SPINZ Laundry Pick Up & Delivery - Bloghttp://www.spinz.ca/blog/Okay – so we know that we are here to make sure that you never need to deal with laundry again, but we thought it would also be cool to share some laundry tips with you at the same time. ]]>Fri, 08 Dec 2017 9:32:52 -0700en-us<![CDATA[Master Bedroom: Get Rid of Clothing Clutter]]>http://www.spinz.ca/blog/master-bedroom-get-rid-of-clothing-clutter-4780.htmlhttp://www.spinz.ca/blog/master-bedroom-get-rid-of-clothing-clutter-4780.htmlMon, 07 Dec 2015 2:22:48 -0700Maybe it’s just me - but I find that particularly during this time of year the master bedroom becomes a hotspot for clutter, especially for that of the clothing variety. With the extra clothing that we have to wear to keep warm, and the accessories.

This is how it goes for me..well...at least some of the time.

People are coming over, so I am running around my place gabbing all the hats, mittens, scarves, or just general clothing that myself (or my boyfriend) have left laying around. So what do I do with those clothes? Well - most of the time I just throw them into our room. Of course there is a laundry basket in there, but when it’s full and the clothing starts to overflow I think to myself that I’ll just do it tomorrow….

It turns out that I don’t have time to sort through (and wash) all of it the next day, since it was a busy work day. Then...I end up putting today’s clothes - that were hardly worn - on top of what is left in the basket. After that I get to work folding the stuff I might not get it all put away, and so those items are tossed aside on the floor to be dealt with tomorrow.

Not to say that this happens all the time, but it does happen, and it always makes me feel a little stressed when my room isn’t pristine. So - to prevent this from happening to you I am going to offer some suggestion on what you can do.

Have a plan for dirty clothes...
 

Create and implement a plan for dirty clothes. Determine where those dirty clothes are going to go when you take them off of your body (laundry basket is a good call - or maybe a few so that you can sort at the same time). The most important step: make sure everyone in your place knows the plan for their dirty clothes. In my case it’s just my boyfriend, but I asked him once to make sure to put them into the dirty laundry basket - and I’ve never had to ask again (A+ boyfriend I’d say).

Make the dirty clothes plan easy to implement...
 

I guarantee that your plan isn’t going to work if you have to jump through a bunch of hoops in order to make it happen. One thing that I can recommend is buying a large laundry basket that is easy to open - might seem like a small thing, but it will make a big difference. If at all possible, make sure the laundry baskets are close to the place that people are getting undressed - so if you have a walk in closet like me, put the basket somewhere in there...you’ll be happy that you did.

Purge as many clothes as you can...
 

This is something that I have noticed since moving in with my boyfriend. Because I moved provinces I was only able to bring one bag of clothing, which means that I only have a limited amount of stuff to choose from. He, on the other hand, has all of his belongings here - and is able to go an entire week without washing anything. On top of that he plays a few hockey games a week - so all the sports clothes are used on top of the day-to-day. I can easily do a load of laundry a day, crazy right?

Usually I say this to my girl friends, but it can apply to anyone. Think about purging the items that you don’t really wear. I know that you think you’ll use them some day - for painting or maybe they will fit you again - but the best thing you can do is just get rid of them. Give them to someone who needs them or donate them to your local Salvation Army.

Don’t put clothes on any flat surface...
 

This is going to sound weird but don’t put a pile of folded clothes on any flat surface in your bedroom. Do not set them on your dresser, not on your ironing board, and not on the chest of blankets at the foot of your bed - no where. Doing this will make it easier for you to simply ignore them and let them sit around longer.

 

Anyway, that is really all I am going to say about that. I am sure most of this is common sense, but sometimes we need to hear (or read) it from someone else for it to really sink in. Now, as always, I will tell you the BEST way to prevent any of this - let Spinz do your laundry for you. We will pick it up from your place, wash, fold and return to you within 24 to 48 hours! Wow. All you have to do is put the clothes away, and I’m sure you’ve got a few minutes to do that.

