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Simply Clean

The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day
Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
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Summary

From the cleaning and home-keeping expert and creator of the wildly popular Clean Mama blog comes a simple and accessible cleaning guide with a proven step-by-step schedule for tidying a home in just 10 minutes a day.

Becky Rapinchuk, the "Clean Mama", understands that many people don't have enough time, organizational skills, or homemaking habits to have a constantly clean and decluttered living space.

In Simply Clean, she can help you effortlessly maintain a tidy house and build habits to become a "clean person" - no matter how messy you may naturally be! Along with a 7-Day Simply Clean Kickstart and a 28-Day Simply Clean Challenge, Rapinchuk includes plans for customizing the Simply Clean Routine to fit the busiest of schedules and any type or size of home.

This guide also contains step-by-step tutorials for cleaning hard-to-clean spaces, dozens of recipes for organic, environmentally conscious cleaning supplies, and many of Rapinchuk's famous checklists, schedules, and habit trackers. It really is possible - in just 10 minutes a day, you can create a cleaner, happier home!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Becky Rapinchuk (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Content is better read than listened

Most of the content of the book is in lists, which makes for very dull listening. Though the parts that were in prose were quite pleasant and entertaining.
The lists that are included in the downloads to this book are available for free on the clean mama website, as are the cleaner recipes. Those are not included in the book downloads.
I wouldn't buy the audio book again, but I'm contemplating to buy the ebook.

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  • Natasha Smith
  • 06-08-18

Systematic—but way more than "10 minutes a day"

I was enjoying this book thoroughly when, much of the way through it, I stopped and tried to calculate how much time you would actually have to spend on a daily basis to keep up with the system. It's difficult to calculate exactly, but even in the tiny studio apartment I was living in, I knew ten minutes couldn't possibly be enough time: there are daily tasks and rotating tasks to complete each day of the week, not to mention the less-frequent tasks. I thought the idea was that once the system is in place, you're only supposed to need 10 minutes a day to keep it up. But I'd probably spend 10 minutes on a single load of laundry, and here's the rest of what you're supposed to do each day:

❏ Make beds—make your bed and teach the others in your home to make their beds, too
❏ Check floors—sweep/vacuum as needed with a broom, vacuum, or microfiber floor duster
❏ Wipe counters—wipe kitchen counters down after meals and check bathroom counters
❏ Declutter—pick up clutter during the day and in the evening
❏ Do laundry—complete one load of laundry from start to finish every day

With that said, I like the book and system overall, and I appreciate the companion PDF. While it doesn't cover splitting chores with roommates, it does give a good basis for the conversation. I'd say to expect a total of 30-60 minutes per day, depending on your preferences and the size of your place, but I mostly felt silly for believing that any system could hold up to the promise of this book.

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  • shopper
  • 22-03-17

love the content, the narrator is robot-like

Awesome routines that I'm excited to implement. I'll be starting the 7-day Kickstart today and then go on to the 28 Day program. It all seems really doable and sensible. The included checklists are awesome, just that alone is worth the price of the book. I also love that the author included the recipes for some natural cleaners and tips on cleaning different items in your house, such as coffee makers, stainless steel appliances and etc.
I want to add that this is the first book I came across on Audible where the narrator irritated me. She really sounds like a robot. Doesn't feel like she feels what she's reading, and some sentences really feel like you are on hold with an automated system. That wouldn't deter me from listening to this book again though.
I highly recommend this book and the described system.
P.S. I also bought the hard book!!!

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  • Ashley
  • 13-09-17

Great Listen!

I was concerned about purchasing a how-to book in audio format, but I loved it! Actually, an audio edition lends to the whole notion of needing speed cleaning: you probably don't have time to see and READ a book on it, either. The author's use of repetition (sharing the same ideas in multiple chapters) also made it easier to internalize and remember without print in front of me. Truth be told, I even found it to be pretty relaxing to listen to! I plan to play Simply Clean over and over.

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  • J. Bodoh
  • 05-09-18

Great content, terrible narration

I love the ideas and the pdf lists is worth the credit, but I can’t get passed the cold, robotic, disingenuous voice of the narrator. She sounds like a GPS voice which, as a person who struggles with home management, can’t relate to the authors own struggles at all. Big turn off when you’re deciding if you can commit to someone’s plan. I’ll likely buy the hard copy though because I enjoy her blog and would like to read the full story.

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  • M. Kirtland
  • 24-08-18

Better to read to physical book

This book is full of great information and following Becky's method through her website & social media has literally changed my life. Listening to the book however, is a different story. If you're in to & can retain information by listening to someone read lists, by all means buy the audio version of this book. I am not one of those people & need the physical copy.

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  • Beach Grandma
  • 12-12-17

Best cleaning book yet.

Author offers practical and doable program to keep home clean and organized. I've got my own collection of cleaning and decluttering books but this one is the best! I also like that she shares her recipes for natural cleaning products.

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  • Nellie
  • 02-10-17

The best cleaning info around!

The best cleaning book around. Covered an array of housekeeping tasks. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Dana Roby
  • 21-06-18

Helps You Put A Foolproof Plan In Place

I LOVE this book. The routine, the recipes, the fact that it’s so easy to put in place. Listening to this book in my car helped this busy new Mama put Clean Mama’s plan into practice. Highly recommend!

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  • Propel
  • 24-10-18

simple and straightforward

I have been reading books like this for 30 years and have found some really good tips and ideas from this book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-11-19

Nothing new and annoying

This was the hardest cleaning book to finish. I have listen to and read scores of cleaning books over the last 10 years. Overall the content is nothing new, is very matter of fact, and list oriented. Oh the lists! If you lack emotion and are a perfectionist who doesn't like to socialize with others, with a lot of time on your hands, this is the book for you. If you read for information, but also human insight into the personal struggles and mistakes of the author this is book is not for you. If your looking for a book that delves into the emotions and mental processes that may prevent you from cleaning like depression, anxiety, trauma, guilt, or fatigue from working long hours, dont bother listening to this book. If you like simple, practical solutions or habit stacking, you probably wont like this book either. As an aside, I didnt like the snobby, condescending aire in the performer's voice.