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

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 752 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Clarkson Potter
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May 04, 2009 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: crafty
I would have never picked this book up on my own, seeing that it retails for more than $40 new! But luckily, it ended up being the ultimate bookmooch score, and i just paid media shipping.

And what a score it was. I'm not going to lie, Martha Stewart may be a little crazy, but she's also super amazing. This book is HUGE, and extremely thorough, with a billion little tips on everything. I understand that with the internet, it's not really necessary for a book like this, but I enjoyed it none the
Nov 01, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
I love this book. As Martha would say, "It's a good thing." This book was a gift to me, but in retrospect if I had known that I would be using it as much as I am, I would have paid the $45 for it. It's a fantastic reference guide. It's not just about cleaning your house, although there are a plethora of amazing cleaning and organizational tips. It's a good reference for general home maintenance. I know how to fix a running toilet, a dripping faucet, control pests if I ever have them, and replace ...more
Jan 05, 2009 Katie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Update: Wow it was long, but now I feel like I can reference the book quickly and the book has already come in very handy. Like today, I found out that soap with eucalyptus will help keep spiders away.!!!! That makes me so happy!!!! I am going out for some soap right away!
This book has everything I have ever wanted to know about my home. It has information on cleaning, essential Kitchen tools, How to pick out a sink, stove etc. Where to store things in your kitchen, How to sharpen a knife...
May 11, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: happy homekeepers everywhere
I'm moving to a new house so I am reading this again. it's amazing.

This book is tremendous both in it's size and it's information. Who knew I'd enjoy a tome about cleaning?
Jan 29, 2009 Tamra rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Martha Stewart junkies and people without mothers
Recommended to Tamra by: Katie
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
At Katie's recommendation, I picked up this book. But I just couldn't read it. I opened to random pages and read things like, "Never use bleach" because it's not good for the environment or your health, etc. Well, I already knew that, and I'm still going to use bleach. Sorry, Martha. I also still leave the water running when I wash my dishes. Not only does this mean that I'm not listening to Martha Stewart (THE Voice when it comes to homemaking), it also means I'm SO not Green.

Well, Martha and
Jan 25, 2009 Dianna rated it it was amazing
This is the best cleaning reference manual ever! I asked for it for my birthday a few years ago, because I spotted it (hehe, get it, spotted?) at the library and loved it.

One of the many tips I learned: I grew up with shower doors, so I never knew you could wash a shower curtain liner in the washing machine to keep it clean. It totally cleans away the soap scum! Why can't you stick the whole shower in the washing machine? Thanks Martha!

One that doesn't work for me: She recommends vinegar and wa
Jan 17, 2009 Libbeth rated it liked it
This is a huge book with a wealth of information. I can usually find advice on how to deal with any problem around the house in here. I tend to "justify" the cost of a book by asking myself if at least one thing of use was gleaned from it. This book has met that criteria and, I am sure, will be refered to often in the future. It's the sort of book that you can imagine future generations of the family treasuring. Even if it becomes outdated it will be a fascinating snapshot of how we live in and ...more
Jan 08, 2015 Shana rated it it was amazing
Yes, I really did read this book. It is HUGE so it has taken me almost 6 months reading just a little bit by little bit. My girls have really enjoyed reading and looking at it and teasing me with "Mom do you ever clean the...?" Uhm no so some of her suggestions are NOT going to happen but most of the book is TRULY needed info, like I didn't know you should only use COLD water when using the garbage disposal. I LOVE this book, got it at a second hand store so didn't have to pay the BIG price for ...more
Jun 27, 2010 Sheralie rated it liked it
This is a great encyclopedia-style book with fantastic pictures, sidebars, diagrams and charts for laundry, cleaning and the nitty gritty of homemaking. Visually very pleasing. Great for looking up random things you do not know, whether polishing silver correctly or ironing different style tablecloths.

