Saturday, April 12, 2014

Why Cleaning has Meaning - Review

Why Cleaning has Meaning: Bringing Wellbeing Into Your Home by Linda Thomas

Rating: 2 Stars

Description:  A detailed and deeper look into cleaning.  The author explores cultural, religious and psychological reasons for cleaning other than just getting rid of dust.

Genre: Self-help 

My Impression:  I'm reasonably neat but I don't really enjoy cleaning.  My husband is a major neat freak and so I was hoping this book would inspire me to find a little more enjoyment or purpose in cleaning for his sake. While I thought a lot of the information was interesting - especially the cleaning rituals and reasons in other cultures - the book just felt cumbersome.  While I liked the basic message about cleaning being important that feels like the only message.  This leads to a lot of repetition and the feeling kind of like reading in circles.   I admire the author for her research and for the tenacity in getting her business off the ground but I didn't really enjoy the book.  It felt a little like reading someone's thesis paper.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: I'd read an article by her but probably not a full length book.

Would I Recommend this Book?:  No


  1. It's too bad this wasn't better. I am not a huge fan of cleaning, but I find that once I'm in the middle of cleaning, I actually find myself feeling happier. I am not sure why. Of course, the best feeling comes when the house is all clean. That lasts for what? Five seconds? LOL

    1. I was definitely hoping for more from this one. The main reason I get frustrated with cleaning is because of that 5 second thing! Everything looks clean and shiny and then the dog or a kid comes through and bam - right back where we started. I prefer cooking because at least there's an end result!