Let’s Go To The Dry Cleaners!

Hi Friends!  Thanks so much for visiting today on my last post about our never ending job of laundry!  I do hope you’ve been encouraged or inspired to be diligent and motivated to take care of your clothing and home items for you and your family.  It’s something that has to be done, so we might as well learn to enjoy it and be organized about it, don’t you think?  My thinking is, if we are unorganized and don’t have a plan, we aren’t going to like doing it.  So, why not come up with your own system and make it pleasant by making your laundry area nice to look at, right?  A dear reader commented that she couldn’t decorate her laundry area because her washer and dryer were in a closet on her balcony of her apartment.  An idea might be to have a bright cheerful laundry basket or bags that you carry your laundry in or maybe hang a picture over the washer and dryer that make you smile when you open the closet door.  If there is a will, there is a way.  If you missed any of the previous posts on my Laundry Series, I will have links at the bottom of this post.  Now on to the subject of dry-cleaning.

Why go to a professional dry-cleaner and laundry?

  1.  Many people don’t have time to take care of their laundry needs.
  2. It’s a convenient luxury.
  3. It’s nice to pull up to a dry-cleaner, drop off your clothes and pick them up hours later and they are all done for the week.
  4. Your clothes will last longer.
  5. Most people don’t have professional grade dry cleaning machines or presses at home.

What is Dry Cleaning exactly?

Man made fabrics can be damaged with water and heat. That is why a garment may say “Dry Clean Only” on the care label.  *Always read your care label.   State of the art dry cleaning machines use technology and low alkaline detergent to clean and balance the ph with computer controls and low temperature.  They also use a steam press that presses the garment to perfection.

*Note:  Some environmentalists are peddling the thought that dry cleaning harms us and the environment.  The new dry cleaning fluids that are used today are environmentally safe.  Make sure your dry cleaners use state of the art machines.  They should have the pads changed regularly, fluids  cleaned regularly, new equipment and filters changed after every load.

How to get the best service at your Dry Cleaners and Laundry:

  1.  When you go to the dry cleaners ask about their price menu so you won’t be caught off guard when you pick your clothes up.

2.  Let them know of any stains that need removing and buttons to be replaced.

3. Save your ticket as a reminder to pick your clothes up.  Make note of the stores policy of  items   left for a long period of time. Remember my story about my clothes that I left for too long and they were gone when I went to pick them up?  Click here to read about it.

4.  Treat the employee that is taking your clothes with kindness.  Did I mention that I always use   the drive through.  I love drive throughs!  I make sure that I make eye contact and I’m not on my phone.  Making friends with your dry cleaner is always a good thing.  They are taking care of one of our prized possessions; our clothes.  Not to mention, you might be the only person that day that gives encouragement to them.

5.  When you have a problem with a garment, talk to the attendant or the manager in a calm and professional manner.  No one wants to be treated rudely.  There is a way to take care of matters in a kind way.

6.  If you aren’t sure if a garment should be laundered or dry cleaned, talk with the experts on the counter or the manager.  They want you to be happy and they are willing to consult with you on what should be done to your item.

7.  Always, say thank you to the person waiting on you.  They are hard workers and deserve to be talked to like they are important just like you are.  I was in the drive through a few years ago and the lady in front of me was on her phone and had her arm hanging out the window with a bag of clothes.  As soon as the attendant walked up to take the bag, this lady dropped the bag on the ground and drove off.  I was surprised at her behavior as I knew her personally and the lady that was waiting on her was my mom.  She was helping out the counter girls that day.  All that to say, we aren’t that important to treat workers with an ounce of disrespect and we never know when a person might just need a smile and a kind word.

And, finally: 

My final thoughts on dry cleaning.  Dry cleaning and laundry service is a luxury and we want to feel safe and comfortable with the business we use, so make sure it is clean, modern and the employees treat you with respect.  When you have an issue, handle it with professionalism just like the employees have been trained to do.  If you don’t feel like you have been satisfied, then ask for the manager.  That is what he/she is there for.  They are trained to help and have answers for you.

