31 Days to Clean {Giveaway}

Are you overwhelmed with homemaking duties? Have you lost the peace and contentment you used to find in caring for your home? Do you desire joy as you go about your daily tasks?

31 Days to Clean: Having a Martha House the Mary Way is more than a “how-to” book, it shares a vision for “why” we should care about creating a peaceful and lovely home and encourages us to reorder our thinking and motivation, to work toward a peaceful home because we love those who live in the home.

The only way to find true joy and contentment is to die to self and in the midst of giving up what WE want,Β  God blesses us with more than we were grasping for in the first place. 31 Days to Clean gives us some practical steps towards a developing that heart of service and focusing on the practical outworking of proper priorities.

After each day’s reading you will be given two challenges:

  • A Martha challenge – specific cleaning and/or organizing tasks
  • A Mary challenge – something that you can do to encourage your heart and help you keep your focus where it should be

With chapter titles like:

  • Confronting laziness
  • Feeling Overwhelmed
  • The Secret to having Energy
  • Dealing with Distractions
  • and more!

Sarah Mae offers challenges to confront the issues with which we all struggle.

Written by Sarah Mae author of Like a Warm Cup of Coffee, creator of Raising Homemakers and co-founder of The Relevant Conference,Β  31 Days to Clean will encourage you to find that joy and balance that can sometimes be so elusive.

Buy it:

DOWNLOAD IT for only $4.99

Pay by PayPal or credit card.

OR

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Buy it and if you win the giveaway Sarah Mae will refund your money!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Dana and Polara!

Win it:

Sarah Mae is giving away 2 copies of 31 Days to Clean to Raising Olives’ readers.

Mandatory entry:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me what you hope to gain from 31 Days to Clean

Additional entries: (Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry.)

  • Post about this giveaway on Facebook
  • “Like” 31 Days to Clean on Facebook
  • Look over the table of contents and tell me which chapter you are most interested in reading
  • Tweet about this giveaway.

I will randomly select two winners on Monday, April 25.

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281 Responses to 31 Days to Clean {Giveaway}
  1. Church Mouse
    April 18, 2011 | 7:49 am

    “The Secret to Having Energy”… who doesn’t need that?!? The book looks really good to me! I’d love to read it.

  2. Vanessa
    April 18, 2011 | 8:00 am

    I’d like to save time, i spend too much time cleaning and it’s not that effective!

  3. Janet
    April 18, 2011 | 8:05 am

    My cleaning pendulum has swung too far in the wrong direction and it sounds like this book is just the inspiration I need. I used to clean fairly compulsively, but with the addition or Child #4, my self-talk centered around it “not being what’s important, anyway”.

    Sounds like this book can help me practically, as well as re-awakening the desire for a lovely, peaceful, clean home.

  4. Christi
    April 18, 2011 | 8:27 am

    I think this book could really help me out right now. I am usually a neat, tidy person and am someone who really prefers the house to be and stay that way. But lately I have had little to no motivation to get things organized and clean, and it is really starting to show — both in the obvious physical ways, as well as damaging emotional ways. I’d love to see what advice this book has to offer! What a great giveaway!

  5. Christi
    April 18, 2011 | 8:40 am

    I posted about the giveaway to Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/christinahelms.

  6. Christi
    April 18, 2011 | 8:41 am

    And I hit “like” on Facebook (can see it under “recent activity”): http://www.facebook.com/#!/christinahelms

  7. Christi
    April 18, 2011 | 8:43 am

    So many of the chapter titles interest me, but one that is most intriguing is “10 Ways to Give Life to Your Home.”

  8. Kelly Maine
    April 18, 2011 | 8:50 am

    A clean house and maybe even a cleaner heart! πŸ™‚

  9. Ella
    April 18, 2011 | 9:01 am

    I think I need to read the chapter titles “Feeling Overwhelmed”. I feel like I try so hard to keep up with the house and the kids, but I end up barely getting the minimum done.

  10. Cheryl @Treasures from a Shoebox
    April 18, 2011 | 9:10 am

    I am hoping to be inspired in new ways to have a heart for my home, learning alongside my daughters, who will go through this study with me.

  11. Cheryl @Treasures from a Shoebox
    April 18, 2011 | 9:11 am

    I like 31 Days to Clean on Facebook!

  12. Cheryl @Treasures from a Shoebox
    April 18, 2011 | 9:13 am

    I am most looking forward to the chapter “Feeling Overwhelmed”. We have 11 people living in a small house. This is not a temporary situation and I have learned many lessons of contentment here in our little home. But there are moments when I must take a deep breath and remind myself that I have a mansion waiting in heaven.

  13. Cheryl @Treasures from a Shoebox
    April 18, 2011 | 9:20 am

    I shared this giveaway on my blog Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Treasures-from-a-Shoebox/113280698715197

  14. Alene
    April 18, 2011 | 9:22 am

    I need it, Kimberly!
    I hope to gain – control of my house, and perhaps the hope of turning it into a home…

  15. Regina
    April 18, 2011 | 9:23 am

    This sounds like a great book. I currently have 4 boys with a 5th on the way very soon. I am feeling very overwhelmed and could really use the encouragement.

  16. Alene
    April 18, 2011 | 9:24 am

    I would turn straight to “Feeling Overwhelmed”.
    Then I would reread it.
    Then I would probably read it again.

    And again.

  17. diane
    April 18, 2011 | 9:33 am

    feeling overwhelmed!

  18. Amy James
    April 18, 2011 | 9:41 am

    Hey, I could totally use this book! We have gone from 2 children to 5 in just over a year (7, 5, 3, 3, 16months and I’m expecting a new one in late August) Keeping my home was a struggle before, but with all the changes it has definitely taken me to survival mode. It affects every part of my day to have my home soooo out of sorts. We have been so blessed to grow our family through fostering and adoption, but in the midst of these blessings I am drowning in the mess that is my house πŸ™‚ An opportunity to find guidance in an uplifting and God honoring way would be refreshing.

  19. Amity
    April 18, 2011 | 9:49 am

    I hope that reading this book would help me not to feel that I am drowning in housework, and also to actually get some things tidied up for the first time since I got pregnant with #2 and moved to a new house where we dumped everything out of boxes in haste instead of finding homes for things.

  20. Amanda
    April 18, 2011 | 10:25 am

    I would love to have this book!!! Sounds like excactly what I need!!!

  21. Elizabeth
    April 18, 2011 | 10:32 am

    I’d like to figure out how to motivate myself to wash windows!

  22. Sarah
    April 18, 2011 | 10:51 am

    I’m bad about becoming distracted, and I always feel like even when the rest of the house is clean I can never manage to keep our bedroom or our bathroom clean. I hope she has some cheap and easy organizational tips for those areas.

