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Decluttering For Dummies, Portable Edition

Published 02-01-2021

Clutter in your home is more than inconvenient — it can actually make a negative impact on your life and mental health. In this book, professional organizer Jane Stoller, founder of Organized Jane, teaches you how to create a decluttering game plan and make smart decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of.

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Decluttering For Dummies

Published 12-05-2019

<p><b>The book that cuts through the clutter of decluttering</b>&nbsp;</p> <p>Modern life has produced so much clutter that the thought of packed closets, attics filled with storage bins, and rental units specifically used to store odds and ends produces its own stress. The decluttering movement offers solutions for those interested in reducing the amount of stuff in their life and embrace a more minimalist, tidier lifestyle.&nbsp;</p> <p>Professional organizer Jane Stoller helps you bypass the stress of a tidying project by offering simple, proven methods for organizing every space in your life&mdash;even your mind!</p> <ul> <li>Build a new mindset for minimalist living</li> <li>Declutter your home, office, and digital life</li> <li>Develop new routines for a tidier life</li> <li>Establish minimalist practices</li> </ul> <p>From adopting a decluttering mindset to finding new homes for unwanted items, this is the book you&rsquo;ll need to keep handy after the big cleanup!</p>

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Feng Shui For Dummies

Published 09-11-2019

<p><b>Benefit from the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui</b><b> </b></p> <p>Take a look around you. What do you see? Whether or not you're aware of it, your environment profoundly affects your health, wealth, family life, relationship, and yes, even your destiny. </p> <p>Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway), which means wind water, is the ancient Chinese study of harmony and energy flow between you and your physical surroundings. Now, <i>Feng Shui For Dummies, 2nd Edition</i> shows you how you can apply Feng Shui principles to your home (inside and out) and workplace (from window office to cubicle) in order to achieve a better life.</p> <ul> <li>Principles are explained in an easy-to-understand language</li> <li>Practical tips show you how to incorporate the traditions of Feng Shui to your everyday life</li> <li>Before-and-after illustrations and full-color photos of real-life Feng Shui makeovers in an all-new 8-page color insert </li> </ul> <p>Free of technical jargon and brimming with practical tips and advice, <i>Feng Shui For Dummies</i> shows you how to feel and access the energy of your environment and create harmony and happiness in your life.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><i>P.S. If you think this book seems familiar, youÂre probably right. The Dummies team updated the cover and design to give the book a fresh feel, but the content is the same as the previous release of Feng Shui For Dummies (9780470769324). The book you see here shouldnÂt be considered a new or updated product. But if youÂre in the mood to learn something new, check out some of our other books. WeÂre always writing about new topics! .</p>

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Home Maintenance For Dummies

Published 10-26-2009

<p>A hands-on, step-by-step guide to properly maintaining your home</p> <p>Your home requires regular maintenance to operate safely and efficiently. The expert advice in this second edition of <i>Home Maintenance For Dummies</i> can help you save literally thousands of dollars each year by showing you how to perform home maintenance yourself!</p> <p>This new edition provides the latest tips on how to tune up your home and make repairs to every room of the house, from basement to attic. By combining step-by-step instructions and expert information, this practical guide gives you the skills to tackle everything from furnace tune-ups to leaky roofs. You'll also learn how to conduct routine inspections, keep major appliances running efficiently, and increase energy efficiency.</p> <ul> <li>Shows how to keep your home in tip-top shape, preserve its value, and avoid costly repairs</li> <li>Covers all rooms of the house, in addition to the roof, foundation, and exterior</li> <li>Explains how to keep all home systems and major appliances running smoothly</li> <li>Includes a seasonal maintenance schedule</li> <li>Provides the latest green maintenance options to help lower your utility bills</li> </ul> <p>James Carey and Morris Carey have a radio show, a newspaper column, and a Web site, all called <i>On the House,</i> and appear regularly on <i>CBS News Saturday Morning.</i> They are also the authors of <i>Home Remodeling For Dummies</i></p> <p>If you've always wanted to tackle home repairs like a pro, <i>Home Maintenance For Dummies, 2nd Edition</i> is your ideal resource!</p>

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How to Fix Everything For Dummies

