Not since Tom Sawyer made whitewashing a fence seem like the perfect
way to idyll away a sunny afternoon has anyone been able to make housework
appear so enticing as Cindy Harris does in her new book on home maintenance,
'Keeping House: Hints and Tips for a Beautifully Clean Homes' (Ryland
Peters & Small; Hardcover $24.95; April 2004). What's seductive about her new book
is the tremendous ease with which anyone can
instantly access information on virtually any
home maintenance topic.
'Keeping House' is the first book of its kind
for a generation accustomed to getting answers
at the breakneck speed of the Internet superhighway.
Readers won't need to wade through tons
of information to get these easy-to-access
tips for tackling every element of your home.
Simple charts lay out essential
routines that need to be performed on a daily,
weekly or monthly basis.
'Keeping House' offers a concise rundown on the
best tools for any housecleaning job. The author
provides a crash course on the wide variety
of cleaning products needed for each room and surface in the home.
Banishing clutter, identifying
which items can be trashed or repaired, acted
on or put away, recycled or passed on, says
Harris is an important first step in organizing
and maintaining your home. Following an introductory
section devoted to "clean
house basics," the book is broken down into the following parts:
• Sparkling Surfaces: maintaining all surfaces
in the home, including walls, floors, carpets, blinds, nooks and crannies.
• Gleaming Kitchens: organizing the heart of
the home and making it a place suited to convenience and cleanliness.
• Beautiful Bathrooms: creating a spotless, germ-free,
shiny, and sweet-smelling space family members can retreat to and relax.
• Laundry Fresh: transforming the seemingly unending
chore of laundry into a pleasurable routine.
• Food: developing sensible routines for storing
and cooking food safely, with an emphasis on not just sustenance, but
on comfort, enjoyment, indulgence and sensuality.
'Keeping House' also features a chart decoding
those cryptic wash care labels, as well
as tips on removing a host of stains including,
medicine, cosmetics, grass, red
wine, chocolate, coffee and tea, paint,
pet stains and much more. With the extensive
lists of useful addresses,
websites and suppliers, as well as tabbed sections
for ease of use, with wire-o-binding, an
elastic closure band and pockets for storing
business cards, 'Keeping House' is designed
to withstand the daily use and handling it
is sure to receive. Whether resolving disputes
on the best way to wash dishes or the proper
way to make a bed or for advice on maintaining
a garbage disposal or removing spots from
stone floors, this new book will earn its
place on any bookshelf as the ultimate home
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