  23. Joyce Ackley
    April 18, 2011 | 11:01 am

    I love the complete title of the book. The chapters seem fascinating, and I know it’s a book I would enjoy. I do a fairly good job of keeping my home clean, but I am always seeking new ideas, shortcuts, and “tricks of the trade” to make it easier.

  24. Joyce Ackley
    April 18, 2011 | 11:02 am

    I liked 31 Days to Clean on Facebook.

  25. Niki
    April 18, 2011 | 11:05 am

    I tend to really well keeping up with the house for about a week and then I get burned out and lazy mostly. So a chapter dealing with laziness speaks to me! My sister and I will FaceTime each other during the week while we clean to keep us motivated. It doesn’t work when we’ve both lost our motivation though lol.

  26. Joyce Ackley
    April 18, 2011 | 11:07 am

    I would like to read Day 30 – Contentment in Your Season of Life.

    I’m not in an easy “season” right now. Health issues have limited my mobility and made many housecleaning tasks difficult or impossible to perform. I do have help, but I’d like to learn more about methods that I may be able to utilize.

  27. Rebecca Barry
    April 18, 2011 | 11:26 am

    I would love to win this book! We are trying to de-clutter our little 2 bedroom apartment and make room for our new baby (#5!) in a few weeks. I find myself switching between days of laziness and days where I throw myself into it and neglect everything else. I would love to find a balance!

  28. Heather
    April 18, 2011 | 11:26 am

    I am always interested in new tips for house management, I always find something that will work for me!

  29. Heather
    April 18, 2011 | 11:29 am
  30. Heather
    April 18, 2011 | 11:29 am

    I Like 31 Days to Clean on Facebook!

  31. Heather
    April 18, 2011 | 11:32 am

    I am most interested in Developing a Workable Schedule.

  32. Heather
    April 18, 2011 | 11:35 am
  33. Ruth Adams
    April 18, 2011 | 11:45 am

    I would hope to get some new practical ideas for management of the home and also some hope in what often feels like more than I can handle.

  34. Erica
    April 18, 2011 | 11:56 am

    I love the title of the book…its exactly what I have been praying for–balance between a clean, well organized home and time
    spent enjoying it with my family. I feel like I don’t clean enough and my kids feel like I never stop cleaning, so something needs to change!

  35. Sarah H.
    April 18, 2011 | 12:05 pm

    I would love to learn how to be a more effective manager of my time {;0)

  36. Sarah H.
    April 18, 2011 | 12:06 pm

    The chapter on feeling overwhelmed would be my choice for the moment, with 5 under 10 and the littlest in the hospital ( and has been off and on for the last 3 months) waiting for heart surgery thursday. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  37. Jennifer
    April 18, 2011 | 12:21 pm

    In the Table of Contents I thought Day 13, “Fighting Fatigue” looked very interesting since I have CFS and constantly struggle with this!

  38. Jennifer
    April 18, 2011 | 12:24 pm

    What I hope to gain is how to go beyond just the normal picking up and get more “deep cleaning” done. Thanks for opportunity! God Bless!

  39. Danielle Mockensturm
    April 18, 2011 | 12:39 pm

    Would love to get this book…thinking about buying it.

  40. Beth@ Acorns and Oaks
    April 18, 2011 | 1:12 pm

    I love getting new ideas for organizing and cleaning. Thanks!

  41. April
    April 18, 2011 | 1:17 pm

    As I was reading the chapter titles I was thinking boy I need all of them!!!

    Please enter me!

  42. Laureen E.
    April 18, 2011 | 1:19 pm

    shared on facebook

  43. Laureen E.
    April 18, 2011 | 1:19 pm

    liked 31 days till clean on facebook

  44. Sally
    April 18, 2011 | 1:20 pm

    I would love to read this book! I am a full time working mom – we have 5 kids (3 adopted) and my husband stays home full time due to a back injury. While he does his best – and I appreciate it! The majority the cleaning and organizing falls to me. Any assistance to get the job done better (and with a better attitude!) would be wonderful! (While I love the download price, my husband doesn’t want me to do paypal stuff…and we dont’ have a kindle either).

    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    You may pay for the download with either Papal OR credit card.

    If you prefer to go through Amazon it is free to get a Kindle reader on your computer and many other electronic devices.

  45. Sally
    April 18, 2011 | 1:20 pm

    I “liked” this on facebook!

  46. Laureen E.
    April 18, 2011 | 1:22 pm

    the ch. on “fighting fatigue” is the first I’d look at, I usually am too tired to clean!

  47. Sarah
    April 18, 2011 | 1:22 pm

    I would love to gain a new perspective and get some tips!

  48. Sarah
    April 18, 2011 | 1:24 pm

    Every chapter sounds great especially confronting laziness.

  49. Rachel R.
    April 18, 2011 | 1:33 pm

    Numerous major life events (deaths, major car accidents, births, job loss, new jobs, etc) have affected our family (Me, my best friend, my Dad, and 2 younger sisters) heavily over the last 2 years.

    We would love a copy to share as we work together to get back on top of life and moving forward. We find ourselves exhausted, overwhelmed, and irritable – and with 18 children between the 4 of us Mom’s (3 with special needs) we can use all the help we can get with our Mom dying 2 years ago. She always helped with the grandchildren so we could attack major projects … and so little has happened since her sudden death on Mother’s Day. … My dad is planning to remarry later this year – so we are trying to sort through his belongings as well, and help him move forward. She is an awesome lady – and we couldn’t be happier for him.

  50. Kristy
    April 18, 2011 | 1:43 pm

    I hope to get back on track. It has been 18 months of each girl having surgery (one minor to remove a cyst, one major – open heart surgery) and two moves. Too much. I just need help getting back on track on so many fronts.

  51. Jill Ferrell
    April 18, 2011 | 1:50 pm

    From this book I hope to gain motivation that leads to peace.

  52. Jill Ferrell
    April 18, 2011 | 1:52 pm

    The chapter that intrigues me the most is Day 19 – Finding Joy in the Self-Disciplined Life. I love it when I’m self-disciplined, but how come being self disciplined never lasts very long? How do I keep that going?

  53. Kelley
    April 18, 2011 | 1:52 pm

    I’m another Mama that would love to read this book. I think any book that can teach us how to have a “Martha house the Mary way” has GOT to be good :)I’d love to find that balance.

  54. Jill Ferrell
    April 18, 2011 | 1:53 pm

    Just “liked” 31 Days to Clean on facebook!

