Help for the homeowner | On the bookshelf

Home ownership often isn’t easy. But, it can be made more simple by the learning of skills, the planning of space, the changing of attitudes and the understanding of the way man’s environment merges with nature. These books will help you get along in your world.

Home ownership often isn’t easy. But, it can be made more simple by the learning of skills, the planning of space, the changing of attitudes and the understanding of the way man’s environment merges with nature. These books will help you get along in your world.

“200 Tips for De-Cluttering,” by Daniela Santos Quartino (hardcover, Firefly Books, 2010, 799 pages, $39.95). With this book, you’ll go “room by room, including outdoor spaces,” and get “eco tips.” But, don’t expect to read burdensome and preaching text. This is photo heavy. It will show you a clean and uncluttered living space.

“Haley’s Hints, Green Edition,” by Graham and Rosemary Haley (softcover, New American Library, 2009, 224 pages, $14). The authors of the New York Times bestsellers “Haley’s Hints” and “Haley’s Cleaning Hints” provide “1,000 Great Tips to Save Time, Money, and the Planet,” claims this book’s subtitle. It’s all about being a friend to the environment in every room of your house.

“Do It Yourself Home Improvement,” by Julian Cassell, Peter Parham and Theresa Coleman (softcover, DK Publishing, 2009, 544 pages, $29.99). Step-by-step instruction on a multitude of home maintenance and do-it-yourself projects are illustrated with ample photographs that show the results, as well as explain the techniques. Money-saving advice and green alternatives are included in this updated and expanded volume.

“Not So Big Remodeling,” by Sarah Susanka and Marc Vassalo (hardcover, The Taunton Press, 2009, 330 pages, $32). Change your surroundings from the house you live in to the home you love. Susanka and Vassalo help you tailor your home for “the way you really live.”

“The Backyard Idea Book,” by Natalie Ermann Russell (softcover, The Taunton Press, 2010, 218 pages; $19.95). “With minimal acreage, you can create a lush garden, a pool for exercise or play, even an outdoor kitchen, living area, or dining room,” says the author. “The goal is, of course, to have a backyard that lures you out into it every day — like the fabulous examples you’ll see in this book.”

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