Mondays are laundry days here at our house. Tuesdays are ironing days unless laundry day exceeds into Tuesday… then Wednesdays are ironing days.
I love ironing day.
I didn’t always love ironing. It is the most incredibly boring, tedious task in the world. There is a proper way to iron. My mom tried several times to teach me the correct way. Once again, not being a fan of proper ways or following rules I devised my own unique style of ironing. Martha Stewart would not approve.
I for one do not care if the creases in my husband’s pants are crisp and perfect. I do not care if every ruffle on my daughter’s dress is wrinkle-free. I get the majority of the wrinkles out and go on with my day!
When I was pregnant with my three kids, my mom would stop by the house occasionally to see if there was anything to help with. I think I said, “No” but would then mutter something along the lines of “I don’t care if this whole house comes crumbling down.”
My mom would delightfully grab the overflowing ironing basket and begin humming, ironing away and rejoicing in the fact she finally got ahold of those pants to put the creases back in their place.
Nowadays, the ironing basket is never overflowing. My best ideas come to me when I’m ironing. It’s a task that requires no thought and leaves my mind open to wander and ponder. If I were to just sit down and close my eyes nothing would pop in my head. I guess I require doing something with my hands and it has to be the most boring activity to really get my juices flowing!
A few months ago we were in the market for a new washing machine and dryer. The salesman showed us the top of the line model claiming you never have to iron again….the dryer takes care of it for you. He said, “See these pants, I pulled them out of the dryer this morning and just threw them on and came to work.” I may not have “Martha Stewart” expectations but my qualification for being ironed and his were completely different. Not only did he not have creases but there were wrinkles everywhere and the cuffs were really messed up! In defense of “high-end” dryers, this guy had blood-shot eyes, smelled weird, and had serious bed head. I think he was actually still half asleep and forgot he actually pulled these pants from underneath a couch cushion and not “straight from the dryer.”
I smiled and told him, “We’ll take the middle of the line option…I like to iron.”
I had painting day today. It was just me painting and the kids were at school. I somehow managed to get paint all over the kitchen floor. I arrived at school to pick up the kids and every different person I ran into, found paint somewhere else…cheeks, forehead, hair. I think I’d well beyond even Martha Stewart’s about to save the lost.
haha!! I usually have some paint adhered to me too! I had some real stubborn stuff about a month ago that I could not get scrubbed off. I had a black paint line going down my leg and one running up my arm for four days!! Always a good look!
Gives you plenty of street cred though!
I made a few typos there. I think I’m well beyond even Martha Stewart’s ability to save the lost!
I WANT that dryer that irons!!!!!! Lol! Great post!
Thank you!!! Be prepared to shell out a few extra bucks!!! LOL
That explains the missing crease… I think I am going to call your Mom 😉
Be happy I iron for you at all!!
Make no mistake… I know how to use an iron, I simply choose not to…
I love ironing too. People call me crazy, but there is something to be said of those mindless, solo jobs. Not only is it a great time to think, but to really just sort of disconnect from your busy, hectic life (and hey, you look a lot less wrinkled because of it!).
I’m glad there’s someone else out there who feels this way!! You have to find the bright side to everything… even these boring jobs!! Thanks for reading!!
I have enough ironing to keep you in ideas for months.
Perhaps we can work out a deal…you make me some tea with honey AND lemons without being grumpy about it and I’ll do some ironing for you!
Oh, I’ll make it. I make no promises about the grumpiness associated with making it, LOL. A
I love ironing too – no one comes in to bother me while I’m doing it. Most of my friends think I’m unliberated and crazy but I like crisp clothes – what can I say? Just remember: Martha Stewart doesn’t iron either. Her staff does.
Okay, you totally have a point with Martha!! It is definitely a chore most people don’t do anymore. I’m not making a plea for it to make a comeback or anything but it certainly does have it’s upsides!!
I have to remind myself about Martha’s staff every time I feel like my housekeeping is up to par. 😉 My grandmother used to iron her pillowcases. I can only pray it doesn’t make that big of a comeback – lol!
I need to start ironing as my dryer is broken. First, I have to clear off the ironing board.
Yep, my Mom always says her best ideas come when she’s mopping the floor. There’s just something about rhythmic, mindless work that gets the brain going. I try to tell myself that each time I reach for a mindless computer game instead of a mindless basket of laundry folding…. it’s still a work in progress…
haha!!! That’s funny! Whatever works right?!!!
Thanks for taking the time to read it!!
It’s funny. My husband meticulously irons all his clothes. I remain wrinkled. I should ship you all my ironing–think of how inspired you’ll become then!