You can sign up right on our site, or give us a call if you have any questions - hope to hear from you soon.
________________________________________________________________________________________________ By: Amanda Relyea-Voss
 

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<![CDATA[What to Do When You Do Not Have Time to Fold a Load of Clothes]]>http://www.spinz.ca/blog/what-to-do-when-you-do-not-have-time-to-fold-a-load-of-clothes-7424.htmlhttp://www.spinz.ca/blog/what-to-do-when-you-do-not-have-time-to-fold-a-load-of-clothes-7424.htmlThu, 29 Oct 2015 6:08:07 -0700Yes, it’s happened to all of us. We start doing laundry with the best intentions and life gets in the way and we end up leaving a nice clean load in the dryer for too long - or even sitting out in a laundry basket. The result, wrinkles...and also having to do it later when you don’t really want to.

 

There is no problem with choosing not to fold your clean laundry right now, but like I just said that is ultimately just going to create one cold, wrinkly pile of clothes you’ll have to deal with when you’re really not in the mood.
 

Best thing to do? Just deal with them now! 


Underwear and Socks

Put all of the underwear in a pile and all of the socks into a separate pile. Since it doesn’t really matter if these two things are wrinkly just do yourself a favour and at least separate them to save yourself a little time later. If you’re like me you can even just throw them into the drawer unfolded, although I always opt to match my socks first - or else I get angry later when trying to look for a matching set. Hahaha.

Shirts and T-Shirts

 

Hold the t-shirt by the shoulder seams and give it a good flap to get out the initial wrinkles then lay it flat on the bed. Repeat this same process with every t-shirt in the basket - once you’re done you’ll have a nice pile of shirts that will still look okay when you go to put them on later.  

Jeans And Pants

 

If your load consists of jeans, take one pair out at the time. Hold it by the waistband and give it a good hard flap (same as the shirts). After that just lay them out flat on your folding surface (or bed). Best part is you can lay several pairs on top of one another without causing them to wrinkle - yay. You can do this with most long pants (and even shorts).

Sheets And Towels

 

I personally cannot stand wrinkly sheets (but that is just me). To avoid this I tend to pull them out of the dryer quickly and just lay them flat. At the same time I couldn’t care less about wrinkly towels...in fact they don’t really wrinkle at all. For towels I have no issue just leaving them in the dryer or throwing them into a laundry basket (if I need to free up the dryer for another load).

If you could care less about wrinkly towels or sheets, simply leave them until later. I am one of those women that folds towels in the evening when dinner is done and the TV is on, yeah...I can multitask.

Now What?

 

So you now have these piles of clothes lying all over your folding surface or bed.  So now what? Well the bottom line is that you’ll have to fold them eventually.
 

Laying them out only buys you time if you have to get the next load of laundry going. Sadly this does not save you the trouble of actually folding them and putting them away.

How Often Should I Do This?

 

I do this maybe once or twice a week, at the most. I don’t want to get in the habit of leaving my clean clothes lying around because I have a kitten who thinks that my clean (mostly black) clothing is the MOST fun thing to play with in the house. The same can be said of some of my friends dogs - perhaps it is the clean smell, or the fact that the clothes are still warm from the dryer...I really don’t know.
 

Another issue is that when I do this I have all of the stuff waiting for me when I got back into my room in the the evening and then I have to spend the time folding them and putting them away so that I can go to bed.
 

So personally I try really hard to get everything folded and put away prior to 4pm every day.
 

Anyway - I guess that is the end of my tip. Honestly this is something that should really only be done if you have NO time - and is does happen every so often. Best case scenario is to just never do laundry again, am I right? So - take a look around the site, read the different packages that are available and be sure to leave a comment if you have any questions.

 

Until next time everyone - happy folding!

________________________________________________________________________________________________ By: Amanda Relyea-Voss
 

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<![CDATA[How to Repurpose Old Laundry]]>http://www.spinz.ca/blog/how-to-repurpose-old-laundry-61.htmlhttp://www.spinz.ca/blog/how-to-repurpose-old-laundry-61.htmlSat, 26 Sep 2015 10:18:59 -0700Okay, so I know we are heading into winter, and it’s not exactly “spring cleaning” time - but I am sure you have a bunch of old clothing laying around the house collecting dust. How many times have you gone into your storage area and discovered box upon box of clothes that are unused, unwanted, and just taking up space?

