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With today's hectic lifestyles the last thing you want to do after a busy day is clean the house. But Speed Cleaning is here to provide the answers for everyone who wants a clean house but doesn't have the time to spend hours with cloth and duster in hand. Shannon Lush and Jennifer Fleming show how in just 15 minutes a day their sure-fire systems and ingenious methods are all you need to achieve a spotless house without the hard work. Filled with brilliant and practical advice, non-toxic cleaning methods and good old-fashioned common sense, this book shows how to clean your house top to bottom, room by room as well as providing handy hints and tips for yearly Spring and Autumn cleaning and organisational dos and don'ts for everyday routines. A must-have for anyone who wants a spotless house with limited time and minimum effort.
From a New York Times bestselling author, a planner and organizing system to help women conquer chaos. This book combines a practical planner with a smart system for women who are feeling frenzied (that is, most of them!). With sets of daily, weekly, monthly, and season to-dos, Totally Together lets women manage their priorities and prevent molehills from turning into mountains. From keeping the household in order to keeping the in-box clear, this valuable, attractive volume helps women maintain their balance in today's crazed world.
Want to know how to put the zip back in a sticky zipper? Or how to tackle a jar lid that won't budge? You'll find the answers, and more than 700 other indispensible tips in these fun-to-read selections from Dorsey Connors' syndicated "Helpful Hints" columns.
Many wonderful little tricks and techniques can be gleaned from old-fashioned knowledge when it comes to keeping a home clean and comfortable with the minimum of effort and expense. This book contains a selection of the most useful hints and tips, including sections on: * How to clean everything - advice on the essential home-cleaning kit and failsafe tips for keeping every room of the house clean * Make do and mend - with recycling a virtue once again, these traditional tips are well worth following * Good plain cooking - basic cooking skills never go out of fashion and neither will these simple tips * Traditional decorating tips - time-honoured ways to achieve a professional finish * Gracious living - shortcuts to the 'domestic arts' that help turn a house into a home In addition, Linda Gray reveals the secrets to how to treat valuable and traditional materials, keep pests at bay and care for clothes, as well as tips to ensure safety at home. A handy pocket reference book you will turn to again and again, Household Hints & Tips is full of great tips to help you maintain a stylish home with minimum expense.
A combination of folklore and time-honoured advice, this book illuminates the history behind female wisdom from yesteryear. Taking in money saving ideas, gardening knowledge, household management and age-old remedies, it offers both seasoned advice and eccentric cures for a huge range of problems. Revealing that a great deal of old wives' lore does have its practical merits, but also how a lot of tales are not to be relied upon, this fascinating compendium of tips and tricks shows how sometimes old advice is still the best.
Renowned hotelier Francis Brennan is known for his impeccable taste and high standards in homemaking, so there's no better man to help you out throughout the year with advice on cleaning, getting organised, gardening, cookery and all other aspects of household management. Peppered throughout with hilarious anecdotes from his experiences in the hotel trade, Francis will inform readers on the practical measures needed to ensure domestic bliss, all in the form of a beautiful desk diary for 2021!
How We Live Now is an inspiring guide to making the most of every square inch of your available space. When the housing market takes a dip, fewer of us move as we just can't afford it. That's the time to take a long hard look at your home and work out how to make the most of every room - even every corner. Perhaps you're trying to carve out more space to accommodate a growing family, or maybe you're wondering where you can squeeze in a home office, a utility room or a kids' playroom. Whatever your particular needs, in How We Live Now Rebecca Winward explores ways to make your home work harder for you. She explores open-plan living, opting for more flexible room configurations, and using pockets of 'dead space' - under the stairs, on the landing or in the garden - that have unrecognized potential. Multi-tasking furniture and smart storage both have their role to play, as does versatile lighting. Streamline everyday life with How We Live Now.
"NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER
From the "The New York Times"'"Queen of Green" comes the ultimate guide for finding and eliminating the toxic chemicals in your home today.
There is no longer any question that consumer products contain toxic chemicals harmful to our families. But how do we protect ourselves, and where do we start?
In "Toxic Free," Debra Lynn Dadd, hailed by "The New York Times" as the "Queen of Green," discusses the hidden toxic chemicals already present in our homes, their varying degrees of danger, and precise, proven methods for eliminating them from our lives in a cost- effective, environmentally friendly way.
Are you suffering from unexplained headaches, fatigue, or depression? Are you worried about the link between chemicals in the home and the rising rate of cancer? Or are you just looking to save money (and the planet in the process)?
