Cleaning isn't the most thrilling chore I could think ofÃ???Ã??Ã?Â¢??in fact, I can say with certainty that no one actually looks forward to the dirtiest job aroundÃ???Ã??Ã?Â¢??but Jolie Kerr's devotion and simply outlined tips really make me want to get my butt off the couch and clean the damn house. It's like when you read food blogs and become motivated to start taking the time to cook and eat healthier; I see someone being really productive with their life which motivates me to at least attempt to reach that level.
The trick is that Kerr actually makes cleaning seem fun; her enthusiasm is contagious and her anecdotes uproariously funny. She's kooky, fanatical, and just becomes your weird best friend who loves cleaningÃ???Ã??Ã?Â¢??a hyped-up Martha Stewart, you could say. But unlike Martha, Jolie Kerr isn't a domestic ideal; she's been through real world, real girl problems (like boyfriends barfing in handbags) and isn't afraid to get her hands dirtyÃ???Ã??Ã?Â¢??literally.
My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag is conveniently sectioned off into eight different cleaning categories:
2. Floors, Ceilings, Walls, and Other Immovable Things
4. Personal Hygiene Tools and Appliances (brushes, hair dryers, razors, etc.)
5. Wedding Cleaning
8. Things You Really Can't Ask Martha (or Mom, for that Matter)
I love how each chapter is outlined, making the book all the more useful as a reference tool. Just look up your problem area in the index and you'll find the solution Kerr suggestsÃ???Ã??Ã?Â¢??super easy!
I was pleasantly surprised by how helpful the guide is. There's lots of cleaning advice that I have never come across (or, let's be honestÃ???Ã??Ã?Â¢??have never had the opportunity to need) before, things that aren't just common knowledge. The book is filled with comprehensive tables and charts that streamline specific cleaning methods and materials; it's a nice break from huge chunks of text every once in a while. And to make your life even easier, Kerr provides DIY cleaning solution recipesÃ???Ã??Ã?Â¢??made with ingredients that are probably already in your cupboards!Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??as well as specific brands and products she recommends for targeted problems.
There's definitely a lot of ***** in Kerr's voice, but that's what makes the book so entertaining; the rambling, direct style doesn't hold back. There's absolutely no BS and readers are taken straight to the emergency, no matter how mortifyingÃ???Ã??Ã?Â¢??and isn't that what we all want in a cleaning guide?
Pros: Extensive, easy-to-follow tips for any spill and situation // Humorous, light // Organized into sections (bathroom, kitchen, car, etc.) // Helpful graphics to compare and contrast different cleaning methods
Cons: A reference book... not exactly something I would sit down and read cover to cover
Verdict: Highly charged, full of personality, and conscientiously charming, My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag is a stylish but frenetic cleaning guide for the everyday woman in everyday situations. With advice that ranges from generic but crucial (how to do laundry in a way that won't wear clothes out, how to clean the toilet, how to get rid of mildew, etc.) to ridiculously specific and quirky (how to deal with a Laffy Taffy that's melted in your pocket, how to get embarrassing fluids out of your bedsheets, how to even wrap your head around poop stains, etc.), this book is a handy reference tool that's simultaneously thoroughly entertaining. Jolie Kerr zealously combines chick-lit with how-to by contributing her and her readers' own experiences, just for kicksÃ???Ã??Ã?Â¢??who knew cleaning would be so fun to read?
Rating: 9 out of 10 hearts (5 stars): Loved it! This book has a spot on my favorites shelf.
Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher via tour publicist in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Penguin and TLC!).show more