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After pulling everything you own off of shelves and out of closets
and cabinets-and disposing of what you don't need and won't ever
use-your next task is figuring out how to store what you've kept.
Mervyn Kaufman, author of Store It!, leads you through every corner
of the house, from entry to attic, exploring ways to expand storage
and eliminate clutter.
This is a genuinely enlightening read, combining practical housework advice with touching recollections from the author's Yorkshire childhood and hilarious scenes from the daily sit-com of family life.
The Little Books of Tips series is a collection of books, each 50 tips in size, delivering wisdom and advice on a whole range of popular subjects covering food, gardening, craft, sports and hobbies. Over quarter of a million copies sold across the series. Including plenty of tips on household cleaning, for all sorts of domestic mess and disorder, this little book will help you find shine and perfection in your lives once more. From natural solutions to tackling the most stubborn of stains to keeping clutter at bay, this small volume is packed with useful advice.
The Green Granny is the modern day Mrs Beeton, a real-life domestic goddess with more than just a few delicious recipes tucked up her sleeves! Brought up during rationing, she is armed with a whole host of practical life skills for modern-day living, like how to shop effectively, throw away less, cook once to eat twice, sew on buttons, darn holes, clean naturally, and all while caring for the environment. This is a treasure trove of wisdom and lost practical skills from the 'make do and mend' era. For families who want to do more for less, anyone about to branch out on their own, or just if you are sick of waste around the house, this practical survival guide will help with all the demands that running a home presents. With all the economic doom and gloom in the news, there has never been a better time to learn to tighten your belt and start saving money, time and the planet.
Marks left by carpets, a scratch in the furniture, a stained silk scarf - these are annoying household problems that can be burdensome if not dealt with. In this title, the WI presents tried and tested methods to solve these everyday niggles.
Lumps in the gravy? Flabby roast potatoes? Drawing upon the traditional wisdom of the WI in all matters relating to the 21st century home, this useful little book contains a wealth of practical hints and solutions to everyday problems.
In Granny's day there were few labour-saving devices or fancy cleaning products. So when it comes to getting stains out of the carpet or keeping her laundry sparkling white, she still prefers tried-and-tested techniques handed down through the generations. Many people nowadays would prefer to use natural, traditional cleaning methods, rather than chemicals that can be harmful to our health and the environment. So why not follow in Granny's footsteps and try her effective, green and surprisingly simple household hints? Learn how to keep your home spotless using common ingredients found in your kitchen cupboard, like lemon juice or bicarbonate of soda. You'll be helping the planet and your wallet too ... Granny would be proud!
There's nothing quite like the wise words that only grandfathers can deliver, and their wealth of experience means that there is no problem they don't have a solution for; whether it is advice on how best to shine your shoes, how to win at cards, or just a bit of basic good sense, grandfathers never let you down. Grandfather's Wisdom is a fantastic treasure trove that contains such homespun wisdom as: tips for household and outdoor maintenance (including how to clean windows properly and how to maintain your shed), how to maintain your personal appearance from polishing your shoes to the dos and don'ts of facial hair, timeless tips for classic hobbies, from 'old-fashioned' games, like boules, and card games to fishing, hiking and drawing. Harking back to a life of traditional values and basic good sense, Grandfather's Wisdom is more relevant and useful than ever.
"New Uses For Old Things" is one of Real Simple's most popular
franchises. It showcases how to repurpose everyday items in clever
ways. These ideas appeal to readers because they're a) economical,
b) green, and c) surprising.
A treasure trove of age-old customs and time-honoured advice, as well as intriguing old wives' tales. A combination of folklore and traditional advice, Old Wives' Lore illuminates the history behind female wisdom from yesteryear and includes: *A brief history of old wives' lore *Remedies for health and well-being *Practical guidance for home and garden *Tips on predicting the weather *Eccentric cures for a 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.
When did we lose the knack of looking after our own homes? We have become dependent on 5-in-1 chemical cleaners; we can't seem to wield a Hoover anymore; and descaling the kettle is a task to be indefinitely delayed. Somewhere along the way we have lost the domestic tradition that was simple, quick and effective. The Home Handbook seeks to redress the balance and celebrates the art of caring for your home in the most environmentally-friendly, fuss-free way. Learn how to ... fold a fitted sheet, wash a wallpapered wall, clean shower curtains, unblock a toilet, make your own home-made window cleaner, care for duvets, clean pearls, remove scratches from a wooden table, spot-remove a stain, clean and defrost a freezer, remove heel marks from stone floors, use lemon juice around the house, use bicarb on pots and pans, get red wine out of a carpet, polish wooden furniture, clean really filthy brass, clean a really filthy oven, make cut flowers last longer ... run the modern home
Home is where life begins, grows, and takes place - every day. Home is the place you want to be after a day at work, a trip to the store, or even a vacation in paradise. It's the place you hang your hat. It's the first place you turn to in times both happy and sad. It may be a spacious ranch on a tree-lined street, a tiny studio in the city, or a backpack, a tent, and someone you love. It might be sparkling new, or old and full of memories. Whatever the style and the setting, your home is the place that makes you feel cozy and most content. Here's a little book of homespun wisdom to make you feel at home wherever you are.
