Looking Good, Feeling Good

Okay ladies, tell the truth, does it not make you feel real good when someone thinks you look great? I know it makes me feel on top of the world. It is nice when our spouse, parents, siblings, or friends notice we look good. However, when a stranger notices, I think that is a private thrill.

Let me tell you what happened today. My husband and I went to our local flea market. Now our local flea market has booths on the outside as well as on the inside. After walking around to see most of the outside vendors, I went inside to drop off a book to one of the vendors. As I came in the doors a young man said hello, I greeted him back. As I walked by the man made a comment to his buddy. He said, “Money just entered.”

At first I thought, but I don’t have any money. Then I realized what he really was saying is I looked good. I then started calculating the amount of money it took to put myself together this morning. Let’s see. I have on a pair of Capri’s that someone gave to me out of their “donation” pile, a shirt I paid $1.10 for brand new, from my own shop, a pair of sandals that were last year end of season find, for 50¢. This isn’t including underclothes of course. Which I did buy new from at Wal-Mart. (There are some things you want to have new, this is mine). However, I did get them on sale. But I digress, so let’s see I have altogether about $1.60 in clothes.

As I walked on to my destination, I realized that it was more than just the clothes. I do look good in the clothes. But, it really is more than that. My toenails are painted and in good shape. My hair is clean and brushed. My finger nails are clean and filed. My eyebrows are neat and straight. My teeth are brushed. I walk with my head up and back straight. This all looks like a million dollars. I did not realize until today that attitude is a lot of how pretty we are as women. I think hygiene is the one of the most thrifty things we can do.

If we keep ourselves and our surroundings neat and organized, we will save untold amounts of money and time. I do know that when my house is organized and I can find what I am looking for, I save both time and money. Then I won’t think we are out of something and need to purchase it again. In the same way if I keep myself and my clothes and personal items organized and in good condition, I will save time and money also.

It doesn’t take much to keep organized. When washing your clothes always read the care instructions. This will tell you how to best take care of your garment. If is says cold water wash only make sure that is what you do, as it may shrink and not fit right. The same is true with drying instructions. Don’t put too much soap in the washer. The directions says one capful per load. I have learned that half a capful works well for me. And my clothes are just as clean. If you use too much soap, it might not all rinse out of the clothes and can limit the life of your garment. After you have laundered you clothes put them where they go, on hangers, in drawers, boxes, shelves, or where ever else you have designated them a space.

Now for your personal items, just make sure you clean them after you use them if they require cleaning. I always wipe down the hair iron and curling irons when we are finished with them. I always put them back in the drawer in the bathroom where they belong. Keeping them clean and stored properly will save time and money, in the fact that I don’t have to hunt for them when I need them and proper storage keeps them in good working order.

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