Raneth wrote:Also, I hate mailing packages. Do I put all the stuff in the package and wrap it up before taking it to the post office first? Or do I go there and assemble it there, where they actually have packing tape? Where on the box do I write the address? There's too many things to worry about.
The post office causes me considerable anxiety since I don't go out much anyhow. I have found, however, that the easiest way to handle a post office trip where packages are involved is to make a list of what needs done and do most of it at home first. This is mine:
Have on hand:
- wrapping paper
- assorted size boxes
- regular gift tape
- packing tape
- brown paper wrapping
- address labels
Wrap the package as you would normally. Then find a box in which to put it. Old newspapers make good cushioning or, if you're sending stuff like clothing, you can wrap the more fragile things in the clothing. I put an inventory of the things I'm sending up top with a warning that there are other things wrapped in the clothes so that the recipient doesn't break something. If the box has print on it, you can wrap THAT in brown paper (bought at Wal-Mart, most Wal-Marts have an excellent mailing supply center now). Address to them goes in the center of the package. Your address (I have mailing labels so I don't have to keep printing it out) goes in the top left corner. I use a clear, non smearing black or dark blue ink so the postal service can clearly read the label.
Once done, I take the package to the desk and have them weigh it so I know exactly how much to pay. Generally they'll place another stamping label on the box to confirm the postage was paid. When possible, take the extra time to insure breakable items and to obtain a tracking number. It will ease your mind considerably regarding whether or not the package gets to its destination (that also, of course, depends on the value of the stuff inside).
If you have to assemble your package at the postal service, DON'T do it in line. Pick out the things you need from the displays, take it to a counter they have for that purpose, and do it there. Same procedure applies. Once you've finished, get in line and pay for shipping the package.
On the folding bottom sheet question, I found this:How to Fold a Fitted Sheet
It actually works. Do it a few times and you'll have it committed to memory.