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We've all had them - the Oh Crap moment when you find out someone you'd really love to impress or please is stopping by when your house looks like... well... crap. They are coming. The neat person who will never love or respect you again if they find out what a slob you are (not really, get a grip). How horrible! Don't you just want to die? How are you going to get all this picked up and put away before they show up? Maybe you could get them just to meet you outside? Maybe you could call them back and reschedule for a time when the house is tidy... whenever that will be? Maybe you've suddenly got a last minute tickle in your throat. A little cough maybe? That's the ticket. You'd love to see them, but you don't want to risk their health. Maybe meet for a latte another time? NO. In your heart you know anyone worth knowing has come to see you, not your house. You just need to get a grip and follow my OH CRAP advice for what to do with your stuff when you don't have time to put it away properly. What do I mean by "properly?" Well, you probably learned like I did (wait, I need to put a sugary smile on my face) that we need a place for everything and everything in its place. We needed to handle the mail once, organize and label all our storage containers, put things away right when we come home, wash the dishes right after we use them... you know, the "right" way to clean. So, guess what, you didn't do that and there isn't time to re-engineer your house into Martha's dream palace before Ms. Clean-and-Perfect shows up at your door. Well, not to worry. I, the queen of Guerilla Cleaning... self-styled Escher of Clean have the answer to the fastest, easiest way to cheat your way to a tidy space in less than the time it takes to (really) clean your toilet. Here's what you don't want to do. Don't wash your dishes (unless that's your only mess, in which case why are you reading this?). Don't clean your toilet. Don't organize anything. And for God sake, don't dust. None of those activities will give you the big pay-off in the shortest possible time you need for an Oh Crap moment. Here's the alternative. The Guerrilla Cleaning approach. I call it C-R-A-P. That's fitting. I just love being clever. Actually it was my gay friends and neighbours in Virginia who discovered that C-R-A-P could be fashioned into the perfect acronym for tidying. Thanks guys. Well here it is. "C" stands for Clear. Here's the deal. In order for a space to look tidy, you need to clear about 80% of the visible surfaces in your line of sight. Figure out the path your company will take through your house and what they will see. Make note of the surfaces there. Coffee tables, counters, sofas, tabletops. Don't forget the floor, which is often the largest surface area in a home. Your goal is to clear off 80% of the surface area. Which begs the question, what you are going to do with your stuff? Read on. "R" stands for Remove. Take what you don't want on your surfaces and figure out what of that you will remove from the room. During an Oh Crap moment this becomes an extreme sport I call "creative relocation" where you just get stuff out of sight by throwing it in another room, in a closet, under the bed, in a cupboard. Containing your crap is a good idea. Baskets, paper bags, empty trash cans (sometimes the cleanest part of a home is the trash can if the trash is still in the room) are all useful containers for sequestering stuff and moving it to an out-of-sight location. I think you should be awarded extra points if you manage to throw stuff in the room where it actually belongs (e.g. lingerie in the living room (TMI) gets tossed back into the bedroom). "A" stands for Arrange. Whatever you don't toss out of the room is going to stay in the room, so you gotta do something to tidy it up. Here are 4 Guerilla Cleaning secrets for what to do with your stuff if you aren't going to put it away properly. Secret number 1 is called Grouping, or as I like to think of it, the hotel maid's secret. When a hotel maid comes to your room to tidy it up, she doesn't organize, sort out items for charity, or throw anything away that isn't completely, totally and obviously trash (like old tissues). So why does the room look clean when you get back? It's because she grouped everything into one or more little clusters of stuff. So all your toiletries are neatly gathered on one part of the vanity. Your paperwork is more or less in one place. Your shoes have mysteriously mated up and found a home near the wall. Grouping works because the maid is making more clear surface space by grouping things together. One pile is tidier than two... or twelve. In fact, you can read my blog post where I take this to the extreme and advise that if you only have 5 minutes to clean a wreck of a room (as opposed to a rec room) you can just shove everything into one pile and vacuum around it. So quickly group things together in your room for a quick hit of tidiness. Secret number 2 is Camouflage. You can virtually hide things in your room by placing them near objects that are similar in colour (I've been living in Canada for about 3 years, so I apologize to my Yankee friends, I mean "color"). Check out the picture on the Guerilla Cleaning blog where we "hid" an entire 10-speed bicycle cluttering up a small apartment by putting its black and chrome boldness in front of the black