From tips and do-it-yourself formulas to world-class research and in-depth exploration and explanation, this book provides: a basic understanding of how toxic chemicals in consumer products affect your health; all the tools you need to remove these toxins from your home and body- starting today; and helpful guides on how to immediately save money on home-care products, as well as on the rapidly rising cost of your health care.
Providing a social history of household life in Mrs. Beeton's time, this guide offers advice to the mistress of the house who needed to be a combination of Dr. Spock, Delia Smith, Martha Stewart, Florence Nightingale, an army general, and an accountant. Covering every aspect of running a Victorian household, Mrs. Beeton provided recipes as well as advice on managing servants, childcare, etiquette, looking after invalids, and even dealing with the tax man. But it is the glimpse into life in Victorian times which is the most fascinating part of her original book and which is reproduced here together with informative commentary from Kay Fairfax and many of the original illustrations. Whether you are looking for her advice on how to make the home the center of entertainment and family life (the Victorian housewife's main mission in life), or seeking instruction on how to promote the growth of hair, apply leeches, or make book polish; what to wear for breakfast; or what Mrs. Beeton's views are on the rearing and management of children and the care of invalids; you will find it in this highly readable book.
As resources dwindle and the price of heating and cooling houses rises, it makes sense to lower energy bills and find ways to conserve water, electricity and money. This easy-to-follow book offers tips, instructions and advice on how to do this. Topics covered include conservation and recycling, how to conserve electricity, using solar energy and enjoying chemical-free gardens.
'A cracker of a book packed with tips - you'll feel instantly organised.' Aggie MacKenzie Revised edition of How to Clean Your House, updated with a new Christmas section. Do you find household chores getting on top of you, even more so in December? Want to get ahead in the run up to the festive season? Let the Queen of Clean show you how to take control of your house and your Christmas to-do list. Packed with eco-friendly cleaning products, and featuring her monthly routines and easy step-by-step guides, this festive edition includes a bumper Christmas section full of cleaning tips and home hacks to see you through the party season and take on even the most daunting tasks to leave you with a clean, calm and happy home. It's the ultimate guide that shows you how to stay on top of all the housework and leave you with time to put your feet up with a glass of mulled wine.
All you need to know to be a smart homeowner in a single, handy pocket-sized book -- from clearing clutter and laundry tips, to sorting your finances and managing building work. The only pocket-sized reference source of its kind, Collins Handy Home Tips is crammed with invaluable information ranging from home improvement and safety, to domestic accounts and the buying and selling of property. Each comprehensive section is complemented by photo illustrations and colour coded pages for easy-access reference. Contact detail spreads are also included throughout, providing telephone numbers and websites for relevant companies and services. Perfect for dealing with a range of everyday household problems, improvements and maintenance, Collins Handy Home Tips is a portable reference guide that will become indispensable to any home that consults it. Contents include: * de-cluttering and storage solutions * laundry tips and stain removal secrets * kitchen hygiene * decorating essentials * electricity, gas and plumbing -- maintenance and safety * home security * planning and managing building work (inc. council regulations) * tax and personal finances * setting up a home office * getting on t
This comprehensive home reference aims to teach readers every facet of interior design and household management. Following a basic introduction to room planning and decoration, the book takes the reader on a guided tour, from the sitting room, kitchen and dining room, then through the hall, and up the stairs and into the bedrooms and bathrooms. It also includes offices and conservatories to reflect the importance that these rooms now have in our homes.;Each room is given a comprehensive assessment of how exactly to plan and use the space, weighing up priorities according to individual lifestyles and needs: whether it is a place to relax, a place to work or a place to play that is required. Practical matters are then considered. Which upholstery fabric to choose? Would a carpet or a wooden floor be better? What types of roller blind are available? Spreads also survey the different styles on offer to the home decorator, from country to urban and from traditional to sleek and modern.
By making a few simple changes to our homes and lifestyles, Caroline Harris shows that going green is good for the environment and our wallets. With a wealth of creative tips, Caroline revives traditional household skills, such as sewing, growing vegetables and making jam, and encourages us to live within our means. Practical, not preachy, Ms Harris's Book of Green Household Management presents a rounded view of how to run a home in the real world. This guide feels like having a friend to hand in your kitchen and it's perfect for anyone who is daunted by the choices we need to make to live a more sustainable life.
Buy Green. Eat Green. Save Green.
