Wellness Mats – Be Kind to Your Legs This Holiday Season

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Wellness Mats are just what you need as the holidays approach. Why? Long hours spent standing, chopping, dicing, rolling flower, processing are fatiguing to your body and hard on your legs and back. Wellness mats provide .75 inches of cushion for your feet and legs and help keep your blood circulating properly as you prepare your bountiful meals. They work by displacing and suspending the weight of your body, giving comfort to your joints and assistance in maintaining a good posture.

They come in multiple sizes, color choices and patterns to match your decor. You may be thinking, “but I can get a rubber rug and the dollar store for a few bucks.” Well, yes you can but it won’t have the padding, the quality, or the health value of WellnessMats brand mats.

Furthermore, high-quality Wellness Mats have the following features, not found in cheap hardware store mats:

  • 99.9 percent anti-microbial.
  • Stain and chemical resistant.
  • Flame resistant.
  • Heat and puncture resistant.
  • Non-curling, beveled edges for safety.
  • Patented polyurethane construction for long life.
  • 20-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Wellness Mats are smartly-designed with the user in mind. Beveled edges provide a smooth transition, so you won’t trip when stepping over them. They’re slip-resistant and sturdy, providing comfort wherever you stand. They’re great for using in front of the sink or stove, or anywhere you are likely to be standing for extended periods of time. Think dishes, rolling dough, slicing vegetables, etc.

In addition to the kitchen, Wellness Mats are also great for using in front of workbenches, your craft station, your potting bench and other workstations. Note that they are designed for at-home and professional use. You have probably seen them in places like salons, in fact.

Anti-fatigue mats reduce stress on your ankles, legs and back and minimize spinal compression while reducing exhaustion. This holiday season, be good to your body and gift yourself with a Wellness Mat. You won’t regret it and neither will your legs. Wellness Mats are on sale this week for 20-percent off at organizeit.com and stacksandstacks.com thru 11/28/2016.

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Essential Oils for Stress

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essential oils for stressWhether you are de-stressing from the elections, or just from your work day, using essential oils for stress is a safe and natural way to reset your nervous system. There are many oils with stress-reducing chemical properties, but here are a couple quick recipes to get you going.

Note: Be sure before using the oil to test yourself for allergies by placing a drop on your forearm and cover with a bandage overnight. Remove the bandage in the morning. If any redness or lumps appear, do not use it. You can also test with the individual oils to pinpoint the sensitivity. Allergies are rare, but some people do have sensitivities.

Stress Relief Essential Oil Blend #1

  • 10 ml. of carrier oil (such as coconut oil)
  • 3 drops of lavender or chamomile
  • 2 drops of frankincense
  • 2 drops of lemongrass

Stress Relief Essential Oil Blend #2

  • 10 ml. of carrier oil (such as coconut oil)
  • 3 drops of ylang ylang
  • 2 drops of patchouli
  • 3 drops of bergamot
  • 1 drop of geranium

Rose is an emotionally powerful essential oil but also one of the most expensive, so if you happen to have some (or some rose absolute, an inexpensive alternative), it’s well worth experimenting with. Other good oils are orange and neroli (from bitter orange tree blossoms).

Application

Apply to temples, wrists, back of knees, chest, back of neck, and/or behind ears. Alternately, skip the carrier oil and add the essential oils to a diffuser or a warm bath before bed. Add a cup of chamomile for sound sleeping.

Warning: this is an adult dose. For children or pets, please seek out sources for proper dilution.

Using essential oils for stress is a safe alternative to toxins and a great way to pamper yourself and recover from a hard day, week, or election year. See our other post for suggestions for a basic essential oil kit for everyday living.

