Saturday, May 15, 2010

Guest Post: Lisa Quinn author of Life is Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets: Your Ultimate Guide To Domestic Liberation

Lisa Quinn, author of the book Life is Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets: Your Ultimate Guide To Domestic Liberation, stopped by to share with us a piece she wrote.

What else is life too short for?

1) Life is Too Short to Plant an organic garden of heirloom vegetables and flowers in the form of P for perfect.

Here's the brutal truth, Ladies, you can't have it all. Why would you even want it all? Consider the alternative for a moment. Consider a life without all this pressure, imagine having happiness, order, peace, and success in your life without all the drama.  It begins by stepping away from perfectionism.

2) Life is Too Short to Judge Yourself by Other Mom's Opinions of You.

I met a busy mom of three the other day who in the midst of our conversation admitted that she sometimes skips out on playdates because she feels her clothes and the clothes of her kids don't measure up. I had a similar story to share. I bought a fake Chanel bag once, for certain occasions. I was always terrified that someone with a real Chanel bag was going to out me. It wasn't enough that I was outgoing and personable: I apparently needed a $2500 purse, too.

It's not just fashion, it's everything. You've got to love the little zingers you get from the other moms who just want to help. " you send Gillian to preschool...Well, I'm sure that makes it so much easier for you" or "Wow, you let him eat that?" or "Bless your heart, you're working so hard. It's no wonder you can't keep the house up." My favorite is, "You Look So Tired." How do you even respond to that? Should you apologize?  

BTW, I still have that fake purse.  It sits on a shelf in my closet stuffed with plastic bags to help keep its shape. I hang on to it to remind myself what a knucklehead I can be.

3) Life is Too Short to Say Yes.

Are you a yes-woman? Do you consent without even processing the request? Do you agree to volunteer (again) then instantly dread the whole process? Do you feel guilty when you say no?
Thinking you are a bad person for saying no is a symptom of the 'disease to please.'  I say take care of the ones you love and shamelessly deny the rest.  It may be difficult at first, but after a while, you'll see the payoff: more time and less dread.  Just say no. And when you do say no, keep your answer short. Lengthy justifications just make it seem like you are lying. A drawn-out response might also give you time to start feeling guilty and say yes--especially if you are lying.

4) Life is too Short to Multi-Task.

Technology has ruined everything. There's no place to hide anymore. Everyone knows you have email, instant messaging, social networks, and Bluetooth, and they all expect instant replies at any hour. In an effort to keep up, we end up multitasking all the time. It's absurd how much we try to cram into a day.
There have been numerous studies on how multitasking really just means you're doing a crappy job in a bunch of different areas. They say the brain has trouble giving 100 percent to more than one task at a time. I'm no doctor but I can tell you from my own personal experience that trying to juggle too much all the time will make you bat-shit crazy. Just ask my family. 

Its my belief that a lot of this overactivity is simply an addiction to drama. I hear so many people complain endlessly about how busy they are. They bitch and moan about it so much that I'm certain they're secretly proud of it. All that hustling around can give a person a false sense of importance. Could it be that you are only busy for busy-ness sake? If so, maybe it's time to check in with yourself. Are there activities you could erase from your schedule that would relieve some of the stress? Can you be okay with the fact that you don't have to be occupied all the time? Really?

About the book:

In the tradition of Erma Bombeck and Peg Bracken, author Lisa Quinn Emmy Award-winning television host and recovering Marthaholic gets real on the follies of housekeeping. Life's Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets is a crash course in Slacker Chic 101 that will have over-extended women everywhere laughing out loud and throwing in the towel the dishtowel, that is. Full of shortcuts and tricks for cleaning, decor, and entertaining, such as: the top 10 things you have to clean if you have company coming in 30 minutes; interior finishes that hide the most dirt; 17 meals made from a deli chicken; and much more, this wickedly funny guide helps women create the life they want without all the hard labor and without compromising style.

About Lisa:

Lisa Quinn is an Emmy award-winning TV host, set dresser, author, and busy mom of Scarlett Elizabeth and Silas Cash. She is a contributor to Better Homes and Gardens, Redbook, Life, and PARADE magazines; has appeared on Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, HGTV, and Oprah; designed sets for the National Geographic Society and the Discovery Channel; and starred in her own one-hour special for the Fine Living Network.

She can be seen in the Bay Area on ABC-7's The View from the Bay. Home with Lisa Quinn is nationally syndicated on the Live Well HD Network.

Look for her latest book, Life's Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets on

Lisa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children.


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