My very good (Facebook) friend Sheila Chandra (she doesn’t know me from Adam) asked me to write a pre-release review of her first book for Amazon (I asked her and she said OK). I’ll be posting the proper review (when I’ve written it) on March 4th. Initially I was more excited to be doing something for Sheila (Grange Hill, Monsoon, Ancient Beatbox, The Imagined Village, etc) Chandra than I was about reading a self help book on domestic management… but in truth it’s a revealing and entertaining look at how we organise our homes and posessions and how a few simple changes can greatly improve your self-esteem and help you live a more fulfilled life.
The main thrust of Banish Clutter Forever – How The Toothbrush Principle Will Change Your Life is to help people whose lack of organisation is stressful to them. That’s most people to a degree I think. It’s not about being clean and tidy per se – it’s not a Kim & Aggie or a Changing Rooms style book. It’s about what works for you, not necessarily what will impress your guests. It helps you look at how you use your home and the things in it to make life easier, become more efficient and consequently achieve more so that you can feel better about yourself. It describes simple procedures to achieve this. It’s also written in a cheerful and kindly tone, with some personal anecdotes scattered along the way. Particularly helpful for creative people, especially those working from home, especially those who have had their work/home system challenged by the arrival of children – like us. I think I’m a reasonably organised person (nurture rather than nature), the book helped me to understand what mental process I’m going through, why I do what I do and gives advice on improving things. There’s no heavy psychological jargon – it’s in plain English. It explains how to get rid of your domestic baggage and consequently the emotional type, how to make decisions and re-asses your habitat so that it better reflects who you are and supports you in your daily life(s). I think it’s available at Amazon.co.uk from March 4th.