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"A wonderful trip through our everyday household objects. I love the histories behind the things I live with, and Barbara Flanagan has given all of us so much more to live with. She is a master storyteller." —Michael Graves, Architect and Designer
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About the Author

Barbara Flanagan is a writer and designer trained as an architect at Yale. She is the author of The Houseboat Book (Rizzoli) and has written extensively for The New York Times, as well as The New York Times Magazine, Elle Décor, Metropolis, and I.D., where she is a contributing editor. She has designed products for the MoMA Design Stores, and also designed her own tiny, high-tech house in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1 Original edition (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761144609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761144601
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,171,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you've ever wondered just how much you really need in your house, then this is the book for you.
J. Worth
Barbara Flanagan has filled her "Smart Home" book with terrific ideas for those who want to simplify their lives or just make some changes.
Alejandra Vernon
This book helped me see what items are really necessary, and those that just make life more difficult.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By S. Young VINE VOICE on November 17, 2008
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Like eco-friendly? Like buying things that are built to last? Useful? Non-cluttering?

That's what drew me to this book, I'm very into decluttering and I love having things that are built to last.

For each of her picks she gives a little history, and some background into why she chose what she did. She gives a review at the end of each chapter with a price range for each item and if she has a brand name she likes she lists that too.

Ideas I liked:
Some new spins on things I'd never thought about before, and she has a few of them. For instance:

A lamp timer instead of an alarm clock. Brilliant in my eyes, alarm clocks scare me in the morning.

A pop-up mesh clothes hamper.

One that I wasn't so sure about but now seems really cool is using a salad spinner for more than just spinning salad - if you buy a good one.

And there's more, such as getting rid of non-stick pans and going to cast iron, which lasts for ever!

I like that she doesn't skimp. Buy the best that you can, but be wise in what you buy. And you know, most things really aren't that expensive. That to me is something I really enjoyed about this book.

Cons:
There wasn't anything bad, but I'd want to research some of her ideas out myself before buying. There were a couple that made me go `eh':

A saltcellar, it's like one of those things Alton Brown uses to get salt from on his show `Good Eats'. If you don't have any kids then I can see having one; personally I think they're cool. But if you do have kids I can see salt flung here and there and little dirty hands reaching into it, ick, and she really downplays salt and pepper shakers which I guess is a personal thing.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 29, 2008
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According to the author, you have too much stuff in your house.

She's referring to stuff that you really don't need for a simple, uncluttered lifestyle. In this book, she recommends 98 items that she has found essential, given her move to a smaller house.

Dump the TV
Buy a bed
Cook with iron
Instead

Lamp for waking
Mattress pad
Dump the carpet
It's bad

Toaster oven
Reading chair
Add a floor lamp
For flair

Plates for soup
Pepper mill
Fancy iron
BIG bill

Readers of this book should keep in mind that the items are recommended by a single empty-nester, so not everything would be practical for other types of households. There are some useful ideas and recommendations in here, and some interesting trivia about the history of appliances and whatnot, but in the present format it's hard to get enthusiastic about it.

The book is fairly small, and everything inside's in black and white. The information is in two-column format, and gives the impression that you're looking through a Consumer Reports yearly guide or Farmer's Almanac. The clip art is dated, and incorrect in many cases, and what could have been a humorous and somewhat useful reference book is totally wasted due to the bare bones presentation.

Take my advice
On this book
Use the library
To look

Amanda Richards, November 29, 2008
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Modern Blue Argonaut on December 9, 2008
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For those without a nesting instinct or men missing the part of the brain required for setting up a well organized, functional home, this book might be a God send. But, having been a homemaker for many years, I have for the most part arrived at the same conclusions as Barbara Flanagan. I love the essentials that make my home a more inviting, organized, and comfortable place to live. I have learned long ago that paying a bit more for quality is less expensive in the long run (i.e. cast iron pans vs. non-stick, for example).

Where the author and I differ lies in technology. She scoffs at digital picture frames, wishing time to stand still in hardwood frames. I can't imagine anything better than a digital picture frame, uncluttered, and containing as many photographs as your memory card can handle. I'll continue to store my most precious photographs in acid free storage boxes in the closet, while displaying only two minimalistic digital picture frames in the house that house hundreds of photographs for my enjoyment.

There are other things as well that I disagree with. I have no need for an alarm clock, my cell phone stores four alarms already and has weekend, weekday, and everyday recurring options. My Logitech 930-000054 Squeezebox Boom All-In-One Network Music Player with Integrated Speakers also stores multiple alarms and wakes me up to any song from my digital music library or Internet radio. It also puts me to sleep with relaxing classical or Celtic music with it's sleep timer.

The author also recommends vinyl over other forms of music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ave Fairfield on March 29, 2009
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I have read more de-cluttering and organizing books than I care to admit. And I always learn something new. But this book made me angry. Who is she to know whats right for everyone? I can just picture her roaming around in the dark in the middle of the night with a flashlight wrapped around her head. I can tell you. That is NOT right for me. And I am not about to give up my down comforter.
That said, after I calmed down, I realized something. She made me stop and think. There are a million options for all our (98) necessities, and that is what makes the workd a wonderful place. I believe her point is to make a thoughtful decision about the things we buy, and that "more, bigger, better" is perhaps not the best answer. More importantly, if we would stop the impulse-buy we would all be better off.
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