and chrome TV stand. My brilliant friend Shae accomplished genius camouflage by placing a large, dark wood framed mirror "hanging out" in the middle of the floor in front of a dark wooden bureau. It disappeared. Frankly, if Guerilla Cleaning gets its own reality competition TV show, I want to award triple bonus points for clever camouflage. Secret number 3 is Hiding. You can keep stuff in the room but hide it. Tossing things into baskets is a good way to do this. Shae turned me on to the notion that stuffing the most heinous items into a jumbled heap in a wicker basket with a pretty cover will give you that Pottery Barn home in 30 seconds. Plug in a Glade air freshener in a nearby outlet to mask the odour of sweat socks, old food or smelly items of uncertain origin in your basket. You can also hide things in furniture with doors or lids, under coffee tables, or behind the sofa. Here's a hot tip - I "hide" my dirty dishes in the sink, which, by the way, is a hole and not a surface, so it looks a lot tidier to group and hide dirty dishes in the sink (a hole) than leave them on the counter (a surface). The holy grail of hiding places however, is out of the first line of sight of the door. Shove everything over there where it won't be seen when someone enters the room, and as long as you've got 80% of the surfaces clear in your room, you won't get (too many) stripes off for a pile of crap in the corner. Secret number 4 is called the Neat Stack Trick. This comes compliments of my friend Julia. She showed me that taking a moment to arrange a stack of stuff into a neat pile with sharp edges and corners will give you instant fake-em-out tidiness. Do this with paperwork, books, CDs, whatever still lingers in your space. And here's a cool bit of cheating - you don't have to do this to all your piles, just a few strategically placed piles that people will see when they come into the room. A few lovingly arranged piles will warp their mind into thinking you are meticulous and even anal in your housekeeping (nice change, huh?). So that does it for the secrets of arranging your stuff if you aren't going to put it away properly. The "A" in C-R-A-P. So moving right along we have... "P" is for Pretty: No one will ever look behind the door or in your closets if you keep their eyes riveted to a pretty focal point in your room. Hopefully that's you. But to be safe, let's assume it's not. Stand at the doorway of each room where your visitor will pass and decide where you want their eyes to go. Then, quickly put some knick knack or group of thing-a-ma-bobbers there that please the eye. Fresh flowers are the absolute best for attractiveness and a certain kind of slight-of-hand that sends the message that the room is clean, tidy and well tended. After all, who would put fresh flowers in a dirty room? (remember, my name is spelled with a "y" when you mention me).
Over regulation of our free markets is stifling our growth in America and killing the next superstar Entrepreneurs. Let's discuss just how bad it really is. Let's us discuss Ray Kroc, founder of McDonalds and the Father of Franchising. In this philosophical discussion let us look at history for a moment shall we? If Ray Kroc had to pay $45,000 to create disclosure documents to franchise right out of the gate, could he have still had the capital to do it? Would he have wanted too? What if he had to pay an additional $15,000 per year to stay registered in all the states; another $10,000 to $20,000 to keep up with the law changes and case law? Could he have actually stayed in business? If Ray Kroc in those early days had to pay $25,000 for financial audits could he have survived? If the number of accountants willing to do audits were cut in half due to current errors and omissions insurance and peer review costs would Ray Kroc have been able to juggle that during his first five years traveling the country and sleeping in hotel rooms, while building the business? Remember Ray Kroc was not married to wealth like the late Sam Walton who toured the country in a motor home looking at sites and studying the competition. Ray Kroc and Sam Walton both had to do it the hard way, but Ray Kroc was doing it out of cash flow. With the current problems in complying with all the accounting audit issues in franchising after the most recent Sarbaines Oxley Law causing delays of necessary audits in a timely fashion due to fear of violations in the accounting industry, demand for more audits in all sectors causing serious supply and demand issues getting an audit done on time for franchise registration renewals is tough? Could Ray Kroc have accomplished this too, along with the additional costs and state registration deadlines? Wait we are not done yet. If Ray Kroc had to comply with all these proposed rule changes and existing rules and revise his disclosure documents each time an attorney created case law which might be detrimental to the over all system, could he have survived in the first five years? Yes or No? If Ray Kroc had to deal with all the different state laws and contradictions in Federal Trade Commission rules, could he have done it? Remember his first stores were in "Cal-if-Forn-ia" (Arnold Humor) and Illinois. I submit to you that Ray Kroc could not have done what he did and McDonalds would never have come to be. I also submit to you that NPR would be closing it's doors and gone off the air this year if