Love, Clutter Control Freak

You might also like the following, to help you de-stress:

Bath Spa Pillow
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Bath Caddy Relaxation Center

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2016 – Reduced Shipping Costs to U.S. and Abroad

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Organize-It and Stacks and Stacks negotiated a fabulous shipping deal that greatly reduces shipping costs, both to the U.S. and select overseas destinations. What does this mean for you? Well, when you order from either site, you get the same great products with fast tracked shipping at greatly reduced shipping rates. International purchases are often out of the question due to exorbitant rates. Now customers in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, German, Ireland and the UK can buy great products and receive them quickly (often in only a few days).

The discount has been applied to both http://www.organizeit.com and http://www.stacksandstacks.com, so be sure to check them out. While both sites share many products and have comparable pricing, Stacks and Stacks has more decor, while both sites have TONS of organizing products.

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Essential Oils for School

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Essential Oils – Tool Kit for Surviving the School Year

Economics. Biology. Cold pigs and half-dissected frogs stuffed in your dorm refrigerator. What to do with them?

Oh, those notes. Where are they? The latest Game of Thrones is on your roommate’s TV and it’s so much more interesting.

Algebra… How many Hillarys divided by two Trumps will it take to fill an orange crate? Oh, the debates are on.

Seventeenth-century painting just got less interesting when the resident advisor started a twerk session during the dorm’s first-Sunday, voluntary-dream therapy breakfast group, but wait, you came here to learn!

Let’s face it, dorms are distracting; as is life. Unless you’re not human, you probably struggle with focus. There are practical things you can do to help yourself, however. Often times, just switching the off button helps tremendously, but it may not be so easy if the switch resides in your head.

Essential Oils for Focus

Amazingly, there are some essential oils that may encourage focus. No, we don’t sell them, but we’re thinking about you and thought we’d share a few tips to help you get through the final leg of your term.

Oils for Concentration

  • Peppermint
  • Clary Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Frankincense
  • Bergamot
  • Juniper Berry

For studying, the best ways to use the oils are either by sniffing directly or using in a diffuser (one engineered for use with oils). The chemicals get to the brain faster when inhaled through your nose. That said, when cut with a carrier oil (such as almond or coconut oil), a topical rub applied to vital points is also very effective. Plus, you can do it in public without rousing suspicion (or risking confiscation or arrest). Rub on wrists, behind ears, around ankles, at temples – or use your intuition. Don’t use the oils straight, they need to be diluted in a carrier oil. One or two drops to two tablespoons should work (or ten drops to 30 ml.).

If you feel hyper or scattered, the tree resin (Frankincense) and Juniper Berry are nice grounding oils. Peppermint is a great wakeup oil. Cool and stimulating, it can make you more alert. Try mixing some with your shampoo to get going in the morning (same ratios as with the carrier oil). Don’t apply peppermint near your eyes or other sensitive tissues.

When you’re studying for an exam, try sniffing some rosemary while you’re studying, then smell it again right before you take the test. Smells have a way of recalling memories and information. This a great memory trick and one worthy of sharing.

Essential Oils for Stress

We all have it. Sometimes a little stress is good, but not when it interferes with your concentration, your work, or your studying. The universe gave you lots of safe, aromatic plants to help you feel good. Many splendid oils come from trees, including the roots, resins, bark and blossoms. Ylang ylang is a great de-stresser and you can use it the same way as outlined above. A diffuser is great because you can use it while you’re sleeping – plus it helps relax you for deeper sleep.

Orange or bergamot are other great de-stressing oils and they can help modulate blood pressure – and have lots of other health benefits. Clary sage also has calming properties and it’s good for hormone-induced stress.

Oils for Reducing Stress

  • Ylang ylang
  • Patchouli
  • Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Bergamot
  • Cedar Wood
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Frankincense

Lavender also has some amazing physical healing properties – especially for burns. You can find lots of information about essential oil properties online.

