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Vinegar may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you need to get rid of a stubborn wine stain or soothe a tickly cough, but this ancient cupboard staple is regaining its rightful place as a cheap, versatile and environmentally friendly solution to many household tasks. This invaluable book has sections on how to use vinegar in the laundry, DIY, gardening, health and beauty, pet care and of course in the kitchen. Hundreds of hints, tips, advice and recipes are provided in a clear, accessible style. Attractively illustrated, this brilliant little book is a visual treat as well as an invaluable practical aid.
Spring clean your life with this practical, achievable guide to decluttering from the British Marie Kondo Wardrobes bursting with unworn clothes. Boxes full of obsolete chargers and neglected children's toys. A dresser jammed full of mismatched socks. . . Sound familiar? Many of us feel increasingly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff packed into our homes. Being organised at home doesn't just mean always knowing where you left the remote; it means being able to face the world with a clear mind and increased energy. It all starts at home. But where? When the problem is so vast and we are all so busy, how do you even begin to tackle the clutter mountain? Professional organiser Vicky Silverthorn has the simple answer: start with your sock drawer. Using tried-and-tested methods, Vicky will guide you through practical, bite-sized tasks that will help you achieve a friendly level of organisation throughout your home and a life-changing clarity of mind. With Vicky's help, you can banish clutter and turn your home into a sanctuary. Perfect for fans of the Netflix series Tidying up with Marie Kondo and followers of Mrs Hinch. Readers love Start With Your Sock Drawer: 'Full of useful tips' 'Great advice in this concise book, which will get you on your way to better organisation and leading an uncluttered life' 'As a professional declutterer, this is the only book I regularly recommended to my clients' 'Informative and practical' 'Excellent, sensible advice'
Not just for cakes, bicarbonate of soda has long been recognised as a hero ingredient for anyone looking to make their own eco-friendly cleaners and beauty products. Made up of tiny crystals, bicarb's natural structure makes it the perfect gentle abrasive for home cleaning, and its natural antacid properties are ideal for tackling heartburn or creating antibacterial cosmetics at home. With our increasing awareness of reducing exposure to chemicals and the importance of keeping things natural, as well as the ever-growing realization of the environmental impact of disposable plastic packaging, there has never been a better time to go back to basics, embrace natural ingredients and regain control of what we are putting in our homes and on our bodies. The Natural Apothecary: Bicarbonate of Soda opens by exploring what bicarbonate of soda is made up of, and how it can be both naturally occurring and manufactured. The following pages are broken into sections on home, health and beauty, containing over 40 simple recipes for all-natural, home-made products that allow you to utilize the power of bicarbonate of soda with ease; make a soothing drink to ease indigestion, an all-natural exfoliating scrub to smooth your skin, or a simple but effective stain remover to leave your clothes looking like new.
Do you feel a sense of dread and indecision every time you get dressed? Are you constantly buying new clothes but still feel like you have nothing to wear? Then you need closet therapist Annmarie O'Connor. In The Happy Closet you will discover that your wardrobe is more than just a collection of clothes. It's a deeply vulnerable space containing layers of old energy which, if not recognised, can create sartorial chaos. Here, Annmarie shares the psychological tools for recognising and releasing unconscious patterns behind poor shopping decisions so you can go from collecting to curating a wardrobe that works for the person you are today. Discover the connection between well-being and being well-dressed and transform your wardrobe and your mind into to a Zen, clutter-free zone. `A well-written guide to balancing how you look and feel'. The Irish Times
Remove the Mess, Add Meaning Simplicity isn't about what you give up. It's about what you gain. When you remove the things that don't matter to you, you are free to focus on only the things that are meaningful to you. Imagine your home, your time, your finances, and your belongings all filling you with positive energy and helping you achieve your dreams. It can happen, and Organized Simplicity can show you how. Inside you'll find: A simple, ten-day plan that shows you step-by-step how to organize every room in your home Ideas for creating a family purpose statement to help you identify what to keep and what to remove from your life Templates for a home management notebook to help you effectively and efficiently take care of daily, weekly and monthly tasks Recipes for non-toxic household cleaners and natural toiletry items including toothpaste, deodorant and shampoo Start living a more organized, intentional life today.
