- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Random House USA Inc; 01 edition (6 Sept. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0609805940
- ISBN-13: 978-0609805947
- Product Dimensions: 23 x 1 x 27.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Good Things for Organizing (Good Things with Martha Stewart Living) Paperback – 6 Sep 2001
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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.
About the Author
Martha Stewart Living was first published in 1990. Since then, more than two dozen books have been published by the magazine's editors. Martha Stewart is the author of dozens of bestselling books on cooking, entertaining, gardening, weddings, and decorating. She is the host of The Martha Stewart Show, the popular daily syndicated television show.
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A lovely book, and a good choice for a Christmas present or wedding present as it is so optimistic.
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?) Under Martha's organisational influence, I have finally put away my ironing (now in little colour coded piles, get me); bought a Dymo label machine; and filed six years' worth of bank statements in date order (this last little habit of Martha's must have made the police's job considerably easier when they arrested her for fraud). Hell, I have even googled "bookcloth" and where to buy it (Falkiner Fine Papers in London's Charing Cross, if anyone's interested, and they do mail order).
If you are chronically messy, this book isn't going to change everything, but it might just inspire you to tidy up, adopt a few good habits, and make your world a little bit nicer.
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