Essential Oils for Immunity

When you’re in school, it’s hard to avoid germs, unless of course, you’re doing it remotely or have a private room lined with Lysol-doused aluminum foil. Along with managing stress, it’s important to eat right and get lots of rest so you can feel and perform your best. Should you get sick, and you just might, sitting with all those germified “other people,” here are some great oils to have on hand:

Oils for Colds

  • Lemon
  • Eucalyptus
  • Clove
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Rosemary

These oils all have amazing individual properties, but combined, they form a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-viral mix. The blend is especially effective when you use it immediately – just at the onset of the sniffles – on vital points such as the soles of feet, wrists and behind ears. I’m not exaggerating! This is a powerful mix! You can buy it premixed from a number of manufacturers under names similar to “Thieves” but if you mix it yourself, you’ll have leftover oils so you can play amateur alchemist in your dorm room just as soon as you finish dissecting those pigs and complete those impossible math equations.

For “Thieves” proportions, check out this website, and remember the “Thieves” oils are all inexpensive staples that are nice to keep in your medicine cabinet. Please note that before using any essential oils, you should perform an overnight allergy test to detect if you have any sensitivities. Put a drop of pure oil on your skin and cover it with a Bandaid overnight. If you have any redness or swelling, don’t use it.

These suggestions aren’t just for college students, they’ll benefit most anyone and make a great home or travel kit for minor cuts, burns, etc. Please note that the doses recommended in this post are for adults only. Child doses require greater dilution, so please do some research before administering oils to children (or pets). There’s a wealth of free information on the internet about medicinal and other uses for essential oils, including recipes for eco-friendly cleaning products.

Have fun!

Love,
Clutter Control Freak

For two de-stressing essential oil recipes, view our other post.

You might also enjoy this tea storage blog on our sister site, which features a tea storage box that gets repurposed into an essential oil holder. And check out this piece on getting focused at work (which totally translates into school studying habits).

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Organizing Kids – Book Review – Benji’s Messy Room

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Teach Kids Organizing Skills Using Fiction

Benji’s Messy Room is a beautifully illustrated book with a purpose – to get kids organized. Cowritten by two professional organizers, Jonda Beattie and Diane Quintana, this book is written in first person in the voice of Benji, who takes you along on his journey from a messy to immaculate room in manageable-sized steps.

The story begins with a bit of defiance and a feeling of being overwhelmed by his mess, but Benji progresses through the task of room cleaning and reducing his toy collection in a step-by-step process (which includes a reward at the end).

The authors include tips and techniques for teaching organizing at the end, but the real meat is in the story itself, which was written by two women, both teachers, in a way that engages kids visually through a compelling, first-person narrative that kids can identify with as they build their own tidying habits.

Teaching kids to organize is a skill that they’ll benefit from their whole lives, both personally and professionally. Benji’s Messy Room is a fun learning tool that young mothers, grandmothers, teachers and professional organizers alike will appreciate. A female counterpart book, Suzie’s Messy Room is also available.

The illustrations are visually compelling, warm, distinctive, and entertaining, which kids will surely love. Both Quintana and Jonda Beattie are certified professional organizers and teachers, so they know how to communicate with children, as evidenced in this delightful book. Find out more on Jonda’s professional organizing website.

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Nail Polish Organizers

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Nail Polish Organizers – 3 Great Ideas for Decluttering Vanities

Nail polish organizers are something we never think to buy, and yet, they can make our lives so much easier. Nail polish has catastrophic potential when mishaps occur, so why not take a little extra care to prevent that from happening? If we could get through life without feeling the despair of Passion Red on light blue carpeting, we would be lucky. Nail polish organizers keep your polish upright and safe from you and your naughty cats, who, incidentally, enjoy Passion Red on any color carpeting.

Nail polish organizers come in a huge array of sizes and styles suitable for everyone, from the occasional get-pretty-for-a-date user, to those who must have an expansive array of nail polish – in every shade and finish – in order to feel sexy and complete. Here are several of my favorite nail polish organizers.