I figured I could share my knowledge with you so that you can “up-cycle” some of those items, and put them to good use.

There we a few different items in my “junk bag” - so I am just going to focus on those. I assume that these are pretty common items to have laying around...so I will just just focus on them.

Sheets

So - first up on the list is those old, worn out, faded sheets that you put in a bag “just in case” you might need them. Guess what? It’s a few years later and that bag has a layer od dust on it but you still refuse to get rid of them.

Here is what you can do:

  • Cut and measure your sheet and use as a table cloth. Easy to wash and offers a unique look - especially for those of you who like the “vintage” look. Or students who don’t have money to spend on table clothes. :P

  • Add a few ribbon pulls and use make set of curtains. This one is for the students especially, since you’re probably moving a few times a year and really don’t want to go and but good curtains that will likely just get ruined anyway. Plus - no one else will have then, so just think of it as you being super original and hip.

  • This might seem a little old fashioned, but there may still be some of you out there (like me) who try to keep their books in good condition. Well - have you considered making book covers? You can use the old sheets to make them, and keep your books in good condition so you can re-sell them down the road, or just keep them looking nice.

  • Dishcloths! Yup, save yourself some money and cut them into squares to use as wash clothes. Yes I know they are probably a little thinner than you are used to, but since you didn’t buy them you don’t have to feel guilty for only using them for a few weeks and then just tossing them out.

T-shirts

You’ve done races, volunteer events, been to too many concerts, or just have a stack of t-shirts that you never wear. Well, don’t worry - we all have way too many, it’s just something we learn to accept in life. How about repurposing these items and creating some cool gifts or items for yourself?

  • Check out one of the many t-shirt rug tutorials out there? They will show you how to cut up your t-shirts up and either braid, sew, or fold them into a beautiful rug.

  • Have a shirt with a neat logo you just can’t part with? You can be eco-friendly and turn that shirt into a tote bag. Their are LOTS of YouTube tutorials that can help you out - and the best past is that if you mess up the first one you can just try again with one of the other 20-some shirts you’ve collected.

  • As with the bed sheets, you can also make t-shirts into cleaning rags. Since the material is a little bit heavier most people prefer t-shirt rags, so grab some scissors and have fun!

Socks

Wherever those socks ran off to - I hope they are happy. If you’re like me you have at least 10 single socks in the corner of your sock drawer that do not have a mate. For the life of my I cannot figure out where they go since two go into the washing machine and only one comes out. So - what to do with those socks that are sitting around lonely and sad?

  • If you have a dog you can braid a few socks together to make a dog toy! Best part is that your dog can destroy it all they want, and you aren’t mad because you just spend X amount of dollars on it at the pet store.

  • Do you workout? If so you don’t have to spend your money on those expensive arm bands for your smartphone or music player. It’s super easy! All you have to do is take a sock, cut the end and slip it onto your arm. Then fold the bottom over your phone and let the workout begin!

  • Don’t like spending all that money on the Swiffer dusters? I find that a sock over my hand works just as well - maybe even better. Best part is that you can wash and reuse them.

So, as you can see there are ways to upcycle your old clothes, and these are just some of the ideas. If you have others I would love to hear about them, leave me a comment with any suggestions you may have - if I get enough I will write another post about it.

Now - all that being said I have one suggestion, let us do your laundry! We promise that all socks will come back in pairs, so at least you can scratch one of these off your list.

________________________________________________________________________________________________ By: Amanda Relyea-Voss

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<![CDATA[How to clean your purse!]]>http://www.spinz.ca/blog/how-to-clean-your-purse-7799.htmlhttp://www.spinz.ca/blog/how-to-clean-your-purse-7799.htmlFri, 18 Sep 2015 7:53:31 -0700Now - this one is for the ladies!! If you’re like me you have more than one purse...which means you also have more than one purse that needs to be cleaned. Except, how the HECK are we supposed to do that? It’s not like we can just throw them into the washing machine and POOF, everything is all good.

