The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 3, 1996 · Page 13
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Salina, Kansas
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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3, 1996 THE SALINA JOURNAL Life MILESTONES / B2 SELF-HELP / B5 CROSSWORD / B8 Clean up your act Dejunking your home cuts housework by 40 percent By JOYCE ROSENCRANS Stripps Howard News Service dollar company re- good, professional sponsible for cleaning cleaning tools. A jani- 50 million square feet "Disguise whtttVOU Cttnt torial supplies compa- of office space every , „ . ny that sells to the night, Aslett decided Clean Up. POT example, public is a good place to translate his knowl- aot nn nrnnao rnurh if to shop for ^ ualitv and dozens of other national TV edge of how best to get un uiungv t,uui,n ij spray bottles, a clean everything fast y ou own an orange Cat." ? p ° nge mop that fw>m nffinoo tn hrmeoe J ° last, a soueeeee t's a dirty job, but Don Aslett's doing it. In books, magazine articles, on Oprah, Jenny, Joan '. || shows, Aslett is telling us how ' '•••'••'$&. to attack the monster job of ' '*•' housecleaning. His first book, "Is There Life After Housework?" (Writer's Digest Books, 1981, revised 1985) has been published in nine languages, including Indian, Portuguese, German and Polish. About 25 books later, he's sold 3 million (Writer's Digest for first six, then Dell.) And, after 5,000 personal appearances, Aslett says, "Cleaning is a hard sell. You have to be an entertainer." So Aslett is on the road again as cleaning conductor and cutup, performing his "Clean in a Minute" and his "Make Your House Do the Housework" routines, drawing audiences who take a "clutter cure" that's not only painless but fun. Housecleaning is simply "doing the inevitable," Aslett says. But his advice is absolutely energizing and inspiring. When he points out that clutter takes over our lives and that dejunking the house cuts out 40 percent of housework, you actually look forward to going home and sorting through a closet or clearing out the garage. Aslett's an office-cleaning professional from Pocatello, Idaho, with several thousand employees. He holds a union card in eight trades. Founder and owner ,6f Varsity Contractors, a multimillion- from offices to houses. •> " ~ ' ~"°" last, a squeegee and The surfaces are Don Aslett concentrated clean- much the same. But Author of "Pet Clean-up Made Easy" ers. "men don't know ^ Check under sink Check under the sink. You may be harboring lots of cleaning supplies you bought at the supermarket that are mostly water. "Why be a water-hauler?" Aslett asks. "Professional cleaning liquids are concentrated; dilute them at what goes on in a house," he says. So he "listened to women for 10 years" before taking his show on the road. Above all, he reminds us, "shuffling stuff takes time." He also thinks "no one is too young" to pick up after themselves and that a father who picks up after himself sets the best example for children to do the same. Once past clutter, Aslett advocates home." Aslett also is a big fan of the professional plastic bucket. It doesn't rust or make noise; and it's the right size and • Unclutter rooms. Toss it, trade it, tromp it, but get rid of it. • Have a place for everything else. For storage use drawers, shelves, toyboxes, pegboards, coatracks. • Use professional cleaning tools such as trigger-spray bottles, cleaner concentrates, plastic buckets, terrycloth cleaning cloths (not rags), elec- . trostatic dustcloths, sponge mop, angle broom, lambswool duster with long handle. (Check newspaper classifieds or telephone book under janitorial supplies; not all companies listed sell to the public, but many do.) • Dust before you vacuum; dust top to bottom. • Use the four basic cleaners — Neutral all-purpose, heavy-duty clean- er/degreaser, glass cleaner and a disinfectant. • Never scrub when you can soak. • All-around best cleaning tool: Cellulose sponge on one side, white nylon mesh on the other. shape for rinsing a professional mop. And forget that picturesque corn- straw broom; this says an angled broom has better reach. One of Aslett's specialties is pet cleanup — how to cope when people and pets live together in small urban and suburban spaces. His "hairy animal tales" are gathered into a softcover book, "Pet Clean-Up Made Easy" (Writer's Digest Books, 1988). Ever practical, Aslett says to disguise what you can't clean up. For example, he's been known to say, "Get an orange couch if you own an orange cat." His ultimate cleaning miracle is a low-maintenance home he's built in Hawaii. Working with a daughter who's ' an interior decorator, Aslett designed an attractive concrete