Is there an easy system I can use to keep track of bills and receipts? Should I sell, give away, or just throw away the stuff I'm ready to part with? How can I get to all the "fix-it" projects I keep putting off? What's the secret to making a habit of organizing? Where do I start?
In a world with more stuff, more to-do's, and more wants, organizing and efficiency expert Jamie Novak offers clear and simple ideas to help readers cut through the clutter and find what's important. Proven strategies show readers how they can better organize their lives—and find more free time and energy.
The Get Organized Answer Book tackles all areas of life and home:Where to start and how to stay motivated Simple organizing systems for clothes, bills, photos, and more What to keep and what to throw away How to stop the junk mail and end the paper piles Inexpensive storage solutions for every space
It is estimated that 80 percent of the clutter in your home or office is a result of disorganization—not a lack of space. Yet when it comes to finding and fixing the problem, most people have no idea where to begin. The Get Organized Answer Book tells you exactly how, when, and where to start, with simple systems and strategies to cut through the clutter, find what's important, and recharge your life at home and at the office.
The Get Organized Answer Book answers your most important questions, including:What should be put through a shredder instead of thrown away? What can I do to make my desk setup more efficient? How can I locate and organize an aging parent's important belongings? What are the root causes of disorganization? Free items or items on sale aren't really clutter, are they? How can I spend less time running errands?
Written in an easy-to-read question-and-answer format, The Get Organized Answer Book is your guide to winning the battle with clutter—for good.
A carefully selected group of home wiring projects that goes beyond the basics of adding a receptacle or rewiring a lamp. With the information in this book you can take your skill in working with electrical systems to a new level. Projects include: adding a stand-alone, direct-current circuit powered by the sun; installing an automatic standby power system; replacing a main service panel; grounding and bonding your electrical system; installing a radiant flooring system; and working with 240-volt and three-phase power.
Millions of us have wondered how Agnes Brown does it. Keeping her end up while seven grown-up children tear about the fecking place like the eejits haven't got a home to go to.
Packed with Mammy's tips for keeping a perfect family, or at least a family, as well as contributions from her children, neighbours and other hangers on, Mrs Brown's Family Handbook dispenses advice in her own inimical fecking style.
• why every mammy's secret weapon is the tea towel
• the dos and don't of cleaning up Granddad
• what Dermot doesn't know about farting (not much)
• what Winnie knows about seks (not enough)
• all about the Five-Sausages-A-Day Diet (hint: contains sausages)
• from Maria all about pain relief in child birth (if its free, take it)
The perfect gift for anyone in a large family - it's one present and cheap - or with no family at all (seeing what they're missing might cheer the miserable feckers up), Mrs Brown's Family Handbook is also ideal for anyone sick and tired of giving out bloody DVDs for Christmas.
Brendan O'Carroll is an Irish writer, producer, comedian, actor, director and author. He is best known for playing Agnes Brown in Mrs Brown's Boys, which won the best sitcom BAFTA in 2012. He has written four films and nine comedy shows, including The Course (1995), The Last Wedding (1999) and last year saw the release of his DVD for the live tour Good Mourning Mrs Brown. He has also published seven novels, including The Mammy, The Scrapper and The Young Wan - a number of which have been translated into 12 languages.
Regina Leeds shows how anyone can organize their home with just a few minutes each day. She has tailored her magic formula (eliminate, categorize, organize) so that readers can work in short, effective increments and complete small projects that add up to big progress. The book includes hundreds of systems and tricks--from rapid closet rehab to tackling junk drawers, clutter-busting a room to setting up a mail system. Leeds also offers quick but important daily routines (making the bed), periodic tasks (checking the smoke detector), and fun projects (creating a dream board) to keep up the momentum.
Here is the first how-to that addresses the needs of both buyers and sellers, making it the perfect companion to the bestselling The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buying and Selling a Home. The buyer will depend on this guide to determine whether a house is worth buying. The seller will need it to determine which repairs are necessary before listing or signing anything. Readers will learn to troubleshoot all areas of a home, including its structure and foundation, windows and doors, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, insulation, electrical systems, and the roof, just to name a few.
