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Imagine having your house clean in eight minutes flat. Yes, it is possible! Courtenay Hartford is all about working smarter, not harder. She shows readers how to get their homes that kind of sparkly clean that they've only dreamed about and do it with time leftover for all the real life-living that you want to do. Courtenay's tips and tricks help readers make their lives easier with clever shortcuts and daily, monthly and super- mega all-inclusive deep cleaning checklists. These tips help with actual real-life cleaning situations that you face everyday like how to rescue a messy house in 8 minutes flat (hint: there are only a few surfaces in your house that really matter here!) as well as which steps in your laundry routine you really can skip to make tackling Mount : Dirtyclothes so much speedier and that you really don't need most of the cleaning products in your cupboard. Tackle your toughest cleaning jobs in some of the dirtiest rooms in your home with quick, helpful, realistic tips with this fun, easy-to-read guide.
'As with the commander of an army, or the leader of any enterprise, so it is with a Great Writer and his house.' Great Writer's Household Tips covers all your household needs, indoors and outdoors, from pruning a rose bush with Pablo Neruda to mending a dripping tap with Jean-Paul Sartre. Throwing a tea-party? Irvine Welsh has the recipe for the perfect chocolate cake, though that's not all he's cooking. Brilliant, hilarious, and always pitch-perfect, this omnibus edition of Mark Crick's wonderful books of literary pastiche will inform and entertain the most erudite of householders.
It has been over 60 years since the last guide to the care of church linens and textiles was published and despite being used to a greater or lesser degree in every parish church, popular knowledge of their proper use and care is diminishing. This welcome and straightforward guide provides practical advice with helpful illustrations on the use and care of all church linen and textiles. Part One explains the use, care and repair of all the main items of linen used at the altar, including textile coverings, frontals, pulpit and lectern falls. Part Two describes the use of vestments and garments, how and when they are worn, and their proper storage and care. Part Three offers a complete guide to cleaning fabrics, natural and synthetic; what to wash and what to dry clean, and how to remove common spills and stains such as candle wax and flower pollen. Part Four offers a directory of sources and advice on the storage and disposal of church textiles.
Your home should be somewhere you look forward to spending time. It should be a haven from the stresses of the world. You should be proud to have your friends round for dinner and they should leave impressed by your comfortable, clean, homely home. Nowadays, we don't all have the time or energy to make the most of our homes. But with a little help from Anthea Turner, the queen of clean, you too can have a beautiful, clean and comfortable home to be truly proud of. With tips on everything from decluttering to dry cleaning, storage solutions to spring cleaning, dinner parties to brunches, this is an indispensable home management guide. There are simple lessons on each aspect of home making from cleaning to ironing to washing to tidying as well as top tips on entertaining. You wil learn to entertain in style, with little effort and cost. Whether you're a housewife, or a young professional or student just setting up home, the Perfect Housewife has helpful hints to get you organised. You can save time and energy and turn your house into a home with Anthea Turner!
"NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER
Desk drowning in papers? No room for the car in the garage? Santa still sitting on the roof in May? The home office swallows up whole rooms, as does the family computer station. Then there are the cell phone chargers, the remotes, and the play areas, not to mention our collections -- books, DVDs, toys, magazines. Time management experts agree that when the minor things that take up space in the mind are eliminated, there is room to think about the big things. The same goes for the home. The clarity that comes from de-cluttering rooms, finances, and time promotes mental clarity, peacefulness, and contemplation. When everything is organized, it is easier to enjoy the meaningful things in life.
"Organizing Plain & Simple "is like a course from an expert teacher, grounded in the fundamentals and enriched with philosophy, tips, anecdotes, illustrations - everything necessary to make home and life run more smoothly. Donna Smallin takes a personalized, nonjudgemental approach to explaining how to assess each individual's situation and suggesting where to start organizing - room by room - and then covers how to stay organized. Then she offers advice on organizing time and finances, as well as organizing for the seasons and for special events - the birth of a baby, combining households, a move, kids going off to college, successful downsizing. Smallin presents a broad range of innovative solutions in the running feature "One Challenge, Three Solutions" that includes tips for solving classic organizational issues from a wide range of professional organizers.
Now, more than ever, people across the country are turning toward
simpler, greener, and quieter ways of living--whether they're
urbanites or country folk. Following in the footsteps of "Back to
Basics" and "Homesteading," this large, fully-illustrated book
provides the entire family with the information they need to make
the shift toward self-sufficient living.
Practical tips for organizing the spaces in your home help meet the needs for order in life.
