District of Columbia policemen/househusbans stress most the importance of organization and simplification of household chores. The time saved, they say, just could result in that elusive commodity of two-income families: husband-wife communication. Among the policemen's suggestions:
* Sgt. David Thompson: "Never try to cook things that are complicated. Keep it simple, like hotdogs, cheeseburgers, a lot of tuna. Stuff you can put on a grill or that you don't have to do a lot of planning for.
"When you mess up a lot of stuff, when things don't turn out the way Mama makes them, you learn."
Thompson's specialty is a meat, cheese, tomato and macaroni dish his daughter has dubbed "La David Casserole."
* Officer Herbert Coclough: Budget time by writing down the next day's activities in advance. "Sometimes I would forget things I had to do, so I just started writing things down."
* Officer James Wilkins: Cook meals in advance. "I'm off Monday so on Friday I may make a big pot of spaghetti sauce and freeze it. That way on the other days when you don't feel like cooking you take it out of the freezer, make a tossed salad, some garlic bread and you have a spaghetti dinner.
"Always cook more than you need. That way you have leftovers. I've come to appreciate leftovers, especially with the economy being what it is."
* Officer Tim Gibbs: "I keep all of our financial records on our home computer. I also have a program where I keep notes and appointments on upcoming events, such as Girl Scout activities, bicycle trips, family camp-outs."
Gibbs says he checks the computer every day for personal notes as well as daily activities. "Yesterday was the first time I saw my wife in two days. We leave notes to each other," (either on the computer or tucked away in Gibbs' lunchbox).
The latest lunchbox missive from his wife Maria was signed "Love and kisses, me, your backrubber."