 

If you are a busy student, a Mom, or someone that travels a lot for work chances are that your purse is more of a mini-suitcase than an actual purse. Lipstick, gum, gum wrappers, food particles, McDonalds toys, tissues, poket mirror, bobby pins, loose change...and the list goes on and on. I guess the best thing so say is that our purses eventually become a black hole - making finding the important things (like keys) a total nightmare.

 

Now - every once in awhile we will take it upon ourselves to clean out the black hole and attempt some sort of organization, right? Well - sadly when we do this we also get to see how dirty the inside of our purse has become. :( So - here comes the entire point of this post...

 

Before you can re-organize your purse you need to make sure it’s clean.

 

How to clean your purse...

 

1.) Empty out all contents and turn the purse inside out.

 

2.) Shake out all the crumbs and other debris into the trash can.

 

3.) Make a mixture of 1 part white vinegar, 1 part hot water.

 

4.) Use a rag, and wiped the inside of the purse with the mixture. Don’t go overboard - you don’t need to soak the liner - just make sure it gets a good wipe.

 

5.) Let the inside of the bag air-dry.

 

6.) If your purse is fabric on the outside you can use the same mixture, just rub in circular motions. And don’t worry, it won’t smell like vinegar when you’re done, I promise. If your have a leather bag then obviously you should be using a leather cleaning product - they are easy to find and always do a nice job. :) 

 

Now that your purse is clean you can continue with the re-organization. One thing to keep in mind is that if you do this every few months you can avoid getting it REALLY dirty. Personally I have a few bags that I switch between every month, so I am never carrying one for too long - and I actually clean them this way each time. Most are leather so I use the leather protector that I bought, but the vinegar and water really does do a good job on the inside.

 

Anyway - that’s all for now ladies. Hope you enjoyed the post - and don’t forget to bookmark the page so you can check back and see what other interesting things I write about.

 

PS: Wouldn’t be right if I did not at least plug the company. Purses aside, you shouldn’t have to waste your precious free time doing laundry - just let us take care of it for you. Give us a call today or sign up right on the site, it’s that easy!

 

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<![CDATA[15 Things Better Than Doing Laundry]]>http://www.spinz.ca/blog/15-things-better-than-doing-laundry-3081.htmlhttp://www.spinz.ca/blog/15-things-better-than-doing-laundry-3081.htmlFri, 11 Sep 2015 9:05:28 -0700You have been working hard all week, shouldn’t you be able to enjoy your time off? I think you should. Personally I try to keep as busy as possible – and that does not include doing laundry. So, I decided to share 15 things that are more fun than laundry.  

Liven up your free time with these…

1. Learn to Juggle!! This fun and healthy pastime is a great way to impress your friends. Plus, who doesn’t want to know how to juggle?

2. Drum! No you don’t need to go out and buy a drum kit, just grab some percussive objects from around the house and work out a groove. Fun for the whole family right? Just make sure that no one has a headache.

3. Watch wildlife. Heading out to your local park, or out to the countryside is a great (and free) way to see nature in action. Plus who wants to sit inside when it’s nice out anyway.

4. Do some gardening! Grab your  gardening gloves and head into your garden! If you live in an apartment building you can start a balcony garden – they are just as fun, and pretty too!

5. Join a book club. If you are really into reading you can easily find a monthly, or weekly, club. Plus it’s a great way to meet like-minded people and discuss something you are passionate about.

6. Hang out with your friends. Yeah – it seems pretty obvious, but sometimes we get so busy that we don’t have as much time as we would like to spend with friends. Make an effort – you’ll be glad you did.

7. Visit free museums. Shouldn’t be too hard to find a list of free places to check out in town – you might even learn something.

8. Make a homemade pizza. To some this might just be “cooking” but I’ve done it a few times and always though it was really fun.

9. Draw. You don’t need to be good at it, and it’s a great way to take your mind off of everything and just concrete at the task at hand. I am partial to the “doodle”, but that’s just me.

10. Make a Paper Fortune Teller: Great fun for all ages, this simple activity creates you an amusing fortune teller. Follow this free guide and experiment away.

11. Make a kite. You can do it at home, then take it outside and fly it somewhere.

12. Build a fort. Chances are you have a couch, some blankets and some pillows. Cardboard boxes are also useful. Construct a mini-fort for yourself and your family and enjoy being childish for a day.