Would you like to clear out some of the clutter in your home? Do you ever wonder where all this stuff has come from feeling like things have maybe gotten a bit out of control? Join Marcia Ramsland, the organizing pro, as she leads you in a room-by-room approach to simplifying your home and office.
Simplifying your space is the process of organizing your belongings and letting go of the excess until your surroundings are peaceful and in order. Using the CALM approach; C=Create a Plan, A=Approach it by Sections, L=Lighten up and Let Go, and M=Manage it Simply; Marcia guides readers in creating a more stress-free life. Includes 52 space saving tips, checklists, helpful diagrams, and even decorating ideas
A visually stunning look at cabin life with expert advice on how to achieve the "cabin state of mind." Your guide to the cabin lifestyle The cabin is American architecture at its purest form, plain and simple. Cabin Living is a collection of twenty-five of the best "Cabin Tour" stories from Cabin Living magazine. Featured throughout are cabins of all different sizes and styles from across the United States. There are legacy cabins that have been passed down from one generation to the next, as well as brand-new dream homes that aspire to new levels of cabin living. For followers of the tiny house trend, the book features cabins that make the most of every nook and cranny. In addition, floor plans, lots of full-color photos, maintenance and decorating sidebars, outdoor living and recreation features, and anecdotes about family gatherings and traditions, all give inspiration on how to achieve the "cabin state-of-mind."
Ever wondered how to fit the ironing into an already overcrowded schedule? Or needed advice on how to deal with house guests whose political opinions you abhor? In this charming guide, Her Ladyship dons the mantle of a modern Mrs Beeton to provide the answers to these pressing domestic questions, and many more. In her trademark lightly humorous but always elegant style, she discusses important issues such as day-to-day housekeeping and routines (exactly how clean do you need to keep your house?), dealing effectively but graciously with 'staff' (cleaners, au pairs, gardeners), how to avoid committing social faux pas when entertaining, and useful ideas for getting the children to help with the housework. The book is not aimed solely at people who live in large country houses, like Her Ladyship, but at anyone who feels in need of a bit of gentle guidance on running a home properly, whatever its size or type, while still coping with the demands of work, childcare and all the other perils of modern life.
Sick of the mess? Discover your personal organising style - and stay organised forever! Organisation isn't one- size-fits-all; different people need different solutions. Fortunately, Katie and Kelly McMenamin, the organising gurus behind PixiesDidlt!, have found the key to making organisation stick, with strategies that work for every personality. Whether you're obsessive or a little messy, Katie and Kelly will help you discover your organisational style, using unconventional approaches or sticking to what already works. Along with personality-based solutions for every space in your home, they offer advice on solving strife between different types. So you can keep the stuff you love - and keep the peace!
In today's economic climate, self-sufficiency is increasingly seen as a viable means of taking control of our lives and safeguarding for the future - this is the book that will help every householder do just that. Each of the twelve chapters focuses on key topics for living a more self-sustainable life, with practical information and expert guidance that will make the subject come alive for everyone, whatever their needs, circumstances and resources. This means that the gardening chapter, for example, is appropriate both for people with an urban back yard or a more substantial plot of land. Written in a down-to-earth, engaging and often amusing style, the book will appeal to single people as much as to those with large families, to women who want to be more creative, resourceful and independent, to men who want to rediscover their inner 'hunter-gatherer', and to parents looking to equip their children with basic life skills.
Home cures, recipes, everyday hints and tips. It is a celebration of one of nature's most powerful ingredients and how to use it for health, cleaning and in cooking. How to use bicarbonate of soda - or baking soda - as a cheap, natural cleaning product around the home, and for medicinal purposes. It includes delicious culinary ideas, with recipes for tasty main dishes, delightful desserts, perfect muffins and breads, and fizzing lemonades. An incredibly versatile substance, bicarbonate of soda - also known as baking soda - has an enormous variety of practical uses. It is a valuable commodity in the world of glass and soap manufacturing, it is a necessary ingredient in the making of gingerbread, and the Ancient Egyptians used it in the preparation of their mummies. This book sets out to pull together a number of facts - some whimsical, some serious - about bicarbonate of soda. It includes a chapter on the uses of bicarbonate of soda throughout history, from cleaning cuts and making toothpaste to leavening bread and creating fizzy drinks.There are helpful suggestions concerning how best to consume bicarbonate of soda, whether used as an ingredient in a recipe or for medicinal purposes. It can also be used for cleaning - in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry and outdoors - and for deodorizing pet smells and controlling household pests. With the help of this book, you will be surprised just how versatile bicarbonate of soda really is.
