Laundry timesaver, plus avoid missing socks and underwear

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Does your household suffer from that common plight of missing socks? If you’re like me, you have a drawer full of pitiful, mateless,  mismatched halvsies.

If hunting down strays before you do the wash and sorting out all the socks and underwear drives you bonkers, read on. I read a great tip on a parenting-related blog in relation to kids. Granted, our kids have four hairy feet or fins, but some advice transcends parental status. This is something that would benefit any household of people who wear socks and/or underwear.

Chances are you fit into one or both of those categories! #nojudgement

Here it is: Keep a couple extra mesh laundry bags handy in or near your hamper. I’d avoid the great big laundry bags made to carry several loads and stick with some smaller ones designed more for delicates, like this set of 3 Ikea mesh laundry bags. Put your dirty socks and underwear this bag. If you really want to go all out in your laundry organization, have one bag for each garment type.

Come laundry day, just zip or tie up the bags and toss them in the washing machine. In case you’re wondering, yes, you can dry them right in the same bag, too. Ta da! No more missing socks, and what a time-saver come time to sort.

If you’d like to avoid the whole sorting thing, you could do like some people and just have black socks and white socks, plus a few dress socks. If that’s your sock drawer scenario, all you have to do with the clean, dry socks is dump ’em in the drawer and fuggedaboudit.

What are some of your favorite laundry tips?

How to send books you’ve already purchased from Amazon to your Kindle

When you purchase a Kindle title from Amazon via your browser, you get an option to send the title to your device via Amazon’s WhisperNet. But what about after you’ve already purchased a title? How do you send it to your Kindle after the fact, like after you’ve done a reset on your Kindle or added a new Kindle or Kindle app to your devices?

I find it’s an easier and richer experience to navigate Amazon through a regular web browser instead of the Kindle store and library. I made up this little tutorial for my mom, but thought others might benefit from it as well. If you want to bypass going through the Kindle menus and just use your web browser to send your purchased titles to your Kindle DX, Second-generation Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle Keyboard 3G, Kindle Fire or any free Kindle reading apps, this is for you. 🙂 Click the thumbnails to view larger screenshots.

First, the obvious: Sign into your Amazon account.

1. Then, HOVER over the Your Account link in the upper right. A menu will pop up. CLICK on Manage Your Kindle.

NOTE: If you happen to click Your Account instead of just hovering over it, it’s no biggie. Just scroll down the page until you see “Digital Content: Kindle, MP3, & Downloads” on the left. On the right, you’ll see a link for “Manage Your Kindle”. Click it. Then, skip to Step 2 here.

First, HOVER over the Your Account link in the upper right. A menu will pop up. CLICK on Manage Your Kindle.
CLICK TO ENLARGE.

2. You’ll see your Kindle Library. HOVER over the Actions button next to the title you want to modify. Click on the option you want to perform. If you want Amazon to send the title to one or more of your Kindles, click the “Deliver to my…” link.

You'll see your Kindle Library. HOVER over the Actions button next to the title you want to modify. Click on the option you want to perform. If you want Amazon to send the title to one or more of your Kindles, click the "Deliver to my..." link.

CLICK TO ENLARGE.

3. You’ll see a pop-up with the title’s information. From the drop-down menu, select the device to which you want the title sent and click the Deliver button.

You'll see a pop-up with the title's information. From the drop-down menu, select the device to which you want the title sent and click the Deliver button.

CLICK TO ENLARGE.

4. A confirmation message will briefly appear under the title. If you want to send the title to another of your Kindle devices (including apps on your mobile devices), HOVER over the Actions button again and repeat the described steps for each device.

A confirmation message will briefly appear under the title. If you want to send the title to another of your Kindle devices (including apps on your mobile devices), HOVER over the Actions button again and repeat the described steps for each device.

CLICK TO ENLARGE.

That’s really all there is to it. Explore the other options that appear under that Actions button and see what all you can do! Amazon provides good support pages for the whole Kindle family, there is a user’s guide available for each flavor of Kindle, plus there is an active Kindle help forum. Explore and learn about your new ebook reader!