13. Read. Head to your local library, find something that interests you and spend a quiet afternoon cuddled up on the couch.

14. Learn a foreign language. Certainly not something you can do in a day, but there is nothing is stopping you from taking up French, German, Italian, whatever your heart desires.  

15. Blow bubbles. You can go about this in different ways – either go and buy the premade solution from the store or have a go at making it yourself at home. Can’t say I’ve done that – but everyone loves bubbles.

So – I guess what I am trying to get at with this blog is that there are many fun things you can do in your spare time. Segway into sales pitch…so – why spend those precious moments in your laundry room washing and folding clothes? That’s what I thought, seems like a waste to me. Let us take care of it for you by picking everything up, washing it, folding it and delivering it back. You’d be surprised at how much more free time you’ll have – and it costs the same as doing it yourself (after you factor in water, electricity, stain removers and detergent).

Be sure to give us a call if you have any questions, we’re here to make your life easier – and more fun.

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                                                By: Amanda Relyea-Voss    

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<![CDATA[How to Clean Stuffed Animals/Toys]]>http://www.spinz.ca/blog/how-to-clean-stuffed-animals-toys-2148.htmlhttp://www.spinz.ca/blog/how-to-clean-stuffed-animals-toys-2148.htmlWed, 29 Jul 2015 11:39:44 -0700So I know this seems a little bit weird, but I will freely admit that I still have a few stuffed animals that I sleep with on the regular. So - I got to thinking...should they be washed? I did a little bit of reading and this is what I came up with. For the purpose of this blog, and so that I don’t feel super lame, I am going to talk about parents washing their children's toys...okay? Good - glad you’re okay with it.

 

Beloved stuffed animals and toys are part of your family - and just like both you and your kids, they need to be washed every once in a while, hahaha!

 

Most kids have at least one that they stick to almost all the time, or if you’re lucky they have two or three. In my case there are three, and when I was an infant there was just one - he is part of the current three...and yes he is pretty scruffy looking. Basically the point is that these little guys (or girls) end up becoming your children too because it is your job to keep up with them, clean them, and provide boo-boo repairs.

 

As with all laundry the first thing you need to do is read the tag attached to the toy. It may or may not state cleaning instructions. At the very least, it will list the materials used during manufacturing, which will help you figure out how you are going to deal with washing it.

Cleaning Tips For All Stuffed Toys

Remove dust and surface dirt often, this shouldn’t really be an issue if it’s one that your child is carrying around all the time. Although, if there is one that sits on the shelf or in the bed a little more often you can just use a soft brush or the vacuum upholstery tool to get surface dust off.
 

Another thing that is important - especially for the favourite toys - is to check periodically for rips, loose buttons, eyes or glued on decorations. Make repairs promptly to avoid more problems down the road - plus you don’t want to be sad when Fluffys’ arm or leg falls off...right?

Machine Washable Toys

This is pretty straight forward - if it says on the tag that the toy is fully washable then all you have to do is place it in a mesh bag or zippered pillowcase and wash on the delicate cycle. If there is a difficult stain like paint or blueberry juice, pretreat before washing.

 

On the other hand if the toy is older or in delicate condition it probably best just to hand wash it with a gentle detergent and cool water - after all you certainly don’t want to deal with the aftermath of returning your child’s precious toy in worse shape than when you took it.

 

So - being the big kid that I am - I will admit that I prefer to allow the toys to air dry, and the reason is that I am not a dryer fan to begin with...and I need to keep my besties in great condition.

 

If your little one is screaming or refusing to go to bed and the toy is still not dry, make sure to set it on the lowest heat setting possible because some synthetic "furs", while washable, will melt in high heat (yeah - it happened to me once).

Non Washable Toys

If the tag says non-washable, the toy contains a mechanical or musical element or glued on decorations, then you are nuts because there is no getting that smell out.

 

Best you can do with these gems is spot clean by using a white cloth to prevent color transfer. Since I myself have not actually had to do this I am going to recommend what seems the most logical to me.