The Queen of Clean
really spells things out for you:
It's a foolproof sorting system for even the most devoted packrat: Question the best possible use of a room, a closet, a drawer...Unpack all of your clutter to get a sense of what you have (and what you need to do with it)...Evaluate each and every item you own...Eliminate unwanted possessions without guilt or regrets...and Neaten up your belongings in their newly decluttered space. You'll find your home and your life organized like never before as you conquer clutter in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, attic, basement -- even the garage!
The key, says the Queen, is to start small...and soon you'll be revved up and ready to straighten out every nook and cranny of your home. Her down-to-earth clutter-busting advice is built for speed; in a flash she sorts through and tidies up wallets, purses, drawers, closets, pantries, clothes, shoes, cosmetics, junk mail, linens, toys, books, videos, photos, collectibles, and much, much more!
The Queen makes even the most dreaded organizing tasks a breeze with hundreds of easy and practical tips! Find out how good it feels to be a savvy manager of all that threatens to invade your orderly domain with these simple and effective strategies from America's #1 housekeeping expert, the Queen of CleanŽ.
"Out, damned spot!"
For some, it's an obsession. For the Queen of CleanŽ it's a snap! Now you can tame even the most vexing spots and stains with this handy pocket guide, drawn from the royal bestsellers Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean® and Talking Dirty Laundry iwith the Queen of CleanŽ. Here are Her Majesty's most sought-after stain removal secrets -- in one portable companion!
Banish Stubborn Stains:
Discover Magical Solutions:
Pamper Your Washables:
The handy, indispensible and exhaustive answer to all your cleaning prayers, from the bestselling Queen of Clean. If you are about to throw your favourite - but heavily stained - shirt in the bin, make sure you read this book first. Now you can tame even the most vexing spots and stains with this handy pocket guide, drawn from the royal bestsellers TALKING DIRTY WITH THE QUEEN OF CLEAN and TALKING DIRTY LAUNDRY WITH THE QUEEN OF CLEAN. Here are Her Majesty's most sought-after stain removal secrets - in one easy to use companion. BANISH STUBBORN STAINS: mustard * wine * spaghetti sauce * lipstick * grass stains * chewing gum * ink * chocolate * grease * tar * rust * nail polish * coffee and tea * and so many more DISCOVER MAGICAL SOLUTIONS: Lemon juice, shampoo, salt, vinegar and other inexpensive, effective spot treatments make light work - and are waiting in your cupboard PAMPER YOUR WASHABLES: From silk sheets to suede jackets, consult the Queen's sage advice on fabric types - and lift stains from all your belongings with tender loving care
"How to Beat the System" reveals how to unravel the red tape of bureaucracy and get the most from everyday situations. From securing the best school for your child (even if you don't live in the right catchment area) to booking a seat in a trendy new restaurant or legitimately avoiding estate agents' fees and dodging tax bills. This book shows you how to beat the system before the system beats you. Subjects include education, health, motoring, councils, tax and banking, travel and houses and house-buying. Each section contains practical information, explaining the systems themselves and your rights within them using straightforward language, uncluttered by jargon, and bullet-point simplicity. It explains the loopholes, get-outs and short cuts, illustrated by the best and the most amusing real-life examples. Most importantly, it unpicks the bureaucratic small print to tell you what the people who run the systems often won't. Also included are all the contact numbers you'll ever need for consumer groups and complaints bodies, a comprehensive, cross-referenced index and a guide to what to say and what to write when you do confront the system.
"Trade Secrets "contains over 3,000 hints, tips, and shortcuts on every subject under the sun--from cleaning kettles to fixing your car--gleaned from professionals developed or discovered during their long working lives. Each series of tips is divided into subjects, and there is a comprehensive cross-referenced index.
A household name for over 130 years, Mrs Beeton's Book of Cookery and Household Management has remained through its many editions an unrivalled, home reference and essential kitchen companion for every cook. The most comprehensive cookery book of its type, with over 2000 recipes tried and tested for the modern cook, this new edition preserves all the qualities of Mrs Beeton's original work yet brings it thoroughly up to date. Essential information is given on selection of ingredients together with sound advice on diet and menu planning. All basic methods and techniques are clearly described with the aid of step-by-step illustrations, and Mrs Beeton's invaluable hints and tips throughout will ensure success every time. Beautifully presented, with superb colour photographs of fininshed dishes, the wealth of recipes will provide ideas for all occasions. Mrs Beeton's Book of Cookery and Household Management is not however just a cookery book. Guidance is also given on cleaning, laundry, home maintainance, health, first aid, social custom, etiquette, money management and the law - up-to-date information on every aspect of modern housekeeping.
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