Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide for Caring for Everything in Your Home
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Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide for Caring for Everything in Your Home

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by Martha Stewart
     
 

Whether your home is small or large, an apartment in the city or a country cottage, it is a space that should be at once beautiful and livable. The key to that is managing the upkeep without feeling flustered. Until now, there has never been a comprehensive resource that not only tells how to care for your home and everything in it, but that also simplifies the

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Whether your home is small or large, an apartment in the city or a country cottage, it is a space that should be at once beautiful and livable. The key to that is managing the upkeep without feeling flustered. Until now, there has never been a comprehensive resource that not only tells how to care for your home and everything in it, but that also simplifies the process by explaining just when. With secrets from Martha Stewart for accomplishing the most challenging homekeeping tasks with ease, this detailed and comprehensive book is the only one you will need to help you keep your home looking its best, floor to ceiling, room by room.

In Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook, Martha shares her unparalleled expertise in home maintenance and care. Readable and practical–and graced with charts, sidebars, illustrated techniques, and personal anecdotes from Martha’s decades of experience caring for her homes–this is far more than just a compendium of ways to keep your house clean. It covers everything from properly executing a living room floor plan to setting a formal table; from choosing HEPA filters to sealing soapstone countertops; from organizing your home office to polishing your silver and caring for family heirlooms.

Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook is organized for clarity and maximum practicality:

Room by Room covers the upkeep of the appliances, tools, furnishings, and surfaces found in each room, from the entryway to the kitchen, from the attic to the laundry room.

Throughout the House instructs the reader on the proper ways to routinely clean and periodically maintain everything in the home, including dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, polishing, scrubbing, waxing and much more.

Comfort and Safety focuses on techniques to ensure your home is running properly and safely, such as recognizing when to clean vents, fixing a leaky faucet, and eradicating pests.

A-to-Z Materials Guide provides an invaluable resource that explains the unusual materials that many favorite objects are made of–from abalone to zinc–
and how to care for them so they last.

Encyclopedic yet friendly, Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook is a seminal work–a must-have for everyone who wants a well-cared-for home that will endure for generations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517577004
Publisher:
Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
Publication date:
10/31/2006
Pages:
752
Sales rank:
67,630
Product dimensions:
7.64(w) x 9.39(h) x 2.10(d)

Meet the Author

Martha Stewart is the author of many books on cooking, decorating, gardening, weddings, and other domestic arts, and is the founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. She lives in Bedford, New York.

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Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide for Caring for Everything in Your Home 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
JodieS More than 1 year ago
Even as a married woman of 20 plus years, I found this book extremely helpful in organizing and getting the basics for cleaning. With all the products out there, it is hard to figure out what works and what is marketing hype. If you are young and just starting out or never were taught these by your mother this is a great reference book. I now have neatly organized closets thanks to Martha. It may seem old fashion, but what is old fashion about having a home that is comfortable, clean and inviting without spending all your time off getting it accomplished. I keep it handy for reference too. Thanks Martha!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the recommended cleaning schedules are perhaps a bit ambitious, this book is an excellent reference tool for caring for just about every part of a home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We all love our homes and keeping them orderly, organized and neat. This book is full of wonderful tips, ideas and suggestions on how to do all of this. We might think we know it all, but there is always a better way or a quicker way. I love this book and have been referencing it often. I am happy with this purchase and it will serve me well over the years to come.
Love_2_Cook More than 1 year ago
This book is very detailed. It covers everything in the house including caulking the tub. There are also obscure but useful things like illustrations identifying all the fancy bits of cutlery, i.e. fish forks, salt spoons, ect. I think Martha Stewart is saving us all from losing our civilization to clutter, grime, and stains.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely wonderful. I cannot seem to put it down. If anyone ever had a new year resolution of becoming more organized then this is the book to buy. I will definetely give as gifts for brides and grooms to be. Lots of helpful hints for all the men in our lives too. Like how to make a bed and folding clothes, towels, and those good ole fitted bed sheets. Even great tips on preparing how to pack for a move to a new home.Everything and everything you ever needed or wanted to know. Martha did not miss a thing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful handbook. It addresses organizing, cleaning, and maintaining practically every room, surface, and furnishing within the home. I have followed Martha's tips on cleaning with kitchen staples rather than store-bought cleaners. I'll be buying very few commercial cleaners from now on. There are also TONS of other useful tips and information. This is a great purchase!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I normally don't buy many books but I had to buy this. I am fairly new to taking care of a home instead of an apartment and this book has given me so many ideas plus tips for maintaining and taking care of a home. It makes me want to organize and not have clutter.
SueZee More than 1 year ago
First I bought a gently used copy for myself. I have found it so useful , I bought a new copy as a housewarming gift for friends who were moving into their first apartment. They most likely will move a few more times before settling into a house of their own. This will be helpful navigating the various apartments until then. Well written and covers most everything in the home.
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JJJJJAP6 More than 1 year ago
Every homeowner should own this book. I bought one for myself then bought one for my daughters and daughter-in-law to read and enjoy. It makes everyday housework easy and not a boring chore! Can't recommend it enough. A perfect gift for any bride-to-be.
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Lacey628 More than 1 year ago
I keep the book handy and look up things even though I have been keeping my own house for almost 50 years. Good no-nonsense information.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful encyclopedia for all things that make a home: from fabric identification to building material ID, bathroom design to guestroom design, dinnerware placement to home office arrangement, waterspot removal to furniture scratch repair. Every young person establishing their own domain should have this book, and most of the relatives too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book by Martha Stewart is wondeful. I am in my 60's and found many new and helpful ideas. I feel that it is a bible for the homemaker.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a 'homekeeper' for many years, I found this book, now my official wedding shower gift, full of helpful information. I love the black and white photos--so classy, so Martha. I gave it to my daughter and daughter-in-law for Christmas and they were thrilled. This book has it all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gave me tips on how to do things I didn't know how to do before in my home. An all around helpful book. Everyone should own one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I use Marthas book as a reference book. When I need answers to housekeeping questions I turn to this book as a trusted resource but it is also fun to browse through and inspires me to keep a clean, neat and well-organized house.