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Hundreds of clever tips, solutions, and easy ways to elevate every day, from America’s most trusted lifestyle authority, in one must-have handbook   Inside these pages Martha shares all her best good things—the original life hacks for the home—to make your life easier, more fun, more delicious, and more efficient. These practical tricks cover all areas of Martha’s domestic Hundreds of clever tips, solutions, and easy ways to elevate every day, from America’s most trusted lifestyle authority, in one must-have handbook   Inside these pages Martha shares all her best good things—the original life hacks for the home—to make your life easier, more fun, more delicious, and more efficient. These practical tricks cover all areas of Martha’s domestic expertise, including decorating, organizing, homekeeping, cooking, entertaining, and celebrating. From clever ways to solve common problems (use file folder dividers to organize cutting boards and sheet pans in your cabinets) to time-saving tricks (keep a pail stocked with cleaning supplies for easy access and portability to stress reducers (color-code kids’ bathroom gear to make mornings less hectic), every one of these ideas will make you wonder, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Also included are ways to use what you have (a Parmesan cheese rind will add great flavor to soup), streamline your stuff (use certain kitchen tools for many different purposes), or just make life a little more luxurious (add elegance to your table with DIY place cards). Whether functional, delightful, or a little bit of both, these are the details that enliven and inspire every day—that’s a good thing!


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Hundreds of clever tips, solutions, and easy ways to elevate every day, from America’s most trusted lifestyle authority, in one must-have handbook   Inside these pages Martha shares all her best good things—the original life hacks for the home—to make your life easier, more fun, more delicious, and more efficient. These practical tricks cover all areas of Martha’s domestic Hundreds of clever tips, solutions, and easy ways to elevate every day, from America’s most trusted lifestyle authority, in one must-have handbook   Inside these pages Martha shares all her best good things—the original life hacks for the home—to make your life easier, more fun, more delicious, and more efficient. These practical tricks cover all areas of Martha’s domestic expertise, including decorating, organizing, homekeeping, cooking, entertaining, and celebrating. From clever ways to solve common problems (use file folder dividers to organize cutting boards and sheet pans in your cabinets) to time-saving tricks (keep a pail stocked with cleaning supplies for easy access and portability to stress reducers (color-code kids’ bathroom gear to make mornings less hectic), every one of these ideas will make you wonder, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Also included are ways to use what you have (a Parmesan cheese rind will add great flavor to soup), streamline your stuff (use certain kitchen tools for many different purposes), or just make life a little more luxurious (add elegance to your table with DIY place cards). Whether functional, delightful, or a little bit of both, these are the details that enliven and inspire every day—that’s a good thing!

30 review for Martha Stewart's Very Good Things: Clever Tips Genius Ideas for an Easier, More Enjoyable Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    My girl, Martha. I have been a fan for... ever. I realize in reading this compendium of the best of her "good things" that I have incorporated more of them into my everyday life than I would have expected. Her brand is often mislabeled as making things that don't need made - i.e. homemade marshmallow when the bag will do, but her trademark "good things" are usually simple and super practical. I found a few new things to try and really enjoyed reading the book filled with little ways to improve h My girl, Martha. I have been a fan for... ever. I realize in reading this compendium of the best of her "good things" that I have incorporated more of them into my everyday life than I would have expected. Her brand is often mislabeled as making things that don't need made - i.e. homemade marshmallow when the bag will do, but her trademark "good things" are usually simple and super practical. I found a few new things to try and really enjoyed reading the book filled with little ways to improve house and home.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shanley

    I'm a sucker for lifestyle/home improvement books and this didn't disappoint. Lots of brilliant and inspiring tips and tricks. I'm a sucker for lifestyle/home improvement books and this didn't disappoint. Lots of brilliant and inspiring tips and tricks.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christiana

