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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Storing Winter Garments

I have a confession. I have too many clothes. So twice a year, I go through my closet and try to purge. This process never goes well. I'm too attached to most of my things, so I go to Plan B -- storage! Given that I've done this year after year, I've become quite good at it and have learned a few things along the way. Below is a list of what I've learned.
  • Wash or dry-clean everything prior to storage. Moths are known for feeding on clothing and natural fibers. Moths prefer dirty fabric and are particularly attracted to carpeting and clothing that contain human sweat or other liquids that have been spilled on them.
  • Place folded garments in large plastic containers with air-tight lids. You could also use a cedar chest or plastic bags. Cardboard boxes and paper bags provide moths with too many entry points. Plus, cardboard and paper can't keep water out.
  • Hang suits and coats on cedar hangers and store them in garment bags. Use hangers with wider bars to prevent creases at the knees. Avoid hanging heavy knit items or sweaters to prevent distorting their shape.
  • Adding cedar chips or lavender and rosemary sachets will keep your clothes smelling fresh. Mothballs can be used but they tend to have a harsh smell. If you do use them remove the smell by tumbling the garments in your dryer for 20 minutes with some scented dryer sheets.

One final thing, A Cleaner World does offer free storage for out of season garments -- just in case you don't have enough storage or extra closet space.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Celebrate Earth Day

Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson searched for many years to find a way to focus public attention on the environment. In 1969, he came up with Earth Day. The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, and has become an annual national event focusing on learning about conservationism and what we can do to reduce pollution.

At A Cleaner World, we take our commitment to the environment seriously. For over 20 years, A Cleaner World has asked customers to return their no longer needed hangers to us. In exchange, we would purchase trees to be planted throughout our community. We also recycle our dry cleaning solution and poly bags.

There are lots of ways we all can help reduce rubbish -- especially in our homes. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Plastic Grocery Bags
  • Place them in the bottom of plant pots and hanging baskets - they act as great drainage systems
  • Scrunch them up to surround items you are shipping as an alternative to bubble wrap
  • Use them as doggie dodo bags

Paper
  • After children's drawings have been displayed for a while, use them to wrap gifts
  • Use old envelopes for scribbling down shopping lists, to-do lists, and notes
  • Give old magazines to doctor and dentist offices

Household Waste
  • Aluminum trays from pies and cakes make great drip saucers to put under potted plants
  • The following waste items can be modified and used for planting seedlings: egg cartons, plastic bottles, cherry tomato containers, plastic ice cream containers
  • Lawn clippings can be used to cover weeds to keep them from growing in the garden throughout the winter

Other Items
  • Reuse washed zip lock bags for sandwiches and snacks rather than using plastic wrap
  • Old or broken household goods such as toasters and microwaves can be used by others for parts. Sell them cheaply at a garage sale.
  • Day cares and schools often need boxes, plastic bags, old buttons, used wrapping paper, greeting cards, ribbon, and so on for art resources.
  • Old furniture, clothes, kitchen items, and bedding are always needed by organizations like The Salvation Army.

General Tips for Recycling
  • Buy a smaller trash container for the kitchen. This makes you remember to recycle.
  • Make sure bottles and cans are clean before putting them in the recycle bin.
  • Reorganize the kitchen so it has an efficient recycling area with good sized bins to help with sorting. This will encourage everyone to contribute and share in the work.
  • Put a 'no junk mail' sticker on your mailbox.
  • Get your children involved. If we educate them early, they will grow up and appreciate waste reduction and will continue these habits later in life.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Introductions

We are A Cleaner World -- a family-owned dry cleaning chain of 39 stores in North Carolina and Virginia. We take pride in our commitment to quality and community. My name is Barb, and I have spent the last 14 years working for A Cleaner World in the corporate office. I've had the privilege of supervising a fabulous office staff, managing the company's finances and employee benefits, and running our community service programs like Give A Kid A Coat. I love my job and my company. So when my husband wanted to relocate our family to Tennessee (so that he could have his dream job and we could be closer to family), it took me a while to get on board.


As luck would have it, my boss thinks I'm pretty great so I now get the honor of being A Cleaner World's Social Media Manager and Blogger from the comfort of my new home near Nashville. Here's what you can expect from me and my blog:


  • I am an organized clean freak. I don't like to be dirty; my clothes and house are immaculate. I just love it when I can help someone clean up a mess and get organized. Our first order of business will be providing you with tips on storing your out of season garments. (And if you don't have room at your house, you can store them at A Cleaner World.) Hopefully my fear of dirt and clutter and desire to be crisp and clean at all times will provide you with some helpful information.


  • My love language is acts of service, so I like it when someone asks me 'what can I get my mom for Mother's Day'. I'm full of ideas, so look for that kind of stuff in the future.


  • I run so I can eat chocolate; I am a big foodie. On occasion I may share a recipe, cooking tip, or provide some fun little deals with local restaurants on Facebook and Twitter. Nothing excites me more than to get something tasty at a reduced price.


  • My head is full of useless but interesting facts. I'll probably share them with you.


  • I really do love and believe in A Cleaner World. We want our posts to be helpful and fun, so please give us some feedback. And let me know if your location is doing a good job for you or if we need to make improvements. I'll be listening.
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