The essays featured in The Ultimate Guide to Self-Reliant Living were written by some of today’s most respected outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen, nature enthusiasts, agricultural professionals, and successful homesteaders. Through the information on these pages, you will learn the best techniques and approaches concerning:
Hunting, fishing, and trappingForagingGrowing and preparing your own foodAnimal husbandryLiving off the gridBuilding barns and outbuildingsGreen livingCountry skillsAlternative energy, such as solar panels and windmillsPrimitive survival skills, such as making fires and finding shelter
Don't despair! Armed with this book you too can have floors you can eat your dinner off of and you'll no longer be embarrassed in front of unexpected guests. This book is the first of its kind and will prove that minimum effort can achieve maximum results.
So don't spend hours scrubbing pans and cleaning windows-discover the shortcuts that lead to a beautiful house without compromising its cleanliness. Express Housekeeping is packed with tips and handy advice on how to get yourself and your house organized so you can clean more quickly and efficiently, how to delegate chores to others, and how to clean as you go to prevent dirt and clutter from building up. Plus, it offers plenty of ideas for green and budget methods of cleaning as well.
By the end of this book you'll have a clean house, cash in your pocket, and time to spend it!
Homeowners who are ready to remodel, just moving in, or ready to tackle their first DIY repair will find Black & Decker The Complete Photo Guide for New Homeowners indispensable. Filled with easy-to-follow projects for all of the most common repairs and installations homeowners confront, this is the essential guide for readers with little to no do-it-yourself experience.
This book is carefully tailored for the needs of homeowners new to the art of home repair and maintenance. Each section includes an overview of the topic; including information on common tools and materials, overall house systems, and how to evaluate different situations. Then specific projects start with a list of common terms and a photographed list of the tools and materials needed for the project at hand. Detailed, step-by-step photo instructions follow.
Both for practicality and curb appeal, windows and doors are the most crucial mechanical feature of any home, and this book helps homeowners preserve and improve these essential elements. A fabulous door can add thousands of dollars in "perceived value" to a plain house, just as a few new windows can shave off a decade or two in apparent age.
Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Windows & Entryways is a fully-updated revision of Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Windows & Doors. At 288 pages, it features more than 600 beautiful color photographs that are rich with current information. It contains virtually everything readers need to plan and complete any kind of window and door installation. The new version also features an expanded section on door and window hardware, as the types, styles and finishes change frequently. Also new in this edition: an expanded the section on installing and maintaining garage doors; a complete start-to-finish project for enlarging a basement window opening and installing an egress window; a quick and easy technique for giving your fiberglass door the appearance of woodgrain; and much, much more. You'll find no better single book that better covers the ever-changing topic of choosing, installing and maintaining doors and windows.
So if you are considering do it yourself solar panels for your home, or solar panel installation through a contractor, "Solar Power for Sustainable Living - What to Consider Before Going the Do It Yourself Solar Route" is a great reference guide to make sure you've considered the most important avenues or prerequisites of getting into do-it-yourself solar panels before you get started and then realize that you should've considered these aspects first, which are very important in decision making.
It is informative and detailed to give you a good understanding of how it all works and what's really involved when it comes to obtaining a PV solar power system for sustainable living. Charts and illustrations are also included for easy reference.
You'll get information, terminology, advice, things you'd better be aware of or consider beforehand, education, valuable tips that's going to literally help you, what exact items you'll need to buy and what it cost, how to connect with other people doing the same thing that you are (which is huge), and much more.
If you need to find out what the latest and up to date information is for what your state (in USA) is currently offering for rebates and incentives on using solar power for your home or office, there's a reference conveniently provided for that.
There's also reference to a handy calculator that you can use to help estimate the size and cost of installing a PV system.
For the US and CANADA, going by zip code, just in case you need to check out or prescreen solar contractors in your area to get an estimate or just to ask some questions, there's a reference that provides that information as well.
You'll get surprise information that most people haven't thought about before or are simply not aware of. "Solar Power for Sustainable Living - What to Consider Before Going the Do It Yourself Solar Route" provides the kind of due diligence you need for sustainable living through a solar power system.
This book will walk anyone through the process of building and using a root cellar to store their fruits and vegetables for later use, through the cold winter months when even the most basic items can cost an arm and a leg. Before even starting your root cellar, you will learn the basics of choosing the right crops and planting them at the right time or buying them in advance for your root cellar. You will learn how to know which crops and which specific vegetables and fruits are good to keep and which ones should be left alone. This book will cover how and when to bring in the harvest and how to prepare for storage effectively. You will learn the basics of spoilage and what to expect from your foods, and you will discover what you should expect each winter for multiple- month storage.
