Posted in Clever Re-Uses, Clothing, Suggestions, Timely Tips

How to Solve the Dilemma of Unmatched Socks

It happens to most of us. Somehow, a pair of socks isn’t a pair anymore. Does the washer eat one? Does the dryer hide one? It’s a mystery, but we sometimes end up with unmatched socks.

Now that summer is transitioning to fall and some of us are wearing socks again for the first time in months, the dilemma of unmatched socks is back. Some suggestions –
• Wear them with others whose “mates” have disappeared
• Use them as padding in packages
• Use them as storage for delicate holiday decorations
• Use them as dust rags
• Use them for craft projects, including as hand puppets
• Turn them into pet toys, like filled with catnip

Posted in Clothing, Laundry, Timely Tips

It Really Works!

I recently heard about something that seemed like it made sense and would work, but still had to try it. It’s a time saver for when doing laundry which, methinks, most of us prefer to do in as little time as possible.

When placing cleaned stuff in the dryer, also add a dry towel for 20 minutes. It will absorb moisture from the other clothes and whatever other whatnot, and shorten the overall drying time. Apparently, any more time than that, and it will just be another item to dry and the magic will end.

It works, leaving more time for other tasks or, even better, fun.

Posted in Clothing, Timely Tips, Travel

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling

Is your dresser bulging with stuff, including some things that you can’t contemplate tossing? Does that include a drawer of t-shirts? If so, you can save space by rolling those made from synthetic fibers. They won’t get wrinkled. Quite different, cotton tees might look like they’ve been languishing in a pile somewhere.

The same goes for packing. About to travel and stuffing a suitcase? You can roll t-shirts, sweaters, some pants. They’ll look fine when you arrive.

Do you have more t-shirts than you can wear? You might donate them to organizations that help individuals needing shelter and other support. If that’s not comfortable for you, you might cut them up to use as dust cloths. I did that earlier this year with a tee from a swimming fundraiser. Bonus points: the pieces showing event information remind me to stay in shape for next winter’s swim.