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Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home Hardcover – October 31, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; First Edition edition (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780517577004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517577004
  • ASIN: 0517577003
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.7 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Martha Stewart's new home reference book is a must-have for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that it's gorgeous. Printed on thick, glossy pages covered with subtle sepia photos and that perfect Martha-blue as an accent color, Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook is a pretty and practical package for everyone: "all mothers and daughters, fathers and sons who have a room, an apartment, or a home to care for." Stewart's exhaustive handbook features a handy "how to use this book" introduction; a room by room guide with weekly, monthly, and seasonal checklists; tips for cleaning, creating a comfortable and safe home, and moving; and a guide for identifying and caring for materials in your home. Curious? Take a look at some excerpts below. You'll be sweeping and shelving your way to a happier home in no time. --Daphne Durham


How to Use This Book: An Excerpt

When the first issue of Martha Stewart Living was published in 1990, I could not have begun to anticipate how wide-ranging our readers' homekeeping concerns would be. Since then, we have discovered new solutions to age-old problems, brought in experts to advise us on very specific questions about very specific?c concerns, and experimented with all the new (and not so new) home-care products. Over the years, I've brought these lessons home with me, too, which has made me more organized and made my homes better cared for and maintained.

Households are busy places, works in progress where there is always something needing immediate attention and always something more that can be done. With that in mind, I have organized this book to address the tasks at hand and also to address the "more that can be done" for when you have the time and the inclination go beyond the essentials.

It starts with the big picture--an examination of every room and everything you will find within each. The eleven chapters in the "Room by Room" section take you on a tour through the house, focusing on the surfaces and furnishings you might find in any room, and offering strategies for their care and maintenance. Starting with the kitchen, the central staging area in any home, these chapters open with practical space-planning advice, followed by the golden rules of organizing. This information is intended to help contain your belongings and make each room clutter-free and functional. Relevant homekeeping concerns particular to each room are explored in depth--so stain-removal basics appear in "Laundry Room," the best way to clean grout in "Bathroom," and easy sewing repairs in "Utility Spaces." The equipment essential to each room is also addressed, so if you are considering what kind of bathtub to install during a bathroom renovation or whether a gas or electric range would best suit your style of cooking, you will have the information necessary to make such an investment with confidence.


Organize Your Kitchen: Martha's Golden Rules


About 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.

More About the Author

Martha Stewart is the author of dozens of bestselling books on cooking, entertaining, homekeeping, gardening, weddings, and decorating. She is the host of The Martha Stewart Show, the Emmy-winning daily syndicated television program, and founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, which publishes several magazines, including Martha Stewart Living; produces Martha Stewart Living Radio; and provides a wealth of ideas and information on her website.

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There are many great tips and ideas in this book.
Frances Moore-Jones, author Housekeeper Cards in English & Spanish
This book would make a great wedding shower gift or housewarming gift.
Z. Stroud
I bought the book as a birthday gift for a friend.
Hillary Short

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

85 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Kimberley Wilson on November 18, 2006
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I've been waiting for years for Martha Stewart to write this book and I'm very pleased. It is expansive, tells you plainly what to do and what never to do and it has pictures (granted they are in black and white) rather than tiny artsy line drawings like the Home Comforts book. After reading Homekeeping I have finally discovered the easy way to clean my stove top and their is a noticeable difference in my kitchen. It was clean before but now I think it could pass a restaurant health inspection. I own other house keeping books but this one outclasses them all and I think it's really all a person needs. Thanks Martha.
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189 of 224 people found the following review helpful By TReno on November 1, 2006
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There are few items like this one.

It is more or less a home companion on how to clean, maintain, do and repair most every item in your home. There is lots of wisdom like we used to pass down from generation to generation, before people stopped listening and families fragmented.

Newly marrieds, new home owners, kids leaving the nest for the first time to college or to live alone, and those wanting to get organized and stay organzied with their home chores and maintenace, will find this book valuable.

