Yesterday, we pondered the folly of lax ways with food and kids.
Today's lesson is short. You must confine the outside dirt; you must corral it. And this means mats.
If you read Don Aslett's books, you should come away with one key learning: there must be industrial mats at the doors. As he points out, what do the stores do? They can't ask people to take off their shoes! No, they place the proper materials at the door, to stop dirt from getting all over.
We are not talking about those accursed little rag rugs that seem to be made to keep the ER in business. Throw them away, spitting on them first.
We are not even talking about rubber-backed glorified bathmats, that sort of stay in place but are too small -- and that practically leap up into the beater-bar of your vacuum, choking it to death.
We are talking about a rubber, loop-twist, water-absorbent, quite large, door mat. You can hose it down, you can vacuum it, you can sweep it.
It's not beautiful, but you will come to see it as beautiful once you realize how much work it saves you! Your own children take their shoes off upon entering the house. But guests, workmen, dogs -- their dirty tracks stop there, on that awesome mat. Trust me. It's worth every penny.
So, to sum up, we're going to keep the outside dirt from tracking in, and we are going to keep food from getting all over the house. Confine and corral.