it were not for his wife's donations. Ronald McDonald House would not be available either. Millions of Americans would not have learned customer service or had that first job to teach them such important aspects business. The State of Idaho, where Simplot Potatoes grows it's crop would not have made the profits and paid the tax income which allowed that great state to prosper. The Beef industry would have also been severely impacted, how would that industry have faired in the heated mass media hysteria of Mad Cow or the droughts causing cattle to be taken to early slaughter. Those frivolous lawsuits in Canada about being fat would leave our Canadian neighbors with nothing to bitch about and we wouldn't want that? Also the reality of the need for tort reform example of spilt coffee would never have existed? Do you doubt what I am saying? Well then "Grinding It Out" Ray Kroc's book can be found still and it ought to be required reading for all Federal Trade Commission employees who have never had to make a payroll and any attorney who has never made a legitimate living in a business of their own before commentary on this proposed set of rules. It appears that the word smiths are out in full force and we are maintaining an on-going dialogue from a topic proposed in 1995, with comments in 1997 and 1999 at a time when much of the those comments are in fact irrelevant here in 2004. A more relevant discussion would be how best to separate out the business opportunity rules from the franchise rule and then close the Federal Trade Commission's franchising division all together since no problems perceived or known currently exist. Does anyone doubt this truth? Perhaps another example, forget about Ray Kroc, the father of franchising for a moment, let's just say for the sake of argument that this current situation in the industry existed back then and Ray Kroc grew up an old bitter man and retired salesman? Forget that the McDonalds Big Mac is used by the International Monetary fund as a guideline for international cost of living standards in modern and developing nations. Think of the story "death of a salesman" and leave it at that. Put Ray Kroc in the same shoes as any of the current up and coming home grown entrepreneurial superstars of today, being stifled under a Tsunami of tort law and a Hurricane of over regulation. Why can't we end this storm, why are we unwilling to see the truth at the Federal Trade Commission? And that is just one of many agencies Ray Kroc would have to deal with today, think about it.
Thank goodness for persistent Pennsylvanians! If persistence helps make a mark in history, then it is a worthwhile virtue. That's what Abraham Erb went out to prove when he and his wife left their Pennsylvania home and settled in a marshy and swampy lot in Upper Canada. Decades later, this swampy lot gave birth to the village of Waterloo. Even his brother, John tried to persuade him to move to the Grand Speed River region, but Abraham said no and chose to stay, convinced that he could clear the land in time. And he did. By 1808 Abraham built a saw mill and less than ten years later constructed a grist mill. The swamp land that he settled in was soon turning into a valuable area. Developments were on the upswing. From swamp land to sawmill town to village, Waterloo before the 1870s was becoming a retail and commercial centre. Today, Waterloo "is at its best" - that's what the city chose as a slogan and it isn't difficult to justify that claim. Waterloo is an hour's drive from Toronto (about 65 miles) and six hours from Montreal, Quebec. For reaching US border crossings, it is a three-hour drive from Detroit and about an hour and a quarter's drive from Niagara Falls. Like Festivals? Come to Waterloo The city can't promise to host a festival every week, but what if we said it has one just about every month? And what if we also said that attending these merry gatherings were "toll-free"? That sounds like a deal isn't it? Mind you, for a town of 110,800 people, you'd think that it would be more low key. Not Waterloo. It is alive with activity and as the municipality reminds us, this is Waterloo...at its best! For samplers - February is Ice Dogs Month. You're treated to every conceivable activity relating to ice - ice sculpture displays and dog sled contests. April is a tribute to Earth Day so there are awareness programs for the entire family. May is Mothers' month, so Waterloo has scheduled the Waterloo County and Area Quilt Festival while June will welcome the French association of Kitchener-Waterloo for St. John the Baptist festivities. The Jazz Festival is on for July and for beer lovers, Oktoberfest in October. BUT - for non-drinking families, the Spas' N Spiel festival will make teetotalers feel at home nevertheless. ...also Arts and Crafts Waterloo has got it all planned. For all taste buds, for all budgets, Waterloo has something to please everyone, resident and visitor. If art and history are your consuming passion, visit the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery on Caroline Street. The University of Waterloo is not only teeming with students, but is also the venue for the Earth Sciences Museum, the Peter Russell Rock Garden and the Optometry Museum of Visual Science. Let's not forget the Brubacher House Museum. For more art and history possibilities, call City Hall and ask for Recreational Services, 519-747-8733.