  55. Kelley
    April 18, 2011 | 1:53 pm

    I think the chapter that I find the most appealing is Day 19. Finding Joy in the Self Disciplined Life.

  56. Dana
    April 18, 2011 | 1:54 pm

    I would hope to gain, well, gain a lack of frustration in this area and be content with the job that God has called me to, a keeper of the home with a good attitude πŸ™‚

  57. Jill Ferrell
    April 18, 2011 | 1:55 pm

    Just posted the giveaway on my facebook wall! Looking forward to it!

  58. Dana
    April 18, 2011 | 1:56 pm

    Confronting laziness would be a chapter I’d be interested in (as I sit reading your blog) b/c I tend to get into these “I need my time” ruts and they tend to more like “laziness” ruts.

  59. Dana
    April 18, 2011 | 1:57 pm

    Liked it on Facebook (is this how you know we liked it on FB??)

  60. Megan
    April 18, 2011 | 2:04 pm

    I really want to read the chapters feeling overwhelmed and the secret to having energy because as a new Mom I am totally overwhelmed and have no energy.

  61. Kristy
    April 18, 2011 | 2:09 pm

    I think I am most interested in “Ten Ways to Give Life to Your Home”

  62. Michelle
    April 18, 2011 | 2:11 pm

    I’ve been seeing this book! I more of a Martha and need a little Mary spirit. Of course, the Martha in me wants it just to clean! πŸ˜‰

  63. Michelle
    April 18, 2011 | 2:13 pm

    Shared giveaway on FB.

  64. Michelle
    April 18, 2011 | 2:14 pm

    I “liked” 31 Days on FB.

  65. Megan
    April 18, 2011 | 2:15 pm

    oops should have put this one first. I hope to gain insight on how to take care of my little one and keep my house clean. I need to get organized!

  66. Michelle
    April 18, 2011 | 2:16 pm

    I’m interested in Day 30- Contentment in Your Season of Life

  67. Carrie
    April 18, 2011 | 2:17 pm

    Oh, my this would be great. I am 3 months away from baby #5 and it would be a great asset to be able to get the house in shape before my energy is gone!!!

  68. Sarah
    April 18, 2011 | 2:19 pm

    I’d like to gain a more efficient way to keep my house clean – and more energy.

  69. Shay Brewer
    April 18, 2011 | 2:22 pm

    I would like to get more of the Mary out of it. The Martha I think I do fairly well but I do it begrudgingly or because I “HAVE” to and I would like to change that. And this book sounds wonderful!

    Thanks for the chance
    Momma to 3
    Shay B

  70. Carrie
    April 18, 2011 | 2:23 pm

    The 2 chapters below would be my first picks to check out. Also liked on Facebook.
    Day 2 – Created to Give Life

    Day 14 – The Secret to Having Energy

    So much to do before baby comes!

  71. Joede F
    April 18, 2011 | 2:26 pm

    I hope to gain the knwoledge on how to obtain peace from my surroundings so that I am not constantly putting them into a state of motion.

  72. Joede F
    April 18, 2011 | 2:27 pm

    I have “liked” 31 days on FB.

  73. Joede F
    April 18, 2011 | 2:28 pm

    I have posted about the giveaway on my FB status.

  74. BeckyL
    April 18, 2011 | 2:40 pm

    I’d like to gain some control in housekeeping, while still keeping my main focus on my 2 little kids.

  75. BeckyL
    April 18, 2011 | 2:41 pm

    I “liked” it on fb

  76. BeckyL
    April 18, 2011 | 2:42 pm

    I’m very anxious to read day 10- Feeling Overwhelmed!

  77. Melissa P
    April 18, 2011 | 2:46 pm

    This “Martha” Mama needs a little BALANCE!!

  78. jessica
    April 18, 2011 | 2:49 pm

    This is just what I need. I hate cleaning! I think this book would help me to recognize the reasons that I should clean my home and help me have a more positive attitude toward cleaning.

  79. Melissa P
    April 18, 2011 | 2:50 pm

    Day 30 – Contentment in Your Season of Life
    This chapter is definitely what I need!

  80. jessica
    April 18, 2011 | 2:51 pm

    The chapters “Why Clean?” and “I’d Rather do Anything but Clean” are the most appealing to me.

  81. Melissa P
    April 18, 2011 | 2:51 pm

    Just liked on Facebook!

  82. D Martin
    April 18, 2011 | 2:51 pm

    What do I hope to gain? To have my cake and eat it too!

  83. D Martin
    April 18, 2011 | 2:52 pm

    Chapter I’m most interested in? toss up between ‘priorites,’ ‘cleaning style,’ and ‘finding energy!’

  84. Jennifer Thomas
    April 18, 2011 | 3:00 pm

    I hope to gain some organization back in my crazy life and find an easier way to keep our house clean with three kids!

  85. Sarah
    April 18, 2011 | 3:03 pm

    I like them on fb.

  86. Lori
    April 18, 2011 | 3:03 pm

    I would love to find the motivation to be better at cleaning!

  87. Emily
    April 18, 2011 | 3:09 pm

    I hope to find out how to have a clean house.

  88. Anna
    April 18, 2011 | 3:09 pm

    I’m wishing for a clean house in 31 days without too much effort;)

  89. Jennifer T
    April 18, 2011 | 3:12 pm

    I am excited about reading “dealing with distractions”!

  90. chantelle
    April 18, 2011 | 3:16 pm

    I would like to learn more about the Mary challenge – something that you can do to encourage your heart and help you keep your focus where it should be. I struggle to do what I need to do AND keep my focus where it should be-I find myself passing up important moments so that I can simply finish the task. I need to work on balancing children and taking care of our home.

  91. Joy Walker
    April 18, 2011 | 3:19 pm

    I would like to live calmer and happier, being much less frustrated about my home. I really need some tips on how to do this, and I think the book sounds like the perfect way to learn how to find my peace! : )

  92. Christina
    April 18, 2011 | 3:25 pm

    I love the idea of a physical and spiritual assignment for each day! As busy moms, it is far too easy to neglect our walk with God. We have a baby due in 4 weeks and I am hoping to get our home back in good order soon after his/her arrival!

  93. Christina
    April 18, 2011 | 3:29 pm

    I’m intrigued by Day 8 “Overcoming the Curse” and Day 21, “The Importance of a Plan”

  94. Linda
    April 18, 2011 | 3:36 pm

    I liked your book on facebook===choose me

  95. Kelly Gonzales
    April 18, 2011 | 3:36 pm

    I’d love to read this book to help me find some balance between cleaning all the time and doing other stuff.

