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Recently I was looking at my towels when I realized that some of them are as old as my grandchildren! They were dingy and certainly not as fluffy as they used to be, I had a couple of towels with stains on them. Where did the stains come from, I don’t know! Other towels were frayed at the ends. Actually i didn’t have any matching towel sets. I used to, but not anymore. All of this got me thinking TWO things:
Throw out all of my towels and replace them with new ones.
I NEVER thought about my towels and how bad they were gettting!?!
The second thought got me thinking even further: even though I wash my towels regularly, they must have been bad for my skin. All of that wear and tear. The YEARS of dirt and other stuff that had been on them. Hey I JUST learned that you shouldn’t use a loofah sponge for TOO long! I was getting small rashes and once I stopped using my old one and replaced it with a new one, the rashes stopped coming. I have taken my towels for granted! They are an everyday use and I never gave them the attention I should. They TOUCH my skin and my hair! I change out my toothbrush. I change my sheets on my bed. When my shoes wear out, I get new ones. (Well, I shouldn’t count the last example. I sorta have a shoe addiction.)
Think about it. We dry off millions of dead skin cells. The towels can get a musty scent and carry bacteria.I use a bath towel twice at the most.Then I try to wash them once a week. Sometimes I use Vinegar to freshen them up. You want them to last,but you need to recognize when they have outlived their use. I don’t want to reintroduce anything to my skin that I don’t want. Old towels usually become rags for me. Some I use while I’m painting. Take a look at YOUR towels!
I went out and bought a bunch of new towels. I shopped around and found some good deals like at Big Lots. Now I am looking at all of my towels: Kitchen and bathroom! I will know when it’s time to let them go.
Recently a client made a request of me to find a way to help her with setting up a system to keep her young childrens toys and stuff nearby and organized. She didn’t want everything in their bedroom since they (ages 5 and 7) are mostly in the other rooms of the house. Plus she works from home and wants to keep an eye on them in whatever room all three are in. YET keep the rooms clutter free. I love challenges like this. I liken it to putting all the pieces together in a puzzle.
I came up with an idea that she liked:
Designate and create a small kid’s area in almost every room. With the exception of perhaps the dining room and your bedroom, have a space for your children’s things in each room of the house. One way to do this is to place the children’s toy boxes or baskets in a corner of the room nearest to the entry of the room. That way when you look into the living room, for example, it looks clean because most of the children’s toys and games are tucked away in the corner. It doesn’t mean children don’t use the whole room, it’s just when they’re done playing or drawing or coloring, their things go back into their area.
This really works for Mom. This particular client works from home while taking care of the two young ones. It also helps her at the end of the day. She can just pick up the things still lying around and place them in the container. It’s easy access for everyone involved and we found cute, inexpensive storage cubes that matched each room’s color scheme (at Big Lots).
My mother used coupons growing up. We were poor and they came in handy and we had food on the table every day. She used to have this navy blue pouch with dividers in it. She would get the paper on Sunday (because it was a bigger addition that includes page after page of coupons)and go through it and clip coupons. Over the years I have dabbled in clipping coupons but recently I have fully gone back into coupon collecting. I have found some great deals in couponing. Shows like TLC’s Extreme Couponing and stores like CVS who does a great job in giving you coupons all the time (esp. if you spend money there). Times are tough and I’d rather have the money to spend on things I want.
There are many products out there in the coupon collecting and storing world. The one I use is by CouponMom.com. I got mine at Big Lots for $2.50. Its small but big enough. Its stylish. It can grip onto the handle of a shopping cart. So you can shop hands free. It comes with dividers and labels. I like it!