Laundry Management Solutions

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For many, many years one of the biggest chores in my house has been laundry. I’ve tried numerous techniques to keep it under control but it seems that no matter how much time I’ve spent experimenting with techniques and procedures I always wind up with a mountain of laundry that takes up half the bedroom.

Last night, however, I had an idea and for the first time ever I think there might be hope. It all has to do with pre-sorting.

In the past I would just just start on the periphery of the mountain and forge my way through it like I was mining a vein of ore. This always resulted in a huge amount of “final” piles. Just for background each person’s clothes are sorted into piles corresponding to which drawer or shelf they belong in/on. For Annika this results in 7 piles alone. Now including all the people in the house I wind up with about 18 piles. Then I have to take each pile and put them away. This is always very discouraging and takes lots of room requiring me to clean the rest of the room before I can even start on the folding.

For the days and days where all the laundry is in one big mountain, we are all constantly going to it and mining for clothing to wear that day. It doesn’t seem to phase anyone that they spend a large amount of time looking through this great pile.

Pre-Sorting
So my idea is to have a box for each person and one miscellaneous box–six in all. Then I go through the big pile and simply put all of someones clothes in their box. I don’t worry about turning them inside out or matching socks, just quickly go through the pile. When I’m done, I stack the boxes. The stacked boxes take up far less room than the mountain and I can then take a box to each kids room and fold directly into their storage location instead of making precarious piles and then putting them away.

Although this introduces extra work, it seems to make the task so much more manageable and faster that it is worth it. Not only that, if I don’t get all the boxes folded, each kid knows exactly which box to look in for their clothes so finding an outfit takes far less time. Additionally I can get Annika to put her own clothes away and maybe even Erin and I can work on it at the same time.

Standardized Socks
An additional method is to buy everyone the same style socks and of the same size. Erin and I can wear the same sized socks and so can Annika and Thomas. This would eliminate huge amounts of time matching and make life so much easier. Unfortunately, I’m not allowed to implement this. Erin would never wear any socks my feet have been in–she thinks I contaminate them or something. And with Annika and Erin being girls, they cannot live with one style of socks. They have to have socks for Halloween, Christmas, birthdays, and socks in ever color and hue to match a rainbow of outfits. If I had all boys I could probably get away with doing it. Oh well.

So there you have it. My latest idea in helping to manage the colossal task of laundry.

WWW First Banner Ad (unconfirmed)

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So you might be wondering what cosmic even has occurred to give me time to write in my blog. Well, I woke up at 3 AM and couldn’t get back to sleep so at 4 AM I decided to go into work. I’ve written up 3 reports much like TPS reports and responded to all my e-mail and made a couple of East-coast calls. I’ve caught up on all my RSS feeds. Now I find myself with 18 minutes before people start to drag themselves into work.

The First WWW Banner Ad
I have no idea if this is even legit but I have no reason to doubt it. Supposedly in 1994 HotWired decided to make money from their website and created the concept of banner ads.

AT&T was supposedly the first to dish over some money to HotWired to display the beast they created, a 468 x 60 banner that came to life on October 25 1994.

I don’t remember when ad banners started up on the web, I guess it was just a gradual thing. I do remember that CNN was so into ads that both the left and right columns were nothing but. I DO remember when ads became animated and when they started being done in Flash (punch the Monkey!). I also remember when pop-ups started and when they switched to pop-unders.

Just as a side note, I have to write a weekly report descriping everything that my IT department did–successes, problems, status, etc. If anyone can think of a title for that report that would have the initials TPS I would love to use it. Just leave me a comment.

TWAIN Copy Utility

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So much for my new year’s resolution to write more often in my blog. If I could figure out a way to do audio blogs I might be able to post more often. But I digress.

This won’t be a long post either as I already have two kids screaming and my niece spending the night and they are all arguing what bedtime snack they want.

Erin has been in need of a scan / copy utility for some time now. There used to be a good one that came with the HP ScanJet (a lovely story in its own time) but that scanner no longer works and I’ve removed the software. So I was out looking for a simple way to make my scanner into a copy machine. I found something worth noting:

OX Copier

This freeware software doesn’t even have an install package, it is all self-contained in the executable. The only problem I had was resolved by setting the program to run in Windows 98 Compatibility Mode. It works really well. Check it out yourself: http://port-al.com/copier/.

And now it is back to mitigating fights and the like…