A while back I decided that I was going to start reading at least one book every month and the books that I would read would be books that are meant to help me grow as person or as a blogger, and then I would share my thoughts on these books with my readers in hopes that you can grow as well. Some books I find are great while others are a waste of time. Today’s review of Having a Martha Home the Mary Way: 31 Days to a Clean House and a Satisfied Soul is right in the middle.
First I have to say that maybe I should have done a little more research on this one. I had seen a few reviews of this book and thought that it would be great because I am horrible at keeping my house clean and organized. One thing I didn’t realize is that this is a book full of devotions, which is fine. How this book works is that there are 31 days and 31 chapters that involve cleaning. The idea is that you have weekends off, Saturdays are to catch up if needed and Sundays are off, but the book just goes through 31 days of cleaning tasks, so you have to decide which areas you don’t need to clean so you can take time off, if you want. Each day there is a bible verse that you read and refect on with a cleaning task that follows.
I love that this book has devotions and such every day. It helps you to read your bible and relate keeping your house clean and family healthy to your service to God. Personally, this is the only part that I liked about this book, and I have several issues with the structure of this book.
The biggest issue I have with this book is that it takes what I consider to be an old fashioned view of things. For example, most of the book is about how you as a woman and a wife are in service to your husband and God. Personally, I do serve God, but I do not live to serve my husband, we live to serve each other. My husband doesn’t expect me to do everything and he does help me out, but this book takes the approach that the wife does all the housework.
The next issue I have with this book is that many times it take 2-3 days to clean one room. For example, you will clean the bathroom one day and the next day you organize the bathroom and get rid of anything that you don’t need. Personally, I just do this when I am cleaning the bathroom anyway, so I only take one day to do the whole bathroom. Many times it also takes 2 days to clean bedrooms because you clean the bedroom one day and the closet the next. Again, this is a waste to me and I just do the closet the same day because they are not that big.
Lastly, I don’t like that this book is geared mostly towards stay-at-home moms. Personally I thought this book would help me develop a cleaning routine that I could stick to. I was able to come up with a routine that works for me, but I don’t follow this book (I will share my routine with you later this month). This book would be great maybe if you are trying to spring clean or if you are home all day with nothing to do, but personally I can’t spend hours cleaning every day! Generally I just do what I can in an hour while my daughter is sleeping, and if I can’t get everything done, no big deal.
In the end, don’t waste your money on this book. If you are like me and you struggle to keep things cleaned and organized, take the time to list out everything you want done and organize it yourself in a way you can manage. Better yet, stick around, tomorrow I will talk you through my process of developing a cleaning routine and what my cleaning routine is.
Have you purchased this book? What did you think?