Books & Media of Interest

Apps

 

URBAN URBANE is not affiliated with any of these apps. They are included here for informational purposes only. Inclusion is not an endorsement. Use at your own discretion and risk.

Clean House - Chores Schedule

Clean House is one of those simple apps that can change your life.

It won't gonna do all the work for you, but it can make your house chores much simplier. How? What if I told you that the key to keep your house clean is to prevent it from becoming dirty! "Thanks for nothing captain obvious" you might say... but what i mean is - don't clean your house when it is too late, because its simply hard. Keep it clean with household chore schedule, which tells you when to do fast and simple house chores.

 

Clean My House - Task List

Are you domestically challenged or simply time poor (or both)? If you don't wake up in the morning and automatically know what house cleaning you should be doing today, but you want to have a clean house, then this app is for you. It will help you to create a house cleaning schedule. 

Clean My House is simple and easy to use. It has categories and tasks. I use the categories as areas of our home, ie. Kitchen, Bathroom etc. You can change these in the settings Edit Categories screen.

OurHome – Chores and Rewards

OurHome is a new and simple way to organize your family. Kids will be motivated to do chores and take responsibility while parents can reward them for their effort. There’s also a smart grocery list and a private family message board. Best of all, it’s totally free to use with no ads and no hidden costs.

Home Organizing Guide Pro

Discover a Revolutionary Approach to Home Organizing with this Guide to have a Happy Stress Home Today!

Books

General Cleaning

Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement

Clean It Fast, Clean It Right : The Ultimate Guide to Making Absolutely Everything You Own Sparkle and Shine

Health & Sanitation

 Germ Proof Your Kids: The Complete Guide to Protecting . . .

The Good, the Bad, the Slimy: The Secret Life of Microbes

Good Germs, Bad Germs: Health and Survival in a Bacterial World

The Invisible Kingdom: From the Tips of Our Fingers to the Tops of Our Trash . . .

The Secret Life of Germs: What They Are, Why We Need Them, and How We Can Protect  . . .

Where the Germs: Are A Scientific Safari

History

Chasing Dirt: The American Pursuit of Cleanliness

Clean: A History of Personal Hygiene and Purity

Clean and Decent: The Fascinating History of the Bathroom and the Water-Closet

The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History

Dirty Old London: The Victorian Fight Against Filth

Flushed: How the Plumber Saved Civilization 

Foul Bodies: Cleanliness in Early America

Never Done: A History of American Housework

For the Kids

Germs Are Not for Sharing

A Germ's Journey

Sherm the Germ

Those Mean Nasty Dirty Downright Disgusting but...Invisible Germs

Wash Your Hands!

Laundry & Clothing

The Clothing Doctor's 99 Secrets to Cleaning & Clothing Care

Laundry: The Home Comforts Book of Caring for Clothes and Linens

Litter & Waste Management

Litter: What Remains of Our Culture

Litter-ology: Understanding Littering and the Secrets to Clean Public Places

Outsmart Waste: The Modern Idea of Garbage and How to Think Our Way Out of It​

Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash

Science

Dust: A History of the Small and the Invisible​

Rust: The Longest War

The Secret Life of Dust: From the Cosmos to the Kitchen Counter

Organizing & Decluttering

30 Days to a Clean and Organized House​

365 Days of Decluttering and Organizing Your Home

Clutter Busting Your Life

Clutterfree with Kids

Decluttering at the Speed of Life

Easy Minimalist Living: 30 Days to Declutter, Simplify and Organize Your Home​

How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind

Confessions of an Organized Homemaker

Minimalism: 23 Steps To Decluttering & Organizing Your Home​

The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own

Real Life Organizing: Clean and Clutter-Free in 15 Minutes a Day 

Psychology

The Anatomy of Disgust

Disgust: The Theory and History of a Strong Sensation​

Junk: Digging Through America's Love Affair with Stuff

Mess: One Man's Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things

That's Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion​

Yuck!: The Nature and Moral Significance of Disgust 

Podcasts

The Art of Simple

Equal parts homebody and wandering pilgrim, I spend many days reminiscing about afternoons in Italy or dreaming up our next family trip to who-knows-where, mostly while stirring soup in my tiny, Central Texas fixer-upper kitchen.

Ask a Clean Person

In this 45-minute show, cleaning expert and advice columnist Jolie Kerr shares cleaning tips, answers reader questions and gets really real with a rotating cast of guests about the messes life throws our way. If you're plagued by 'pit stains, not entirely clear on how to clean a toilet, or just morbidly curious about how often people are laundering their bathrobes, this is the show for you.

Clutterbug

An ongoing series of podcasts on organizing, decluttering, and cleaning.

 

Green is Good Radio: Household Cleaner with a Conscience

One of the key principles that Karmalades is based on is karma or, simply put, what goes around comes around. Everything we do eventually affects our precious earth. With that in mind, Karmalades products are formulated with naturally derived ingredients and packaged in sustainable materials like glass and tin.

Green is Good Radio: Changing the Tides of America's Companies with Jeffrey Hollender

Eco-preneur Jeffrey Hollender discusses the founding of the American Sustainable Business Council. He’s the co-founder, former CEO of Seventh Generation, and one of the leading people on corporate responsibility, sustainability, and social equity.

Living Rich on Less: Why today’s homes are filthy and how to clean up our act

Over the past two weeks, I’ve been a bit of a jet setter, working away with the Air National Guard, vacationing with the family, and attending the coolest conference ever (more deets on that later).

Although I have certainly enjoyed the break from my normal routine, I am itching to get back to the DIY shenanigans. Before I dive into home improvement projects, however, I wanted to share with you the very first episode of my new “Living Rich” podcast.

The Minimalists Podcast

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus help over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and documentary. 

A Slob Comes Clean

An ongoing series of podcasts.

The Slow Home Podcast

We live life in the fast lane. We race to keep up with The Joneses. We are over-worked, over-committed and over-stressed, and we compete on how busy and important and sleep-deprived we are. But we don't need to.

There is an ever-growing group of people who are saying no to life lived at 110%. They are opting to slow down, simplify, say no and focus on the things that are truly important. I'm one of them, and in The Slow Home Podcast I chat to others who have adopted a similar approach to life - slowing down, opting out, saying no.

Think on KERA: Understanding Hoarding

Hoarding disorder is an actual condition recognized by the Mayo Clinic and other health organizations. This hour, we’ll talk about why some people find it difficult to discard possessions – and about how they can be helped – with Smith College psychology professor Randy Frost. He’s the author of a number of books about hoarding, including “Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things,” and he’ll deliver the keynote address at the Southwest Conference on Hoarding being held Friday in Hurst.

An Uncluttered Life

Are you sick and tired of feeling like you are living the “Plan B” version of your life? Feeling a little bit out of control and overwhelmed? Then An Uncluttered Life podcast is for you! Every week we take you by the hand to go from the life you have to the one you’ve always wanted.

KunstlerCast #78: Litter & Pollution - Trashing Places We Don't Respect

James Howard Kunstler says one reason why American cities are so dirty is because we do not have a firm agreement about how to treat the public realm in this country. He believes that people will literally trash a place that they don’t like or respect. And a lot of American space is difficult to respect. On a larger scale, many corporations treat the American landscape with a similar disregard. While Kunstler believes that large scale pollution from mega corporations may taper off with the cheap oil supply, he thinks local manufacturing in the future might reintroduce forms of pollution that haven’t been seen in the U.S. for a while.

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