1. Spinning Nail Polish Organizer – Spinning nail polish organizers give you complete access to all of your nail polish bottles with only a slight turn of your wrist. This 30-bottle nail polish holder (shown in main photo) boasts center storage with four sections for nail files, buffers and other manicure tools. Clear acrylic makes it easy to identify your colors and the raised sides ensure that nail polish bottles don’t spill.

2. Acrylic Nail Polish Organizer – The occasional nail polish user will love the simplicity and compact size of this 12-compartment organizer. It measures 9.5 W x 3.5 D inches, taking up little space, while keeping your nail polish standing upright and ready to use.

3. Nail Polish Organizer Rack – With two shelves and room for 22 to 44 bottles of nail polish, this versatile metal rack looks as lovely as it is useful. The bottom shelf has about 2.88 inches of depth, plus plenty of clearance for storing small bottles of any kind (think lotion or shampoo). Rubber feet keep it from marring your vanity, and the scalloped open-wire design provides visibility while adding a decorative accent to your room.

There you have my top three picks, but you may need to check out our other nail polish organizers on our website. Plus, we have an enormous variety of cosmetic organizers, if you’re in the MOOD to organize, which I’m sure you are, since you made it to the end of my blog post.

‘Til next time.

Love,
Clutter Control Freak

You also might enjoy this how-to for another way to organize nail polish on the Organize-It blog.

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Car Organizer

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Dude – your car is a mess!

Maybe you should invest in a car organizer and increase your dateability.

For some, a car is a means of transportation. For others, a car might be a mobile office, a filing cabinet, a second closet, a cheap hotel, a gym storage locker or your own version of a trending tiny house. I carry a massage table in my car, just in case there is a need for some roadside Reiki assistance, or if a date should unexpectedly turn into a massage. I might also need a nap on a long day trip. You never know. In the modern world, a car can serve a lot of purposes, for sure. What’s the weirdest thing you keep in your car?

Whether you’re a dude or a dudette, if your car’s a mess and you find yourself constantly losing things – like your favorite CDs or your wallet – you might think about tidying things and develop some car interior maintenance habits. Here are a few car organizer products and ideas for keeping your car clean.

Auto Litterbag

Nothing’s more disturbing than unidentified white wads of tissues and napkins tucked between seats, in your door caddy, etc. This waste container attaches to your seat. If you hang it in the front, it will be right there where you need it while you’re driving.

Folders

Those stray papers scattered everywhere don’t need to be there. They look like inept confetti droppings from a fright parade. Keep a folder for all those receipts, Post-its and other bits of paper that seem to end up everywhere. You can take it in the house and empty it once a week – shred them. Get a cheap dollar store one with an elastic closure to keep your mess put.

Beer Bottle Carrier

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Cans like to hang together in a six-pack format, just like your abs. Put your cans or bottles in this carrier and recycle them when they’re empty. This beer bottle carrier is also great for tailgating parties, as you can bring your beverage of choice (and maybe share). And don’t forget to dig out those ones that rolled under your seat. Ew. It will look less conspicuous without them rolling about if you get pulled over for speeding. Trust me.

Car Visor Organizer

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A visor organizer is another place to put receipts – plus it can hold a parking lot card, passport, or other important papers. A built-in padded sunglasses holder ensures you won’t lose your shades. This car organizer is always near your head where you can remember it.

Car Seat Organizer

A car seat organizer holds all of your travel essentials including sunglasses, cell phones, beverages, CDs and more. It hangs over the headrest on the passenger seat and keeps everything within arm’s reach (provided you hang it in the front passenger seat). The cool part is that you can take it inside when you get home (not a purse, dudes). This one has lots of pockets and two side mesh beverage holders. If you have junior travelers, they can put their tablets and other gadgets inside and keep themselves entertained on the journey. Here’s a blue back-seat car organizer designed just for kids.