In Duct Tape Engineer--the book of Big, Bigger, and Epic Duct Tape Projects hands-on educator, master tinkerer, and author of Rubber Band Engineer, Lance Akiyama breaks away from table-top crafts and shows you how to design, sculpt, and build backpacks, kayaks, catapults, a queen-size bed, and even even a writing desk and chair with duct tape. These fourteen projects are designed to be long-lasting as well as fun, and include advice on solid construction techniques and even weather proofing. Packed with full-color illustrations and easy to follow instructions, Duct Tape Engineer will make the perfect gift for any maker on your list.
From ancient Greece to the Victorian era and into modern times oils have been used for an infinite variety of purposes. This book explores the seemingly endless applications of this wondrous substance, looking at its fascinating properties, the vast range of types available and its use as a valued ingredient in recipes, medicinal treatments, cleansers, beauty treatment and aromatherapy. It combines in-depth advice with easy-to-follow recipes and instructions.
What's your cleaning style? Super cleaner? Speed cleaner? Green cleaner? Occasional cleaner? No matter what your style, Donna Smallin can show you how to achieve and maintain a clean, inviting home. She covers every imaginable situation, with special advice for dual-career families with busy schedules, pet owners, families with small children, allergy sufferers, and people with large outdoor living areas. Endorsing the motto "clean smarter, not harder," Smallin suggests cleaning routines for each area or room of the house, and she breaks down the big tasks into doable pieces. While keeping things simple and manageable, Smallin knows how to get into the nitty-gritty of cleaning. She can talk mops, squeegees, vacuuming, disinfecting, deodorizing, and decluttering with the best of them. She has special tips for cleaning everything from flatware to computers, couch cushions to countertops, shower stalls to stereo speakers.
Every day, in every way, you can get just a little more organized
in just a few minutes.
Everyone knows they need to cut the crap out of their lives, and here's how to do it! Straightforward and focused, "Clutter Busting" shows how anyone can begin right now to clear the clutter and debris from their home, garage, office, and life. And, as defined in this book, clutter is anything that no longer serves us, from outdated clothes to old habits. Piles of junk in our garages and closets, overflowing papers on our desks and in our files, items unused for years, clothing we never wear, gifts received that we can't seem to toss out - they all represent dis-order and come weighted with guilt, shame, and a sense of crowded dis-ease. "Clutter Busting" is short and sweet, and takes as its premise that your 'things' are not spiritual or important, you are. Once the clutter is cleared, new things flow into your life, making this the perfect book to begin discovering what your life should truly be about - once you clear the accumulated yet now useless debris.
A unique diary with a practical week-to-view layout and 56 delicious triple-tested recipes so that you can try something new every week of the year. It has a handy pocket at the front for storing cards and receipts and features concealed wiro binding so that it lies flat when in use. There are plenty of useful pages for recording details, such as personal contacts, useful websites, thoughts and plans plus birthday and Christmas gift records. It even gives a step-by-step guide to producing gorgeous, scrumptious bakes. This Recipe Diary also provides hints, tips, calendars and conversions - in fact everything you need to plan your busy life.
British estates were known to be the epitome of cleanliness with their white-glove perfection. Through her meticulous research on servants, Lucy Lethbridge gleaned much knowledge about how these homes were made to gleam over almost two centuries, from the Victorian through the Edwardian years and beyond. The majority of household tasks were done with basic ingredients like lemon juice, white vinegar, and bicarbonate of soda, which feel very modern in their display of frugality and ecological soundness. Tea leaves were used to freshen up rugs and stewed rhubarb to remove rust stains. Here, Lethbridge reveals these old-fashioned and almost-forgotten techniques that made British households sparkle before the use of complicated contraptions and a spray for every surface. A treasury of advice from servants' memoirs and housekeeping guides, and illustrated with charming art from period advertising and domestic classics, Mind Your Manors is the perfect book for all those who want to put time-tested cleaning methods to work.
This title offers almost 3,000 time and money-saving tips, shortcuts, and quick fixes from the 'First Lady' of household hints. Whether it's unclogging drains with dryer sheets, raising the best tomatoes - with the help of panty-hose - or sharing hundreds of ways to make doing laundry better, cheaper, and faster, Heloise has the answer. More relevant than ever when time and money are tight, these shortcuts and solutions for cleaning up, entertaining with ease, making repairs, getting organized, and coping with nuisances guarantee a hassle-free home. Beloved by millions of readers around the world, Heloise's down-to-earth tips have been the backbone of the Hints from Heloise brand for more than 50 years. In Heloise's first new book in more than five years, she offers thousands of no-nonsense solutions that address: the worst (and best) day to do laundry; how to clean up a broken compact fluorescent light bulb; dusting baseboards without bending; and, deterring kitchen pests with crushed peppermint candies.
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