A couple of my favorite stories are of a lady who wasn’t happy and she  said to one of the employees, “I know a lot of people and I have influence at a local Christian school and I’m going to tell everyone not to use your business.”  My thought was, “and you are sending your kids to a Christian school for what reason????”  I could say a lot more on that one, but I’ll leave it right there.

Another one is a man who was a representative and was responsible for bringing in businesses to his community.  He wasn’t happy with the way his pocket was pressed on his shirt so he said “I’m going to make sure I put you out of business.”  I had the thought, “and you are responsible for encouraging businesses in our community?”

When you are in business you will always have unkind people.  When I shop and visit businesses in my community and out of town, I make it a point to treat them with kindness and always try to leave a mark of friendliness, even when I don’t get the same back.  Trust me, it just works better that way and you feel so much better when you lay your head on your pillow at night.

In our business, we have some amazing customers and a day doesn’t go by that I don’t hear so many nice things about our employees and our business.  We all know that no one is perfect and never will be, but, when everyone of us does our best, that is all that is expected and it will all come out in the wash!  Get it, come out in the wash!?  I know, jokes aren’t my specialty, but I thought I would try.

Here are the links to the Laundry Series posts:

It’s Laundry Day!  Where Is Your Laundry Room?

Laundry Day At Martha’s!

Tips and Inspiration for Laundry Day!

Dry-Cleaning!  It’s a Family Affair!

I’ve had a few questions on some of the topics we’ve talked about.  If you have any questions, send them in and I will do a post just on the questions about anything laundry and dry cleaning.  I may not know the answers, but, I know how to find them.

One last thing!  Don’t forget about the drawing for the coloring book by Debbie Hannah Skinner.  You will love it.  I’m giving it away this week.  Just leave a comment and I will put your name in the drawing.  Good luck!

 

 

Dry Cleaning! It’s a Family Affair!

I know, I know….you were just left hanging.  I began a series on laundry and promised my last post to be on the subject of dry-cleaning.  After that third post in the series, we went on a little trip to New Mexico and then when we got home, we made another short trip.  I’m now back in the saddle and getting back on track.  You have probably been holding your breath, checking everyday to see what I had to say about dry-cleaning.  You know I’m just teasing, right?  So much has been going on in our world with the terrible floods in Houston and then the past few days the hurricane in Florida; it felt a little strange to sit down and share my thoughts on dry-cleaning.

If you missed the previous posts on my Laundry Series, I’ll share the links for you to click on and you can catch up.

It’s Laundry Day!  Where Is Your Laundry Room?

Laundry Day at Martha’s!

Tips and Inspiration for Laundry Day!

Now to share with you my story about dry cleaning.

When I was a young girl, I remember playing at my grandparents dry cleaning store.  I have memories of walking behind the  counter and seeing corsages that they were giving away to ladies for Mother’s Day.  They gave me one to play with….I was very impressed!  I also remember playing in some baskets and pushing my brother in one of the baskets around in the building.  The name of their cleaners was, “Fisher Cleaners.”   My grandparents had their businesses in Scottsdale, Arizona, Clovis, New Mexico and Ft. Stockton, Texas.

This is a picture of my grandparents delivery truck for “Fisher Dry Cleaners.” I had this framed for my husband and another one for my brother. I love this picture!

My father was a surveyor and we moved quiet a bit when I was young, so I didn’t get to see my grandparents very much.  I do have some sweet memories of them and had always wished that I could have been around them more often.  My Aunt and Uncle were also in the dry cleaning business with my grandparents.  I loved being around my Aunt FloraMae and my Uncle Dennis.  They are all very special to me and many fond memories of them.

After my Jim and I married and we went to seminary, well, Jim went to seminary and I worked while he went to school full time.  Jim’s dress code was a dress shirt and tie everyday to class.  He was also on staff at a church in Burleson, Texas.  He had to wear suits to work each day and when visiting and during church services.  I don’t know if you would ever think of this, but, can you imagine on a young pastor and student salary how dry cleaning was a huge luxury for us.  I learned how to starch Jim’s shirts and spot clean his suits and ties.  My sweet mom would come for a visit every now and then and the two things she would do, take me to the grocery store and then she would gather all of Jim’s suits and ties and take them to the local dry cleaner.  What a blessing that was.