home, low on energy-consumption, at which he now spends three months a year, away from his Idaho ranch. Eventually, he wants to teach writing seminars at his Hawaiian showcase home. Meanwhile, even the U.S. Army has photographed the house to learn more about designing easy-maintenance barracks and housing. "There's not a chair or table leg in the place," says Aslett. "They slow down cleanup. Everything's built-in or suspended; we wall-hung the toilets. There are no shower curtains. Sinks are deeper for no splash. "People will think of their own ideas when remodeling or building a house," Aslett says. "Don't let a builder say, 'We don't do that.'" Don't make furniture bone of contention Take it from a canine: Earth tones best bet for decorating, paws down By JAKE THE WONDER DOG as told to MICHAEL WALSH Universal Press As we often say in the canine community, let's cut to the chase: Some of you humans are making us — and yourselves — crazy. Your behavior is downright schizophrenic, and it's making nervous wrecks out of both of our species. On the one paw, you want our uncon- ' ttitional love and loyalty, tail-wagging adoration and constant companionship — all those fuzzy-wuzzy feelings you have come to expect from those of us with cold noses and warm hearts. On the other, you pant for picture-perfect rooms, stylishly decorated, fashionably appointed — hopelessly impractical. Well, chew on this: You can't have both. And the sooner you face up to that simple fact, the better for both of us. When you let a dog in the back door you can throw your dream house aspirations out the window. Yes, it may seem like a sacrifice now, but you'll thank us later. You'll save tons of money by not having to buy expensive fabrics, furnishings and floor coverings. You won't have to obsess over housekeeping. Not that we mean to be, well, dogmatic. We're more than willing to compromise. After all, at bottom, we both want the same thing, right? A place that provides protection from the elements and cozy comfort. Period. Everything else is icing. Universal Press What's wrong with this picture? The owner of a grandfather chair upholstered In black velvet fell in love with a blond dog. But honestly, when you decide to live with a dog, you need to make a reality check. Scrap those old notions about decorating. Buttery damask, creamy chenille and oatmeal Berber? Forget it. Ditto for pale pastels, black velvet, shiny satins and delicate silks. Listen, it's for your own good. You can spend the rest of your life barking "DOWN!" and "NO!" or you can give in and get real and make the most of our time together. Sooner or later, you're going to relent anyway. One day you're going to let a sleeping dog lie — on the couch, in your easy chair, on the foot of the bed — because you've found him there for the millionth time and be- cause you no longer have the resolve to resist the inevitable. Otherwise, what's the point in having a dog, if not to curl up with it, pet it, stroke it and scratch its belly, all the while comfortably ensconced in your own easy chair? What could be more convenient? You and the dog together in one place. Ann, bliss. We're not just decorative accessories, you know. We're not living knickknacks, either. No, we're — and how many times have we heard this? — members of the family. How many times have you flung a newspaper at your kinfolk to keep them off the recliner?' Look, for a change, follow our lead. Best color scheme? Earth tones, paws down. From where we sit — on the sofa, by rights — dirt colors are tops, That way we don't get blamed. Anticipating your reluctance, however, we also suggest pine-needle green, gravel gray, tobacco-brown, deep-sea blue, spice colors, autumn-leaf shades. These are the hues most species on the Earth live with quite happily. Pattern? Again, a sensible camouflage print of the sort found in Army fatigues makes the most sense to us. You can compromise, though, with any dense print from paisley to plaid, as long as it has a dark background. Save the light colors, subtle patterns and delicate fabrics for the draperies. We just don't care about window treatments one way or the other, so knock yourself out. Of course, it could make sense just to decorate around your dog. Black dog? Black sofa. Brown dog? Brown carpeting. White dog? Well, a white dog is not any more capable of wiping its feet on the mat or its muzzle on a napkin than a dog of another color, so we're back to dirt-tolerant earth tones again. Which brings us to shedding. Hey, it's what we do, all right? Judging from the sales of Minoxidil and sundry other hair-replacement products, it's what you do too. And you don't hear us whining, do you? "Eeeew, Spike, there's a human hair in my Alpo. Eeeech!" Common