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Marshys practical survival tips for men (mostly)

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18 Oct 10 #229948 by stukadivebomber
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pixy wrote:

sheets don't need ironing. In fact if you hang things out carefully and then fold them carefully, very little does actually need ironing


Here, here!:)
I've (oops, we've) not ironed anything since I last needed 'office job' shirts about ten years ago.
Won't even have an iron when STBX eventually moves out:)

Oh, hang on...
what the hell did I look like at that last funeral:ohmy:

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18 Oct 10 #229954 by Mrs Ingledew
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I like ironed sheets!! :evil:

But correct they dont need ironing unless they are the oldfashioned hotel type ... which I have ... :P(Or if you suffer from ashthma)
However I would also promote ironning pillowcases they just feel better ...

If you are ironing shirts do take care around the buttons at the top - that isthe bit that is seen and can look scruffy ... Also if you hang them when wet on coat hangers (wouldnt recommend the metal ones)there are very few if any creases in teh mixed fibre ones.

Also iron tea towels - oldfashioned but should you need to cover a bleeding knee they are then relatively sterile.

Obviously cook with produce in season, and look at the old fashioned way of ...
roast on Sunday, leftovers Monday, Sausages Tuesday, etc

(ps you dont have cobwebs do you Marshy ....)

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18 Oct 10 #229959 by Lostboy67
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cobwebs are not usually a problem, its the guy who made the cobweb who causes all the trouble.....

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18 Oct 10 #229965 by stukadivebomber
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Lostboy67 wrote:

cobwebs are not usually a problem, its the guy who made the cobweb who causes all the trouble.....


you're scared of spiders :huh:
call yourself a grown-up:laugh:

mind you, some of them are huge:dry:

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18 Oct 10 #229988 by Marshy_
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Love the replies guys and Gals. Surpised one of the fairer sex didnt rise to the bait more :laugh:

Few more for you....

Nets.

If you have net curtains dont bother to iron them after washing. Just hang um up wet and they will sort themselves out. If they are looking a bit grey get some Glo White from most supermarkets. That gets um nice and white.

Hardwood or tiled floors.

In the old days there was mops and buckets. Pain in the harris and its messy. Now there are modern alternatives. Wipes. Not the kind you do the kids with. These are anti-bacterial floor wipes. But you need the attachment. I got my 1st from a car boot but you can get them new at places like wilko's etc. The wipe is about the size of a half sheet of A4 and wraps round the flat surface of the mop head. Great for them skirting boards :P

The other great use for them is the loo. Just wipe it all down and when yr done flush it away, bleach it all and yr good to go.

You can also use the wipes in the kitchen. In fact anywhere. I dont recomend them on the cups and plates. :blink:

You can get the wipes from Tesco. They are about a pound for 15 or so. Last ages.


Personal stuff.

I suspect that some ex's want you to fail and love it when you turn up to pick the kids up that you are in a sh** state. Dont be. Look after yrself. If she happens to come round she is sure to check out the loo and the bathroom. And check the corners and skirting boards. Keep yr area clean and tidy and that goes for you as well. It helps our confidence when we are looking pucka and the flat is nice and clean. No one likes to live in a tip. Also, if you happen to meet a nice lady and she wants a ganda at the crib, its good that its nice and clean. Ladies hate being somewhere thats gruby and dirty. Its also 2 fingers to the ex if you are able to look after yrself and yr flat.


Dont be a Monk.

Well thats what my sister said to me anyway. What she meant was 1 knife, 1 cup, 1 plate etc. Try and live a normal stylee kinda life. Where you have lots of everything. I have a dishwasher now and I put it on about once a week. Only when full mind. If I am doing a lot of kitchen work its about every 3 days.

Put 2 lots of pillows out on the bed. If I dont have anyone to stay (ahumm) then I just rotate the pillows over to the other side when I change the sheets. Saves a bit of washing. Also you can iron the sheets on the bed. Just plug it in and warm it right up. Disconnect it and rush to the bed room. Gives you about 2 mins of ironing time. I dont bother though. I just do the pillow cases.

I guess what I am trying to say is dont hunker down so much you end up living like a monk.

Whites and colours.

You see this all the time. People wash whites and colours in the same wash. What happens is the whites go grey and it looks orible. I have some nice white muscle shirts that I use when I goto the gym. Nothing looks better than a nice white Tee. So seperate out yr wash into lights, darks and whites.

Sounds a bit marge proops realy lol.

Thats enough for now from the Marshy book of survival. Keep um coming though I do enjoy what you have to say. C.

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18 Oct 10 #229991 by pixy
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Thing is Marshy we've all been strapped for cash at one time or another ...

The other thing to mention is buying stuff in supermarkets that is up to or near sell by dates. Sell/use by dates are generally rubbish and some supermarkets will offer heavy discounts. Don't get tempted to buy stuff you don't need but keep your eyes open for bargains, esp mid week.

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18 Oct 10 #229992 by Marshy_
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And.... Shop mid week or almost at closing time (if they are not 24 hr) and you get some megga bargains. Esp on meat and other perishables like bread. C.

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