Every year, I attend the annual FinCon conference, which is basically a giant money nerd fest.
Although I didn’t write a recap post about FinCon16 after the conference was over, it’s safe to say I had a good time.
One of my favorite moments actually happened before the official kick-off to FinCon16.
You see, I arrived in San Diego about a day and a half early. I wanted time to get settled in and adjust to the time change instead of having to hit the ground running. Not that it worked.
Within my first 15 minutes of arriving at the hotel, I was already dashing to my first client meeting. But I digress.
Just before that meeting, as I’m huffing and puffing my way to get there on time, you know since it was about 1000X more humid in California than in Kansas and I was unlucky enough to be staying in the tower that was not where the conference was held, I ran into one of my all-time favorite bloggers. Dana aka Nony aka A Slob Comes Clean.
It’s been a while since I’ve talked about her blog on my blog, but I haven’t lost sight of my goal to reduce clutter as part of my plan to get my finances and my entire life in order.
My shining moment was when I did a double-take and excitedly wheezed, “Hey! Aren’t you Nony?”
I only had a quick minute to get a picture with my favorite clutter blogger before rushing off to my client meeting and before she returned to the conference she was attending.
Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind
I must have made a lasting impression of some sort. (I think it was the wheezing.)
Because, a few days after returning home from FinCon16, I got an email from her asking if I’d be part of her book launch group. Like a total scatterbrain, I said yes and then promptly forgot all about it.
A few weeks later, an Advance Reader’s Copy of her book, How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind, arrived on my doorstep.
I cannot tell you how excited I was about it. Ok, yes, I’ll tell you all about it.
When I first opened the package and saw the book, I fell in love with the cover image. But it was the inside pages that really got me.
You see the plate on the front cover? The one with the red polka dots? They took that polka dot “theme” and used it on some of the pages inside the book too with gray pages with white polka dots. I love that unique feature!
I know it’s not all about the book’s cover and appearance, but that really stood out to me.
Once I started reading, I was hooked. In fact, I chuckled out loud twice just during the introduction!
“If you truly can’t understand how someone could sleep while dirty dishes are in her sink, close it up right now and move on to something else.”
What Nony is describing in the introduction is who the book is written for. I realized right away that I’m NOT her target audience. But, I still got a lot of her book, just as I have with her blog and podcast.
I have used this exact example of dirty dishes to describe my OCD tendencies when it comes to my home, but nevertheless, I kept reading.
What I Learned
As I kept reading, I realized that although I’m not nearly as “slob brained” as she describes herself being, I still learned a lot from the book. I do struggle with perfectionism and a “project mentality” that tends to hold me back from tackling necessary tasks sometimes.
Very quickly I also realized that many of the lessons in her book can be applied to more than just a messy house, but to life in general.
I found Nony’s book to be the perfect mix between humorous stories and actionable advice. She’s not afraid to share examples of her strategies working, and not working, in her own home. This keeps the book from feeling preachy. She also uses comments from her readers to help illustrate how other people have implemented the tips she describes.
In particular, I loved chapter 6, “Just Tell Me What To Do”. I felt she was speaking directly to me as an individual person.
Toward the end of the book, Nony talks about how to keep up your home for reality.
One of my favorite examples was when Nony said she stopped writing to work on her laundry day. I loved that because I did the exact same thing several times while reading the book.
I was inspired enough to put down the book and continue changing my laundry each time the buzzer went off. Of course, it was hard to put down. But the entire point of the book is about doing your daily habits to keep your home under control.
28 Days to Hope For Your Home
After the end of her book, Nony also included a copy of her e-book, 28 Days to Hope for Your Home. She references this smaller book several times throughout and I found it very helpful to have that included. I also thought it was a great way to add extra value for readers.
The best part about reading Nony’s book was how she presented the information like she was talking to an old friend.
Here’s a little more information about Nony, her blog, and her book.