From the Good Housekeeping Institute comes this compendium of practical advice and hands-on instructions for maintaining a household in the 1990s. Acknowledging that more household gadgets and timesaving services are available, and that less time is being devoted to basic housekeeping chores, the editors offer organizational tips, product information, and money- and energy-saving ideas as well as standard maintenance suggestions
The information is presented via charts, tables, and line drawings and a text that consists of short paragraphs that aid in finding specific information quickly and easily. Eight chapters include standard directions for novices as well as sophisticated strategies for the experienced: "Home Finances" (prequalifying for mortgages, choosing credit cards); "Cleaning" (CD players, decks, miniblinds); "Laundry and Clothes Care" (spandex, glass-fiber textiles); "Food and the Kitchen" (computerized grocery lists, gas grills); "Decorating and Design" (ergonomic furniture for home offices); "Maintenance and Repair" (mulching, lawn mowers, heat pumps); "Car Care" (road-service plans, child seats); and "Safety and Health" ("hush" features on smoke detectors, first aid). A complete index is also provided
This is a much more direct how-to manual than "All-New Hints from Heloise: A Household Guide for the 90's" (Perigee, 1989), which often assumes that the caretaker already knows what needs to be done and basically how to do it and so offers time- and energy-saving suggestions to speed things along. School collections will want to add "The Good Housekeeping Household Encyclopedia" to complement the home economics/human ecology curriculum, and public libraries will want to consider circulating as well as reference copies.