Laundry Instructions – Make A Plan For Laundry

Laundry Instructions

Laundry Instructions

Do you keep planning to plan to make a plan for laundry? Enough said! I understand that doing the laundry is not an exciting task, but it is a necessary one.  Laundry Instructions are not exciting; however, they can prevent some exciting results such as strange colored undies! Though not fun, it can only be put off for a limited time. I actually have started do enjoy the time I spend on the task, now that I have a plan. Here are some tips:

  • Sort with a laundry hamper instead of tossing everything into the basket.
  • Separate into similar groups. I separate into colored, whites, delicate and towels.
  • If I have denims such as pants, I wash alone if I have enough or with towels.
  • Use a pre-wash stain remover if there are any stains.
  • Empty pockets before washing (Tissues will make a fuzzy mess of your laundry)
  • Wash per the instructions on the garment care tag.

Do you have a divided laundry hamper? They make quick work of laundry sorting. I especially like this one found on Amazon:

Laundry Instructions are found on the care tag inside any manufactured garment. Sometimes they are hard to find, but usually under the tag in the back of the garment or sewn into a side seam. These are  important to follow if you want to keep your clothes looking new. Yes, you can sometimes ignore them successfully, but the results can also be disappointing if you do not.

Here is a chart that explains most of the symbols you will find:

Laundry Instructions Chart

Laundry Instructions Chart

Using a mesh laundry bag can protect delicate fabrics that would otherwise be damaged by zippers or rougher fabrics. These will also let you combine some smaller items of laundry that are in the same color family. However, if the laundry instructions indicate delicate fabric, then only use a gentle cycle.

Before loading garments into the washer, zip zippers and button buttons. This prevents stretching that could damage the shape of your clothing. Don’t overload your washing machine. It is tempting to get it all done quickly – but that can result in clothes that don’t get completely clean. Every wonder why some folks have gray underwear that did originally come that way? Overloading the washing machine can be a cause.  Clothes need room to move around in and overloading can also cause the fabric to deteriorate faster.

Also, don’t use too much detergent. If you put in more than the bottle suggests, the detergent will linger on the clothes, causing them to turn yellow or gray. Too much detergent can build up in your washer  and damage your machine also. This is another case of where less is best.

So in summary for laundry instructions: Sort clothes by category, follow washing instructions and don’t overload the washer or with soap. So go forth and conquer – laundry, that is!



Clutter and the Story of the Pumpkin – Lesson Enclosed

Once upon a time – isn’t that how all stories begin? Well, once upon a time – there were three pumpkins on my front porch. They were sitting there for a bit of decoration for Fall. They were looking  just fine sitting there bright and orange and fresh from the farmers market. Well, along comes my resident squirrel and he notices my pumpkins, then decides to take a bite out of the front one. Each time I would pass by the pumpkins over the next few days, I would notice a fresh bite into the same spot on the front pumpkin.

I did not remove the front pumpkin with the bite out of it, as I knew he would just start on the others if  I removed the one he found most tasty.Pumpkin Lesson

After a few days, the pumpkin started turning moldy and was rotten in the entire middle, so I removed it. Then the same thing  happened to the other two pumpkins, until all were in varying states of decomposition, and in the compost pile.

Now, you ask, how does that apply to my blog on clutter?

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Organize Your Home – First Step To Getting Organized

bookshelf-32811_640Get organized – and stay that way. It seems like such a simple task.  Have you heard the phrase “Everything with a place and everything in its place”? I certainly have. It is really good advice, but the doing it every time is the most important and hardest part for me.

Start by assigning places for the things you use all the time, such as car keys. How many hours have you spent looking for misplaced keys in the last year? Those hours can add up to a significant chunk of time. I always put my keys in my purse, in an organizer that can be transferred from one purse to another in a quick minute. Would you like to be able to do this?

You will find that keeping a few basics organized helps eliminate that panic feeling when rushing out the door, but oh wait — Where are those keys?

I was reminded of the importance of following the put it in its place rule the other day when I did not follow my own advice. I laid then down outside in the garden, then got distracted when I put out the trash, cleared off some leaves and came in the house. A few minutes later, I was ready to leave, but where were my keys! I never lay them down… except… I looked on the kitchen counters, then by the back door. No keys – not in my purse or by the computer. I was about to take the spare set, when I remembered where I had them last – in the garden. Does doing something like that make you feel silly? It certainly reminded me why I have that little rule.

I have been making an extra effort to organize my stuff and put it away every time. Those minutes wasted are precious and cannot be recalled for reuse. If you have a organizing tip, please share it below. We look forward to hearing from you.


Declutter Daily – Clear Out the Guilt While You Are At It!

chaos-227971_640Do you live under the shadow of guilt? Deep down inside of you – do you think there is something missing? If so, you are not alone. Many of my clients have told me that their mess is worse than any that they know or that they feel something is wrong with them because they cannot seem to get everything perfect and in order.

Let the guilt go live somewhere else. It does not belong at your house. It is the people who do not want or ask for help that are the ones who need it most.

Guilt is not a productive emotion, either. Instead of negative thoughts, change them to positive, reinforcing ones.

How about telling yourself – or others – “Good job! Way to go! That is a good start!” ?  You will find that this makes your life a little easier and encourages even small efforts.

When you make those first steps to clearing out the clutter, they can be  the beginning of change – change to clear and clutterfree living. How can you be sure?


Organize and Clean – Bring Out the Hidden Treasures

box-36693_640Just this morning, I enjoyed making my bed and paused to reflect on the history of the quilt that I use for a bedspread these days. Do you have treasures hiding under your bed or in the closet? If they are your precious memories – why are they hidden under your bed?

By getting this quilt out of the cedar chest and putting it to use – I learned a bit of history about it. When I told my mother I was enjoying using it, she told me she had sent the measurements of their bed back home to her mother in Arkansas so it would be long enough to also cover the pillows.

My parents met during WWII at the Arsenal in Pine Bluff, AR. She worked in the cafeteria and my dad loved to eat – so that was a perfect match. He would come by after his shift and eat a slice of pie and visit. Well, after the war, he brought her home to Waxahachie, Tx.

In a nostalgic moment, I thought about Mother leaving her family and following her heart to Texas. In those days, it was rare to keep in contact by anything other than a letter.  The country was still under rations, so they had to provide the ration cards for the sugar to the lady who made the wedding cake.

Reflecting back on just this simple quilt, brought a feeling of thanksgiving to me as I think about all that we have these days. I don’t want to take so much for granted. For a picture of my heirloom, click here

What do you have hiding out under your bed or hanging out unused in your closet? Do a bit of digging and see if you have a few things you can put into use or at least display to enjoy.

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