What a difference 75 minutes can make!  Yesterday I showed you my small bit of organising.  I had sorted the tangle of unironed clothes from earlier in the week into piles of shirts, skirts, t-shirts and so on.

2013-02-14 01This morning I caught the slightly later train so I decided to get as much of the ironing done as possible.  There is no doubt that, not only am I a ‘fowl’ (morning person), I do perform better when I am working to a deadline.  I knew that I had a window of 75 minutes, so naturally the challenge (in my head) was on to get as much done in the allotted time as possible. Here is the result.

2013-02-15 02 All I have left to do are the 3 pairs of trousers for The Duke which are on the left-hand end of the ironing board in the photo.

2011-07-10 02Because I use a steam iron and we live in an area of high humidity, I always hang the ironed clothes to air and dry thoroughly before putting them in the wardrobe. Ironing seems to be a universally hated task, however, I actually do not mind it – especially once I get started.  I find a great deal of satisfaction in having crisp, clean clothes hanging in the cupboard ready to wear. I know many people choose not to iron most of their clothes and some do not even own an iron.  That is not an option for me as both The Duke and I work in a corporate environment and almost all of our clothes are either 100% or primarily cotton/linen. There are stories of people who iron everything – including underwear and bed linen.  I think that may well be from a time when clothes dryers were not commonplace and it was a way of ensuring that everything was totally dry.  I do iron handkerchiefs, pillowcases, tablecloths , serviettes and teatowels which some would regard as extreme but I guess it is a matter of each to his own. What is your ironing story?

8 thoughts on “Transformed

  1. Your new blog design is really attractive! Very nice.

    We spend most of our time at home now, so we don’t need to have lots of things ironed, but I’m just “old school” enough that I refuse to let my husband go to church on Sunday with an un-ironed shirt!

    • Thank you for your thoughts on the design. I have tried a few options but am really happy with the style of this one.

      One day we will not be working in offices and I imagine our ironing will be much reduced.

  2. My grandparents ironed just about every thing including table cloths, handkerchiefs, pillow cases and sheets etc. It was exhausting to me and not something I wanted to be doing but I do understand the enjoyment you get, I am like that with washing dishes. Once I start I remember why I love playing in the water.

  3. I have to admit that I iron as little as possible and avoid buying clothes that require it, because I hate it so much. That leaves me with just the husbands dress shirts and linen tablecloths. Even my napkins, I hang to dry and fold them flat right away – they look ok enough to skip the ironing. My own dress shirts look good enough when they hang to dry too.

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