Okay, I will take a break right here and mention that if you have ever wondered what to do for your pastor and his wife, you might consider a dry cleaning gift.  Well, if you are a member of a small church and money is tight.  I’ve seen some churches lately that I don’t think they struggle at all with paying their pastors enough to where they can afford to have their clothes dry cleaned on a regular basis.  The church world has changed quiet a bit since our days of ministry. Anyway, that’s just an idea.  Maybe a seminary student?  Of course, you really don’t see many suits now days either or ties.  Maybe I should just delete this whole paragraph.  We will have to talk about that sometime how much the church world has changed just in the past 20 years.  Okay, get back on track Beverly!

After almost 20 years in full time ministry, we felt like the Lord wanted us to step out of ministry.  We didn’t have a clue what we were going to do.  But, God did.  He had the perfect business for us to go into.  Not only that, my brother became business partners with Jim.  Together they were able to buy a franchise for our area.  We all learned some amazing things about business and of course, dry cleaning.  We bought a couple of stores and we now have 6 stores and even sold several others to our daughter and son-in-love in another city.  We are now a family of dry cleaners, just like my grandparents and my aunt and uncle.  Isn’t that crazy?  I shake my head sometimes thinking how crazy that all is.  God is an amazing God and oh, how He has taken care of us even during those times where we didn’t have a clue what to do.  I wish I could tell you all of our stories of how God worked and what He has brought us through.  I usually try to share little things here and  there on things we have gone through and the craziness we have seen… all to show how amazing God has worked in our lives! (only if I think it will encourage or help someone, of course)

You are probably saying, “Beverly, I want to know about dry cleaning, enough of your story!”  That’s coming tomorrow.  I just wanted to set up how I could possibly know anything about dry cleaning.  I guess what I love the most about this whole story are two things:

  1.  After having my grandparents and aunt and uncle in dry cleaning business, who would have ever thought that would be the business that my family would be in many years later.
  2. Most of our marriage, dry cleaning was a luxury…something that we just never did due to the expense for our young family.

I’ll share this little story.  When our kids were young, my coat needed cleaning for the upcoming winter.  I remember sitting down with the phone book and calling every dry cleaner in town and asking how much they would charge to clean my coat.  I remember writing the prices down by each name and then talking to my husband to see which one we should take it to.  We took it to the least expensive place and I remember when I got it back, it smelled awful.  I hung it outside for a couple of days hoping the smell would go away.  Not good! (We will talk about that issue, too)

Okay, one more story…..

One time, I took two sweaters with matching skirts to a neighborhood dry cleaners.  They were given to me by a sweet friend and they were dry clean only garments.  I didn’t go get them until I had enough money to pick them up.  By the time I went back to get them, they were no longer there.  When you leave items for so many days, they have to clear their racks and give them away.  I was sad that I had lost my things, but, I clearly understood.  Not to mention a bit embarrassed.

Okay, that is my set up for my tomorrow’s post on dry cleaning.

Thanks for reading and following along on my “Laundry Series.”

Don’t forget that everyone that leaves a comment, will have their name entered in my giveaway of a coloring book by Debbie Hannah Skinner.  You will love it!

I would love to know what your grandparents did for a living.  I’m always intrigued by things like that.  Please share!

Until tomorrow,

Tips and Inspiration for Laundry Day!

Today, I wanted to share a couple of laundry rooms from a couple of our readers.  It doesn’t matter what size or how you do or don’t decorate your laundry area.  What really matters is getting it done without stress, don’t you think?  But, if you are wanting to do some decorating in your laundry area, maybe you will be inspired.  Laundry Rooms are usually small, so it doesn’t take much to add some paint, a couple of pictures and a few laundry items to make it feel homey.

This laundry room belongs to my friend, Lea.  I met Lea at a bloggers conference a few years ago and what fun it has been in getting to know her.   She is a Louisiana gal and she loves home and family.  Click here if you would like to visit her at her blog.  I love her colors she chose for her laundry room.  Looks very organized and pretty.

