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Good Things for Organizing (Good Things with Martha Stewart Living) [Paperback]

Martha Stewart Living Magazine
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6 Sep 2001 Good things with Martha Stewart Living
Who wouldn't like their living space to be more organized? Tapping into the popularity of the "Good Things" column in Martha Stewart Living, Good Things for Organizing provides practical, efficient, and pretty solutions for organizing just about everything, from spools of thread and the silverware drawer to your entire wardrobe and home office.

It is a law of nature: stuff accumulates. Good Things for Organizing shows how to live with stuff comfortably and creatively. In chapters organized room by room, Good Things for Organizing offers a wide range of ingenious ways to tame the clutter, from the basement to the garden shed.

With sections such as "Cleamng Up the Countertop" in the kitchen chapter, "Linen Closet 10" in the closet chapter, and "Organizing Correspondence" in the home office chapter, the editors of Martha Stewart Living have tested all of the possibilities and have created perfect solutions to the most frustrating organizing problems. Included are projects for every level of commitment, from tidying the junk drawer to building the right shelves to display a beloved collection.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc (6 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609805940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609805947
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 10.9 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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IMAGINE THE PERFECT KITCHEN: AN OVERSIZE REFRIGERATOR, AN ENDLESS windowsill of fresh herbs, a cutting block big enough to lie down on, and a Jetsons-style sink that seizes dirty cereal bowls, washes them, and reshelves them. Read the first page
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126 of 128 people found the following review helpful
By Third Time Lucky TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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My husband couldn't stop laughing when he saw me reading this book - I'm the most hopelessly untidy person he knows. "Aren't you trying to run before you can walk? Why don't you start by putting away the ironing?" he asked.

Well, doh!

How can he possibly expect me to put away the ironing until I have a beautiful Martha-style linen closet, complete with dividers, cross-referenced labels on both sheets and shelves, and two different paint effects?

How can I possibly pay bills on time until I have a dedicated home office cunningly concealed inside an antique Dutch armoire?

How can I possibly tidy my unsteady piles of magazines until I have covered my plywood Ikea magazine files in linen bookcloth and added a sashpull for ease of manoeuvrability?

Laugh all you like, husband dear, but I am completely in love with this book. Whenever I feel overwhelmed by the chaos of my life, I open the pages of this book, catch a glimpse of Martha's superhuman home-making efforts, and know that, provided I follow her example, one day I too will have a bureau solely dedicated to giftwrapping and 23 towels in my guest bathroom.

Okay, getting the tongue out of my cheek for a second, this book is a little too much for all but the most obsessive-compulsive, but sometimes it is really truly lovely to live vicariously through Martha Stewart.

There are plenty of useful tips in this book, and lots of lovely - and cheap - decoration ideas (who knew a lick of eau-de-nil paint on an old wooden crate could have such a magical effect?
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
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This beautifully-illustrated book was very refreshing. It shows simple, and inexpensive, ways of making each room look picture-perfect. In a few hours, my home looks far prettier,and the ideas are easy to effect with junk shop finds. The photographs are inspiring, and up to date. Organizing should be an aesthetic pleasure and Martha Stewart certainly provides the means to do it in the minimum time. Children would surely enjoy being asked to help as well, for example, by making hand-made labels, decanting products into pretty containers, etc.
A lovely book, and a good choice for a Christmas present or wedding present as it is so optimistic.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If I had one wish - I would be Martha Stewart! 4 Aug 2001
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For those unititiated, Martha Stewart is the epitomy of a Housewife. She cooks, makes things, dresses and flower arranges better than anyone should, and now she obviously tidies as well. In this book she explains how we could organise our lives in every room in the house, every drawer full of junk, every wardrobe full of jumbled clothes and even how to fold towels correctly. I think if I followed this book to the letter I would end up more neurotic than I am at present, but I have have given it 5 stars. Those five stars are for the little gems which you can prise from the 144 pages. Such pieces of invaluable information, will, I am sure make my life a little easier, and even fill me with a little of that 'Martha' feeling. If nothing else you can drool at the pictures of perfection that are some of Martha's 7 houses in the States. If you like to have attractive books for the coffee table that make your guests feel either inadequate or that you are some kind of angel homemaker then this is the book for you. It would also be great for the downstairs loo to delve into now and then in search of those precious gems.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly placed 23 April 2003
This book is a master piece of all things beautifully placed in the home. It's given me tons of ideas for oranising things in a beautiful way. The insides of my drawers and cupboards are looking perfectly pretty. Everything is labelled and my storage has glamour. Call me sad but I'm so impressed I managed to enjoy a job like organising.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas! 4 Sep 2008
This book was the first I bought from the Martha Stewart series. It does contain lots of good ideas, a number of which I may well try at home. My only quibble is that some of the ideas are only possible in a vast house! I realise a book will contain a range of projects, but some of them just need too much space. I'd love to have the space to do them all!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nice book 20 Jan 2012
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Nice photos
nice tips
although it's mostly about Martha's home here and Martha's home there...
I enjoyed it very much and I highly recommend to the unorganised that needs some inspiration
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some fabulous ideas... 15 Dec 2011
I am an organisation freak and this book didn't et me down, I particularly liked the idea of using a sideways bookshelf behind your bed as a headboard if you don't have space for a side table! I didn't give it 5 stars as it could have had more DIY ideas, but heyho!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Martha 20 Dec 2010
By Kate
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Typical Martha perfection & attention to detail. Non of it particularly earth shattering but if you're a fan you'll lap it all up & gain inspiration.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Martha Stewart's books are always full of lovely ideas and this is no exception. The photographs are also an attraction, as they are so well done.
Published 16 days ago by Mrs. K. E. Bevan
2.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't recommend
Ordered this book hoping it would give some great organising and storage tips, was very disappointed. You get more tips off Pinterest. Read more
Published 1 month ago by cupcake
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for a flick through
This is a nice book but really, it's a little dated. There are so many good websites with the same ideas on. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I like Martha's books very much. Just need to get organized now and tidy my study / lounge / kitchen etc.
Published 6 months ago by jax
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I have another book by Martha Stewart and have often wondered how she folded her flat sheets. They look so pristine in her linen cupboard with the folded part facing outwards and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ida N. Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas
Like this book, although a lot of the ideas are not new, I like the way they are presented. Lot of thought gone into how to build nice looking storage.
Published 12 months ago by Casboo
5.0 out of 5 stars m.stewart book
handy book,some good ideas.will use now and then.not the answer to every problem,but worth having,good value for money,would recommend to buy
Published 14 months ago by beryl cowles
5.0 out of 5 stars another great book from Martha !
this great book provided me with some much needed inspiration to have a big clear out and big re-organisation of my home!
Published 15 months ago by E. A. Langley
1.0 out of 5 stars good things for organizing martha stuart
I have lots of interesting style books but this is not one of them,sent it back.paper horrible,shiny print,not at all imaginitive,could write the book myself!! Read more
Published 18 months ago by jeannie
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Martha
Another nice book from Martha Stewart. As in her other books instructions is easy to understand photos help t figure out easier.
Published on 5 Oct 2010 by kurabiye
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