What's Your 3-in-1?
I love clothes. Not a surprise, is it? I think it might be genetic, though, so not entirely my weakness. My grandma, Mary Deane, always claimed the title of Clothes Horse, and she was also known as one of the most classy women around. My sister and I used to clean her modest 2 story house every other week to earn a little bit of extra cash. Of course, it was merely going through the act of cleaning, because she was possibly the most tidy person I've ever known. The only time it really needed cleaning was when she had guests.
I didn't mind cleaning her house. I would open up the closet in her bedroom and she had racks hanging on both sides of the door, filled with shoes. A rainbow of shoes. (Every woman's dream?) It wasn't a huge closet, not even a walk-in, but what she owned was always quality. I wish I would have learned that concept sooner, I'm still trying to live it, but my grandma was a teacher by example.
Ryan and I try to live by the same principle: Buy fewer, but higher quality. Can I blame my grandma for liking nice things, too? I inherited some of her clothes when she passed away, but I am hoping even more that I've gleaned a bit of her classiness and panache.
Living in a household with so many people obviously poses many difficulties. Space being in the forefront. There never seems to be enough, and while moving into a bigger house will give us more, it's also so easy to just fill it up with stuff. Stuff that we just don't need. We try to live by the rule: one in, one out. So, having a few pieces in your wardrobe that you really love instead of a whole closet full of pieces you just kind of like makes it a much more sensible (and enjoyable!) mantra.
The above black velvet blazer is one of my staples. I've had it...I honestly don't remember when I bought it, but I am worried about the day approaching when it will no longer be wearable. It goes with everything. I can wear it casual, dressed up, everywhere in between and it seamlessly acquiesces to it all. I grab it when I travel, when Ryan takes me out on a date, and when I need to run to the kids' school, but it only takes up one hanger!
Now I pop in a whole new kind of clean with Tide Pods, the only 3-chamber unit dose on the market. Tide Pods (have you tried them yet?) are the black velvet blazer of the cleaning world. The first time we used them, Ryan commented how clean and fresh the scent was (coming from a highly sensitive nose, mind you!) and we both noticed that they work well. That 3-in-1 pod gives you the cleaning, the brightening, and the stain-fighting action but just takes up the space of one cleaner on your shelf. Just one removes more stains than 6 caps of the liquid bargain brand. (Based on stain removal performance of one pac of Tide Pods vs. 6 doses of the leading liquid bargain brand base variant in a standard top loading machine.) Keep them up high, because they're tempting for little hands, but you will find yourself grateful to just have to grab one little pouch, throw it in the wash and walk away to enjoy more time with those little ones.
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