A fresh take on the bestselling Who Knew? series (which has sold more than 5 million copies), 10,001 Household Solutions makes household tips more accessible and easier to use than ever. Each tip - such as Magic Bug Spray, Orange Peel All-Purpose Cleaner, and How to Make Lemons Last Forever - is listed briefly with easy-to-follow instructions in the trademark chatty Who Knew? style. Tips are organised into chapters by subject (Cleaners, Pets, Bugs and Other Pests, Kitchen, Holidays, Health and Beauty, etc.) and the book includes a full index.
Happy by Design teaches us how we can actively improve our health and wellbeing through the way we design our living spaces. From the paint colour that's been named the happiest, to the science of getting a good night's sleep, Happy by Design offers bite-sized and affordable design ideas that are accessible to all, from a young renter in an urban apartment to a busy family in their own home. By quizzing experts from NASA scientists to colour gurus, Victoria Harrison has devised a Happy Home Programme to help everyone transform their living spaces and put wellbeing at the heart of their homes. With fun and easy ideas for each room in the home, the programme is easy to follow and packed with tips and inspiration to help everyone live the happiest life possible.
Did you know that you can use the indented rings on a red plastic cup as measurements for 1, 5, and 12 ounces, the standard serving sizes for liquor, wine, and beer? That a Chinese food box is designed to unfold flat and form i a plate? When you buy aluminum foil or saran wrap, did you know that there's a press-in tab on the end panel of the box that you're supposed pop in that acts as an axle for the roll and prevents it from leaping out of the box when you tug? Another extremely helpful piece of advice? Statistically speaking, on average the lowest plane fare for a given ticket is available 52 days before the flight. Following the success of the New York Times bestselling Pogue's Basics: Tech comes the next book in the series Pogue's Basics: Life which will be a timeless reference book of 200 simple tips and shortcuts that just make life easier, shedding light on valuable bits of advice and life hacks that already exist in the world around you, but you just never knew! The perfect book for the holidays, Pogue's Basics: Life will be accompanied by photographs and illustrations, and collects all useful tips and tricks in one place for you to easily access.
It's a rite of passage almost no one will escape: the difficult, emotional journey of downsizing your or your ageing parents' home. Here, nationally-syndicated home columnist Marni Jameson sensitively guides readers through the process, from opening that first closet, to sorting through a lifetime's worth of possessions, to selling the house itself. Using her own personal journey as a basis, she helps you figure out a strategy and create a mindset to accomplish the task quickly, respectfully, rewardingly - and, in the best of situations, even memorably. Throughout, she combines her been-there experience with insights from national experts - antiques appraisers, garage-sale gurus, professional organizers and psychologists - to offer practical wisdom and heartwarming advice so you know with certainty what to keep, toss or sell.
Lemons are cheap, eco-friendly and multi-talented as well as deliciously flavoured and aromatic. If you are fed up with using detergents that are less than kind to your skin, then take a look at this all-natural, safe alternative. Packed full of tips and suggestions for how to put the humble lemon to good use, this chunky, attractively illustrated, essential guide shows you how to clean around the home, polish, deodorize, deter pests, protect pets, take care of your skin, improve your health and cook tasty dishes.