Car Trunk Organizer

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If you must carry lots of stuff in your car, consider corralling it using this trunk organizer. It’s made of sturdy black denier and has two large inside pockets and exterior mesh pockets for storing bottles and other items. It measures 25 W x 13 H x 13 D inches and works equally well behind a truck seat. It’s great for tucking small grocery items too, and it stores flat for compact storage.

Handheld Car Vacuum

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A car vacuum means you always have the tool to keep your carpet, mats and seats clean and when there are mishaps, you’ll have it handy for quick cleanups. This one is fairly inexpensive. Alternately, you can use the car wash ones. Probably for the price you pay for the car wash vacs, you’d pay for the handheld car vacuum in a year.


Once you have your new auto storage accessories in place, it’s time to develop some car organizing habits. Remove your paper file folder once a week and shred/sort/trash the content. The waste basket keeps trash funneled into one location that you can also empty on a weekly basis. A cigarette-lighter-powered vacuum helps keep the interior clean and, again, try to make a point to vacuum and do a quick clean on the weekends. If you develop good habits, you will feel more comfortable driving, plus you won’t freak out your dates or your mother. And if you stop using your car as a gym locker, you’ll be instantly more dateable. Promise.

Love,

Clutter Control Freak

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Roll Jeans

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Roll, roll, roll your jeans…. gently and efficiently.

You’ve been told to roll jeans for compact luggage transport and you did and it saved you tremendous amounts of space, but guess what? You can do it for your drawers too. Twice as many jeans in half the space.

One might wonder looking at this drawer why she needs all of those jeans. Well, you should’ve seen the bag I threw out. Still working on it. Reducing possessions is an ongoing process.

Sometimes less is more. Today is one of those days. Now roll jeans and enjoy all the extra space you are making. You might find some you don’t need, or a whole garbage bag full.

Love,

Clutter Control Freak


You might also enjoy this article on folding shirts.

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Bread Substitutes

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Bread Substitutes – 3 Low-Carb, Healthy Substitutes for Sandwiches

I love bread. Most people do. Give me some Wonder bread and I’ll roll it up in a ball, pop it in my mouth and embark on a nostalgic trip that includes orange peanuts, memories of Bozo and playing with Slinkies on avocado shag carpeting. I love good bread too, Panera bread, Zingerman’s bread, Crust loaves, homemade sourdough, Texas toast, seven grain bread and every kind of starchy, unhealthy, fattening white bread there is. If you can roll it up and bounce it off the wall, that’s fine by me too. I love all kinds – with practically any and every ingredient. Thing is, my metabolism is misaligned with my desire for starch and chewy, super-satisfying goodness.

Mind you, I’ve tried healthy breads and gluten-free cardboard products and would rather have my sandwich served naked in a bowl with no top or bottom. My quest for a healthy sandwich-like food led me to the following three products, which you might also find useful. Whether you have sugar or gluten issues, or are just looking for healthy low-carb alternatives to eating bread, you might enjoy these bread substitutes in your lunch, for dinner or any time.

Romaine

Romaine lettuce comes in large leafs, making it perfect for building sandwich-like creations out of healthy vegetables. Romaine makes especially nice tuna sandwiches and has practically no calories or carbs. Consider it a free food for making guiltless sandwiches and snacks.

Rice Paper Wraps (brown rice)

If you’ve ever had cold Thai spring rolls, you’ve eaten rice paper. Although hard to find, the brown rice ones are much more healthy and have a different flavor altogether. Brown rice has a low-glycemic load, and while it does have carbs, they are low compared to most breads. They are somewhat rubbery and noodle like and only require soaking in water for a few seconds before rolling your ingredients in them. This is my favorite bread substitute and it also fills a need for something noodle like, as my metabolism doesn’t like pasta either. You can put almost anything in them, including scrambled eggs for a healthy, tasty breakfast roll-up.

Brown rice paper wraps by Star Anise Foods are sugar free, gluten free, fat free and have only 96 calories and 22 carbs per serving (about three sheets).

