Life's Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets

Life's Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets

Your Ultimate Guide to Domestic Liberation

eBook - 2013
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In the tradition of Erma Bombeck and Peg Bracken, author Lisa Quinn—Emmy Award-winning television host and recovering Marthaholic—gets real on the follies of housekeeping. Life's Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets is a crash course in Slacker Chic 101 that will have over-extended women everywhere laughing out loud and throwing in the towel—the dish towel, that is. Full of shortcuts and tricks for cleaning, decor, and entertaining, such as: the top 10 things you have to clean if you have company coming in 30 minutes; interior finishes that hide the most dirt; 17 meals made from a deli chicken; and much more, this wickedly funny guide helps women create the life they want without all the hard labor—and without compromising style.
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9780811879880

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Safariluv03
Jul 28, 2012

Sadly, I did not enjoy this book at all. I expected something light with a few helpful tips for making life simpler but it wasn't that at all.
The ideas were pretty ludicrous, such as: "just ball up all your linens and toss them in the linen closet because they're going to get wrinkled anyway"
To me that isn't really a time saver, it's just laziness and postponing the stress for later when you go to get something out of the closet and it's a big wad of mess. Sometimes being organized is worth the hassle.
Also, I don't have kids but I strongly disagreed with what she suggested about raising your children. For one thing she says to have the older kids (around 8 years old and up) make the younger kids lunches, amongst a slew of other chores. I'm all for some light chores for a child but it shouldn't be up to them to care for your younger ones. You made them, you take care of them.
A kid should be allowed to just be a kid and enjoy that precious time before they're paying bills and running errands.
She also suggests that you refuse to let your child have any birthday presents because it's all junk that clutters up your house and vice versa, don't make goodie bags because it's junk that clutters up other Mother's houses. Why even have kids if you're going to do this? What kid doesn't love getting spoiled with presents on their birthday? And what do we say instead?
"Sorry Billy, but Mommy doesn't feel like cleaning up, so no presents for you."
I think if this is your mind frame then you should just not have kids. Why not do a big spring cleaning of their toys a couple weeks before their birthday to make some room instead of banning new toys?
Anyways, maybe I'm loopy but this book was just pages of obvious suggestions, laziness and down right cruelty in my opinion.

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Cecilturtle
Feb 19, 2012

This book has one big advantage: it has a lot of pizzazz! Quinn, despite the occasional vulgarity, looks at housework with humour, determination and a positive outlook: it does not have to take up all the spare time, it can be ingenious and it can be fun. Unfortunately, I didn't learn much, probably because I've always been a lousy homemaker and I've discovered all the shortcuts long ago - as a matter of fact, I've downsized even more (forget parties for children - that's what Laser Quest is for; and table decorations just take away from valuable food real estate). I'm a little skeptical of some of her solutions too: salt to preserve cheese (in my hometown in France, I'm pretty sure that would cause a fight or two) and if can't pair your wines with your dishes, go see the sommelier at your nearest wine store; don't guess (you may not care, but your guests might)! I can't imagine that newspaper as a table cloth is of much use either.
A light hearted read, but not very instructive.

Scooteriffic May 06, 2011

Chances are if I had kids I would have given this 5 stars. Realistic and down to earth ideas. Especially love that she has done design for HGTV and lets us in that it is duct tape that holds most of those photo shoots together!

kat81 Oct 25, 2010

nothing revolutionary...

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