888: Folding Laundry

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The intricate art of folding clothes.  Most people are not organized enough to even fold a simple fortune-teller or Chinese origami star.  Yet alone we attempt to neatly fold clothes that we’ll either dangle on a plastic hanger or stuff in a dresser drawer that no one will see, but I suppose we’ll have the personal satisfaction knowing it looked nice that we tried.

I have found these 3 items to be the most challenging:

Go to fullsize imageShirts/Blouses:  If you’re doing these you have to make sure that the creases aren’t made too hard and that the collar is not bent on the edges so they don’t stick up on the ends.  The softer the fabric the harder it is to fully form the fold.

* How to fold a t-shirt in 2 seconds

* How to fold a shirt military style

Go to fullsize imageBed Sheets: no matter where you begin the fold and try to evenly fold the bed sheets the corners will never match up or the sheets will look like you’re smuggling a goat and you’ll have to flatten it as best as you can.

* How to Fold Bed sheets

* Fit & Fold: Folding Fitted sheets in a “snap”

Go to fullsize imageBras/Underwear: ok no matter if you’re helping your mom do laundry and your dad’s size 40 briefs or your mom’s frilly bra, just leave that to the person who has done the laundry just not a safe zone … ever!

* How to fold a bra

Go to fullsize imageAs one finishes folding and picking off clothes strung together or full of more wrinkles than a Abercrombie and Fitch shirt sale it’s somewhat of a relief to know that the heinous effort is over, until you realize your child has left a load of clothes in your upstairs bathroom hamper.  Now how awful is that?!

928. When you get confused for a store employee

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So as you make your way through the aisles minding your own business you make your selections and start loading your hand basket/cart. As you reach for the cans of corn which are inconveniently placed on the lower shelf apparently three other cans drop off.  So as you bend down to put up the cans and place them on the shelf you see a pair of feet on your peripheral and you hear the words “Excuse me!

Go to fullsize imageAs you turn and look up and place the cans back on the shelf to then stand back up, the lady continues with, “I’m looking for dish detergent, can you tell me where that is?”  As you stand there aloof for a brief 2 seconds you map out the store in your head.  So then you reply, “Sorry I don’t work here but try aisle 12.”  Then you see the look of confusion and regret on the lady’s face as she apologizes and walks away thanking you.

Now how awful is that?!

934. The missing sock in the dryer

Go to fullsize imageLaundry day!  As you gather, separate, and load up clothes by color, pattern, and weight you begin the daunting task of laundry.  Pulling out your fresh detergent, dryer sheets, and fabric softener to give it the smoothest and alluring scent.

After an hour or so you then finish your few loads and begin to pull out your clothes for folding.  Go to fullsize imageAs you get down to the whites you start pairing the socks and notice that you have 2 single white socks that don’t match.  Where is the pair to the sock?  Does it go in to a missing sock zone?  Only to reappear 2 loads later…

Where or where can you be?  Now how awfully lost is that sock?!

Oh there it is !

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944. Armpit Sweat

Nothing says business meeting or a first time introduction than this

crop circle of fun!

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I AM... by Fade The Great.How awfully sweaty is that?!

Further Reading:

* Hyperhidrosis: Wikianswers

* How to Get Rid of Sweat Stains

* Maxin Antiperspirant

956. Realizing when your clothes are a bit too tight

As you are getting ready to go out for one of the numerous functions (date, work, play) you go to your closet and put on a pair of jeans only to realize that the button is a little bit tough to tighten.  Then you think to yourself . o O (Did I do the laundry the other day?!  Maybe it’s just shrunk and snugged up a little!) as you convince yourself that could be the reason you suck in your stomach and try to relax only to then realize you still can’t manage to button it up still.  So you jump back lying on the bed sucking in your deepest and parying to the holiest of figures that it’ll fit this one time and sucking in your last breath the button finally comes together.

You stand in the mirror in disbelief and disgust and think geesh what happened to myself!  As you stand there and try to let out a little more air halfway breathing in and out you lower your hands. There! Got it!https://i2.wp.com/www.blogcdn.com/www.thatsfit.com/media/2007/04/jeans.jpg

As you put on your shirt and then prepare to put on your socks you then realize – oh great! Now I have zipper up the pants.  Now how awfully tight is that?!

Further Reading:

* How to Stretch Out Too Tight Jeans

* Instant Button for Jeans

* 10 yrs Younger: Jean Buying Guide

960. Getting a mystery can of shaken soda

We’ve all done it once or thought about it, just getting a can of soda and just shaking it up and popping the top to watch it explode!  The sheer excitement of watching it pour out and shoot out like fireworks is always a moment of wonder and enthusiasm.

Just don’t do it to your co-worker, friend, or family member during a serious moment in time – they’ll surely get an unplesant surprise.  [SHake] [SHAKe] [SHAKE] surprise!!!!!

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Feeling thirsty?!  Just be wary when opening up that can just handed to you!  Nothing ruins an outfit better than soda all over your clothes, fun to watch, but not wiping off your new shirt!  Now how awful is that to clean up?

984. When your ties always ends up uneven

Thanks from the inspirational call from Frankie C.

“Don’t ya just find it annoying when you’re getting dressed in the morning and every time you put together your tie it always comes out uneven?”

As described above it’s always those morning for us non morning people who struggle to be awake and have to battle our dress shirts for those office meetings, fine dining dates, graduations, or other miscellaneous formal wear functions we come with the sultry lambada of arranging the tie.

One might think. o O (well why don’t you just keep it hanging our your tie rack already assembled?  or Why not buy tie clip ons?) No because they jumble up closet space and No because they look cheap and tacky.

The tricky part are as follows:

The Right Width: Getting the right width for the right moment can be just as fine there are the “fat” neck, the “slim” modern neck, the “skinny” vintage tie.

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Picking the right width is important because more modern style usually go for the “slim” contemporary look whereas the “fat” can be a bit stuffy for some business-older generation types and the skinny for yuppie-teen generations.

The Right Design & Color: Picking the right type of design and color can really set the mood for the occasion you are attending.  It’s usually best to go with plain solid and simple designs.

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The wilder cartoon and bold abstract designs those are more for novelty moments and to be hidden in the closet for the right moment.


The Right Knot: There is the “4 in Hand”, “Half Windsor”, “The Full Windsor”, & “Pratt Knot”

(Half-Windsor); Just figuring out the technicalities of tying a knot and the time and sheer perfection it takes to get the tie knot right and not bulky is a riddle itself.

The Right Length: One of the most complicated yet frustrating part after getting all of the decisions made is making sure that when you’re done folding the tie that it ends up at a good length.  Meaning, the back half that lies behind the main portion of the tie does not “overhang” the front then you have a tacky job and have to retie the knot again.

The Right Tie Accessory: Polishing off the right tie comes the tie bar/clip/tack to hold the tie in place and also the tie lock to secure the tie to your shirt.  These small touches can put a little more boost in your presentation.

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So if you can master all of this, you’re good – Quick Tips for Tie Mastery:

1. Teach your young boy/teen early; and yes girls should learn too

2. Take your time and learn more than one knot.

3. Figure out which color tie looks best and play with the looks at the store

4. Stay away from crazy-bold designs one or two novelty ties are okay.

5. Practice and be patient, it’s a bit tough at first but you’ll get it down!

So now you’re done and ready, now you realize that the tie has no holder in the back and will flap around all day and you just spilled your morning coffee on it!

Now how awful is that?!

Further Reading:

* Buy: Narrow Ties , Tie Bar, &  Tie Store

* Ehow: How to make a Tie Knot

* Tieguide: How to Pick a Tie

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