'A Sense of Home is about making your house a private sanctuary ... a wonderful feel-good book that offers inspiring advice on creating a home that represents "you"' Sunday Times 'Homes should nurture and nourish us, be a private sanctuary, a deeply personal place where friends and family gather and celebrate. My hope is that this book can guide you to create the space you love - along with great tastes that make eating there a comfort and a pleasure.' Helen James From leading Irish designer and food blogger Helen James comes a beautiful book for all who enjoy making their house a home. Room by room, Helen shares her distinctive design sensibility inspired by the natural world, as she considers the spaces where we spend so much of our time - indoor and out - from a sensory perspective: taste, sight, scent, touch and sound. Combining over 60 delicious, homely recipes - from bedroom feasts to 'movie-night' suppers - with essential design principles, natural beauty products, gardening plans and more, A Sense of Home is stunningly illustrated throughout. A sumptuous journey that is as pleasurable to browse as it is to put into practice - and the ideal gift.
'A cracker of a book packed with tips - you'll feel instantly organised.' Aggie MacKenzie Packed with simple tips and tricks, this is everything you need to know about household cleaning. Is your busy life conquering your home? Do you find the household chores getting on top of you? Lynsey Queen of Clean, Instagrammer, businesswoman and busy mum of three, has done all of the work so you don't have to. Featuring her make-at-home cleaning products, easy step-by-step guides and all her recommendations for toxic-free and eco-friendly products, this book is the ultimate guide to keeping on top of your house, and having fun while you do it. Lynsey shares her daily and seasonal routines, motivating and encouraging you along the way with so that you are left with the will, and the skill, to take on even the most seemingly insurmountable tasks and end up with a clean, calm and happy home.
A handy, practical resource that makes it easy to keep track of your essential homeowner information for future reference As a home buyers, you have a million things to deal with. Unfortunately, it's all too easy to overlook some. By prompting you with the right questions, providing fill-in-the-blank spots, and addressing everything from foundation to roof, this helpful journal takes the hassle out of organizing your house files. It offers a single, go-to source for recording everything. From up in the attic to down in the basement, this book highlights more than 25 different areas, making it easy to record information about any size or type of home. Each chapter focuses on a separate room and includes prompts like model number and warranty info on appliances, type and color code of paint, and year and make of roofing materials. Also included are handy sidebars with tips, tricks, and reminders for keeping information up to date and performing regular maintenance. Perfect as a housewarming gift or just as a way to stay organized, New Home Journal is a valuable resource for homeowners who want to take care of their home for years to come.
How many hours did you think you'd spend at the gym this week? How many hours did you actually spend at the gym this week? Use this book to record your life in diagrams with bar charts, line graphs, pie charts and Venn diagrams. Fill in the charts with information on your everyday life, whether it's how much you're snacking, how you rate the movies you go to, or which category your friends fall into. Once complete, you will have an at-a-glance summary of your life. Word count: 4,000
The ultimate guide to decluttering! Good Housekeeping helps you organize your home, simplify any task, and tidy up fast. Let the experts at Good Housekeeping help you get organized with this inspirational room-by-room guide to tidying up! Hundreds of tips and tricks include how to keep a well-ordered fridge, gain extra counter space, conquer cookware clutter, choose the best shelving, clear up your desk and digital spaces, and streamline your closet and garage. You'll find pro organizer ideas for every area in your home, must-have Good Housekeeping Institute-approved products, and advice on finding a place for everything and putting everything in its place. Keep this book handy, refer to it often, and say goodbye to the mess! Chapters: Organizing Must-Haves, Kitchen & Pantry, Living & Family Rooms, Work & Craft Spaces, Bedrooms, Bath & Laundry Rooms, Entryways, and Garages.
Finally backyard farmers who want to keep a few hens for eggs have a bible that's attractive enough to leave out on the coffee table, and inexpensive enough to purchase on a whim. This comprehensive guide, written in charming prose from the perspective of an organic farmer, will appeal to readers who are interested in raising chickens, or simply want the best knowledge about how to cook them. With this in mind, farmer and animal expert Jennifer Megyesi discusses all the basic details of raising the birds--general biology, health, food, choosing breeds, and so on--and she cuts through the smoke to identify what terms like "organic," "free-range," and so on really mean for poultry farmers and consumers.
