Christmas Letters and Underwear

Sunday, January 04, 2009
Just so that it is known, I sent out my Christmas letters a few weeks ago. I don't want to post it here, so if anyone who is reading this didn't get one just ask and I will e-mail it to you.

On a completely unrelated note: underwear. Lately, my sock drawer has been getting shaggy. My black socks aren't black any more, my white socks have lots of holes, and my underwear... lets just say they are going the way of my white socks.

A few months ago I was talking to a friend of mine. We were shooting the breeze, and the question came up: what would you do with $1 million? His answer? "Wear a fresh pair of socks every day." If you think about it, you don't have to be a millionaire to do this ($2 per pair of socks X 365 days = $700 a year), but I still like the idea: such a little thing could make a big difference in your comfort level on a day-to-day basis.

So, paring together that conversation and the condition of my sock drawer, I decided to buy all new underwear and socks. I am not going to take it as far as wearing a fresh pair of socks every day, but at least for now, everything in my sock drawer is fresh and clean, without any holes that aren't supposed to be there.

So all of my older socks and underwear are going to Good Will, and I am going to be walking on fresh socks for a while.

What things do you do whose cost is small but makes a big difference in your life?


PS: I never thought I would write a post that uses the word "underwear" 6 times. Oh well, live and learn. And no, I am not going to post pictures.


Sara said...

I love my Cottonelle toilet paper. I've decided that I hate all the other kinds of toilet paper and will now only use the good stuff. It's expensive, but (like you said) it's a small expense overall that won't break the bank. And it makes me happy.

Yes, I just said my toilet paper makes me happy.

gail said...

mine is candles - especially in my classroom. I ALWAYS get comments on how homey it makes my room feel. And when I get in a new student, I especially love that it makes that parent feel like their child is in a "safe" place.

and no, I don't light them. They sit on a little hot plate that is made for candles.

Matt said...

NOOOOOO!!! I can't believe you're actually giving your underwear to the Goodwill!!! Would YOU wear socks or underwear from the Goodwill? John Acuff did a post about this on SCL...

Helen said...

I like Dr. Pepper. Not just cans of Dr. Pepper or even bottles, no I like Dr. Pepper from the soda fountain. I would get one every day if I could. And usually they're only a dollar or less! Hurrah!

I must second Matt's comment about Goodwill, however. No one wants your holey underwear. If YOU don't want your own underwear, you can be pretty darn sure no one else does either.

Katanna said...

The point is that the underwear isn't THAT bad (just a few), and that SOMEONE out there would like some underwear, even if used. If GoodWill won't sell it then they will know who to give it to. If no one wants it, then GoodWill will know that and they will throw it away.


Matt said...

well, at least wash it before you give it to them. We're all kind of reacting to the SCL post about volunteers who had to sort through dirty underwear at a "charity" event. "Hi, Jesus loves you. Have some crap." As long as it's not crap, then I guess I can let it slide. I just can't imagine ever wearing used underwear... ever.