If this topic seems to come out of left field, well it sort of does. Monday I stared at the blank screen trying to figure out what to write for today’s post. I’m fortunate in that I seldom stare at the blank screen without something to say. But Monday, that’s where I was. What did I do?
The usual answer is just to type something. Anything. But I mean I had nothing.
So, I set up my ironing board on the counter near our utility area (It’s not a room.)
(a very tiny table-top kind because we don’t have the wonderful built in board we had in our former house of 20 years. I loved that board!)
I had washed clothes and had a number of tops more than in need of ironing. You know how sometimes you can get away without ironing shirts. (Fortunately, my husband has moved to almost all of those shirts.) But some shirts, no matter how fast you bring them out of the dryer, they need the touch of an iron. I had a couple of shirts hanging clean in my closet that I didn’t take time to iron when I washed them last week and thus wasn’t wearing.
My excuse for not ironing last week is it was so, so, so hot. It was our second week of 100-degree temps. But this week, our highs are only in the mid to low 90s. Perhaps you’re thinking this is not a big difference. Well, it’s not a big difference, but let me assure you it is a significant difference. And we’ve even had rain. Almost unheard of in August.
On Monday, I spent 45 minutes ironing those 7 shirts and 2 sets of capri pants. I did not break a sweat; last week that wouldn’t have been the case.
Aside from the possibility of getting hot ironing, I actually kind of like the activity.
*You can tell when you get finished.
*Easy to keep track of where you are in the project. I’ve ironed two shirts and have one more to do.
*The activity is a good place for getting used to not being “perfect,” but accepting “good enough.”
*The sense of accomplishment when you finish is super.
You’ll notice almost all the shirts are in some shade of turquoise. That’s a topic for another day. 🙂
So I’m wondering, do you enjoy ironing? Do you iron? I know folks who send everything to the cleaners for washing and pressing. (The stuff that you don’t need to dry clean, like men’s dress shirts.)
Do you have a great ironing place? Can you leave the board up all the time? Or do you have to take it down between use? Have a built in one, like we used to have? Use a table top board like I do now? Love to hear from you on this most important subject. LOL