It is more than a reference work, although it certainly is that. I actually have enjoyed browsing through it for fun, not just looking for specific information.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Lee on December 25, 2006
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I just moved out of my parents' home this year and realized that I am next to clueless when it comes to home maintenance. So when I heard about this book I decided to have a look at it and was blown away. This tome covers everything imaginable for every room, and even has a few hints and tips that never would have passed my mind. Granted, I don't currently have every room listed but I might in the future, so it will be excellent for ears to come. This book is a great gift for anyone newly living on their own, anyone who just bought a house, and it would even make a wonderful wedding gift.
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116 of 138 people found the following review helpful By Little Miss Cutey on November 2, 2006
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Be warned! This is a super heavy book (744 pages). It's like an encyclopedia for the home. It's full of helpful advice and it is really interesting.
The topics are broad. There is almost nothing uncovered. She talks about everything from ironing (how to completely, completely dewrinkle - underside of collar, inside of cuffs, inside of sleevefronts, outside of sleeves, outside of cuffs, inside of yolk etc etc), to stain removal (fix it right away - blot and drown the stain in cool water, blot again, more water, blot, etc), removing wax from tablecloths, and on and on. I especially loved reading on how to clear out the nasty smell in the microwave. I never knew what to do to get rid of that (till now).
It's such a helpful book for everyone - I can't imagine that there'd be someone out there who couldn't gain some insight from Martha's tips. It's easy to follow and find what you are after because she has put everything into specific catagories. So go out and get a copy because it's the perfect gift idea for the holiday's and a must for yourself in your home. I love it a lot.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Dana Kramer-Rolls on July 4, 2007
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We have finally reached the stage where many of our mothers and even grandmothers were professional women, not homemakers passing their skills to their daughters (and maybe sons). The shadows of the Depression and WWII rationing are gone. We are a convenience society, using everything from prepackaged salad to throw away mops. This is not a Good Thing. But how many of us know the tricks of keeping a cozy, tidy house, without all those conveniences and products, and how to protect the things we own and love from wear and tear?

Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook is the answer, a wonderful encyclopedia of everything you need to know about keeping a house. Covering a wide range of topics, from how to remove stains to how to buy a sofa, this well illustrated volume offers clear instructions and suggestions for all aspects of home care. Well organized, there are sections for each room in the house, for cleaning and maintenance, and for home safety. Granted, there are parts that are a little "over the top" for most of us, for example, how to sort your children's toys, compete with labeling. Good luck! But there are invaluable things, like how to iron that shirt (saving money on a professional cleaner, to boot), and how to fold those impossible fitted sheets into neat bundles. There are even sections on how to fix a lamp, unclog a sink, and start a compost heap. Some things are just touched on, flower arranging, for example, while others are fully treated, such as how to restore a metal lawn chair or what constitutes the basic equipment for a kitchen. And there are pages of resource materials. If you haven't a clue what that stray funny-looking sterling fork you inherited was for, you will find your answer here.
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154 of 188 people found the following review helpful By Sure on January 4, 2007
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I was excited to recieve this book as a gift, as I enjoy taking care of my home and the things in it. However, I feel like this book went far beyond the scope of practical housekeeping. It has gotten good reviews on Amazon, but it is about 500 pages too long for my personal taste. I would never have bought it for myself, nor will I ever purchase it as a gift for anyone else.

The book is heavy and has a really cheap dustjacket that doesn't stay on, making the mere act of opening the book unpleasant. I, too, would have enjoyed color photographs. I don't think it was wrong of readers to expect something just a little more aesthetically pleasing-- it is from Martha Stewart, after all.

This book would have greatly benefitted from page tabs or subtle color-coding along the edge of the pages to mark the different areas of housekeeping the book adresses. At nearly 750 pages, it is really a hassle to have to juggle this five-pound book with its worthless dustjacket in the midst of my chores. Skimming through the index, finding the page, then poring over the information to find what I need to know takes far longer than opening this laptop and searching online for "mustard stain removal", etc. This book is so exhaustive that there have been a few times I've actually forgotten what I'm looking for before I find it.

The book is too broad and comprehensive in areas of little benefit to this reader.
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