Okay, was that done in the proper spirit of the PSA? Like those "The more you know" ones they have on some TV network that I'm not going to bother to look up? The ones that imply that no one as brilliant as you would do this, but we need to get it out there because not everybody is as brilliant as you? Good.
1. Sort Your Laundry...sorta. This one is quite popular on the message boards where busy homeschool moms hang out. Someone complains about how she never has time for laundry by the time she gets done teaching little Peregrine her Latin conjugations, and a chorus of helpful voices ring out in answer: "Don't waste all that time sorting! Just throw it all in together and wash on cold!"
Which is fine, super, wonderful. IF you don't mind all your white clothes, towels, and linens turning a lovely shade of gray. If gray is your favorite color and you've always wondered why they don't make more light gray clothes, then go for it! And if you're a certain person who lives in my house who prefers that t-shirts not be perfectly pastel, you are welcome to continue throwing them in with the darks so they get grayed down a bit.
But maybe you don't want your white tees to be gray, maybe your husband would like his white shirts to stay white? You don't have to become the Sorting Nazi, you don't have to be Cheryl Mendelson or Martha Stewart, you can be a Casual Sorter. Just put the white things in with the very light-colored things, and put the dark things in a separate load. Once in a while you'll have to get a little more finicky than that to keep something fuzzy from shedding on something else, but for the most part just dividing into two categories can make enough difference to make it worth the trouble. (Full disclosure: I have four different categories not counting sheets, but that's not nearly as many categories as the experts would recommend.)
2. Press As You
Again, if speed is your thing or you prefer a slapdash look about your items then by all means, don't press! There may be artistic reasons for this look that I am not aware of. But, very often I see someone showing off a finished item, say a dress or skirt, and then complaining that the seams hang funny or the collar won't lie flat. Those problems, and many more, can often be avoided by pressing. Pressing isn't the same as ironing. Pressing involves special attention to the seams and other construction areas. Pressing also involves some good hard pressure with the iron and lots of steam.
You don't have to get a fancy-schmancy expensive iron. Just go to Amazon or Epinions and read till you find an iron that: sounds fairly reliable, puts out lots of steam without leaking water, heats up quickly, and has some weight to it. Then get your Bed, Bath, & Beyond coupon and get over there and buy one. Or, even better, see if Costco sells it...because then, if it does break down in 3 months they will take it back!
While you're about it, get a beginning sewing book like this one. Or dig around on your shelves and find the ones you bought before and forgot about. Most books like this will explain the details of what you should be pressing and how, plus any special equipment you need for unusual fabrics. Set your ironing board up at table height and get a chair on wheels so you can roll right over and press when you need to. Or use the need for pressing as an opportunity to get up from the sewing machine and stretch a bit.
That's it for today. Anybody got some more PSAs to add? Should I make this a regular feature? :)