Published 04-29-2005

<div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; font-family: 'Segoe UI', 'Segoe UI Web', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> <p><b>If I had a hammer:&nbsp;The fun and easy way&nbsp;for&nbsp;do-it-yourselfers&nbsp;to&nbsp;repair&nbsp;home appliances and&nbsp;furniture&nbsp;</b></p> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; font-family: 'Segoe UI', 'Segoe UI Web', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr;"> <p>For anyone who's ever been frustrated by&nbsp;a&nbsp;repair shop rip-off&nbsp;or just wanted to join thousands of others in the DIY craze,&nbsp;How to Fix Everything&nbsp;For&nbsp;Dummies&nbsp;is a no-nonsense&nbsp;guide showing you&nbsp;how to troubleshoot and fix a wide range of&nbsp;furniture (with&nbsp;wobbly&nbsp;legs, for example) and&nbsp;household appliances&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;vacuum cleaners,&nbsp;refrigerators,&nbsp;washers, dryers, dishwashers, garbage disposals,&nbsp;toasters,&nbsp;blenders, radios, televisions, and even computers&nbsp;and printers.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr;"> <p>Packed with step-by-step illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions, it's a must-have money-saver for the half of all homeowners who undertake&nbsp;Do-It-Yourself&nbsp;(DIY)&nbsp;home&nbsp;projects.&nbsp;This hands-on, DIY manual shows&nbsp;you&nbsp;not only how to fix faulty appliances but also tend to all those irritating repairs that cost more to have someone else fix than the item is worth.&nbsp;How to Fix Everything&nbsp;For&nbsp;Dummies&nbsp;is&nbsp;for you if you&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; position: relative;"> <ul style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; font-family: verdana;"> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>Are a&nbsp;homeowner&nbsp;or an&nbsp;apartment&nbsp;dweller&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>Want to fix&nbsp;things around the house but aren&rsquo;t sure&nbsp;where to start&nbsp;</p> </li> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>Have some experience but need guidance on tackling more&nbsp;and larger&nbsp;repairs&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; font-family: 'Segoe UI', 'Segoe UI Web', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; position: relative;"> <ul style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; font-family: verdana;"> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>May be&nbsp;frustrated about throwing things away because you don&rsquo;t know where&nbsp;to go to repair them&nbsp;</p> </li> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>Don&rsquo;t want to&nbsp;pay for&nbsp;service calls when&nbsp;the problem is&nbsp;minor&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr;"> <p>Featuring clear, concise directions,&nbsp;How to Fix Everything&nbsp;For&nbsp;Dummies&nbsp;also covers&nbsp;the&nbsp;proper tools and materials to get the job done correctly without breaking the bank&nbsp;and important&nbsp;safety&nbsp;measures to take so you don&rsquo;t hurt yourself.&nbsp;You&rsquo;ll learn how to&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; position: relative;"> <ul style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; font-family: verdana;"> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>Fix creaky stairs&nbsp;</p> </li> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>Patch basement floors&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; font-family: 'Segoe UI', 'Segoe UI Web', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; position: relative;"> <ul style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; font-family: verdana;"> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>Restore damaged carpets&nbsp;</p> </li> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>Correct drywall and repair plaster walls&nbsp;</p> </li> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>Fix door and cabinet hardware problems&nbsp;</p> </li> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>Rewire fixtures&nbsp;</p> </li> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>Get doorbells to work&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; font-family: 'Segoe UI', 'Segoe UI Web', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; position: relative;"> <ul style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; font-family: verdana;"> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>Fix&nbsp;garage door openers&nbsp;</p> </li> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>Unclog drains and fix leaky pipes&nbsp;</p> </li> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>Mend wooden fences and decks&nbsp;</p> </li> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>Repair minor cracks in the concrete driveway or pool&nbsp;</p> </li> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>And a whole lot more&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; font-family: 'Segoe UI', 'Segoe UI Web', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> <p>Additionally, this friendly guide is&nbsp;written in plain English&nbsp;and includes a list of&nbsp;home&nbsp;repairs you should&nbsp;not&nbsp;take on yourself but should&nbsp;leave for the professionals&nbsp;and tips on how to hire one.&nbsp;Grab your copy of&nbsp;How to Fix Everything&nbsp;For&nbsp;Dummies,&nbsp;grab your screwdriver and wrench, and get to work!&nbsp;</p> </div>

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Building Your Own Home For Dummies

Published 02-11-2005

Thinking about building your own home? This easy-to-follow guide shows you how to plan and build a beautiful home on any budget. From acquiring land to finding the best architect to overseeing the construction, you get lots of savvy tips on managing your new investment wisely -- and staying sane during the process!

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Home Decorating For Dummies

Published 10-31-2003

Do you long to create picture-perfect rooms but can&#8217;t quite seem to achieve them? Do you want better functioning spaces for working, playing, or living? Do you clamor to express your personal style? If you said &#8220;yes&#8221; to any of these questions, you&#8217;ve turned to the right source for real answers from the pros. <p><i>Home Decorating For Dummies,</i> 2nd Edition is for all kinds of people in all kinds of decorating situations, including:</p> <ul> <li>First-time buyers or renters. You have a whole new place to decorate. Where do you start?</li> <li>Second- or third-time home buyers. Whether you&#8217;ve gone up or down in size, stayed in the same region or moved to a whole new one, you need to know how to make your old furniture work in a new setting, how to add furnishings, and how to make your style seem fresh.</li> <li>Newly blended families. He has furniture, she has furniture, they have furniture. Can it all work together harmoniously? Indeed!</li> <li>And anyone else who loves decorating. Don&#8217;t forget: Imagination counts.</li> </ul> <p>Each part of <i>Home Decorating For Dummies,</i> deals with a broad area of decorating, and each chapter contains specific and detailed information. You'll discover tips on</p> <ul> <li>Basic planning&#160;&#8211;&#160;where to begin when you want to start decorating</li> <li>Creating surface interest&#160;&#8211;&#160;the effects of color, pattern, and texture, and the problems created by too much or too little of them</li> <li>Creating backgrounds&#160;&#8211;&#160;what you need to know about the special decorating requirements of your walls</li> <li>Tackling tough rooms&#160;&#8211;&#160;how to effectively decorate rooms that have special functional requirements</li> <li>Accessorizing with art and other stuff&#160;&#8211;&#160;adding the final flourishes to every space in your place</li> </ul> <p><i>Home Decorating For Dummies,</i> 2nd Edition contains all the basics&#160;&#8211;&#160;including how to figure out what you can spend; how to spend it; and the latest and greatest in styles, trends, and technology. What do you do with your space next? The possibilities are endless.</p>

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