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A practical and attractive handbook with more than 850 essential life skills to get anything done faster and easier
The editors and scientists at Good Housekeeping and its lab, the Good Housekeeping Institute, share genius solutions and trusted, expert advice in this how-to guide to making life simpler. With chapters on the kitchen, organizing and cleaning, decorating, home maintenance, outdoor living, and entertaining and celebrating, this go-to resource offers step-by-step illustrated instructions, inspiring photos and sometimes surprising but always practical guidance to get things done. Plus, you'll save time and money and even have fun along the way.
The 850+ skills include how to:
Store and make your own spice mixes
Clean your house in 15 minutes
Seal a drafty window
Remove water rings from your tables
Perk up a grocery-store bouquet
Sew a button
Plant an outdoor herb garden (and keep herbs fresh after they are picked!)
Make the perfect boiled egg
Cure a hangover and so much more!
QR codes throughout the pages offer additional lessons and video instruction. Whatever home means to you, this book is brimming with invaluable know-how to keep your home in tip-top shape and to help you inject more fun and flair into your every day.
About the Author
Good Housekeeping is a leading lifestyle media brand inspiring a monthly audience of 58M readers--including more than 6M social media followers.
Jane Francisco is the editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping and the Editorial Director of the Hearst Lifestyle Group where she oversees and develops content across multiple platforms for Good Housekeeping, Women's Day, Dr. Oz The Goodlife, and Prevention. Jane lives with her husband and son in New Jersey.
“The Good Housekeeping team delivers in this impressive handbook hundreds of ideas and tips for 'how to ‘home’ better.' The advice comes in six sections: “Prep & Cook” covers must-have kitchen equipment, pantry stocking tips, and easy recipe substitutions; “Clean & Organize” features a bathroom-tidying checklist and DIY cleaning solution recipes; “Decorate & Renovate” teaches readers how to “brighten” their kitchen and “cozy up” their living room; and “Maintain & Repair” offers tricks for fixing appliances and getting rid of indoor allergens. “Enjoy the Outdoors,” meanwhile, takes on yard care and gardening (with a nontoxic weed killer recipe), and “Entertain & Celebrate,” considers less-glamorous aspects of party planning: make taking out the garbage during and after easier by lining a trash bin with several bags, the authors advise, and turn the thermostat down before guests arrive, as the crowd will warm things up. The advice on outfitting one’s kitchen and building pantry meals is excellent, but it’s the extras that set this apart: each chapter includes clever new twists, such as repurposing a shoe rack as a vertical herb planter and using toothpaste to clean silver. This thorough home companion will reward readers over and over.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review