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Books on Home Repair, Cleaning and Organization
The Martha Manual: How to Do (Almost) Everything by Martha Stewart
An Authoritative Handbook by the domestic-lifestyle expert shares hundreds of ideas and instructions for homemaker skills, from transporting a decorated cake and folding an American flag to playing a classic lawn game and bathing a cat.
The Useful Book: 201 Life Skills They Used to Teach in Home Ec and Shop by David and Sharon Bowers
An encylcopedia of DIY provides instructions for activities that range from cooking and sewing to car maintenance and household repairs. Also available as an eBook from hoopla.
Good Housekeeping Simple Cleaning Wisdom: 450 Easy Shortcuts for a Fresh & Tidy Home by Carolyn Forte
The experts at Good Housekeeping present a room-by-room guide to keeping a home neat and clean that is overflowing with time-saving advice, including information on hardworking Good Housekeeping Institute-tested products and hundreds of tricks and tips for cleaning faster, decluttering, simplifying and accomplishing more in less time.
The editors of Real Simple share practical, time-saving tips on how to regain control of a messy home, covering such areas as decluttering, creating storage and using helpful organizational apps.
The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals by Clea Shearer & Joanna Teplin
A masterclass and look book in one, "The Home Edit" is filled with bright photographs and detailed tips, from placing plastic dishware in a drawer where little hands can reach to categorizing pantry items by color (. It's like having your best friend at your side to help you turn the chaos into calm.
The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter by Margareta Magnusson
A Swedish artist provides humorous commentary and advice on how to tidy up and declutter your unnecessary possessions to make life easier and more pleasant while you live it, as well as for those who will be cleaning up after you pass.
New Minimalism: Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living by Cary Telander Fortin and Kyle Louise Quilici
A professional decluttering and design team helps readers turn their homes into a beautifully designed spaces that feel clean and tidy without being sparse or prescriptive.
The Complete Book of Clean: Tips & Techniques for Your Home by Toni Hammersley
An eco-friendly follow-up to the best-selling Complete Book of Home Organization is overflowing with tips, advice and techniques for cleaning one's home and mastering the best home cleaning hacks out there.
The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker
The popular blogger and author of "The More of Less" outlines practical guidelines for simplifying a home lifestyle and rendering spaces both peaceful and purposeful while addressing the underlying issues that contribute to home clutter problems.
Shares practical, room-by-room strategies for decluttering the home at a pace that can fit in demanding schedules, including ways of overcoming the emotional obstacles to getting rid of things.
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