You will also benefit from interviews with the top experts in the field of storage and root-cellaring and farmers who have been storing vegetables for years. You will learn how to start your own underground garden and what various types of cellars exist trenches, closets, and hideaways. Discover how to start planning your root cellar, how to use your basement if you so desire, and how to start excavating and preparing an outside, isolated root cellar for the first harvest.
No matter your situation or your crops, you can benefit from this book and its take on the world of root-cellaring and long-term fruit and vegetable storage.
Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice. Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.
Hiring a professional to stage your home will cost you easily several hundreds or even thousands of dollars. The reality is, home staging is simpler and easier than most people think. A common misconception is that you need to have interior design background to do home staging. This is just not true. Another common mistake people make is to confuse home staging with home decorating. In fact, staging your home to sell is something you can do yourself and get similar results as the professionals.
Yes you could have a better way to sell any home. It truly is possible, but you just need to know how. Just imagine being able to set up your home for a quick sale in just 7 days (or less) without becoming frustrated or wasting your time. This is what "Home Staging Like A Pro" was written for.
Here's some of the things you will learn in "Home Staging Like A Pro":
- How to get a great first impression to your home...
- 3 little known, yet simple ways to creating focal points within your home...
- Understanding the layout of any home and how to make it work for you...
- 2 simple keys (that are right in front of your eyes) to targeting potential buyers with home staging...
- Home staging tips to sell your home for top dollar
- How to arrange a room for the appearance of space...
- WARNING: things you should never do when it comes to staging your home for sale...
- You'll discover in just a few short minutes how to differentiate between home staging and home decorating...
- Time tested and proven strategies to linking colors and emotions...
- 9-point checklist to stage your home perfectly...
- And much more...
- Hang hobby clutter like guitars or bikes on the wall as decoration
- Mount side tables on wheels for easy rolling from bedside to sofa
- Upcycle empty wine crates into stylish, stackable shoe cubbies
- Line a room with high bookshelves for a ceiling-top library
ENTERTAIN IN STYLE
- Utilize kitchen space to make an impressive entree--go potluck on the sides
- Stash plants, lamps and coffee tables in the bathtub to open up party space
1. Explore whether condominium living is for you.
2. Come to understand the different types of condominiums.
3. Be introduced to various legal condominium documents.
4. Understand what you own if you buy a condominium.
5. Learn how a condominium is run, and the role of the Board.
6. Understand how and where maintenance fees are spent.
7. Explore your rights and responsibilities as an owner.
8. Narrow down which condominium is right for you.
9. Learn to protect your investment if buying a new condominium.
10.Know what to look for in a real estate agent.
11.Find out about other professionals who can help you.
12.Learn what a Reserve Fund Study is.
13.And much more.
Find out what you need to know before and after buying a Condominium or Townhouse by reading this book.
Some 2,300 cuts culled from such rare nineteenth-century periodicals as The Art Journal, The Illustrated London News, The Scientific American, and The Youth's Companion have been organized in convenient categories: clothes, furniture, kitchenware, toys and games, musical instruments, stationery supplies, domestic accessories, and much more.
Among them are detailed and highly reproducible illustrations of fans, corsets, toiletry kits, jewelry, roller skates, a baby carriage, bicycles, baseball gloves, a pencil sharpener, crayons, fountain pen, typewriter, drafting tools, compass, microscope, feather duster, parasol, small table with smoking paraphernalia, high-topped "storm slippers," and hundreds of other objects.
There are countless resources available to help every individual organize, put away, store, and even recycle their old possessions to get them out of the way and where they belong. Through hours of careful research and personal experience, this book was compiled to show even the most vociferous of packrats how to start sorting through their possessions and putting aside everything that just doesnâe(tm)t need to be in the way anymore.
To start, you will learn how to stop and assess your situation âe" how much clutter can you afford to have, why does it happen at all, and what does it cost you to have such a mess in your home. You will learn how to start changing your fundamental way of living to reduce clutter and how to recognize your accomplishments in keeping a clean house. You will learn how to lighten your loads by throwing away what you really donâe(tm)t need, donating what others can use, and knowing how to make a little extra money by cleaning things up a bit. You will learn the basics of effective storage and how to organize your things. You will learn how to recognize clutter zones and renovate them to cut down on clutter in entranceways, closets, childrenâe(tm)s rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens, family rooms, offices, basements, attics, garages, and cars.