After getting his start years ago on HGTV, Orlando Soria has made his way to the upper strata of the blogosphere with Hommemaker, his blog about home decor, art, style, and life. His distinctive voice-funny, confessional, and honest-has made him the Dan Savage of millennial homemaking. Now he brings together his most original, endearing, and irreverent advice in one gorgeous book that will help readers out of all kinds of tight spots-whether it's throwing a dinner party when you're broke, hanging art like a gallery owner, or preparing your home for an unwanted guest. In sections on interior style, design, "Homme Life," DIY, and general life lessons, Orlando offers advice on topics such as "How to Make Non-Garbagey Flower Arrangements" and "How to Deal with a Soul-Sucking Breakup." He helps readers problem solve, avoid rookie mistakes, and choose a wall color that won't make them puke. Photographer Zeke Ruelas's stunning images accompany Orlando's tips on designing for dudes, making your own coffee table, and decorating a kid's room. Whether you're short on cash or have money to burn, Orlando's unique and highly contagious take on life will inspire, comfort, and reassure you that anyone can Get It Together!
Cleaning products that save money--and the planet
Forget about chemical cleaners and pricey "green" products--all you need are a few simple kitchen staples to make your whole house sparkle "The Organically Clean Home" features 150 easy-to-make recipes for cleaning products filled with all-natural ingredients you can trust (and actually pronounce ). From dishwasher detergent to antibacterial wipes, America's favorite cleaning blogger Becky Rapinchuk guides you through the steps needed to make these everyday necessities--without spending a fortune.
Complete with simple instructions for packaging and storing your homemade cleaners, you'll enjoy turning each room into a beautiful and toxic-free space with fresh-scented products like:
Created by an assembly of leading designers, architects, and bloggers, these 57 unique and innovative designs will show you the limits of what is possible. All of the designs include beautiful full-colour photos along with floor plans and building tips; 15 of them include flushed-out concept sketches; and five include step-by-step building plans. You'll also find guidelines on building with recycled and salvaged materials, plus techniques for making your small space comfortable and easy to inhabit.
Baking soda is far more than a baking ingredient - it can be used in all manner of household tasks including cleaning, laundry, animal care, and health and beauty. This is the essential guide to maximizing the potential of this cheap, environmentally-friendly and multi-purpose product. Tips range from removing baked-on food from pans to making your own facial scrub, from getting stubborn stains out of your clothes to shampooing your dog. "Baking Soda" also gets the kids involved, with some fun science experiments and sweet treats, as well as providing culinary tips and a few tasty recipes for breads, cakes and cookies.
Have you ever visited someone's home, watched a television programme or been on holiday in a fabulous hotel and wished your home could look like that? Have you looked at magazines and seen the beautiful homes of the rich and famous and would love to be able to create interiors like that? Almost certainly an Interior Designer has been involved, but how do they do it? Could you be your own Interior Designer? This book has been written by an award winning Interior Designer and gives you insight into how the professionals work and their secrets in achieving that wow factor. The chapters cover all the main areas of interior design with photographic examples and design tips summaries to remind you of the key points. This book will inspire and guide you through any size of interior design task with useful references where further information is required. Whether you are a gifted amateur or a complete novice this book will help and inspire you.
This title deals with nature's wonder ingredient: 100 amazing uses from traditional cures to food and beauty, with tips, hints and 40 tempting recipes. You can learn how to use the remarkable powers of honey in your medicine chest, household, bathroom and kitchen. It features dozens of safe natural remedies and preparations - how to make honey compresses, anti-fungal ointments, digestive tonics, cough syrups, antiseptic balms and sleeping aids. It contains a guide to all the different kinds of honey, and over 40 classic recipes that make the most of nutritious honey in all kinds of delicious ways - from sweet-and-sour marinades to delectable honey pastries. It comes with step-by-step instructions and 275 photographs. The first sweetener, honey predates sugar by hundreds of years. But as well as its culinary uses, honey has long been valued in folk remedies. This book presents in one volume not only a fascinating history of an ancient ingredient but a comprehensive and practical guide to the many amazing and beneficial uses of honey in the home. Combining history, a guide to the different types of honey, household uses, medicinal preparations and beauty treatments, as well as many delicious recipes, it demonstrates the amazing versatility of honey. This is a delightful sourcebook of ideas you will turn to time and again.