  96. Linda
    April 18, 2011 | 3:37 pm

    I really want this book–I am a messy who has no idea how to even begin to clean–my husband would love you if I win. LOL

  97. Sandy
    April 18, 2011 | 3:37 pm

    I want contentment about housecleaning! πŸ™‚ or a housecleaner would be nice! πŸ™‚

  98. Sandy
    April 18, 2011 | 3:37 pm

    liked on FB

  99. Sandy
    April 18, 2011 | 3:37 pm

    Shared on FB

  100. Linda
    April 18, 2011 | 3:39 pm

    the 6 list–sounds like a chapter just for me. I have a very hard time looking at my house as bits and pieces–all I can see is the whole big thing with no end.

  101. Susan
    April 18, 2011 | 3:40 pm

    what I’d like to learn is how to make a pleasant home for my family with a Mary attitude as I seem to fail in that. Then I’d share the book with my friend who is the mother of 6 boys all 10 an under and she sometimes gets overwhelmed with housework as well.

  102. Valerie Glass
    April 18, 2011 | 3:46 pm

    I want to be able to fully enjoy my family and friends without feeling like I should be doing laundry or dishes instead

  103. Valerie Glass
    April 18, 2011 | 3:50 pm

    Day 22 – Developing a Workable Schedule or Day 23 – Dealing with Distractions would be the most beneficial for me

  104. Kristen Beecham
    April 18, 2011 | 3:55 pm

    I’d like to read this book to help me gain control over my house cleaning!

  105. Kristen Beecham
    April 18, 2011 | 3:56 pm

    I “liked” 31 Days to Clean on Facebook.

  106. Kristen Beecham
    April 18, 2011 | 3:57 pm

    I’m most interested in reading the “Priorities” chapter of the book.

  107. Tanya
    April 18, 2011 | 4:03 pm

    I hope to get a cleaner house from reading it, well I guess and also implementing it! πŸ™‚

  108. Tanya
    April 18, 2011 | 4:05 pm

    This chapter title leaped out at me, as I have a young baby who doesn’t sleep well:
    Day 13 – Fighting Fatigue

  109. Tina
    April 18, 2011 | 4:05 pm

    I hope to gain a self cleaning house! πŸ˜€ teasing – actually motivation to approach keeping house in a positive way would be wonderful. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    In His love,
    Tina

  110. Beth
    April 18, 2011 | 4:09 pm

    It would have to be the chapter “The secret to having energy”. I feel one of my biggest obstacles is fatigue.
    Thanks for the giveaway,
    Beth

  111. Erin
    April 18, 2011 | 4:13 pm

    i want to juggle homeschooling and cleaning…in a Godly manner…with peace and service and loving attitude…my daily struggle. thank you for this opportunity that makes me hopeful =)

  112. Michelle
    April 18, 2011 | 4:13 pm

    I’ve been eying this book for a week or so now, wondering if I should take the plunge. I definitely need encouragement in combating laziness!

  113. Sarah
    April 18, 2011 | 4:15 pm

    Just read a comment that is exactly what I was thinking…”I want to be able to fully enjoy my family and friends without feeling like I should be doing laundry or dishes instead”
    Well put!

  114. Erin
    April 18, 2011 | 4:15 pm

    Table of contents pick….how can i really choose…you put me in a tight spot…you know that? lol They are all appealing but “Overcoming the Curse” i’m down for right at this very moment.

  115. kristin
    April 18, 2011 | 4:17 pm

    I need direction and order. With two kids with special needs and three more under 2 it gets chaotic and I am email moved off task. I need something simple and easy to follow.

  116. Erin
    April 18, 2011 | 4:17 pm

    Liked and Shared!! my friends are excited as well about your new book…the book has an intriguing cover…kuddos to you!

  117. Melanie Grant
    April 18, 2011 | 4:20 pm

    I would love to be experience balance between doing what needs to be done around the house as well as having time to sit at the feet of Jesus as Mary did.

  118. SaraA
    April 18, 2011 | 4:21 pm

    I would be most interested in Day 9-Confronting Laziness. Thanks!

  119. Lanie
    April 18, 2011 | 4:21 pm

    I would like to learn how to deal with distractions!

  120. SaraA
    April 18, 2011 | 4:22 pm

    I hope to gain fresh perspective and motivation from this eBook

  121. Rebecca
    April 18, 2011 | 4:22 pm

    I need to figure out how to keep my house kept up while still allowing myself time to enjoy those who live in it!

  122. SaraA
    April 18, 2011 | 4:23 pm

    I “liked” on fb

  123. Pam Graham
    April 18, 2011 | 4:28 pm

    I would like learn to be “Mary”-like. I want to enjoy my family and my clean home, not feel like a task-master!
    ~Pam

  124. Pam Graham
    April 18, 2011 | 4:28 pm

    I liked 31 days to clean on facebook.

  125. Pam Graham
    April 18, 2011 | 4:31 pm

    I need to read “fighting fatigue” right now!!

  126. Amanda Babcock
    April 18, 2011 | 4:31 pm

    I am completely overwhelmed by my clutter. I have no idea where to start. Help!!

  127. Amanda Babcock
    April 18, 2011 | 4:32 pm

    I “liked” 31 Days to Clean on facebook. Thanks!

  128. Pam Graham
    April 18, 2011 | 4:37 pm

    I shared the link on fb.

  129. allison
    April 18, 2011 | 4:39 pm

    Just liked the FB page.

  130. allison
    April 18, 2011 | 4:42 pm

    I would most look forward to feeling overwhelmed.

  131. Liz Meyer
    April 18, 2011 | 4:43 pm

    I hope to regain focus and commitment to caring for my home.

  132. Liz Meyer
    April 18, 2011 | 4:44 pm

    The chapter I’m most interested in is Day #22 – Developing a Workable Schedule.

  133. Liz Meyer
    April 18, 2011 | 4:45 pm

    I liked “31 Days To Clean” on FB! Thank you for offering this!

  134. Beverly Dalton
    April 18, 2011 | 4:52 pm

    I would like to be able to regain control of my home again. Due to multiple illnesses/deaths in my family, my house has become what looks like a war zone. It is completely overwhelming to me and my family. God has only gifted me with my children for such a short time, and I am tired of always feeling like I am behind the “eight ball”. I want to get out of this funk, out of the house, and enjoy my family again!!

  135. Jana
    April 18, 2011 | 4:58 pm

    The secret to having energy?? If someone has the answer to that, well, sign me up! This definitely sounds like a book I’d like to read. (I “liked” it on FB too!)

  136. Jana
    April 18, 2011 | 4:59 pm

    Liked it on FB.