    Sometimes I have to read a Martha Stewart book to remember that, like, I cannot be Martha Stewart. This is still true upon reading this book (but I'm happy for the people who are together enough to do more than heart and arrow pens or origami egg holders, which are both admittedly youth program ideas and the only reason I could maybe have enough self discipline to learn how to do these things). Sometimes I have to read a Martha Stewart book to remember that, like, I cannot be Martha Stewart. This is still true upon reading this book (but I'm happy for the people who are together enough to do more than heart and arrow pens or origami egg holders, which are both admittedly youth program ideas and the only reason I could maybe have enough self discipline to learn how to do these things).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    One of the most popular monthly features in the magazine "Martha Stewart Living" is "Good Things"--a collection of easy projects and clever tips that, according to Stewart, are "simple, smart, and sensible" in presenting novel ways to enliven homes and gatherings using easy-to-find materials. MARTHA STEWART'S VERY GOOD THINGS culls the best of the best from more than 30 years of "Martha Stewart Living," resulting in a beautifully designed, lovingly photographed and immensely entertaining book. Th One of the most popular monthly features in the magazine "Martha Stewart Living" is "Good Things"--a collection of easy projects and clever tips that, according to Stewart, are "simple, smart, and sensible" in presenting novel ways to enliven homes and gatherings using easy-to-find materials. MARTHA STEWART'S VERY GOOD THINGS culls the best of the best from more than 30 years of "Martha Stewart Living," resulting in a beautifully designed, lovingly photographed and immensely entertaining book. The lushly illustrated book divides these tips, projects and ideas into six broad chapters: Decorating, Homekeeping (making household chores more manageable), Organizing, Cooking, Entertaining and Celebrating (holiday-specific tips and DIY projects). Happily, most of these projects and tips are extremely simple and explained in a single paragraph. Recipes usually have four or fewer steps. The projects are attractive, functional and surprisingly easy. Creating a floating bedside shelf is simple and useful, wallpapering stair risers adds excitement to a staircase, and replacing bed headboards with curtains mounted on the walls is innovative. The Cooking chapter focuses on time savers and eliminating waste. The Entertaining chapter highlights cooking-for-crowds favorites, grilling game changers and fuss-free desserts. Sprinkled throughout are "Classic Good Thing" tips that should have readers muttering, "Why didn't I think of that?" For instance, a rubber band stretched over an open paint can to wipe excess paint off a brush. And only a fool will not photocopy (and laminate) the two-page stain chart which gives individual solutions to removing stains caused by grease, grass, wine, ink, blood and more. Stewart's beautifully designed and easy-to-use handbook is a very good thing. Hundreds of clever tips and projects for making life easier are collected from three decades of "Martha Stewart Living" and illustrated with vibrant and tempting photos.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    If you know me, you probably know about my love of Martha. (If you did not know this, welcome to the inner sanctum.) It’s true and deep and goes back about 30 years at this point. I first fell in love with her magazine. I have that issue somewhere from summer 1991. You could read about how to care for chickens or the history of McCoy pottery or the best way to care for cast iron. Her first cookbook got me through my first apartment and beyond and even today I check in with her for that chicken p If you know me, you probably know about my love of Martha. (If you did not know this, welcome to the inner sanctum.) It’s true and deep and goes back about 30 years at this point. I first fell in love with her magazine. I have that issue somewhere from summer 1991. You could read about how to care for chickens or the history of McCoy pottery or the best way to care for cast iron. Her first cookbook got me through my first apartment and beyond and even today I check in with her for that chicken pot pie recipe, a new Christmas-themed craft, or how to get out a stain. She knows how to organize and lay out a home, too. I’ve watched The Home Edit, and those women can really make a closet look like a show room, but Martha can make your living room look like a Cape Cod cottage, and that’s probably more my vibe. She’s well read, she knows food, and she’s a badass. This particular volume is more or less a best of, many tidbits that I remember from the past: a reminder of how a tiny bit of paint as detail can transform a room, how to set up a gallery wall, how to waterproof your shoes, how to organize your jewelry, how to feed a crowd of people, or how to really go all out for Halloween. Maybe one day I’ll be able to stop carting my vintage magazines around from move to move, but for now, I am keeping all of my Martha on my shelf and in my heart.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pat Lampe

