In this blog post, "Ironing Clothes: an easier way", our friend Ann Sheehan provides a variety of tips to make ironing clothes easier by setting up an efficient ironing space in your home - no matter how small your space is.
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There are a few people who love to iron their clothes. They find the task to be very soothing and relaxing. Others consider it an unpleasant chore and do it just when absolutely necessary. They undertake the dreaded task only before the big company meeting or a family friend's wedding. But most people loathe ironing, avoiding it at all costs. They purchase wrinkle free clothing or hire someone else to iron for them, or simply walk around looking rumpled and unkempt.
With just a few simple ideas, ironing may not become an enjoyable task - but it can be at least tolerable.
Have the right equipment. The iron you inherited from grandma with duct tape wrapped around its cord. The ironing board with the broken leg bought at the charity rummage sale. The kids' squirt gun. These might all be items you grab when it comes time to iron. But these things will only make the chore more difficult, make it take longer, and make it that much more frustrating. You don't need to purchase the newest and priciest equipment on the market, but a little investment up front will really pay off for years to come. A good iron, a solid ironing board, and a fine-mist spray bottle are all the basics you need to make the task a little faster and easier.
Have a designated "ironing area". Ironing can be made even more annoying when you have to search the house for everything you need before you can get started. Did you last use the iron when making crafts with the kids, or to kill that cockroach? Is the ironingboard out in the garage being used as a tool bench, or is it still part of the fort in the playroom? Was the spray bottle last used to water the plants, or to spray the neighborhood tomcat?
Knowing everything is already in one area will make just the idea of ironing far less daunting. It doesn't have to be a large
or fancy space. A corner in the laundry room or a spot in the basement by the television works great. This is the area where the
iron, the ironing board, and a spray bottle can always be found. Maybe add a clothes rack, hangers, and sewing kit if space is ample.
What if your studio apartment isn't large enough for a designated ironing area? Then purchase equipment that is portable and easy to maneuver. A cordless iron and a table-top ironing board can be easily stored in the bedroom closet, allowing the newly pressed clothing to be hung directly in the closet.
Share the chore with other family members. Your husband might think twice about crumpling up his dress pants and throwing them in the hamper if he knows it is his responsibility to iron them. Teach your kids how to iron. After all, do you really want your daughter to have to learn how to press her blouse the same day she has her first job interview? Or do you want your son to learn ironing from a fraternity brother?
Ironing may not be the favorite chore of most people, but with the right tools and preparation, it can at least be tolerable!