 

Take your white cloth and dip it in a detergent and water solution - or maybe use some OxiClean - and then use plain water to “rinse” when the stain is gone. Keep in mind that you need to blot at the stains and keep moving to a clean area of the cloth as the stains are transferred onto it. Then BAM, clean toy for you - or your child.

 

Oh - and it’s probably not the best idea to use oxygen bleach solutions on wool or leather toys, because that’s not proper care instructions for those materials (toys or not).
 

Well, there you have it everyone! Whether you are a big kid or have lots of little kids you are now an expert on how to properly care for and wash them. It might seem like a big job but honestly none of this stuff is difficult, and you’ll be happy that you took the time once they are all clean and smelling fresh and clean again.

 

If you have any questions be sure to leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you asap. And of course - if you’re just tired of laundry in general navigate back up to the top of the page, click “sign up here” and let us free up some of your time.

 

Until next time everyone! Stay clean!

 


By: Amanda Relyea-Voss


By: Amanda Relyea-Voss


By: Amanda Relyea-Voss


By: Amanda Relyea-Voss


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<![CDATA[How Often Should You Wash Your Bathroom Towels and Rugs?]]>http://www.spinz.ca/blog/how-often-should-you-wash-your-bathroom-towels-and-rugs-6921.htmlhttp://www.spinz.ca/blog/how-often-should-you-wash-your-bathroom-towels-and-rugs-6921.htmlWed, 29 Jul 2015 11:33:20 -0700

There are always those items that should be washed, but you often forget about them - or simply don’t know how often they should be done. One questions that I have been asked many times (recently by my roommate) is how often should you wash your bathroom towels?  And what about the bathroom rug?
 

I am not going to call myself an expert - since I am just a regular person who has found my own way of doing this but in my experience people tend to fall into two categories when is comes to this dilemma.
 

With towels most people use one every day, one every other day, or they only switch once every couple of weeks. And when it comes to washing bathroom rugs it’s probably once a week or they rarely wash it at all (if ever).
 

So - here is the advice that I have come up with to share with you...hope you find it helpful.
 


Why You Should Wash Bathroom Towels Frequently
 

It would seem that one wouldn’t need to change bathroom towels too often. I mean, you are drying off a clean body with a dry towel, right? Right!
 

Although that might seem logical but here’s the kicker...every single time you use your towel to dry off you’re scraping off dead skin cells (ewwww). Those dead skin cells collect in the fibers of your towel, so it stands to reason that if you use your towel for 10 straight days, you have 10 days’ worth of exfoliated cells on that towel. Lovely thought, huh? Didn’t think so.
 

Also, because your towel got wet when it dried off your body the fibers got wet, and when that happens there is an opportunity to harbor bacteria and other germs in those fibers. I bet that could cause a panic attack for those germaphobes out there. Hahaha.
 

My recommendation to you is to wash your bathroom towels every 3-5 uses. So if you get a fresh one on Monday and shower daily you should likely be on to number two by Saturday. The good news there is that a load of laundry can handle a fair number of towels - so you might not actually have to wash them for a couple of weeks. Yay!!
 

I should also mention that this rule of thumb only applies if you hang up your towel after every single use. It actually needs time to dry between uses so yucky things don’t breed and cause mold and mildew. Because who wants to smell that and rub it all over their body during the next use?

 

How Often to Wash Bathroom Rugs
 

So - this is a little bit different. In my humble opinion how often you wash your bathroom rug depends on a few different things.

  •     Does the rug have a non-skid rubber backing?
  •     Do you use your bathroom frequently?
  •     Do you splash lots of water on the floor?

First things first, if your rug has a non-skid rubber backing on it then it can’t be washed frequently. Your bet in this case is to wash a the rug with warm water instead of in the laundry machine. Washing in the machine will deteriorate the rubber backing rather quickly - but I once or twice on cold (or warm) should be okay. So - I have found in the past the best way to maintain a bathroom rug that has a rubber backing is to only wash it once every 3-4 weeks (this can be less if you’re not getting it wet that much).
 