    A collection of ideas, tips, diy projects, recipes, and other tidbits of useful information. I enjoyed the articles and the photography. Fun book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Mmm, I'd have had a better time reading thus if we weren't still rooted in a pandemic world where I can't entertain. Nice artsy stuff to splurge on when I am once again living a carefree life. Mmm, I'd have had a better time reading thus if we weren't still rooted in a pandemic world where I can't entertain. Nice artsy stuff to splurge on when I am once again living a carefree life.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I don’t need tips on polishing copper serving pieces, caring for dry-clean only garments, or keeping my table linens crease-free. I won’t be hiring a carpenter to build custom built-ins under my stairs, or making ice cubes out of “surplus champagne” to add flavor to soups. No, I won’t be having any dinner parties or houseguests during a pandemic. So why did I grab this? The same reason I read DIY blogs and use Instagram: for inspiration and escapism. To cheer me up. I was hoping for accessible i I don’t need tips on polishing copper serving pieces, caring for dry-clean only garments, or keeping my table linens crease-free. I won’t be hiring a carpenter to build custom built-ins under my stairs, or making ice cubes out of “surplus champagne” to add flavor to soups. No, I won’t be having any dinner parties or houseguests during a pandemic. So why did I grab this? The same reason I read DIY blogs and use Instagram: for inspiration and escapism. To cheer me up. I was hoping for accessible ideas about cleaning, gardening and decor and this one didn’t quite hit the mark for me. Rounded up to three stars for the pretty pictures.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Whatever you might think about Martha Stewart, there's a reason she can still publish books and still has a following. And that reason is simple: she has GOOD ideas. This book is full of them and I already implemented one of them (keep a glass with a little soapy water in it beside your sink--it makes a little bit of dish soap go a long way). Many tips that are practical, others that are beautiful, and this book even contains patterns to pull off some of her recommendations. Go Martha, go! Whatever you might think about Martha Stewart, there's a reason she can still publish books and still has a following. And that reason is simple: she has GOOD ideas. This book is full of them and I already implemented one of them (keep a glass with a little soapy water in it beside your sink--it makes a little bit of dish soap go a long way). Many tips that are practical, others that are beautiful, and this book even contains patterns to pull off some of her recommendations. Go Martha, go!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    Another fantastic book from Martha Stewart. If you need help with the homemaking/entertaining part of adulting...this book is for you. So many amazing tips and tricks pulled from the Martha Stewart Magazine, all compiled in one place. Lots of crafts to do, recipes to make, and entertaining to be done.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Janie Dawes

    I purchased two books to give one to a friend. We each do this often. I enjoyed reading and marking page numbers of Really Good Things. Loved most the use of Natural and homemade cleaning solutions. Great gift book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I probably haven’t had a subscription to the magazine in over 20 years, but it was neat to see some new creative ideas in the spirit of those I once loved about the magazine. Might even implement one or two.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sharron

    Great gift for someone in their 20s or 30s if they are moving into their first home/apartment. And even for those who don’t fall into that category, there are useful tips to be gleaned by perusing this title.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Honor Kennedy

    Nostalgia. Always good ideas for good things.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Autumn

    Beautiful book to read and be inspired by the clever DIY ideas. I liked the cooking section best. There is an entertaining chapter, don't think I will be using those tips anytime soon. Beautiful book to read and be inspired by the clever DIY ideas. I liked the cooking section best. There is an entertaining chapter, don't think I will be using those tips anytime soon.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Anderson

    Fun to glance through - but not a lot of information I would use.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Azalia Reader

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Nice book of excellent tips in practical terms. I think This book pulls together the best of the best

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Does she use the word "bespoke," every 4th page? Just about, but I'm here for it! Does she use the word "bespoke," every 4th page? Just about, but I'm here for it!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    What a splendid book packed with brilliant ideas including organization, cooking and entertaining! It would make a wonderful gift. I’d love to own a copy!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This was a fun book to look through, but I doubt I'll ever do anything suggested from it. This was a fun book to look through, but I doubt I'll ever do anything suggested from it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    I love everything Martha, but this one was also disappointing. I preferred the Good Things from her old TV show. A lot of the pictures don't look true to Martha's style. I love everything Martha, but this one was also disappointing. I preferred the Good Things from her old TV show. A lot of the pictures don't look true to Martha's style.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    You'll find more and better information on Pinterest. You'll find more and better information on Pinterest.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amber Starbuck

    The chances of me actually doing or making any of these very good things are infinitesimal, but I sure like reading about them and pretending I will!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Terri Freeland

    Must buy This is a fantastic book . Would be a fantastic bridal shower gift . Or for any person keeping a home .

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christi

    Nothing new here.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Lots of good advice and ideas.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michelle "Champ"

    Martha does not let me down here. This book is full of little tips and tricks for many different facets of your life. "It's a good thing" was my favorite part of her TV show and it translates nicely to this new book full of a few older, but mostly new "good things". Martha does not let me down here. This book is full of little tips and tricks for many different facets of your life. "It's a good thing" was my favorite part of her TV show and it translates nicely to this new book full of a few older, but mostly new "good things".

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gerard Rudy

  29. 5 out of 5

    CL

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

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