So last night I ironed. And ironed. And ironed. Had a cup of Twinings Lemon and Ginger Tea - a big one, and ironed some more. And somewhere amongst all those clothes I got curious - who else irons but me? What are your ironing tips?
My friend Kerrie has an ironing lady. She comes once a week for a few hours and just irons everything in the basket. Good, eh? Who else'd like an ironing fairy like Kerrie's?
Another friend, Lizzie, uses a timer. Every evening, well most anyhow, she goes into the laundry and sets the timer for 15 minutes. When the bell rings she switches off the iron and walks away. She says it works.
I iron in short bursts - often when Jemimah is doing copywork or maths or illustrating her nature notebook or something similar. This, along with a couple of sustained evenings works for me. I did have to make one minor modification though - I find that if I only have a short time to iron that I tend to do the quick stuff - Jemimah's clothes, hankies, tea towels and the like. At the end of the week I'd end up with a big terrible pile of my nemesis - men's business shirts. Now I have a rule that every time I turn on the iron I must iron at least one shirt. Mostly this makes the dreaded pile much smaller - if it grows at all.
What about you? Do share your secrets...I'm curious.
While we're on the subject of ironing - which I am, believe me - do you iron your sheets? Now I'll grant you that nothing is lovelier than sinking into a big bed of freshly laundered and perfectly pressed white 1500 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, but that's why we stay in hotels on holidays, isn't it?
If you do iron sheets, how do you do it? Do you iron them when they're on the bed? My mum does that. I don't. Anyway, I only iron the tops of my flat sheets since that is all you see when the bed's made - oh, and I iron the pillow cases and the doona cover too.
So what about you? Do you iron or not? Do you think those who do iron sheets are enviably house proud or oddly obsessive compulsive?
One last question while we're in the laundry - how often do you change them? I change ours once a week. On Wednesday. Why Wednesday I wonder? Dunno really. There probably was a reason once-upon-a-time...
Image from here.