I read this book instead of cleaning my house. It was a very zen experience, lol.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT
While she was doing her dishes, Lauren Brownwell had a light bulb moment. She could hate doing the dishes. Or she could stop fighting it. She could rather focus on who she is doing the dishes for. Her kids, her husband. Also for herself. It is the small things that add to the richness and depth of life. So, she turned her point of view around and found peace by cleaning her house. Zen and the art of housekeeping shows us how she did it. It also shows us how we can also become the zen master of our own homes.
WHAT I LIKED
I really found a lot of useful tips and tricks in zen and the art of housekeeping. Lauren is down to earth, and her techniques are easily achievable. I jotted down her recipes for non-toxic cleaning, using everyday household items. And I will be more conscious of living greener.
All in all, the book gave me a new way of looking at my house, and myself.
WHAT I DISLIKED
I found the koan at the beginning of the chapter, and the haiku at the end of the chapter to be overkill. Maybe I am not zen enough to appreciate them? But I didn’t find it to be inspiring at all. Luckily, it’s something I could ignore. I guess you will either love it or hate it, you decide.
Also, it would have been nice to see some practical advice related to men. It will feel super zen when hubby cleans the house while I sip on a cup of tea 😊
WHAT I THOUGHT
Let’s face it- cleaning a house when you know it will be dirty again the next day is frustrating. But I will try to be more zen in my housekeeping approach from now on. Giving my family a peaceful living space is, in fact, a reward in itself.