Motivated by Hilary Bernstein: A Book Review

By Melissa Batai

There seem to be two types of people in this world—those who love to clean and those who don’t. I have plenty of relatives in the love to clean camp who seem to (gasp!) relax with cleaning. I, on the other hand, can find plenty of other things to do besides cleaning such as doing my work, reading or playing with the kids, or just relaxing with a good book. I make sure I keep up with the laundry, dishes, and meal prep every day, but the actual cleaning? Not high on my priority list.

If you feel like I do, then you may enjoy the book Motivated: Caring for Your Home When You Don’t Feel Like It ($9.99) by Hilary Bernstein.

About Motivated

In this ebook, Bernstein’s entire purpose is to motivate you to clean your home on a regular basis. She explores 16 ways to motivate the reader, and I confess, she motivated me!

Bernstein tackles motivating the reader several different ways. She appeals to Christians by giving Biblical verses and principles. She uses science to argue that having a clean, uncluttered house is good for your health. She reflects on how your environment affects your mental health and your attitude. Honestly, I never thought so much about the state of my house as I did while reading this ebook!

My Thoughts

This book made me start cleaning my house more. I realized, thanks to Bernstein and the cleaning she motivated me to start doing, that keeping up the house doesn’t actually require that much time, especially if it’s already tidy and decluttered.

One thing Bernstein didn’t talk about, which I wish she would have, was children and chores. On the one hand, I love that this book is truly written for every woman, but on the other hand, if you’re part of a family with children, I believe they should play a role in helping to clean the house as they definitely help make the mess. I would have liked to have seen Bernstein have a chapter on a role the children play in helping to keep a house clean.

In addition, she mentioned how important it is to set up a daily cleaning routine, and she gives the reader six steps for creating that routine, but if you’re not a naturally tidy person, I don’t feel there is enough guidance. I would have loved to have seen a sample of Bernstein’s own daily and weekly cleaning routine. However, I did go to her blog and discover that she has many, many articles written on house cleaning and homemaking, so if you have the time, that may be a good place to find more detail on a cleaning routine.

This is an ebook unlike any other with the sole purpose of helping motivate you to keep your house, which in turn, can make you feel better about other areas of your life. If you’re struggling to be a good steward of your home, this book can help.