Fix your cluttered cabinets, overflowing drawers, and messy living areas with these tips, tricks, and project ideas from Carrie Higgins, the organization expert of the Making Lemonade blog. Carrie Higgins has made it her mission to share fresh ideas for the home on her blog Making Lemonade. In this guide she has collected her best quick fixes, innovative hacks, and DIY solutions to keep your home looking beautiful, such as: -Using a ladder and a collection of S-hooks for additional pots and pans storage -Attaching a binder clip to your nightstand for your phone charger so the end never falls under the bed again -Using daylight saving time as a reminder to check the expiration date on the medications in your cabinet. And some of her more in-depth projects include: -DIY magnetic spice jars to keep spices on your fridge and near at hand -Easy-attach baskets for storing bath toys for the little ones -A foolproof travel packing grid for quick and easy getaways With Organization Hacks, you can get your house in order and turn your home from a hoarding nightmare into a clutter-free paradise!
Fresh clean sheets, white fluffy towels and a gleaming, well-stocked kitchen - these are the old-fashioned pleasures that make our busy lives more manageable. But how do you go about transforming your own house into a beautiful haven? Cindy Harris believes that establishing a routine is the first and most important thing to do. Once you've done this, you will be on your way to turning housekeeping into an art form, an enjoyable and rewarding activity, not a chore. But how do you remove that wine stain from your carpet? And how should you wash your new silk shirt? `Keeping House' has the answer to these questions and many more. Packed with easy-to-access hints and tips for tackling every element of your home - from stains to drains and wooden floors to glass doors - this is the essential guide to keeping house.
Welcome to the world of safer, greener household cleaning. This friendly book will help you become more self-sufficient and benefit your health, the environment, and your bank balance. Natural Household Cleaning is packed with clear, easy-to-follow cleaning recipes to replace common commercial cleaning products with natural alternatives. You may be pleasantly surprised to discover that your kitchen cupboard already contains many harmless options for transforming your home into a clean and fresh-smelling haven. Lemons, salt, vinegar, baking soda, and club soda are just some of the natural ingredients that can be used to clean the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, floors, and everything in between. Many of us don't realize just how easy it is to make your own cleaning products and achieve truly amazing results. Turn a chore into a pleasure and discover a whole new way to clean!
Women are increasingly beginning to question just what is in all the foods they eat; what are all the substances that they spread with abandon on themselves; and what chemicals are in all the household products they use every day around the home. Now Janey Lee Grace, the popular British talk show host who is co-presenter of BBC Radio 2's popular show ?Steve Wright in the Afternoon, ? has gathered together a fantastic collection of alternative ways of assuring that women eat healthy, stay beautiful, and keeping your home clean without endangering their health and well being in the process. Although she claims to be no expert she is fast becoming known as Radio 2's Holistic Ambassador of Health . As a mother of three young boys, a wife, a broadcaster, a singer and a writer, Janey doesn't have time to waste on unrealistic objectives so she has taken the best of what's offered holistically and has incorporated it into her daily life. She is no eco-warrior and insists that she is an im
Most people believe that being disorganized is just the way it is in today's busy world, but it doesn't have to be that way. A clear and organized home environment for you and your family can provide space to live your life well. Home gives you all the tips and tricks of how to create a system of storage and retrieval that will work for your home. The step-by-step approach in the book allows you to find what you need to achieve order in your home and other aspects of your life. From home and work to leisure and social activities, learn how to rearrange and declutter your life. Make the choice to free up your life today.
This book presents a plethora of handy tips on cleaning, washing, gardening and tailoring to expedite your work and make it easier. It is a collection of various easy and safe household tips to make your home clean and beautiful and to relieve the drudgery usually associated with household tasks.
While most of us aren't hoarders we can all benefit from assessing
and reducing the clutter in our homes--and then organizing what's
left. Many things stop us from succeeding: the sheer scope of the
project, the tendency to lose momentum if the job takes too long,
and the fact that we're always acquiring new clutter. But what if
it really took only a week to de-clutter the whole house, and then
you even had the weekend to relax and enjoy your new clutter-free
space? Could it really be that simple?
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