buy it. Because it’s still definitely not for the mildly disorganized.
Go here to purchase. (Or think about purchasing.)--Nony
I bought the double e-book the other day, and made it a goal to do the things every evening. Just *yesterday* we got the table clear, so I had dishes, counter, table, and sweeping going. Today, my friend called at 7pm and asked if she and her family could bring pie, and we could all eat some pie together, at 7:30. I looked around–the table was clear, there were enough clean dishes and utensils, and the kitchen was not a total embarrassment. We were able to have company over without a panicked half hour of cleaning! In fact, we all sat down together and watched a fun TV program, as we had planned before the phone call came! And then our friends came and we all sat around the clean table and had pie. It totally worked!!