When I graduated from college, I last less than four months living back home when my parents and I looked at each other and said,
THIS ISN’T WORKING!
I needed to NOT live with them in order to get along with them.
My dad immediately
begged and convinced sweet-talked my grandparents to let me fix-up and rent the little house they owned next door to their house.
The house was tiny–one bedroom, a living area, a kitchen, and half-bathroom, and a utility room that we added a shower stall to so I could be clean.
I know, I know. This sounds so quaint and lovey for a young bachelorette.
In reality, while I was steam-cleaning the carpets, painting over the cigarette stains, and wiping out all remnants of old lady stink (yes, a larger old lady with cats and a penchant for the nicotine lived there for a million years before me), I was told that the house was over 100 years old and actually started as two chicken coops that had been pushed together because an aunt was moving to the farm.
Excuse me, what?
From then on? My living space was known as “The Chicken Coop.”
Anyway, I was 22 and living on my own.
And completely clueless.
I ate a lot of fast food.
I called Grandpa whenever something didn’t work.
I pushed furniture in front of things I thought were ugly.
Four years later, I got married and moved into a new build. But I was not any smarter at planning meals, fixing stuff around the house, or just domestic things in general.
And now, seven years after that…after having a child and failing at these home-ec type things….NOW YOU TELL ME THERE IS HELP???
Ok, yes, this book is all sorts of useful. It will help you clean stuff you thought you couldn’t possible clean. It will give you quick fix-it tips, and (my favorite), it has a meal-planning-for-dummies chapter.
It is like the Bible of all things Living On Your Own.
It should be handed out at
college HIGH SCHOOL graduations. It is that useful.
So now that we established that yes, it is totally useful? I must tell you the best part.
IT IS HILARIOUS!
Seriously. Author Heather Solos not only walks the reader through things, but she cracks jokes the whole way.
It’s like having your best friend show you how to make chicken stock. You learn, you are appreciative, and yet…you feel that someone is laughing at you just a bit.
Everyone needs this book. Everyone. So go buy it here.