Kelp Sheets

High in iodine, kelp is a sea-harvested product that adds a hint of Japanese cuisine to your faux-sandwiches. Low in calories, these make a very healthy bread substitute with a distinct flavor all their own. Use them to get creative and feel free to use brown rice, quinoa, or other ingredients for your own sushi-esque non-sandwich creations. To use, simply spread the seaweed flat, add ingredients and roll. Very finely chopped items help sustain the shape of the rolls.

Along with iodine, kelp is a super-food, rich in anti-oxidants and has the highest calcium ratings of any natural food (even higher than milk).

All three of these bread substitutes are great springboards for creative non-sandwich making. Whether you’re pursuing a paleo diet, monitoring glucose, or looking for tasteful gluten-free alternatives to bread, you’re likely to enjoy experimenting with all three of these.

Bonus Recipe – Tuna Fennel Salad Brown Rice Paper Roll-up

    Ingredients:

  • 1 can of drained tuna (or 4 ounces of fresh cooked)
  • 2 tbs. of low fat Miracle Whip
  • 1 tbs. of very finely chopped fresh fennel
  • 1/4 cup of coarsely chopped fresh spinach
  • 1/8 small onion very finely chopped
  • 4 brown rice wraps
  • Fresh parsley or vegetables for garnish (optional)

Mix the tuna, Miracle Whip, fennel and onion in a bowl. Prepare the wraps by soaking in a pie plate or lid with warm water. You don’t need to soak long – maybe five seconds. Carefully shake off some of the excess water and spread on a clean plate individually for building your roll-up.

Sprinkle a small amount of chopped spinach in a straight line across the center of the wrap, leaving plenty of spare space on the ends for folding. Carefully spoon your tuna mixture on top of the spinach. Then add a little more chopped spinach to the top. Be your own gauge for amounts here.

Fold the ends over towards the center, then carefully roll the wrap. Roll it tightly and squeeze it into a neat tube as you go. Set aside and then repeat for the other rolls.

You’ll find that as the roll-ups sit during the process, the water evaporates. Brown rice wraps are a bit sticky and rubbery, very much like rice vermicelli noodles and they have a very distinct flavor from the more common white rice counterparts.

After rolling all of your wraps, garnish if desired with some vegetables or herbs and serve and enjoy. If you’ve never thought to put fennel in tuna salad, you don’t know what you’re missing. Delicious tuna, fresh herbs and brown rice paper wraps (one of the best bread substitutes available) make for a delicious late summer snack.

Love,
Clutter Control Freak

P.S. You might like an OXO salad crisper to clean and store your romaine.

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Lost Socks

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Lost Socks – The Antidote

We all have them – well most of us. Lost socks. Orphaned socks. The one that got away, ran away, got eaten – or disappeared into the sock black hole never again to be found. We keep the orphaned socks, hoping the mates will show up some day, like the tomcat who went out carousing. Only the socks usually aren’t out rollicking. They are, sadly and simply, lost socks.

The bag of lost socks may hang on the back of a door or in a closet – a big dumb clump of fabric and annoying reminder of a careless moment (or twenty). I have had such a bag for ten years. Every year or two, I dump them out, take another assessment, and then put them away after another failed attempt at matching.

Eventually, the lost socks get converted into dust cloths and then relegated to the trash soon after. It’s a sad thing, a widowed sock. Dusting with one is only a reminder of the thing that’s missing. I discovered something recently though, that put an end to my lost sock problem – SockPro Wash Organizer Discs. They’re made of flexible rubber and have non-destructive grips that hold your socks together. The rubber is completely safe for the washer and dryer and super-easy to use. Simply pull your socks through the center and the built-in soft teeth grip them, holding them in perfect pairs.

If you make it a habit to insert your sock pairs into the SockPro as soon as you take them off, you’ll never lose another sock. They come in sets of ten and are inexpensive – well worth the cost to keep your socks happily married forever.

Love, Clutter Control Freak
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