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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Dirty Clothes – Wherever

I’m sure most mothers feel the way I do – I get so frustrated when I find my son’s dirty clothes scattered about. But if I am completely honest, it’s my fault. My routine each morning is the same – get up early (really early), run, then I rush around to get ready for the day. But because I am rushing around getting ready myself, Gray dresses himself wherever I deposit his clothes. As a result, he leaves his pajamas on the floor in the room where he has dressed himself. And this can be anywhere – the dining room, living room, our bedroom. Let me also throw in there that he habitually leaves his dirty socks in the mudroom.

This has become a big irritation. I must fix it; otherwise I will be picking up dirty pajamas and socks until he goes to college. One thing I know about my son is that he is motivated by stuff. So I am going to let him pick out his own laundry basket or hamper. I’m going to let him decide where to put it (unless it is someplace like the living room or kitchen). Then I am going to train him to place all his dirty clothes in it. I am also going to train myself to resist picking up his clothes. If they don’t make it into his basket, I will not wash them. So the next time he wants to wear his Perry the Platypus t-shirt and its not clean…... And I will also institute penalties for fouls. I’ve got this. Now if I can only train his dad to deposit his dirty clothes in one place.

Do you have a dirty clothes scatterer? If so, we’d love to know how you fixed the problem.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Darth Vader

My son is obsessed with Star Wars. When he started that obsession, I wasn’t too worried. That’s because when he develops an interest in something, it usually only lasts a week or two. But this obsession has lasted months. So when his Uncle Larry gave him a Darth Vader sleeping bag, he was beside himself. He’s been sleeping on his bed in the sleeping bag nightly. So given my obsession with cleanliness and the fact that I wash our sheets religiously every Friday, I had to quickly learn about washing sleeping bags.

Most sleeping bags can be washed but check the care label before cleaning because many contain down or fiber filling. Sleeping bags should be washed separately on gentle. To wash, add the detergent to the washer and partially fill it with warm water. Submerge the bag into the water to expel air, then allow the washer to finish filling. Periodically stop the washer, open the lid, and press air from the bag to help ensure good cleaning. Typically they can be tumbled dry at regular temperatures. You can add a clean tennis ball to the dryer to help fluff up the filling.

If the sleeping bag is too bulky for a home washer, or if it says what mine does – “Use only oversized commercial front loading washing machine with rotating drum action. Do not use top loading agitator style machines.” – then you can either hand wash it in the bathtub or bring it to us. We can take care of it for you.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Kids are Expensive

I totaled the receipts. This year we spent about $270 on back to school supplies – things like crayons, pencils, backpack, lunchbox, and such along with new clothes and tennis shoes. According to a 2012 article in the Huffington Post, the average spending on back to school items per child nationwide is almost $200. That same article went on to say that an American Express survey put the cost for an average family of four at $800. Bottom line - it’s expensive to send your child to school. Here are three things I learned this past year:

• Buy all the classroom supplies at the beginning of the year. For Kindergarten, Gray’s list was broken into two semesters so I only purchased the first semester items at the beginning of the year. Why would I want to spend money when I didn’t have to? Then in January, I went to purchase the remaining supplies. I had to pay full price for things like crayons and pencils. I should have stocked up on them at the beginning of the year when they were insanely marked down. It hurt to pay over a $1 for a 24 pack of crayons when just a few months prior, I paid 19 cents a pack.
• Buy a size ahead. I recently got a pair of Sperry tennis shoes for $4.25. It was the last pair this store had. They are a size too big but when he outgrows his current tennis shoes, he will be ready for these. He also has polo shirts two sizes too big hanging in his closet. When you can get a name-brand polo shirt for $3 and can plan for it, why not? Just be careful not to let them pass that size by.
• I am going to start repurposing items. Gray is a long-legged skinny thing. Since he is a boy, I don’t think jean capris are acceptable. So I thought -- why not cut jeans off and make them shorts? Of course since I cannot sew, I am going to ask my mom to help me with this project. If you can’t sew, A Cleaner World’s alteration department can help you out.

There are tons of ways to cut corners and save a few dollars as you prepare for school. Also try things like sharing with friends, hitting yard sales, and if you are in the Triad checking out WeeRuns. If you have some back-to-school saving secrets, we’d love to hear them! Just leave a comment below, on our Facebook page, or tweet us @cleaner_world.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Don’t Remove The Tag

A few months ago, we got new bedroom furniture. Agreeing on that was much easier than agreeing on a new comforter. But we did, and I was so excited the day I put it on the bed. But that annoying tag ended up on my side of the bed. You know – the tag the manufacturer sews on that includes instructions on how to care for your comforter. I so desperately wanted to cut it off, but I remembered a conversation I once had with Mike Taylor, Managing Partner of our A Cleaner World Roanoke division.

Mike was frustrated that day because a comforter had been dropped off for cleaning, and the tag had been removed. He said that even after 25+ years of cleaning comforters, he still refers to the tag before cleaning. He told me that if it is dry clean only, and you wash it – it’s ruined. If it is wash only, and you dry clean it – it’s ruined. Wanting to take care of the customer, he examined the comforter to determine which cleaning method to use. He determined incorrectly and therefore bought the customer a new comforter.

While Mike agrees that the tag is annoying, he said it is so important and helpful to dry cleaners. He estimates that 40% of the comforters and bedspreads he sees have the tags removed. His suggestion – pin it up underneath on the backside so it can’t be seen. But never, ever cut it off. And so I didn’t.
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