Cleaner, Leaner, and Greener in 2008

If you resolve to live a cleaner, leaner, and greener life in 2008, check out these books:

Help! Around the House: a mother's guide to getting the family to pitch in and clean up Don Aslett

As a mother, you may often feel as though you do all the housework. The author believes that it doesn't have to - and shouldn't - be that way. He explains why and how to enlist the help of children, how to assign cleaning tasks to children based on their age, how to help children succeed at household chores, and what to do when children ignore or partially complete their cleaning responsibilities. This book will show you that you don't have to go it alone when it comes to keeping your home clean.


Put Your House on a Diet: declutter your home and reclaim your life Ed Morrow, Sheree Bykofsky, and Rita Rosenkranz

Using the analogy that "a cluttered house is like an overweight body," the authors begin this book with a quiz to help you determine your cleaning habits. From there, they address every room in the house, including the attic, basement, garage, and yard, and provide advice on what to keep and how to organize it, what to get rid of and where to dispose of it, and how to maintain a clutter-free lifestyle.


Green This! Volume One: Greening your Cleaning Deirdre Imus

If seeking out non-toxic cleaning products is a priority for you because you are concerned about the harmful health and environmental effects caused by conventional cleaning products, you're sure to find this book helpful. Learn about the best types of products to use for every room in your home, how and what to clean, and ingredients to avoid when selecting cleaning products. The book includes a list of manufacturers and retailers of green cleaning products, how to read product labels, and a glossary of chemicals.

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