This next laundry room is from a former neighbor who moved to Oklahoma a few years ago.  She loves to decorate and she goes all out at holiday time.  Sandy loves life!  She is an amazing wife, mom and grammy!

 

 

In my laundry world, I have to have some type of decor going.  Being orderly and with a plan is also at the top of the list.    When our kids were at home and we were busy with schedules and school, I had a day for towels and a day for our clothes.  When the kids got older, they were responsible for their laundry.  They had their certain day for just their laundry.  They sorted, washed, dried, ironed, if needed and put away.  I remember many times jumping in to help out.  I was never a strict parent, I just wanted them to learn to do their own laundry for the future.

Since it’s just my husband and I now, laundry day is a cinch.  Not to mention we own several dry cleaning businesses and I send many things in to be pressed!  Is that heaven or what?  I have a few things dry cleaned as well.  I send my bedding to be cleaned on a regular basis as well.  Not the sheets… and no I don’t iron my sheets.  I’ve thought about it, but I don’t.  At our get away home, we have bedrooms for our grandchildren.  The sheets I chose for the boys beds have their names embroidered on the pillow cases.  I do iron those so they show up nicely.

My husband and I each have our own laundry basket in our closets and when it’s time to do laundry… there you go…easy as pie!  I struggle at making pies, so maybe that isn’t the correct word.

I picked this little book up at a boutique and I’ve enjoyed reading it.  It is filled with all sorts of helpful tips.  Speaking of books, I love organization books and the laundry sections are always fun to read.  I like changing things up every now and then.  I love change and I get bored really easy. While writing this I just had the sudden urge to go reorganize my cabinets in the laundry room.

I have lot’s of cabinets in my laundry room and I keep not only my laundry supplies, but my cleaning supplies in this room along with other home care items.  I have a large walk in pantry in the laundry room, too.  I keep appliances and dishes.  Dishes…I have a thing for dishes.  We will have to talk dishes next time.

Simplifying is such a big word these days and I often go to a cabinet to simplify.  It is the hardest thing for me to do.  I so love so many things and everything I have now, I got because I love.  So, how can I part with it?  I may need an intervention.  I’m slowly working on that plan.

I purchased these jars and filled them with laundry detergent, softer sheets and then I added the jar for pods. I like using the pods for towels.  I did have two tall pretty bottles that I put bleach in one and liquid fabric softener in the other.  I decided against them because the liquid softer would cake up around the top and I guess I was too lazy to keep it clean and then the bleach made me nervous. I was always afraid it would fall over and spill out.  Maybe I will try it again, soon.  They did look cute, though.

As far as my stain removers, I’ve bought the regular stain remover that you spray on before you wash your clothes.  Of course, at the dry cleaning shop, they can remove anything…well, almost anything.  I’ve always been tempted to get all the stain removers that my friend Martha has in her laundry room.  If you didn’t read about Martha’s Laundry Day, click here and be inspired!

Having our clothes ready at all times by making sure they are cleaned, pressed and mended makes life so much easier and stress free.

I do hope that your laundry doesn’t stress you out and you are able to enjoy laundry day.  If not, I say, do whatever it takes to win that war and make it a pleasant experience for you and your family.  Making sure your family has clothes that are clean and pressed are just one of the many ways you can show your love for them.   Make it a pleasant experience by being organized, orderly and of course you just got to have a cute area to work in; even if it’s in the garage.

 

I would love to see your laundry room.  Email me your room and if we get several, I will share on another “Laundry Day” post.  Won’t that be fun to see all the different ways we all do laundry.  If you can, snap a quick picture and send it to me in the next day or two.

This is a bench that is across from my washer and dryer.  A great place to sit down and wait for that final load to dry!

Before I go, I have to share a quick “Beverly Tip.”  If you look in your washer and you see something little and you think it might be a little wad of thread or something, you might want to go ahead and get a paper towel to get it.  I reached in the washer and picked up what I thought was a little ball of thread.  It felt strange, like rubber or something, so I looked at it closer and it was a……..little gecko like lizard thing!  Oh my goodness!!!!  I screamed of course and ran to throw it in the trash.  Yes, I’m sure he drowned.  Okay, I can’t think about it anymore….moving on.