  137. sandi
    April 18, 2011 | 5:01 pm

    I am overwhelmed by my laziness, my lack of motivation, my thought “Why should I clean it will just get dirty again” and the clutter. So, the chapter titles “speak” to me. (I “liked” on FB)

  138. Jana
    April 18, 2011 | 5:03 pm

    Posted about giveaway on FB too!

  139. JoyfulMom
    April 18, 2011 | 5:04 pm

    This would be such a blessing! I feel so overwhelmed bujt after reading it, I would let my friend borrow it! She has 4 children and expecting 5th. Number 2, 3, 4, and 5 are all sooo close together! She really needs this!

  140. Beverly Dalton
    April 18, 2011 | 5:15 pm

    I am most interested in both chapters 7 & 8. “The Curse” and “Overcoming the Curse”.

  141. Sana
    April 18, 2011 | 5:33 pm

    Just this evening I broke down. I am a freelancer and recently have so much work. I am grateful, but also often frustrated as I cannot care for my home the way I used to. I am a follower of your blog and opening it today in my reader was like a sign. I really need peace now, I need to be present, good to those surrounding me, good to myself, and need a calm and tidy refugee without so much unused stuff. I want to find peace and content I used to have in the cleaning process. I am not sure if this book could provide it to me, but I believe it might. I know a lot about organizing and cleaning and used to love to do it, but now I am overwhelmed and can non seem to find my daily balance so I just let go and then feel awful. I am sorry if this confession of mine is too much. I just wanted to tell you how I feel and how I think I would enjoy taking some time and flipping through pages of 31 days..

  142. Lisa
    April 18, 2011 | 5:35 pm

    I hope to gain a better attitude towards cleaning!

  143. Lisa
    April 18, 2011 | 5:35 pm

    The chapter on getting more energy interests me the most!

  144. Becky
    April 18, 2011 | 5:40 pm

    I’d love to win this ebook because the phrase “to work toward a peaceful home because we love those who live in the home” touched my heart.

  145. Becky
    April 18, 2011 | 5:44 pm

    I posted about this giveaway on Facebook. Thanks!

  146. Becky
    April 18, 2011 | 5:46 pm

    I “liked” 31 Days to Clean on Facebook. Thanks again!

  147. Tracy
    April 18, 2011 | 5:50 pm

    I would love to gain more energy and a better attitude about cleaning. πŸ™‚

  148. Heidi
    April 18, 2011 | 5:50 pm

    I would like to find joy in the the task of cleaning for my family. I feel like I need some encouragement today!

  149. Becky
    April 18, 2011 | 5:52 pm

    I am most interested in the chapter “Dealing with Distractions.” I sometimes start on one project but am distracted by another and don’t get the first one finished. Thanks!

  150. Tracy
    April 18, 2011 | 5:54 pm

    I like all the chapters but I am most interested in…

    Day 18 – Making Your Personality Work for You

  151. Tracy
    April 18, 2011 | 5:54 pm

    I shared this giveaway on Facebook.

  152. Tracy
    April 18, 2011 | 5:55 pm

    I liked 31 Days to Clean on Facebook. Thanks for another great giveaway!

  153. Annie @ Beauty In The Surrender
    April 18, 2011 | 5:55 pm

    I would love to have this book! My prayer is that it would help me gain balance in my day to day tasks.

  154. Annie @ Beauty In The Surrender
    April 18, 2011 | 5:57 pm

    Day 31- Balancing It All would totally speak to me!

  155. Dawn@OneFaithfulMom
    April 18, 2011 | 6:23 pm

    One of these days maybe I’ll win one of these giveaways!! I’m trying for this one!!

  156. vicki
    April 18, 2011 | 6:29 pm

    This sounds like a great book. I would like to be able to get the “Martha” things done in my life (like housework) with a “Mary” attitude! Always a struggle!

  157. vicki
    April 18, 2011 | 6:32 pm

    Day 14- Secret to having energy. That chapter interests me most, though I’m guessing she’s not writing about a magic pill I can find at Walmart! πŸ™‚

  158. Michelle
    April 18, 2011 | 6:41 pm

    I would love to win a copy of this book. I have such trouble finding a balance between time with God, time with my husband, time with my children, and time cooking and caring for my home. I hope this book can help me find a better balance.

  159. Vanessa Freeman
    April 18, 2011 | 6:44 pm

    I would like to be able to find the table in my sewing/computer/crap room. :0)

  160. Vanessa Freeman
    April 18, 2011 | 6:45 pm

    “liked” on FB

  161. Vanessa Freeman
    April 18, 2011 | 6:46 pm

    I would most like to read Feeling Overwhelmed and I’d Rather do Anything But Clean

  162. Michelle
    April 18, 2011 | 6:47 pm

    I liked 31 Days to Clean on Facebook.

  163. Michelle
    April 18, 2011 | 6:51 pm

    I can’t wait to read Day 5 on Priorities and Day 31 on Balancing it All.

  164. Christine
    April 18, 2011 | 6:55 pm

    I would love to win this book as I struggle with laziness!

  165. Stacia
    April 18, 2011 | 6:59 pm

    I’m hoping that this book would help me to first, find a routine to help me get and keep my house the way normal should be. And that it will help me stop comparing myself to “neat-freak” type women only to continuously find myself wanting.

  166. Stacia
    April 18, 2011 | 7:00 pm

    I have “like” 31 Days to Clean on Facebook.

  167. Stacia
    April 18, 2011 | 7:02 pm

    The two chapters that most interest me are laziness and feeling overwhelmed. When I feel overwhelmed by something, I usually want to stick my head in the sand. I also have dealt with medical issues in the past, which cultivated laziness. Now that I’m healing, I need to cultivate good habits again.

  168. Emily
    April 18, 2011 | 7:32 pm

    I’m most interested in 2 chapters, Confronting laziness and fighting fatigue.

  169. brooke
    April 18, 2011 | 7:38 pm

    i would also love to win this book i pray it would speak gods truth to me about keeping house i procrastinate and let some things go i dont have joy cleaning so i pray it would help me find joy in keeping my home clean

  170. brooke
    April 18, 2011 | 7:40 pm

    like it on facebook!

  171. brooke
    April 18, 2011 | 8:00 pm

    lol all of the chapter but if i have to narrow it down ch 1, 15, and 19

  172. Natasha Martin
    April 18, 2011 | 8:20 pm

    I am just about to start a full time job, and I hope this book will help me have a little bit of control over my already chaotic household. I need to take control over my laziness and procrastination!

  173. Susie M
    April 18, 2011 | 8:21 pm

    I would like to have a clean house

  174. Sarah
    April 18, 2011 | 8:53 pm

    I posted about the giveaway on Facebook.