Organization experts were interviewed and their expertise has been compiled here to provide you with details on how to simplify your systems with lists and schedules, filing systems, proper meal and recipe planning, group cleaning, and constant organization. You will learn how to ensure clutter never comes back by reducing your shopping, following a daily schedule to clean, and occasionally going through the same above motions. Regardless of how severe your clutter problem is, this book will help you to recognize and start dealing with it right away.
Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company presidentâe(tm)s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice. Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.
By leading the reader through every step of choosing a home—from the broad strokes, such as city vs. suburb and buy vs. rent, to specific details of energy use and building materials—The Just Right Home helps readers understand not only what they want in a home but what they need. It shows why proximity—to work, to stores, to schools—trumps location, and what the difference means. Why a property’s live-in value is greater than its resale value. How to identify and assess the big three variables: function, cost, delight. How to get a realistic grip on budget, including factoring in maintenance costs. How to plan for future needs—children moving out, a parent moving in, or just growing old in a home. Why all square feet are not created equal. The ins and outs of zonings, covenants, home-owner associations. The five elements to look for when walking through a property. How much to pay an inspector. And so much more.
Filled with sidebars, boxes, examples, anecdotes, and cheat sheets, it’s the book that helps readers answer all their questions about where to live and what to live in.
Illustrated with dozens of full-color photographs per project accompanying easy-to-follow instructions, this Instructables collection utilizes the best that the online community has to offer, turning a far-reaching group of people into a mammoth database churning out ideas to make life better, easier, and in this case, greener, as this volume exemplifies.
The Provident Prepper is a practical guide to timely preparations for an uncertain future, without the doom and gloom. Inside, you'll learn myriad emergency tips, including how tostay warm in winter and cool in summer use alternative sources of light and fuel keep lines of communication open cook without electricity keep your home safe and secure
Kylene and Jonathan Jones have both served on the advisory board and on the board of directors for the American Civil Defense Association. Now they've compiled their extensive knowledge and expertise into The Provident Prepper.
You don't need to bug out to be safe—be ready in the protection of your own home during any emergency.
Before you lose another document or misplace a favorite item, take heart with Knack Organizing Your Home, a one-stop guide to putting your home in order. Get organized one small step at a time, clear the clutter and deal more efficiently with everything from clothes and towels to tools and bills. This handy book provides step-by-step instructions along with ideas for creating long-lasting systems. Its 475 color photos illustrate great ways to store your belongings.
Organizing ideas are resented room by room, from kitchen and bathroom to bedrooms, children's spaces, and the home office, as well as the attic, basement, and garage. The book also includes ideas specific to small homes and apartments, and an extensive resource guide to products and Web sources.
Key features of Knack Organizing Your HomeCovers every room in the house plus outdoor spaces, pet gear, and more Step-by-step instructions for getting rid of clutter Ideas for small homes and apartments Includes a year-round schedule of good home-organizing habits
Get the Knack!Visually organized format makes information easier-than-ever to find 475 color photos to simplify the techniques Big book, layflat binding, clear instructionsBig Resource chapter with useful websites
With the help of the staff at Instructables.com, Thompson has compiled the best of his weekend projects in Life Hacks. With life hacks from the King himself, you’ll see how easy it is to have better summers, less stressful holidays, and cooler—literally—birthday parties.
Following Thompson’s instructions in this book, you’ll be able to:
Make dry ice with a fire extinguisher
Create carbonated ice cream
Start fires with plastic water bottles
Charge your cell phone—using your own energy
Build working speakers for less than $1
And much more
A Solar Buyer's Guide for the Home and Office explains the options so that property owners can make the right choices both for their energy needs and their financial security. Understanding how solar power systems work will enable readers to be informed customers when dealing with professional installers-the book also provides advice on how to select a qualified installer and understand the expanding variety of tax credits and other incentives that are popping up around the country.
The market for solar systems has been growing at an exponential rate and strong tax credits ensure continued growth even in a sluggish economy. Many of those who would like to catch this undeniable wave of the future are held back by widespread confusion. A Solar Buyer's Guide for the Home and Office clears the air, allowing property owners to move forward with confidence to make their homes and offices more comfortable, environmentally sound, and secure against wild swings in energy prices.
Compiled from the information in Storey Publishing's landmark series of "Country Wisdom Bulletins," this book is the most thorough and reliable volume of its kind.
