House Love: A Joyful Guide to Cleaning, Organizing, and Loving the Home You’re In

Harvest. Dec. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9780063278424. $27.99. HOME ECON
Richardson (Laundry Love), a.k.a. the Laundry Evangelist, approaches house cleaning with humor and aplomb. The book opens with a “cast of characters,” family members and friends he references through memories and anecdotes in each chapter’s opening. Room by room, Richardson offers tips to breathe new life into a space without spending a lot or knocking down walls, such as changing the warmth of light bulbs or swapping out dish towels or drawer pulls. At first, readers might long for pictures, but that feeling fades as Richardson’s engaging storytelling brings the book to life. Included are instructions for a thorough cleaning of each room plus a 10-minute version (with a curated playlist) if one is short on time (perfect for last-minute guests). The book inspires readers to discover their own design style and try new things. Don’t need a dining room? Make a craft space or home office. Can’t afford to wallpaper? Get a smaller amount of wallpaper and frame it. Richardson also gives guidance on the cleaning tools really needed and offers recipes for homemade cleaning solutions.
VERDICT Richardson’s playfulness and good humor shine in this book; he makes cleaning fun and provides excellent tips to refresh the whole house.
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