  175. Tammy Reese
    April 18, 2011 | 9:07 pm

    I am feeling overwhelmed right now!

  176. Sarah
    April 18, 2011 | 9:19 pm

    I would love to win this book. I am very interested to read about how to keep a peaceful home when I am always feeling so overwhelmed!

  177. Michelle
    April 18, 2011 | 9:28 pm

    I hope to be able to keep my home clean and my spirit and soul fed by reading and utilizing this book. Hoping it can teach me to use my time wisely, so that God is glorified in all I do!

  178. jennibell
    April 18, 2011 | 9:29 pm

    I think the chapter on my cleaning style would be helpful!

  179. jennibell
    April 18, 2011 | 9:30 pm

    This is my comment to enter the contest πŸ™‚ Would love to win it. . .regardless I’ll put it on my reading list for sure.

  180. MaryBeth Reed
    April 18, 2011 | 10:15 pm

    God knows I want a clean house (and a clean heart)!

  181. Andrea
    April 18, 2011 | 10:18 pm

    Its the ” Mary ” way that appeals to me.

  182. Chiree
    April 18, 2011 | 11:19 pm

    Even more than my messy house, my attitude needs a makeover. I’ve really let myself wallow in feelings of futility(“What’s the point? I’ll just have to wash it again tomorrow.”) and isolation (“Am I the only one in the whole house who knows where to find a trash can?”) in my homemaking duties. I could really use a Biblical change of perspective!

  183. Jennifer
    April 18, 2011 | 11:35 pm

    I need to gain the motivation to really make my house the haven it should be.

  184. Jennifer
    April 18, 2011 | 11:37 pm

    I want to read the chapter, Your Cleaning Style.

  185. Ivy
    April 19, 2011 | 12:14 am

    Well besides the fact that I needed a real kick in the pants right now to get my spring cleaning done I really want to refocus my attitude towards cleaning. It becomes so mundane & we do it so often that we easily lose motivation sometimes. We can also become bitter towards it and dread it – so I want encouragement from this book.
    Ivy

  186. Janelle
    April 19, 2011 | 12:16 am

    I would love to read the chapters on being overwhelmed and distractions! I am a very easily distractible house cleaner!

  187. Season
    April 19, 2011 | 12:24 am

    I’ve recently had my 8th baby in 11 years and the systems that used to work do not work anymore. I’m hoping to bring peace to the chaos and mess that is currently filling our home.

  188. Season
    April 19, 2011 | 12:25 am

    The chapter “Finding contentment where you’re at” interests me.

  189. Sara
    April 19, 2011 | 12:28 am

    I have three little girls (4yr and 2yr old twins) and definitely have a Martha approach to life πŸ™‚ I would love to read this book to gain some fresh perspective on my constantly messy (despite our best efforts) house!

  190. Heather
    April 19, 2011 | 12:41 am

    This is something I struggle with on a daily basis; I would hope to gain skills for keeping both skills, and their eternal benefits, in sight while keeping my home πŸ™‚

  191. Julie Sanchez
    April 19, 2011 | 1:39 am

    This would be awesome! I would love to gain a new perspective on the cleaning of my home.

  192. Carol Bruckmann
    April 19, 2011 | 7:41 am

    I am most interested in Day 10 – Feeling Overwhelmed… because I do!!!

  193. Carol Bruckmann
    April 19, 2011 | 7:42 am

    I shared about it on facebook.

  194. Carol Bruckmann
    April 19, 2011 | 7:44 am

    I liked 31 Days to clean on Facebook.

  195. Carol Bruckmann
    April 19, 2011 | 7:45 am

    I tweeted and I’m following your tweets now!

  196. Carol Bruckmann
    April 19, 2011 | 7:46 am

    I would hope to gain from this book not only a clean house but a clean heart. I have tried so many different methods to get hings in order, but all fall short. I would also like my children to learn to do their chores with a Mary heart!

  197. Sally Reed
    April 19, 2011 | 8:14 am

    Love the idea of a book on efficient home cleaning that is Christian based

  198. Sally Reed
    April 19, 2011 | 8:15 am

    Can’t wait to read the Chapter of making friends with Goodwill!!

  199. Elizabeth
    April 19, 2011 | 8:44 am

    Well I hope to have a clean house (obviously) but I love reading what works for other people. I do not usually follow thinks to the letter but I always find helpful things to implement. That, and I just love to read!

  200. Heather
    April 19, 2011 | 8:52 am

    I “liked” this link on FB. I bought the book for my Kindle. I am very excited to read this book. I work from home and while that seems like an easy thing to do, I work a set schedule. I have time in the mornings to do some cleaning, but I am looking forward to overcome laziness with that aspect.

  201. Hilary Snodgrass
    April 19, 2011 | 8:54 am

    I hope to find peace on the days that I get little accomplished and joy in the days of accomplishment. Now, I feel guilty for not getting enough done, on the slow days, and recount what more I should have done, on the days of accomplishment.

  202. Lauree
    April 19, 2011 | 9:39 am

    I “liked” the link on Facebook!

  203. Lauree
    April 19, 2011 | 9:39 am

    i hope to learn tips on how not to be overwhelmed with getting everything done!!

  204. Stephanie
    April 19, 2011 | 10:05 am

    A cleaner house πŸ™‚

  205. Tiffany
    April 19, 2011 | 11:28 am

    I am moving to a new house at the end of May. It would be great to win the book so that I can read it in the interim and be able to start fresh with a clean house, put ideas into action, and make my life more organized. I am a full-time teacher and a full-time mommy of a two-year-old, so I am betting there are great ideas that I could use at home and at school. I also have a women’s accountability/prayer group and this would could be a great study we could do together.

  206. Jennifer Ward
    April 19, 2011 | 3:21 pm

    Day 2 Created to Give Life. I really like to clean, but I am homeschooling in the morning, working in the afternoon into evening, and then bsck home. Not always exhibiting joy.

  207. Jennifer Ward
    April 19, 2011 | 3:25 pm

    I just “liked” the book on fb!

  208. Jennifer Ward
    April 19, 2011 | 3:26 pm

    I shared the giveaway on my FB page! Thank you for the chance to win!

  209. Gina
    April 19, 2011 | 4:00 pm

    I’m hoping for a cleaner house with a calmer attitude!

  210. Gina
    April 19, 2011 | 4:01 pm

    I’m interested in Day 14–The Secret to Having Energy!

  211. Ryn
    April 19, 2011 | 4:49 pm

    I recently discovered your blog and have been so inspired by your dedication to your family and being a mother! Over the ten years I have been a mom I have struggled to find that balance of keeping a clean home but not letting it take time away from my kids and my life! I think the chapter titled Feeling Overwhelmed was written just for me!

