Thursday, February 5, 2009


I have a long and established history of being anti-ironing. I usually drag the iron and board out once every three years, and only when I absolutely have to. I've been known to pass on perfect pants when I realize they will require ironing. I once jokingly cast the evil spirit of ironing out of a group of friends.

So I was surprised when the occasion came up that I wanted to watch a tv show in the middle of the day but couldn't justify sitting on my rear end doing nothing else... so I got out the ironing board, the iron, the scented ironing water I had bought and never used and went to work on anything I could find that needed ironing: scarves, cloth napkins, trousers, even t-shirts. I was able to watch tv and have a strong sense of accomplishment at the same time. By the time I was done, I actually felt more relaxed and had less pain in my neck. I had never known about the therapeutic value of ironing, otherwise I'd have taken it up years go.

I left the board up in the living room (much to Tim's irritation, I might add!) and looked for every opportunity to sneak back in their and iron the wrinkles out of my laundry and ruffled spirit! Tim even honored my request for a can of starch. On the day I found myself ironing The Boys' underwear and the bed sheets I figured it had gone too far. But what's a tense girl to do when all the traditionally ironable laundry is done and she needs a fix? When I start ironing my money, please have me committed. We all have our boundaries.

How about you all? Are you pro- or anti-ironing?

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  1. I always have this huge basket of stuff that needs to be ironed...and I always procrastinate about it. I hate it! But how do you NOT buy clothes that have to be ironed? I do like to watch something,too, when I do actually drag out the ironing board, it helps a lot.

  2. I hate it! I never do it! I will pass up any outfit that needs it! LOL!!!! I think overall I'm just lazy and feel like I could be doing other things.


  3. Anti-ironing all the way. I think the fact that I had no knowledge that there is such a thing as scented ironing water pretty much clenches it. I will pass on clothes a lot of times if they will require ironing.

    Sadly, when Hubby's uniforms needed ironing, he did it himself. I was not a Proverbs 31 woman.

    My grandma on the other hand was pro-ironing to a fault. She said that if my grandfather came back alive from WWII that she would iron his underwear and t-shirts for the rest of his life. She did, until the last few years when she was really unable to iron. He was the only man I knew with pressed skivvies and v-neck undershirts. At least she didn't starch them!

    :) Kayren

  4. Lora, it's quite possible to buy things that don't need ironing. I've been doing it for years!

    I think hardcore ironing might be a European thing. I could be wrong- I'm the first to admit that I've been gone so long I often lose touch with what Americans are up to. Many Europeans don't use electric clothes dryers because of the cost, so ironing is often a requirement to make the clothes wearable again after line-drying stiff. As to scented ironing water, that might be a European thing as well. I had never seen it until I moved to England.

    I have to take back what I said about ironing helping the pain in my neck. That first day I ironed alot I must have already been in pain and the ironing relaxed me. It still soothes my nerves, but the last time I did it, it caused some severe pain in my neck. I haven't ironed since, but the board is still handy.