If a bathroom is used frequently, rugs need to be washed weekly. If several showers are taken in the same bathroom on a daily basis, the rug gets wet/damp multiple times which leads to more mold and mildew buildup (which smells musty - you know what I’m talking about). Since the rug is against a floor it doesn’t breathe well (if at all) so it takes a lot longer to dry.  Think about it - a wet rug on the floor really is the perfect condition for gross things to multiply quickly.

So - I think that just about sums up what I wanted to cover in this post. I hope you found it helpful. All that being said it’s silly to worry about doing your own towels when you can just let us take care of them for you? You can sign up for a trial three months of service and we’ll pick up one load from you a week - it could be just towels...or anything else you need taken care of. What do you have to loose other than a few hours of chores!

Call us (613) 507-8439 - or sign up here! Oh and don’t forget to mention the trial period that you read about on the blog!  


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<![CDATA[How to Keep Your Dresser Drawers Organized]]>http://www.spinz.ca/blog/how-to-keep-your-dresser-drawers-organized-3241.htmlhttp://www.spinz.ca/blog/how-to-keep-your-dresser-drawers-organized-3241.htmlTue, 14 Apr 2015 4:12:00 -0700So - it’s that time of year again and you’ve started spring cleaning your bedroom.  
 

You’ve taken every article of clothing from your dresser drawers and have purged what is no longer needed - that $5 shirt you bought with the tags still attached...what were you thinking?
 

After the purge you decide to meticulously fold the items you’re going to keep and then placed them back in the drawer.
 

The problem is that within a week (after you do some laundry) your drawers are not going to be as nice and tidy anymore. It really is just a matter of days until they are back to looking like you just threw your clothes in after washing - which, let’s face it, you probably did.
 

So the question is...what do you do to prevent this from happening?
 

Enter. Drawer. Organizers.
 

Now I am not a big gimick-y type of person because I think that  I am just too practical for that.  But on the other hand I do find that I like items that are functional, save me time, and don’t cost a lot of money. So - that being said drawer organizers seem to fit the bill for me. There are tons of choices for drawer organization - you can even find stuff at the dollar store!! 
 

Here are a few to get your wheels turning about the perfect choice for your own dresser drawers:
 

  • Slotted Interlocking Drawer Organizers - This kind is a great solution for your sock drawer.  After you’ve gotten into the groove of folding socks rather than balling them up (blog to follow), you can keep them straight with one of these. This is also be a good choice for keeping stacks of folded underwear straight or small lingerie pieces - yeah, you heard me ladies. ;)

  • Drawer Dividers - This divider is great for smaller items like lingerie or folded socks, belts, and any other random accessories. 

  • A Box with Lid - Occasionally it is helpful to have a lidded box inside of a drawer.  Use it for those items that need organization and aren’t used as often.  For example, your collection of pantyhose, trouser socks, Spanx or any other lingerie items that aren’t used on a daily basis. Admit it, you have some balled up in the corner of your underwear drawer somewhere.

  • Deep Drawer Organizers - These are an option if your drawers are deep enough to fit them. This set from IKEA is great if you want to organize different items in a single drawer. Perhaps t-shirts, tank tops and long sleeved shirts? For the guys, if you are short on hanging space and must fold ties, a storage container like this is a must to keep them wrinkle-free.

  • Large Capacity Drawer Organizers
    If you have a hard time with your t-shirts sliding around, this is a great larger-size drawer organizer.  If t-shirts stay stacked well, you’ll never have that wore-the-shirt-to-bed look.  Well, unless you did actually wear it to bed - in which case you should probably just throw it in the laundry instead of putting it back in with your clean clothes.


So - that’s it for now everyone. I will say that I am in no way affiliated with IKEA, and have not been asked to recommend these products, it just so happens that they have a lot of the stuff that I personally use. You can find similar items at other stores like JYSK, Home Sense, and like I said before - even the dollar store.

Last but not least I should remind you that instead of wasting your precious time doing endless amounts of laundry you should simply let us take it off your hands. You’ll save yourself 12 hours a month, time that could be much better spent - especially during the beautiful summer months.

Call us (613) 507-8439 - or sign up here!  


