The essential skills of how to keep your house from falling down around your ears are not taught in school, and our parents were so busy earning a living they had no time to pass on the wisdom the aworld sees as ‘common sense’. Well, common sense is not so common as is commonly supposed.
This hands-on, down-to-earth guide focuses on those household problems and challenges you are most likely to encounter in real life: how to cure a dripping tap, combat condensation, and unblock a sink. You’ll also get to grips with a power drill, a plumb line, and a paintbrush. And find the answers to life’s little frustrations, like how to remove sticky labels, open supermarket plastic bags, and fit a cover onto a duvet without being swallowed.
Many home references tell you how to do something, without telling you why. Rosemarie, though, asks ‘What is the point of a detailed explanation of how to bleed a radiator if you have no idea why it’s necessary?’ This guide is different because it takes the time to tell you why a particular technique is needed or beneficial, giving you the background and explaining the point of it all.
This book is so perfect and user-friendly in so many ways.
1. It has little tips and Did-You-Know’s on the bottom of every page.
2. There are diagrams to help you put stars in your hair and the perfect way to listen to music (true story!)
3. Pages are aesthetically pleasing and easy to read, with boxes to separate sections, bolding and grey boxes; dot points and sometimes the page is divided into two columns.
4. This book literally covers everything from stain removal (including general tips and specific stains) to egg placement in fridges (did you know the door isn’t the best place for eggs?) to how to braid hair, how to hang washing, how to get mould off walls to how to carve a turkey/chicken/various other meats.
5. This book assumes nothing, and goes through totally basic stuff like how to go to the toilet. Sounds silly, but I think it’s really practical advice and besides, you can always skip that section!
6. It covers basically everything in our lives including how to take group photos properly and different wall hanging arrangements.
7. It even has pictures and goes through my favourite food in the world: pasta! Did you know that the bowtie pasta is actually called farfalle?
8. Plus the cover has gold embossed title and clothes peg and it’s very pretty
It’s not the sort of book you’d sit down and read in one go, merely a book that you’d pick up when you need specific help.
For me however, I love reading about this sort of stuff so I did read it from cover-to-cover.
I found that especially since I just moved house all of this was relevant and made me want to go and re-organise myself!
It’s clear, straight-forward language, simple layout and helpful pictures really make this a guide that should be a staple in everyone’s home.
It’s out now.
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