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This is a book for anyone who feels overwhelmed by life and is looking for an accessible and gentle way to care for their home—and themselves.

Have you ever looked at a pile of dishes in the sink and wanted to crawl back into bed? Or found yourself staring at the overflowing recycling bin thinking, why is my life such a mess?

But what if we stopped seeing a clean house as a reflection of our worth and instead as a kindness to our future self?

How to Keep House While Drowning will introduce you to six life-changing principles to revolutionise the way you approach domestic work, all without a single to-do list. Most importantly, it will help you get free of shame and guide you in coping with stress...and that ever-mounting laundry pile.

This book will help you:

  • Find ways to make your home serve you.
  • Break down domestic work into manageable tasks.
  • Stop negative self-talk around housework.
  • Give yourself permission to rest, even when things aren't finished.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 KC Davis (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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The most relevant book I’ve ever read/listened to

I downloaded this book as I’d seen it mentioned on TikTok and when I saw it was only 3 hours long I thought what do I have to lose…within the first chapter I had tears streaming down my face and they didn’t stop until the end! I also suffered with PND last year after having my second daughter and I’ve been left feeling lazy and unable to ‘reset’ ever since.
This book changed all of that in just three hours and I now feel like I can get my life and my home back. Thank you

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Life-saver

Finally, a book written compassionately for people with adhd and chronic illness. It’s been very helpful

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Why am I crying over a book about housework?!

In short, no book has ever spoken to me more. KC’s words could have been coming out of my own mouth. It made me feel motivated, but more importantly it made me feel forgiven and so SO understood.

Thank you ❤️

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A great book

A useful book, well written and read. I'm someone who was diagnosed with ADHD (inattentive type) as an adult, and was raised in a typical Catholic home, so the content relating to guilt and laziness really hit home. Lots of useful tips in here, I particularly liked the 'five things' tidying method. The book is very much written with things like parenting and working from home in mind, which might be useful to know.
At times I felt that the focus on forgiving yourself for inaction or 'unhealthy' choices outweighed the practical advice for getting tasks done, something that at times felt a little patronising, but that's likely a personal preference. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone struggling with self care, whether due to time pressures, mental health, or being neuro-atypical. It's also a book I think the partners and families of people with those struggles should absolutely check out.

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Brilliant manual for self-kindness

I think the book could be titled "Lessons in self kindness for those with ADHD". I took little bits away from the keeping house bits but so much more away in terms of stopping being so damp hard on myself. I am 50 years old and was only diagnosed a year ago. Realising that not doing the things I've been told 'everyone' does or not doing them the way I think I 'should' and not feeling like a failure for it is the greatest gift I can receive. Thank you KC ❤️

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Upgraded my whole life to another level

I'm a fairly successful professional. I'm also a middle-aged woman with ADHD and this book has changed my life. That sounds like a cliche but this is genuinely one of those rare books that I'm always seeking - a real life changer. I was brought up to believe that care tasks are moral and that perfection is necessary to be a decent and worthy person. I'm an intelligent woman but have never before come across anything that questions the validity of this belief. Realising I don't have to feel ashamed that I struggle with task initiation and doing low dopamine tasks has changed how I feel about myself and made my life infinitely better. And instead of presuming I've got children and going on and on about motherhood (although motherhood is included throughout for those of you who are mothers) she added a section for people without children, making me feel even more included and valid. I cried my eyes out for about an hour listening to this (while doing the washing up!). And my house is cleaner than ever and it feels manageable. Thank you so much, KC Davis!

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The most useful book! So so helpful and insightful

I felt compelled to leave a review for this book. I don't think I've ever left a review for a book before but I feel so motivated to do so as this book was just so helpful for me and I believe it will be so helpful for anyone who like me, gets overwhelmed by 'simple' day to day tasks and whom feel they 'should' just be able to 'get on with it'. I've had a negative voice in my head for as long as I can remember and this book has helped me to further question that voice and acknowledge the shame I've been living with. The author tells it like it is and is yet compassionate and understanding. I feel I've been learning to reparent myself in many ways and keeping a clean and tiny home isn't all that easy to anyone who is neurodivergent. The author really understands this and breaks down the surrounding shame, provides motivation in a kind manner and give many practical steps. Thank you so much KC Davis!

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Game changer!

This book! I laughed, I cried, I let go. So good, I might listen again 😍

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Brilliantly gentle

This is a must for anyone who is neurodivergent or who struggles with executive function. It teaches you to be kind to yourself and let go of any guilt/ trauma responses.

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Life changing

I am not usually interested in “self help” type books. I find them preachy and annoying more often than not, and difficult to implement. With that in mind, I was pleasantly surprised to find this book the complete opposite.

It’s as if the author has dived into my head and written down exactly what I needed to hear, exactly as I needed to hear it. This book really resonated with me and offers real life, practical tips that can be adapted for all lifestyles.

I’ve already listened to it twice, and intend to keep listening to it whenever I am struggling to get things done and feeling bad about it.

100% recommend this book for anyone who struggles with care tasks and beats themselves up about it. We’re all just doing our best, and that’s okay!

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Really great short listen

For anyone with anxiety this was a fab quick listen to to help make peace with yourself and has a few easy pointers