First, I visited a local children's clothing resale shop last weekend - a place that I've been meaning to check out since we moved here 10 months ago. For our area, they had a more-than-decent selection, and I commenced to race home & pull together 2 bins of clothes to take there on my next free day (September? January?).
I know, not terribly impressive, but it freed up about 1/3 of the space in my laundry room. And note to self: Do not buy 8 pairs of jeans for a girl who wants to wear skirts every day.
Categorize this under Useful.
Next, I have a useful + beautiful item to share with you. I had heard about these special hair elastics that are supposed to be comfortable, colorful, AND leave no crease in your hair. As I spend at least 64% of my time with my hair off my face, I thought they were worth looking into. My first impression was that they were a bit pricey, but one afternoon I found a discount code in Lucky magazine (June issue). I hied myself on over to etsy & placed an order. 3 weeks later, I am here to tell you that they are WORTH IT. I ordered a 10 pack of different solid colors, and they threw in an additional 5 (thank you!). I spent about $9 in all, and I love them. They are comfortable, bright, don't stretch out, and don't leave a ponytail crease. I have hair that is thick, but fine, and these hold my ponytail securely. This is the etsy shop I purchased from: No-Tug Hair Ties. While I wouldn't buy them for my 8 year old (who goes through a pack of Goodys in about 2.4 days), I am definitely worth this little splurge. Santa, feel free to leave more in my stocking.
Finally, I want to know if you have smelly towels. I do. Mine are about 10 years old (some even a bit older), and it seemed like I could never really get them smelling fresh + clean. Do you know what I mean? That sort of musty, moldy, not-at-all fresh smell?
Yes, I've heard you can dry them in the sun & lessen this problem. But that's not a good option for me, and so I was stuck. Thankfully I Pinterest'd an idea that really works. I think it's important to share these things because I have pinned my share of stuff that turned out to be a big dud.
Here's what I did: Load the towels into the washer. Place 1 cup of white vinegar in the fabric softener or bleach tray of your washing machine. A cup was too much for my fabric softener tray, so I dumped the remainder into the detergent compartment. Wash the towels in Hot water - WITHOUT soap. Once this is done, add 1/2 cup baking soda to the load (I just sprinkled it on top of the wet towels), and wash again in Hot - WITHOUT soap. I dried as usual, and more than a week later those towels are still smelling fresh and CLEAN.
Did you already know how to keep your towels fresh & clean? Sometimes I feel like I missed out on the Happy Homemaker tips & tricks that were supposed to be mailed with my marriage certificate. That's what I get for being the only child of an Undomestic Diva.
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Amended 6/21: Apparently the hair ties are made from fold over elastic, which a quick internet search (I'd probably buy it on etsy) shows to be very inexpensive. While I feel a little foolish now that I paid "so much" for what I got, I am still happy with them & even more stoked now that I know I can make my own in the future!