If you missed the previous posts, here are the links:

It’s Laundry Day!  Where Is Your Laundry Room?

Laundry Day at Martha’s!

Don’t forget, I’m having a giveaway at the end of this series. For all that laundry you are doing… you need a little break!  How about sit down with a coloring book and just color as your clothes are drying.  I have the perfect coloring book for you.  It is from my artist friend, Debbie Hannah Skinner.  “Fear Fighting Scriptures”  has 31 coloring pages with 31 verses to meditate on as you color!  You will love it.   So, leave a comment and from all the comments this week, your name just may be chosen as the winner of the coloring book at the end of the “Laundry Series.”  I know, right! So fun!!!

 

It’s Laundry Day! Where Is Your Laundry Room?

It’s Laundry Day!  How does that make you feel when you hear those words?  Do you get stressed out in thinking of all the time you will spend on laundry?  Or, is it easy for you?  You may even be one of those people that LOVE doing laundry such as, a dear friend of mine, Martha.  This week, I will share an interview with Martha, who loves laundry day.  It relaxes her.  She is at peace when she is in her laundry room doing laundry and ironing.  Yes, you read that right…and ironing.   She irons like a dream!  And loves it!  And you will love Martha!

I’m not an expert on laundry… but, I have been doing it most of my life.  I remember as a young girl being responsible for the laundry.  I hung clothes on the clothesline when we didn’t have a dryer which was until I was in maybe the 9th grade or so.  When our washing machine would break down, I would help my mom gather all the laundry and head to the laundromat.  Should I mention how I despised going to the laundromat?

We will also talk about dry cleaning.  My Grandparents and my Aunt and Uncle owned and operated a drying cleaning business for many years in West Texas, Arizona and in New Mexico.  Ironically, after years in ministry, we now own several dry cleaning businesses. Isn’t that crazy?  Who would have ever thought that?  I wouldn’t have!  It has become a family business for other family members as well.  I don’t actually work in the stores, but, I will share what I know about dry cleaning and laundry.  I will also share an interview with one of our store managers on how to have a positive relationship with your local dry cleaning business.

I love hearing laundry tips and seeing decorated laundry rooms.  I can only go by my experiences of laundry rooms.  If I told you how many times we moved when I was a child and then after I got married, your head would spin. (that made me laugh…spin cycle, get it?)   I’ve seen just about every type of laundry area.

Here are a few of the ways I’ve seen washer and dryers in my world:

No washer/dryer.  Laundromat is the only way to get laundry done.

Washer only placed in the kitchen.

Washer only placed in the garage.

Washer/Dryer in the kitchen.

Washer/Dryer in the garage.

Square clothesline in backyard.

Two rows of clothesline in backyard.

Washer/Dryer behind bifold doors in hallway.

Washer/Dryer behind bifold doors in kitchen.

Separate laundry room for washer/dryer.  (Both large and small)

Laundry room that is also entrance from the garage.

However I’ve had a washer/dryer, a room or no room, all I can say is that, I am truly thankful for my washer and dryer! I don’t care where they go as long as I can have one.  I take care of them as a fine piece of furniture.

Laundry is just a part of life.  If you despise laundry day, maybe we can figure out how to love it.  Okay, maybe not love it, but, we have to do it and we might as well make it a pleasant experience, don’t you think?

This week, maybe we will be inspired to be the best laundress ever!  Is that even a word?

Leave me a comment and tell me if you have a washer and or dryer and where they are placed in your home.  I’m dying to hear all about it.

Also, I’m having another giveaway!  For all that laundry you are doing… you need a little break!  How about sit down with a coloring book and just color as your clothes are drying.  I have the perfect coloring book for you.  It is from my artist friend, Debbie Hannah Skinner.  “Fear Fighting Scriptures”  has 31 coloring pages with 31 verses to meditate on as you color!  You will love it.   So, leave a comment and from all the comments this week, your name just may be chosen as the winner of the coloring book at the end of the “Laundry Series.”  I know, right! So fun!!!

 

I better get back to my laundry as it is really laundry day for me!