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!!!