Organized by general topic including animals, cooking, crafts, gardening, health and well-being, and home, it is further broken down to cover dozens of specifics from "Building Chicken Coops" to "Making Cheese, Butter, and Yogurt" to "Improving Your Soil" to "Restoring Hardwood Floors." Nearly 1,000 black-and-white illustrations and photographs run throughout and fascinating projects and trusted advice crowd every page.
Backyard Rockets gives step-by-step instructions, with pictures to guide the way, on how to launch your very own project into the sky. All of these authors have labored over their endeavors to pass their knowledge on and make it easier for others to attempt. Discover how to create the following projects:Teeny, Tiny Rocket EngineUltimate Straw RocketRocket EggstronautPocket Rocket LauncherIron Man Model RocketModel Rocket with CameraRocket-Powered Matchbox Cars – ExtremeAnd much more!The Instructables community has provided a compendium of rocket savvy from innovators who have paved the way for other curious minds. In addition to rockets, fireworks, and launchers in Backyard Rockets, you will discover the sense of accomplishment after watching your rocket soar into the sky!
“Houses aren’t refuges from history. They are where history ends up.”
Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.” The bathroom provides the occasion for a history of hygiene; the bedroom, sex, death, and sleep; the kitchen, nutrition and the spice trade; and so on, as Bryson shows how each has figured in the evolution of private life. Whatever happens in the world, he demonstrates, ends up in our house, in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture.
Bill Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and he is a master at turning the seemingly isolated or mundane fact into an occasion for the most diverting exposition imaginable. His wit and sheer prose fluency make At Home one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life.
solar panel system if they don't know enough about it yet. A good, basic
understanding of what you need to know "before" diving into it is what
you will learn in order to make an informed decision; especially if you are in the United States (or Canada).
if you are considering do it yourself solar panels for your home, or
solar panel installation through a contractor, "Solar Power for
Sustainable Living - What to Consider Before Going the Do It Yourself
Solar Route" is a great reference guide to make sure you've considered
the most important avenues or prerequisites of getting into
do-it-yourself solar panels before you get started and then realize that
you should've considered these aspects first, which are very important
in decision making.
It is informative and detailed to give
you a good understanding of how it all works and what's really involved
when it comes to obtaining a PV solar power system for sustainable
living. Charts and illustrations are also included for easy reference.
get information, terminology, advice, things you'd better be aware of
or consider beforehand, education, valuable tips that's going to
literally help you, what exact items you'll need to buy and what it
cost, how to connect with other people doing the same thing that you are
(which is huge), and much more.
If you need to find out what
the latest and up to date information is for what your state (in USA) is
currently offering for rebates and incentives on using solar power for
your home or office, there's a reference conveniently provided for that.
There's also reference to a handy calculator that you can use to help estimate the size and cost of installing a PV system.
the US and CANADA, going by zip code, just in case you need to check
out or prescreen solar contractors in your area to get an estimate or
just to ask some questions, there's a reference that provides that
information as well.
You'll get surprise information that most
people haven't thought about before or are simply not aware of. "Solar
Power for Sustainable Living - What to Consider Before Going the Do It
Yourself Solar Route" provides the kind of due diligence you need for
sustainable living through a solar power system.
Feeling poor because of the credit crunch? Feeling guilty because of global warming? Feeling like you'd like to tighten your belt, but aren't ready to embrace DIY macramé handbags?
No need to panic. Put down the economy mince and buy this book instead - it's a blueprint for living beautifully, while saving money and easing your conscience. India Knight will show you:
- How to make wonderful dinners with every little money
- How to dress on a budget and still look fabulous
- How to make friends and start sharing with your neighbours
- How to holiday imaginatively - with barely a carbon footprint
Try it - you have nothing to lose but your overdraft.
'A blueprint for living well, however broke you are, with thrifty tips on looking fab, cooking, pampering and partying' Cosmopolitan
'The Thrift Book might be the only sure-fire investment out there' Harper's Bazaar
'A triumphant treat and a useful and sensible manual' Independent
India Knight is the author of four novels: My Life on a Plate, Don't You Want Me, Comfort and Joy and Mutton. Her non-fiction books include The Shops, the bestselling diet book Neris and India's Idiot-Proof Diet, the accompanying bestselling cookbook Neris and India's Idiot-Proof Diet Cookbook and The Thrift Book. India is a columnist for the Sunday Times and lives in London with her three children.Follow India on Twitter @indiaknight or on her blog at http://indiaknight.tumblr.com.