Don't read too much at a time or you will may suffer an anxiety attack. Just remember that is Martha at her best and none of us are quite like her!
Jan 04, 2009 Sara rated it it was amazing
Martha Stewart is a homekeeping goddess... I don't care what any other opinion of her may suggest. There has never been anyone before her to compare, and I seriously doubt there will be any to follow. This book is the perfect handbook for anyone who keeps a house, who appreciates the fresh smell of cleaning agents, who wishes that there were a salary available for domestic goddesses so that we could live as our mothers did... once upon a time.
Lisa Janda
Mar 06, 2009 Lisa Janda rated it liked it
I got this from an Amazon seller for a steal, like five bucks. I still sometimes wonder why the hell I have it until I actually have cause to use it. It's one of those odd books you have that you don't read but comes in handy when you need to remove a particular stain, figure out how to hang a picture, what on earth to do when the family silver is tarnished! ;)

So, not a must-own, and I still can't fathom why on earth I bought it. But it's there, it was cheap, so yeah, not a bust.
Amy Kalvig
Apr 06, 2010 Amy Kalvig rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Amy by: No one
Hands down, this is the best guide for any homeowner. It should be a mandatory wedding gift! It should be a mandatory gift to each person as he or she turns 18. Seriously, it is that impressive and that necessary.

Sep 04, 2008 Laura rated it it was amazing
All those Martha nay-sayers can suck it... This book is a polished gem of hard won, house transforming wisdom.
Apr 09, 2012 Ellie marked it as to-read
Shelves: on-hold
Counting the weeks before we sign on our first house. Who better to prepare with than Martha herself?
Trevor Dobias
Dec 19, 2013 Trevor Dobias rated it it was amazing
Not a book you would normally read through. It's a great resource for tips, seasonal cleaning, and general home upkeep. Nicely designed as well.
Jan 04, 2017 Alexandria rated it liked it
I thumbed through this book to see if I wanted to add it to my collection and the answer is yes! It covers a range of topics from suggested purchases and alternative cleaning solutions to basics on ironing and organizing. If you're someone like me who wants to edge towards 'domestic goddess' and has no idea where to start, this book is a good option!
Sep 01, 2008 Sasha rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, cleaning
This book was pretty good, although now that I've read it through (with some skimming, of course) I can hardly remember what the good parts were.

Flipping through it again, I remember that I used it (along with a review of the same section in "idiot's guide to cleaning") to update my schedule of monthly-to-yearly tasks. It got me thinking more about ergonomics. I learned that I could use the cooling racks I have for baking in my hand-dishwashing, so that they dry more effectively. I found out the
Iowa City Public Library
Whether you love Martha Stewart or tend to roll your eyes at the mere mention of her name, you have to like the new Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home. It is short on glitz—photographs are in black and white and the author herself appears only once, at the beginning of the book—but long (very long: 700+ pages) on practicality. The index is thorough with ample cross references. Stewart and her team of researchers want you to know every ...more
May 05, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent, truly. A guide to everything you ever need to know about how to care for your home. There are very useful checklists on what you should clean, when and how often- as someone who gets nothing done unless I make many lists, this was very useful. If you ever find yourelf wondering "How often should I be washing my comforters?" or "Why does my washing machine smell and what do I do about it?" then this is extremely useful to have. The entire book is divided into sections on e ...more
Jan 23, 2008 Anna rated it really liked it
I read almost all of it on a drive from California to Idaho and I was fascinated the whole time. Although it made me feel like I could clean anything, it also made me feel very tired! Martha Stewart, bless her heart, must have at least 10 maids to do all of the once-a-week and twice-a-week and 3-times-a-month and once-a-season and daily and weekly and monthly and every-five-year chores that she recommends. If I sat down with that book and a calendar (which I must confess I am dying to do) and li ...more
Jun 30, 2013 Kyrie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
I picked up this book because I read Jen Lancaster's "The TAO of Martha". Originally, I thought I'd be laughing at Martha's ideas.

I think this book may be my go-to wedding gift or housewarming gift.

Martha not only tells you what you need, but WHY it's needed.

Her lists of cleaning appeal to my OCD heart. (Although, people who have seen my house may not believe I like the idea of cleaning lists.) If nothing else, I can dream that someday I'll be that organized.