No chicken book would be complete without information on how to show chickens for prizes, and this is no different, but "The Joy of Keeping Chickens" also stresses the importance of self-sustainability and organic living, and the satisfaction of keeping heirloom breeds. Readers will appreciate the comprehensive nature of this readable, informative guide, and Megyesi's enthusiasm about keeping chickens. Coupled with Geoff Hansen's gorgeous full-color photographs, this text makes for an instant classic in the category.
Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills--the kind employed by
our forefathers--and adapt them for a better life in the
twenty-first century need look no further than this eminently
useful, full-color guide. Countless readers have turned to "Back to
Basics" for inspiration and instruction, escaping to an era before
power saws and fast food restaurants and rediscovering the
pleasures and challenges of a healthier, greener, and more
Can you make your own bread (sans bread machine)? Grow a garden all
winter? What can you use instead of toilet paper? What if the power
went out for a month? What if the grocery store closed? Can you
make a solar oven? Store food without electricity? Raise a water
buffalo? Make fine linen from stinging nettle? Make your own
shampoo? Deliver a baby? Is it possible to be totally
self-sufficient? This massive, full-color book answers all these
questions and thousands more and includes checklists, diagrams, and
instructions on how to buy a sheep.
Ever wanted a cabin or little cottage in the woods but don't know
where to start? With "Log Cabins," author William S. Wicks offers
clear, practical instructions on how to build your own log
cabin--and furnish it, too--while harmonizing the structure's
interior and exterior with the surrounding environment. Topics
Goats are easy to care for and a low-investment choice for anyone wishing to live out rural dreams or add to an existing stable. "The Joy of Keeping Goats" offers practical advice, clear guidelines, and wonderful anecdotes from author and self-sustainer Laura Childs. In her book, she walks readers step-by-step through important information on breeds, feeding requirements, how to make cheese, and much more. With gorgeous color photographs, "The Joy of Keeping Goats" clearly illustrates what an easy and rewarding experience raising goats can be.
It's time to live with less. 'This book completely opened my eyes to reorganisation' - Marie Kondo 'This book is a compelling read because of its many vivid descriptions of the psychological snags that make people reluctant to discard things' New York Times In the beginning there wasThe Art of Discarding: the life-changing book that started the tidying revolution. In this guide to living a calmer, more ordered life, author Nagisa Tatsumi teaches us how letting go of unwanted things will transform our day-to-day happiness. The book offers practical advice and techniques to help readers learn to let go of stuff that is holding them back, as well as tips for acquiring less in the first place. By learning the art of discarding you will gain space, free yourself from 'accumulation syndrome' and find new joy and purpose in your clutter-free life.
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.
This is the only available facsimilie of the very rare first impression of the first edition of 1861 making it quite different from other editions available in the market today. It is, for example, the only edition written entirely by Mrs. Beeton and the only edition to bear the splendid colour plates in the style of Baxter prints that graced the original book. The publishing history of Mrs. Beeton's book is in many ways a microcosm of the history of publishing during the last 150 years. Her husband Samuel, whom she married at the age of 20 in 1856, was a publisher of considerable flair and brilliance who had launched "The English Woman's Domestic Magazine" just four years before their marriage. This was the first magazine to be devoted entirely to the interests of women and was a great success, much of it edited by Isabella. The Beetons invited recipe contributions from readers and issued them in 24 monthly parts between 1859 and 1861, when they were bound together for the first edition. Following Isabella's death from puerperal fever in 1865, Samuel faced financial difficulties and sold the rights to Ward, Lock & Tyler. The firm recognized a golden goose when it saw one and continued Samuel's innovation of selling sections of "Household Management" at various prices to suit all pockets, such as "Beeton's Penny Cookery Book, (1d)", "Mrs Beeton's Cottage Cookery Book (3d)" and so forth. They also issued a second edition in 1869 which Samuel helped to edit. In 1888 came a major revision, followed by another update in 1906 and so the marketing and spin-offs continued into the twentieth century, when, in 1995 the rights to use Mrs. Beeton's name was licensed to food manufacturers by the then publishers, Cassell. What of the recipes themselves? Isabella said of her work that she sought recipes that would help people 'to live economically, tastefully and well'. The book is a serious and very good cookery book of mid-Victorian and early 19th century recipes, each of which was tried out in her own kitchen by herself, her cook and her kitchenmaid. Lacking the 'high Edwardianism' and French bias introduced in later revisions, this 1861 edition has particular appeal for today's readers who will appreciate the emphasis on practicality and local ingredients. Her first criterion being that they should be economical, she always included the cost at the end of each recipe as well as how many mouths each dish would feed. When she describes a dish as 'rich' or 'very rich', for example, she is marking the degree of economy that they represent. Like Eliza Acton before her, she listed ingredients for each dish. This edition is a classic and deserves to be on the shelves of every serious amateur and professional cook today.
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