  212. Rachel Q
    April 19, 2011 | 5:37 pm

    Oh how I need this right now!

  213. Courtney
    April 19, 2011 | 5:37 pm

    I hope I can learn to be organized and manage my time better!

  214. Rachel Q
    April 19, 2011 | 5:37 pm

    liked this on fb

  215. Rachel Q
    April 19, 2011 | 5:39 pm

    i shared this on fb.

  216. Rachel Q
    April 19, 2011 | 5:40 pm

    all the chapters sound fantastic, but i am really needing chapter 31 Balancing It All! Today I feel like I just can’t do this!

  217. Yara
    April 19, 2011 | 5:51 pm

    I am eager to see her ideas on having more energy, and not feeling so overwhelmed.

  218. Karie
    April 19, 2011 | 6:06 pm

    I hope to gain more peace in my home. I really want more organization and not feeling so overwhelmed by a constant mess.

  219. Regina Murphy
    April 19, 2011 | 6:19 pm

    I think the chapters about feeling overwhelmed and finding joy in the self-disciplined life would be so perfect for me right now. I have been struggling with both a lot lately.

  220. Leslie
    April 19, 2011 | 7:59 pm

    I would love to read this at this time in my life when I have a 4 year old, a 15 month old and I am having a baby in 4 weeks. I have no energy (surprise, surprise πŸ™‚ ) and feel very overwhelmed and would love to read something to uplift me in this area.

  221. Leslie
    April 19, 2011 | 8:01 pm

    I am interest in Day 14 – The Secret to having Energy!

  222. Anne
    April 19, 2011 | 9:37 pm

    I hope to learn to enjoy doing the dishes! I do enjoy feeding my family but somehow the dishes are consistently discouraging.

  223. Anne
    April 19, 2011 | 9:40 pm

    I am most interested in the chapter on priorities, because I honestly don’t know where keeping a clean house falls on my priority list. It does make people comfortable and feel welcome in our home, and helps create an atmosphere of peace and fun. But it also pulls me away from other priorities… tough.

  224. Corrie
    April 19, 2011 | 10:29 pm

    I’m excited to be inspired and motivated! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Corrie

  225. Magen
    April 19, 2011 | 10:42 pm

    I would love to gain ideas for implementing a cleaning routine that will work for my family.

  226. Magen
    April 19, 2011 | 10:43 pm

    I shared this giveaway on facebook.

  227. Magen
    April 19, 2011 | 10:44 pm

    I liked “31 days to clean” on Facebook.

  228. Magen
    April 19, 2011 | 10:46 pm

    I think Feeling Overwhelmed or Limitations would be two helpful sections for me!

  229. Marilyn Brauer
    April 20, 2011 | 2:18 am

    I would like to win this book because I am searching for a way to have a clean and peaceful home, but still be attentive to my kids. We plan on several more (we have 3 now) and I am searching for the right balance.

  230. Darla
    April 20, 2011 | 7:33 am

    Could use wisdom on how to keep a clean house with 7, going on 8, children, while homeschooling and keeping my sanity. πŸ™‚

  231. Jamey
    April 20, 2011 | 8:04 am

    I’d love to win this. My kids are 2, 3, and 4 years old and we plan to start homeschooling this fall. I’m trying (more successfully some days than others!) to find our routines and schedules and train myself not just to be productive and focused during the day, but to do it with a right attitude.

  232. Jamey
    April 20, 2011 | 8:06 am

    I’d most like to read the “Finding Joy in Self-Discipline” chapter.

  233. Jamey
    April 20, 2011 | 8:08 am

    I tweeted this.

  234. Jamey
    April 20, 2011 | 8:09 am

    I also promoted it on facebook.

  235. Olives Mom
    April 20, 2011 | 11:57 am

    I am a working mom.. I have older boys who do supper dishes. Their rooms are a mess. I would like ideas on how to motivate without pressure. I find candy wrappers ect.. stuck everywhere… I just like to keep things nice…

  236. Karlene
    April 20, 2011 | 1:37 pm

    I would love to win this! I hope to learn how to overcome laziness, and the secret to having energy!

  237. Rebecca
    April 20, 2011 | 1:59 pm

    I’m most interested in reading ‘Feeling Overwhelmed,’ and Overcoming the Curse’ chapters.

  238. Rebecca
    April 20, 2011 | 2:00 pm

    I liked β€œ31 days to clean” on Facebook.

  239. Becky
    April 20, 2011 | 2:23 pm

    Great tips to help me be better a housekeeper.

  240. Julie Flake
    April 20, 2011 | 2:41 pm

    I’d have to say, that though most every chapter looks like something I need, chapter 13 on fighting fatigue probably intrigues me the most. Expecting number 8, homeschooling, starting the garden, etc, etc, keeps me busy–and tired.

  241. Tiff
    April 20, 2011 | 5:36 pm

    After depression, the birth of our fourth child, more depression coupled with PTSD, and my spouse going to rehab, my house and home need some serious TLC. I need some help and I like the idea of a “Martha house the Mary way”. The last two years have taken a toll and it is time to take it back!!!

  242. Deirdre
    April 20, 2011 | 7:15 pm

    What do I want to gain? A cleaner house and a more peaceful home. A maid that pops out of the bk and does it all for me. Seriously, I need some more cleaning strategies to try out.

  243. Deirdre
    April 20, 2011 | 7:18 pm

    I liked the bk on FB.

  244. Deirdre
    April 20, 2011 | 7:19 pm

    I posted about the bk on FB.

  245. Deirdre
    April 20, 2011 | 7:20 pm

    In the Table of Contents, I would like to look at the part (day 10) on feeling overwhelmed.

  246. Carrie Koppin
    April 20, 2011 | 8:17 pm

    I like the idea of using both Mary and Martha as examples on how to have a clean home and servant’s heart. Looks good. πŸ™‚

  247. Becca
    April 20, 2011 | 8:39 pm

    I hope to alleviate the stress that I feel from having a messy house.

  248. Nicole
    April 20, 2011 | 10:42 pm

    Would love to figure out how to keep my house clean and not feel guilty about not spending the time with my family.

  249. Jacqueline Boj-Sode
    April 21, 2011 | 3:46 am

    I would love to get a godly motivation (a kick in the pants, really!) for housekeeping. My lack of discipline in this area is not blessing my family or glorifying God.

  250. Jacqueline Boj-Sode
    April 21, 2011 | 3:50 am

    I tweeted ’bout it!

  251. Jacqueline Boj-Sode
    April 21, 2011 | 3:51 am

    I “like” 31 Days to Clean on FB….

