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Uniform check

It occurs to me that I’ve missed my monthly reminder for checking your uniform for the past couple of months. Apparently, life happens and it got swept by the wayside.

Well, isn’t that the way it happens?

You get busy or otherwise occupied and one day, a manager points out that your shirt collar is yellow and pilled (those little furry balls that guys with heavy beards get on the outside of their collars due to rubbing against neck whiskers) or your shoes are worn, your pants threadbare. And, according to Murphy, whose law seems to impose itself in your life at the most inopportune times,  you need every penny of the next week’s tip to make your rent and really can’t afford to buy a new shirt, or your car recently needed a new alternator and you spent all of your reserves on that.

So, I remind you that the best way to avoid this situation is to spot check your uniform weekly and do a monthly intensive uniform check, paying attention to the areas that turn out to be problem areas (the backs of pants cuffs, the color of black denim, shirt collars and cuffs, ties, aprons, etc.). If you stay ahead of the curve, you’ll never be caught with your pants down (so to speak).

One thing you can do is to consign clothing items that are on the verge of being tossed to an “emergency stash”. If you catch them before they’re unserviceable but as they are approaching that status, you can save them for the time when you don’t have the cash to replace an unserviceable item. Reserve them for those times. Don’t wait until they’re so threadbare that you have to toss them out.

This has been a public service announcement from your surrogate mother.

Picture taken from site that advises on how to clean ring around the collar:

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