sense says that if you have a navy bedspread and a black mohair sofa, then you shouldn't let yourself fall in love with a white or blond dog. Choose a dog that fits your color scheme or a color scheme that suits your dog. Just don't come yapping to us because we have fur coats. It's the way we're made. T ORNAMENT CONTEST Journal seeks homemade ornaments in holiday contest By The Journal Staff Yes, it's only the first week of November, and we're already talking Christmas. The Salina Journal is sponsoring its 14th annual holiday contest for readers. Again, it's a Christmas Ornament Contest. The contest seeks homemade Christmas ornaments from residents of north-central and northwest Kansas in four categories. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners, and the ornaments will decorate a Christmas tree at Birthright of Salina, 104,") The Midway. Birthright is a crisis pregnancy center that's been in operation in Salina for the past 20 years. Funded by private donations and staffed by volunteers, Birthright offers free pregnancy testing, counseling, and maternity and baby clothing. The four contest categories are: 1. Children (entrants must be no older than 14 and may use any medium for their ornaments). 2. Needle art (crochet, tatting, knitting, quilting, counted cross-stitch, embroidery, etc.). 3. Formed ornaments (ceramic, wheat weaving, sculpture, wooden ornaments, dough art, etc.). 4. Other (painting, origami, cutouts, foam balls covered with ribbons and beads, The Salina Journal Ornam Contest 1996 etc.). Children may enter the last three categories if they prefer, but adults may enter categories 2, 3 and 4 only. Note: An ornament that has won a first- place prize in past contests cannot be entered again. Contestants who win best-of- show three times consecutively will be ineligible for the award for another three years. The ornaments may be made of any material, but they should be light enough to decorate a tree safely. All entries must be sized to fit on a Christmas tree and must be received through the mail or brought into the Journal office at 333 S. Fourth by Dec. 12. No entries will be returned. Journal employees and their families are not eligible to enter. Entries are limited to one per person, although a group of up to five ornaments which go together may be viewed as one entry at the judge's or sponsor's discretion. This year, we've increased the amount of prize money to $50 for first place in each of the four categories. There also will be a special best-of-show prize, now worth $100, for the first-place entry deemed best by the judge. The contest winners, and their ornaments, will be featured in the Life section in the Dec. 22 Journal. Ornaments must be labeled with the maker's name, street address, rural route number or post office box number, city, zip code, phone number and category entered. For more information, call the Life Department, 823-6363. T HELP THE NEEDY Grafters needed for Mrs. Santa's Store By The Journal Staff Grafters are sought to make gifts for Mrs. Santa's Store, a special store where donated items, all hand-crafted, will be offered for sale at low prices to children of low-income families, who can then give them as gifts. The event is patterned after a similar project in Manhattan and is sponsored by Salina Parks and Recreation Department, the Salina Senior Center and the Salina Retired Senior Volunteer Program. The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7 on the third floor of the Senior Center, 245 N. Ninth. Items will be priced between 50 cents and $5. The event is targeted to students attending Hawthorne, Whittier, Sunset, Bartlett, Hageman and Oakdale schools, which have a greater numbers of students qualifying for reduced price or free lunches, and youth in Salvation Army programs, said Janice Pankratz, project coordinator. Grafters can make the sale items either from kits or from scratch, at home or at monthly workshops at the Senior Center. Also needed are craft materials — lace, ribbon, small buttons, yarn. "We're going to have a little bit of everything. Cross-stitch projects, quilted projects, crocheting - just all different types of crafts," Pankratz said. "For the men we'll have leather key chains, paperweights and Christmas ornaments." If there are gifts left over they will saved for next year, with hope that the program can be expanded to include more schools. For more information or to donate materials, call Pankratz at the Salina Parks and Recreation Department at 826-7434. Proceeds from the store will be shared by the Senior Center and RSVP. SUGGESTIONS? CALL SHERIDA WARNER, LIFE EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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