Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home

Whether your home is small or large, an apartment in the city or a country cottage, it is a space that should be at once beautiful and livable. The key to that is managing the upkeep without feeling flustered. Until now, there has never been a comprehensive resource that not only tells how to care for your home and everything in it, but that also simplifies the process by explaining just when. With secrets from Martha Stewart for accomplishing the most challenging homekeeping tasks with ease, this detailed and comprehensive book is the only one you will need to help you keep your home looking its best, floor to ceiling, room by room.

In Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook, Martha shares her unparalleled expertise in home maintenance and care. Readable and practical–and graced with charts, sidebars, illustrated techniques, and personal
anecdotes from Martha’s decades of experience caring for her homes–this is far more than just a compendium of ways to keep your house clean. It covers everything from properly executing a living room floor plan to setting a formal table; from choosing HEPA filters to sealing soapstone countertops; from organizing your home office to polishing your silver and caring for family heirlooms.

Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook is organized for clarity and maximum practicality:

Room by Room covers the upkeep of the appliances, tools, furnishings, and surfaces found in each room, from the entryway to the kitchen, from the attic to the laundry room.

Throughout the House instructs the reader on the proper ways to routinely clean and periodically maintain everything in the home, including dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, polishing, scrubbing, waxing and much more.

Comfort and Safety focuses on techniques to ensure your home is running properly and safely, such as recognizing when to clean vents, fixing a leaky faucet, and eradicating pests.

A-to-Z Materials Guide provides an invaluable resource that explains the unusual materials that many favorite objects are made of–from abalone to zinc–
and how to care for them so they last.

Encyclopedic yet friendly, Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook is a seminal work–a must-have for everyone who wants a well-cared-for home that will endure for generations.


  • Hardcover: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; First Edition edition (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517577003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517577004
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 2.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (320 customer reviews)
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  1. This book is only for two kinds of people: those who care about the materials in their home and/or those who missed this part of the parent/child experience. If bleach, any all-purpose cleaner or just baking soda/vinegar are your steadfast weapons of choice for housework, this will be a waste of time. For everyone else this is a comprehensive manual about which products and methods to use to best clean, maintain and care for your home inside and out. There’s also advice about organization, decorating/room layout, pet care, preparing for a baby and even a thorough moving checklist. The level of detail could be considered overwhelming; it’s better to think of this book as an encyclopedia rather than a “10 steps” self-help kind. Though completely accessible, it’s really a home reference source — from the varied types of cloth used for washing and drying glasses and bed linen thread counts to the best way to mop wood, vinyl and stone and repairing a torn screen.

    Near the beginning she says, a clean house doesn’t smell like cleaning products but fresh flowers, what’s for dinner or simply the absence of any odor. I realize Martha Stewart is an aspirational teacher but instead of just telling you how to clean a stainless steel sink, for example, she also explains why bleach is the worst choice. A home is one of the most significant financial investments we make and where we spend a good deal of time. It might as well look and feel the best it can for as long as it can.

    When I renovated my home a few years back, I searched everywhere for information about how to maintain the flooring, appliances, windows, etc. Most sources centered on the quickest, the least expensive or the easiest. This book centers on pride first while still offering efficient, cost-effective choices.

    I may not always wash a dish from the center outward like Martha and my mother, but I’ll never struggle with a fitted sheet again.

  2. I’ve been waiting for years for Martha Stewart to write this book and I’m very pleased. It is expansive, tells you plainly what to do and what never to do and it has pictures (granted they are in black and white) rather than tiny artsy line drawings like the Home Comforts book. After reading Homekeeping I have finally discovered the easy way to clean my stove top and their is a noticeable difference in my kitchen. It was clean before but now I think it could pass a restaurant health inspection. I own other house keeping books but this one outclasses them all and I think it’s really all a person needs. Thanks Martha.

  3. We have finally reached the stage where many of our mothers and even grandmothers were professional women, not homemakers passing their skills to their daughters (and maybe sons). The shadows of the Depression and WWII rationing are gone. We are a convenience society, using everything from prepackaged salad to throw away mops. This is not a Good Thing. But how many of us know the tricks of keeping a cozy, tidy house, without all those conveniences and products, and how to protect the things we own and love from wear and tear?

    Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook is the answer, a wonderful encyclopedia of everything you need to know about keeping a house. Covering a wide range of topics, from how to remove stains to how to buy a sofa, this well illustrated volume offers clear instructions and suggestions for all aspects of home care. Well organized, there are sections for each room in the house, for cleaning and maintenance, and for home safety. Granted, there are parts that are a little “over the top” for most of us, for example, how to sort your children’s toys, compete with labeling. Good luck! But there are invaluable things, like how to iron that shirt (saving money on a professional cleaner, to boot), and how to fold those impossible fitted sheets into neat bundles. There are even sections on how to fix a lamp, unclog a sink, and start a compost heap. Some things are just touched on, flower arranging, for example, while others are fully treated, such as how to restore a metal lawn chair or what constitutes the basic equipment for a kitchen. And there are pages of resource materials. If you haven’t a clue what that stray funny-looking sterling fork you inherited was for, you will find your answer here.Read more ›

  4. Be warned! This is a super heavy book (744 pages). It’s like an encyclopedia for the home. It’s full of helpful advice and it is really interesting.
    The topics are broad. There is almost nothing uncovered. She talks about everything from ironing (how to completely, completely dewrinkle – underside of collar, inside of cuffs, inside of sleevefronts, outside of sleeves, outside of cuffs, inside of yolk etc etc), to stain removal (fix it right away – blot and drown the stain in cool water, blot again, more water, blot, etc), removing wax from tablecloths, and on and on. I especially loved reading on how to clear out the nasty smell in the microwave. I never knew what to do to get rid of that (till now).
    It’s such a helpful book for everyone – I can’t imagine that there’d be someone out there who couldn’t gain some insight from Martha’s tips. It’s easy to follow and find what you are after because she has put everything into specific catagories. So go out and get a copy because it’s the perfect gift idea for the holiday’s and a must for yourself in your home. I love it a lot.

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