  252. Jacqueline Boj-Sode
    April 21, 2011 | 3:52 am

    I am interested in the chapter on finding joy in self-discipline!

  253. Lesley Otwell
    April 21, 2011 | 1:59 pm

    I am always cleaning my house–and need help with cooperation with my kids helping!

  254. Kathleen
    April 21, 2011 | 3:47 pm

    I liked 31 Days to Clean on FB

  255. Kathleen
    April 21, 2011 | 3:50 pm

    Picking one chapter is hard but maybe Feeling Overwhelmed

  256. Polara
    April 21, 2011 | 8:06 pm

    I am most interested in the Day 17 chapter, “Your Cleaning Style,”–it never occurred to me that there was more than one way to clean, and I was jut not good at it.

  257. Polara
    April 21, 2011 | 8:11 pm

    What I hope to gain from ’31 Days to Clean’ is a sense of peace and balance between being a Christian, a wife, a mother and homemaker. I have a 6-week-old, and I don’t want to be a slave to our worldly items–our home–at the cost of being a good mother &wife, but don’t want to sacrifice fellowship, or allow our home to become a place of chaos, not of peace or rest.

  258. Polara
    April 21, 2011 | 8:12 pm

    I also ‘liked’ ’31 Days to Clean’ on FaceBook.

  259. Polara
    April 21, 2011 | 8:15 pm

    Also posted about it on FaceBook!

  260. Tiffany
    April 21, 2011 | 10:39 pm

    I “LIKE” you on Facebook.

  261. Beth V.
    April 21, 2011 | 11:57 pm

    I just finished with Day 1:

    My reason?:

    I want to show my husband that he can feel good that the children aren’t surrounded my filth or clutter. That he can come home to his sanctuary, just as clean or cleaner than he left it. Because David married ME out of every other girl. I know that I am unworthy, but me keeping the house clean will show him my appreciation in being his wife. My man deserves the best. That’s WHY! =) =)

    Love the way the book is written. It came at the perfect time. I’ve been calling out to God to change my spirit and I know this will be a great help.

    -Beth

  262. Hillary
    April 22, 2011 | 3:03 am

    I hope to find joy in cleaning our home. It shouldn’t be something to check off (or not) on my ‘to-do’ list.

  263. Hillary
    April 22, 2011 | 3:07 am

    I ‘like’ 31 Days to Clean on Facebook.

  264. Hillary
    April 22, 2011 | 3:15 am

    Day 22 & 23 — Developing a Workable Schedule and Dealing with Distractions sound the most interesting. Top 10 Ways to Keep Your House Clean should be a good one, too. πŸ˜‰

  265. Amy Mac
    April 22, 2011 | 9:27 am

    I hope to gain skills to help me have a cleaner home regularly.

  266. Amy Mac
    April 22, 2011 | 9:28 am

    I am very curious about the chapter on to hire help or not. I feel like a failure that I dream of hiring help at times.

  267. Jennifer Hatch
    April 22, 2011 | 4:23 pm

    I’d like to hear something about how to balance spending time with your family verses cleaning.

  268. Anna
    April 24, 2011 | 1:40 am

    I would love to be able to get a handle on my house. I moved last summer to a home that is double the size of our previous house. It’s also a bit of a fixer upper, while our other house was brand new. With all of the moving stuff from room to room as we work on different area’s, I’ve never really established a good routine.

  269. MelodeeM
    April 24, 2011 | 11:05 am

    Help organizing a cleaning routine

  270. MelodeeM
    April 24, 2011 | 11:07 am

    Chapter 22: Developing a Workable Plan.

  271. Anita
    April 24, 2011 | 10:34 pm

    I NEED help!! I feel like I can never achieve peace and serenity in my home. I clean up one mess only to turn around and see 10 more. I would love to read your book and learn how to create order in my home!! =)

  272. Alba
    April 24, 2011 | 11:07 pm

    I love to have it. I am new in housekeeping and homeschooling, I need all the help the Lord could give, so I am here πŸ™‚

  273. Jen L
    April 25, 2011 | 9:56 am

    I’m late entering the giveaway – that’s probably an indication of how much I need to gain from this book (!) such as dealing with distractions and feeling overwhelmed.

    Thank you for the opportunity.

  274. Mistee
    April 25, 2011 | 12:58 pm

    I think the chapter on being overwhelmed would be one of the most helpful to me.

  275. Mistee
    April 25, 2011 | 12:59 pm

    I would hope to gain ideas to get over the hump in our keeping the house clean challenges.

  276. june
    April 25, 2011 | 10:38 pm

    Looking for the joy in keeping a clean home and not getting stressed out about keeping it up daily. Thanks for the contest.

  277. 2Blessings
    April 26, 2011 | 12:13 am

    Oh my I hope I haven’t missed the drawing. God clearly led me to your website this evening and now I don’t even remember which link brought me here.
    I can’t even tell you how overwhelmed I feel with my housekeeping. I spent several hours online last week looking for housecleaning services (not knowing how I would pay for it), but after wasting all of that time, I realized that I couldn’t even begin to have a stranger in our home because how would they clean through the clutter?
    I’m so overwhelmed that I’m “frozen”, and often my solution is to fill a laundry basket or boxes with clutter and put it in the basement if someone is coming over (babysitter, playdate, etc.) Then I later can’t find important school papers, library books, or even bills because they are lost in the paper piles. Paper is such a contributing factor in the chaos here.
    I’ve even hidden dirty dishes in the oven to create the illusion of a ‘clean’ kitchen.
    I NEED help, and after browsing through your website, you have answers. I pray about it constantly, I have books about “messies” (which haven’t been read), I have emails coming into my inbox, but I don’t do anything about it because I don’t even know where to start.
    I’ve always been too embarrassed to ask for help, because it seems so so basic, and I worry constantly that people are judging me when they see our house. I’ve thought about asking my doctor to see if he recommends anything, but I’ve been too afraid to ask. I’m educated, I’ve held positions with much responsibility, I’ve had professional jobs, but I can’t keep house.
    My husband worries that the children are learning bad habits that will stick with them forever. Is it too late? I am really really in need of help. Maybe this is the first step.
    Thank you! Jane

  278. Cassie
    April 26, 2011 | 5:33 pm

    I run a home daycare/preschool, homeschool two older children, act as Children’s Director at our church, and have a 2-yr old son. I would love to have some tips on dealing with distractions and feeling overwhelmed!

  279. Cassie
    April 26, 2011 | 5:39 pm

    Just realized I missed the deadline! what a goof! Obviously I need this book so I will just buy it!