Thursday, May 17, 2012

"Ugh!...Blew out another elbow"

Sadly, this phrase was far too common place in my vocabulary.  It would typically happen at work.  I thought I was alone in the world with this problem.  No one else at work seemed to have this issue.  It wasn't until my last job where I finally heard someone else mutter similar words, cursing about an elbow.  I felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders and no longer thought I was an outcast.  I spoke to my co-worker and found out he had the same problem all the time.  After uncovering another person, I started to see it more prevalent in the work place.  The problem I and many others was suffering from is elbow blowout.

Elbow blowout is the sudden appearance of a tear or hole in the elbow of a dress shirt.  It always seemed to happen completely out of the blue.  I was very suspicious of a sharp edge on my desk or somewhere else in my life.  This kept happening all too often.  My favorite shirts were being attacked mercilessly and the costs of these premature deaths were rising.  My luck of finding more people with this problem started my focus on other things that could be causing the problem.  We had some things in common like it always happened on the same elbow every time.  I stopped being suspicious about my dry cleaner, Mrs. Fix-It (maybe she didn't like the shirt), some random sharp edge, or my arms being too long.  It became obvious that it was wear that was causing the blow outs. It happened to our favorite shirts, that we likely wore more often than the others.


It was clear that the shirt was a victim of uneven wear.  It was getting blown out early because I probably wore my favorite shirts once a week (maybe on accident twice).  I always favored these shirts over other for a variety of reasons whether fit, comfort, or style.  I was also introduced to Gayle King's theory on closets where you should only have "10s" in your closet.  The crap shirts I never wore were hiding shirts I might wear and making me only see the ones I always wore.  Thank you Mrs. FixIt for leaving Oprah radio on in the car.  So when I got a new job, I updated the wardrobe using Gayle's advice.  I tossed everything that was not a ten, especially the blown out shirts I was holding on to incase of some miracle.  I updated the closet with shirts I would actually wear.  This was great!  I avoided 15min every morning of standing there flipping through my closet looking for a wearable shirt.  They were all good.  I noticed though my pattern of choosing the same shirts more frequently then the rest did not change.  I also then spent more time trying to remember what I wore and when.  


I found a solution!  I have little wire rings, like 100 of them.  When I hang up a shirt I just wore, I put a ring on the hanger.  When I go to grab a shirt, I focus on the ones with the fewest number of rings on the hanger. It is too easy, saves me a ton of time thinking in the morning, ensures that I wear my shirts evenly, I don't look stupid wearing the same shirt two days in a row, and NO PREMATURE BLOWOUTS!  I also get an indicator on when to launder the shirts.  I learned also there is a huge difference between laundering and dry cleaning.  It is a lot cheaper, doesn't have the same chemicals so it is better for your clothes, and they press it.  I heard dry cleaning too frequently can damage the fabrics.  The money saved on shirts can be spent on making Mrs. FixIt happy.  

Who else has this problem?  Do you think my system will make my shirts last longer?


23 comments:

  1. You can launder your shirts at home but then you'd have to iron them yourself. :-\

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  2. I never dry clean things anymore ... too $$$! Instead you can get a Dryel starter kit at Target with the other laundry stuff, and you put your dry-clean only items in this big bag with a towelette thingy and put the whole thing in the dryer for 30 minutes. I've been doing it for about a year now.

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  3. I like the ring idea. I am definitely working on having a closet of all 10s. Darn expensive taste and difficult to dress body. These two points make it difficult to have an entire closet of 10s. Great ideas.

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  4. Great post! Business shirts is a basic and has so many options.


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  5. This is invaluable advice. I thought I was the only one suffering from "elbow blowout"!

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  6. This is caused by the corrosive cleaning materials used by cleaners to clean the desk with!

    Use to happen to me all the time and only at work & iwith the elbow u lean on the table with!

    It was a common occurrence amongst colleagues in my office & once they changed cleaning products the issue disappeared!!

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  7. I have a similar method for organizing shirts in my closet that I find simpler: whenever a shirt goes on the rack it goes on the far left, and I draw from the far right when I get dressed. This keeps things cycling and I notice when there are shirts that stay on the right for a long time -- I can evaluate why and weed/donate as appropriate.
    Best,
    Mike

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  14. و عند امتلاكك موقع منذ فترات كبيره ستجد انه يحتاج الي تطوير وهذا لكي يتناسب مع التقدم الحديث في مجال المتصفحات و التي لم تعد تقتصر علي الكومبوتر او اللاب توب بل اصبح متعدد مثل الاندوريد و ال التاب و الاجهزه المختلفه و لهذا فانت بحاجه الي شركة تطوير مواقع
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    و أرخص شركات تصميم المواقع
    و التي تمتلك القدره العاليه علي تلبيه جميع طلباتكم و تنفيذ جميع الافكار التي يحتاج اليها كل فرد منكم و هذا لان تلك الشركه تمتلك افضل العروض و الامكانيات التي تجعلها رقم واحد بنصر و دول الشرق الاوسط بشكل عام لهذا فنحن ننصحكم بالتعامل مع شركه دبليو أم
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  15. و يجب الاهتمام بجانب يعد هو الاهم من امتلاك الموقع فعند القيام ببناء موقع خاص بك لن تجده في نتائج البحث ( فعلي سبيل المثال اذا كان موقعك يتحدث عن خدمات الرحلات و قومت بالبحث في جوجل عن شركه تنظيم رحلات ستجد الكثير من المواقع و لن تجد موقعك بين تلك المواقع و هذا لان الموقع يحتاج الي عمليات
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    تصدر نتائج البحث
    و
    جعل الموقع في النتائج الاولي
    و تلك الخدمات تنطوي تحت ما تسمي ب
    خدمات السيو
    و هي التي تعمل علي مسك روابط الموقع بالكلمات التي تريد ظهور موقعك عند البحث عنها في مواقع البحث مثل جوجل

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