By: Amanda Relyea-Voss

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<![CDATA[How To Hang Up Dress Shirts]]>http://www.spinz.ca/blog/how-to-hang-up-dress-shirts-5863.htmlhttp://www.spinz.ca/blog/how-to-hang-up-dress-shirts-5863.htmlThu, 26 Mar 2015 6:44:29 -0700March 25th, 2015


One thing that people sometimes have issues with is keeping their dress shirts from getting wrinkled - I know I used to. With that in mind I thought it would be cool to teach you how to properly hang up dress shirts – that way they stay perfectly pressed and you'll never have to worry about a wrinkled/misshapen shirt again.



1. Hang Up the Shirt Immediately After Ironing

While hanging up the shirt directly after ironing may seem obvious, to some people it isn’t. Trust me – there are so many people that take the time to iron their dress shirts and then casually throw them on their bed, or even hang them on a doorknob. Not cool people!!

I mean really? If you do that, you’re just asking for it to get knocked off of the doorknob, or inviting your furry friend to climb up onto your bed and make a nice little bed out of it.

Simply put - save yourself the heartache and hang up your shirt immediately.
 

2. Hang Your Dress Shirts on Any Hanger that is Not Wire

Yup – I said it...do not use a wire hanger.

We realize that every dry cleaners in the country uses wire hangers, but those hangers cause their own set of troubles for your poor shirt.  Although it's nice that wire hangers are so thin because they take up less room in the closet - it’s that same thinness that makes points at the shoulders and causes the shirt to pucker.

If your dress shirt has any weight to it at all, a wire hanger will cause it to pucker around the yoke and shoulder with time. So, head to the dollar store and pick up something with a little more substance – the rounded plastic ones are my favourite.
 

 3. Adjust the Yoke and Button the Collar

It’s best to hang your shirt while the hanger is actually hanging on the rod. It may sound silly, but it’s best not to attempt to hang your shirt with the coat hanger in your mouth or tucked under your chin. Not only does that method hurt your teeth, it also is really hard to get the shirt on there correctly.

With the coat hanger hanging on the rod, drape your dress shirt across the hanger. Adjust the yoke of the shirt (the back part through the shoulders) to make sure it is aligned correctly. You don’t want one shoulder way in the front and one way in the back because your the shirt will wrinkle if you do this.

After the yoke is situated correctly you should adjust the collar. To do to turn the collar down as it should be, and make sure the collar buttons are fastened. Now fasten the top collar button. You’ll probably have to re-adjust the yoke again to make sure it hangs correctly.
 

4. Button Every Other Button

Now here is one of the most important steps if you don’t want your shirt to wrinkle in the closet: button every other button down the length of the shirt.

If you fasten just the top collar button, the shirt will not fall off of the hanger (which is the usual goal), BUT if you want a wrinkle-free shirt you need to button every other button.  It keeps the shirt from shifting in the closet when you slide the hanger around on the rod. 
 

5. Place Coat Hangers 1-2 Inches Apart in Your Closet

Okay – this might seem a little bit OCD, but just hear me out!

The ideal spacing between coat hangers is 1-2 inches. I know that this is not feasible for everyone, what with those of us who do not have the luxury of a huge walk in closet – but do your best with the space you have.

Most people tend to cram as many hangers in the closet as possible – nothing wrong with that.  While this method is efficient in keeping your clothes off of the floor, it tends to cause items to wrinkle quite easily because they get pushed against one another, causing creases to form.

I don’t think it’s much fun to end up with wrinkles after you’ve spend the past hour nicely ironing (and properly hanging) your shirts!
 

So do you have trouble with hanging your dress shirts?  Not enough closet space?  Too many clothes?  What’s your biggest dilemma with hanging shirts? Feel free to drop us a line, we are always up for a good discussion.

And – of course – if you are tired of doing it yourself then maybe it’s time to consider letting us take care of all your laundry troubles.

You can give us a call at (613) 507-7484 or sign up here.


By: Amanda Relyea-Voss

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<![CDATA[Blog]]>http://www.spinz.ca/blog/http://www.spinz.ca/blog/Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:42:35 -0700Okay – so we know that we are here to make sure that you never need to deal with laundry again, but we thought it would also be cool to share some laundry tips with you at the same time. ]]>