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Recovering `Marthaholic' Curbs Cleaning Addiction

Home decor expert Lisa Quinn used to obsess over keeping a perfect house, but is now waving the white flag on domestic duties -- and keeping her kids off the
couch.

Home decor expert Lisa Quinn used to obsess over keeping a perfect house, but is now waving the white flag on domestic duties -- and keeping her kids off the couch.

Friday, April 30, 2010 17:27 GMT

SAN FRANCISCO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One recovering “Marthaholic” is learning to step away from the vacuum cleaner.

TV host Lisa Quinn has just penned Life’s Too Short To Fold Fitted Sheets (Chronicle Books), a book of housekeeping shortcuts to help liberate women from dreadful domestic duties.

Quinn admits she was once “obsessed” with having a perfect home like the Martha Stewart-style ones in magazines.

She realized she had problem when she fell and broke her big toe trying to wipe a teeny, tiny smudge off a mirror.

Another hint was that her kids were “miserable” because they couldn’t touch anything in their perfectly staged house.

These days, Quinn is much more relaxed and even lets her kids jump on the couch sometimes.

She urges busy women to “wave the white flag” and accept that it’s okay for the house to look lived in.

For quick fixes, she suggests low lighting to hide dust and disposable wipes to clean anything.

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