She covers everything from how to se
Sep 20, 2010 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
This is a great homekeeping book. I have read it multiple times over the years, but I finally bought my own copy this month. Stewart does a great job of explaining cleaning, organizing, and decorating tips and ideas. The book is organized by room which makes it very easy to use if you have a specific question or a certain area of concern in your home. There is a lot of information so I recommend reading it as you need it or just doing a quick flip through and jotting down or marking the ideas th ...more
Oct 12, 2008 Davianroberts rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone with a home
It's embarrassing to admit this if one happens to find the idea of being a 1950s style housewife offensive, but this book is a lifesaver. It covers everything to do with the home from designing a room to how to clean and care for the most minute details therein. It answers all the questions I wish I had known to ask my grandmother about linens, laundry, cleaning, cooking, and organizing. It is incredibly well-laid out and more readable than one could imagine based on the subject matter. I heard ...more
Jan 29, 2009 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking
I am a huge Martha Stewart fan. I think I have almost all her books and I get her magazine. I think this is one of her best books out there. It's completely thorough and goes through all the details of cleaning and organizing your home. There are also questions on what to do if you have moths in your closet or pests in your kitchen. Anything and everything you can imagine about home solutions is in this book. She also gives great tips on how to clean water deposits in your shower and includes va ...more
Nov 02, 2007 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
ok - I can't claim to have read this whole book or have any sort of grasp on the things she expounds upon, but, there are some good cleaning tips (and how to clean about every item you can think of). And for some reason, I find it strangely comforting and relaxing to browse through and look at the 50 different kinds of spoons (or knives or whatever) or how to properly store yards and yards of expensive table linens and know I will never ever have to worry about such things. It's such a huge and ...more
Rebecca Mehok
Nov 07, 2013 Rebecca Mehok rated it it was amazing
As one of the other reviewers noted, all this information is on the internet. However, sometimes you just want to quickly look something up and not go down the rabbit hole that is the internet.

This is a good manual for housekeeping, which is kind of a lost art. There is loads of information here, ranging from basic identification of materials to how to care for them and how often things in the home need maintenance. No one taught me how to do this stuff, and it's been helpful to take care of ou
Deborah Vespo
Oct 04, 2013 Deborah Vespo rated it really liked it
I can't believe this I'm saying this about Martha Stewart... never been much of a fan. However, I must say that this is a really good cleaning and organization guide that goes over everything. Good suggestions especially for one that isn't all that organized (which explains why I've never been a fan). I checked it out from the library and have renewed as often as I can. I'm actually going to have to purchase this book - it is a good resource. It's very big, but with a book like this one wouldn't ...more
Nov 01, 2010 Bree rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
I'd love dearly to have two ways to contact Martha Stewart personally: her cell number on speed dial for urgent questions on home matters and her mailing address to send anonymous hate mail.

In short, this book is a monster check list of house hold matters...most of which are obvious to the mildly sober, half-standing citizen. On the other hand, little tips and pieces of advice scattered within absolutely scream with Martha Stewart brilliance (thankfully, the kind of brilliance that falls short o
As much as I don't want to be a Martha fan, I'm realizing I just am. OK so I haven't read it cover to cover but this is such a well organized, thorough, and lovely reference book I may just have to buy it. Or check it out once a month from the library. My house is the furthest thing from Martha clean and organized, and I thought that was the only kind of person who would find this useful. So much good info to work on applying it!
Jan 16, 2009 Christine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009
This is an AWESOME book. It has a wealth of information. She explains how to take care of everything in your home, right down to the most minute details. I have never come across a guide that was so helpful and descriptive. The pictures were in black and white, and honestly - I prefer color. But other than that, I have nothing but good things to say about this book. I reference it often, it's really worth every penny.
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Martha Stewart is an American business magnate, author, editor and homemaking advocate. She is also a former stockbroker and fashion model. Over the last two decades Stewart has held a prominent position in the American publishing industry; as the author of several books, hundreds of articles on the domestic arts, editor of a national homekeeping magazine, host for two popular daytime television p ...more
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