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Household Management for Men [Paperback]

Nigel Browning
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8 Sep 2003
More and more men are leaving behind their mother's cooking and laundry skills without any idea of how to fend for themselves. Virtually idiot-proof and packed with straightforward and comprehensive information, this book should become a cultural classic no man can afford to be without. A humorous (yet entirely practical) guide for men - and the occasional woman - in desperate need of some household tips, "Household Management for Men" includes instructions on how to reheat a takeaway, the basics of ironing a shirt, all the gen on packing a suitcase, what the laundry labels on your clothes actually mean, and unravels the mystery of the vacuum cleaner. Not only will they never leave the toilet seat up again, they'll be the domestic god of the bathroom - and (in turn) every room in the house.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell Illustrated (8 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184403108X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844031085
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 16.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and essential handbook 16 Feb 2005
By A Customer
I must admit, I had reservations over purchasing this book because of the reviews given for it by customers. A 3* average didn't bode particularly well. Nevertheless, I'm a bloke who has been pampered since birth, and in dire need of knowing how to do the basics.
This book has been a godsend.
Firstly, it might not be as thick as a bible, but it's certainly not thin or lacking in substance, as some other reviews have suggested. This is a handbook which is thoroughly packed with information and helpful diagrams. Even things like organising your wardrobe are made all the easier by seeing 'how it's done'. Well done on the visuals. The whole style layout is to be commended.
It should also be pointed out that this manual is far richer in content than I anticipated. Sure, I knew it was going to give the lowdown on ironing and washing...but I didn't expect it to go as far as things like clothes, bedroom...everything you could possibly need to master. As well as detailed descriptions of how to carry out these tasks in a functional manner, it also contains very useful timescales (i.e. tasks that have to be done on a weekly, monthly and daily basis).
When I picked this manual up, I was a couch potato with absolutely no inclination to be 'tidy'. I always felt it was the resort of the neurotics in society! But having made the decision to move into a new place, I knew I'd have to take care of myself. After I bought this manual, I read through it in one sitting and, I have to say, it enlightened me. I actually felt self-sufficient and skilled, rather than neurotic. It's given me a sense of pride I didn't have before and for that, I thank the author.
Unfortunately I HAD to knock a star off, simply because of the lame jokes (as has been pointed out before...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative without being boring 12 Jun 2004
By A Customer
I am a woman and I bought this book for myself when I moved out of my parents' house for the first time.
It's amazing how you realise you don't know how to do the simplest of things when you're in your own place. Just little things like how often to clean things and what to use to clean.
I looked at a lot of books but most were long, tedious and boring looking. This book is fun, colourful and brief but informative.
An essential buy for anyone (not just men!) moving out for the first time without having done any housework before!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Household Management for Men 27 Jun 2005
I have already had 2 copies pinched by male friends so it seems an invaluable piece of literature. A perfect gift for any young man leaving home for the first time!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for men living alone 4 Jan 2010
After my sister got a panicky, household related phonecall from my brother-in-law, now spending his working week alone in a flat in Monaco, I decided to buy him a book on the subject for Xmas. Initially I thought of a "How clean is your house" type book as a joke, but then came across this. It is a serious book and contains much info that many of us take for granted and which many men, even in these days of equality etc etc, do not know - ie how often should you change your sheets, how to sort your washing, what do all the vacuum attachments do, how long can you keep an open can in the fridge etc. Brother-in-Law was really pleased with the book and I think I detected a flicker of relief!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Must have reference 4 Aug 2008
This book is a godsend. Much more important than blow-by-blow accounts of how to wash a floor (I think we can all work that out if we really bend our minds to it), it establishes what grown-up standards of cleanliness and tidiness are. It is a great repository of common sense and a good way of arbitrating co-habiting rows about what kinds of housework really needs to be done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book for my husband. I thought this was a great book, particularly the bit about the domestic god which advocated, among other things, him pouring me a glass of wine on his arrival home from work, making dinner, doing the dishes, ironing his and my clothes for the following day and cleaning the bathroom before retiring for the night. Unfortunately, he wasn't quite so impressed with it. I can't for the life of me work out why! :-) Although it has its humourous bits this book would actually be very useful for somebody who finds themselves running a home for the first time.
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