JULY 18, 2009 5:42PM

The Post-It Note and the Wash

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Do you see my Post-it-Note? It says "Let me hang--no dryer"
 
I LOVE the 'Post-it-Note'.

The ‘Post-it-Note’ might be one of the greatest inventions known to modern wo-man. I use, the yellow 2X2 ones, which are the standard ones. The color yellow? I do not know why they are yellow. But, they are my 'Post-it-Note' of choice and are of great use to me.

At least I think they are....

Take my use of the 'Post-it-Note' to notify my family that they SHOULD NOT, SHOULD NOT, put various articles of my clothing in the dryer (too delicate you see, and/as I spend too much money on them). It’s not like I expect them to hang my clothes on the hangers I provide (dangling enticingly on the little knobs in our washroom). It’s just that I expect the person who happens to wander by the washing machine to refrain from putting my clothes in the dryer, and to call out to me (“hark, mother (or wife) come and care for your clothes!”)

However, inevitably there is a “miscommunication” and my clothes are down-sized. See the picture above (I loved those pants from my favorite clothier: J Jill).

And I wonder what I did wrong?

I write my 'Post-it-Notes' in red and purple permanent markers (I TRY to leave nothing to chance) and I put them on the washing machine itself….

But, somehow my pants or other clothes end up too small for me. (To be truthful, I have a weight problem, but at least in this instance I am not the reason my clothes do not fit).

In one sense I’m lucky. I have wonderful guys in my family who think it is their job to clean the clothes (among other things). They are: Very ‘take charge types,’ and little bit OCD… maybe.

But, I ask you fellow-women, “what would you rather have?:” Manly family members that help around the house and shrink a pant or two,” OR “men who don’t help, but you never have to worry about wasted money on (too expensive) clothes that shrink?”

My mantra is PEOPLE are more important than THINGS, PEOPLE are more important than THINGS, PEOPLE are more important than THINGS……

I'm trying to remember that people are more important than things as I order 3 new pairs of pants........ At least they cost less in this recession. Everything is being sold at a discount.

 The other ones fit so well...

Do you know how many shades of tan or off-white there are? How will these new orders match my old outfits?I hear that "outfits" are overrated, and no longer in style. Lucky for me that things worked out the way they did.

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Any empathy for shrunken clothes? Any love for the post-it-note?
And this is why I don't let The Boy touch my laundry...
I do have empathy for this. I had a good friend who decided to do me a favor and take my wash laundro-mat. I had four gorgeous 100% wool sweaters, I had purchase in Victoria, Canada, that were made in Iceland. Expensive ones too. Julie, my friend, put them both in the dryer. They came out like doll clothes and she was so sorry. I appreciated the effort but wow, these things really were gone!
Dr. Spudman,

The thing is: I DON'T like shopping. Ugh.

Rich feels terrible. I have a problem with getting mad at someone when their intentions were good. It's just not right.

Sorry about your sweater.
I love and use post-it notes but, in this case, I think maybe a post-er board might be more in order.
Hope the new pants fit even better than the old ones!
Hi Life is Good!

Not likely that they'll fit better even though I have lost weight due to the Arthrotec I'm taking for my neck (it makes me not want to eat)...

They're sort of a weird shape now... they pull across the back and front.

denese
I could not live without Post-It notes! Now worries about my family shrinking my clothes, though. They'd sooner leave them to mold up in the washer. Hope you replaced your J. Jill pants.
Lisa, these weren't the pants. This was an old blog of mine from a few years ago and I posted it here after my dear husband shrunk 3 pairs of my pants last week before our vacation.

So, no I haven't replaced them.

The thing is -- when someone wants to do good and has good intentions, but the outcomes are not desirable, I don't want to be angry.

This time I was.

I mean, the guy that would leave the clothes to rot rather than wash them is the norm, no? I've got a guy that does a lot of work around the house, and in that I'm lucky.

denese