I can hear the comments all over the place: "But Lucy, why iron?"
Me. I do. Iron. I iron, and I am proud.
Every single week, I attack two big full baskets of this families clothes with the iron. Nearly 100 items a week get ironing.
Most weeks I hate the idea of the chore that looms, but I still do it. Every week. And it gives me a lot of satisfaction.
I just can't not iron.
What can I say? I like the clothes, on all of us, to look and feel nice when we put them on. I like the way all the pressed and folded and hanging clothes look in our wardrobes. I love the way it makes getting dressed so much quicker and easier.
If I am up to date with the ironing, I feel in control. (Does that make me sound like a nutter? Probably.)
Did you know that in some areas, women all gather in a lounge room with all their irons and all their ironing boards and all stand round in a circle and iron and iron and iron and gossip together? Flat out, ironing all day. Whilst other folk drop their baskets of ironing off to them? How cool.
Here's some ironing tips. Laugh if you want.
•Do your ironing in the bedroom. You'll be able to use the bed to sort your laundry, and you'll have hangers close at hand in the closet. Especially good if you have a TV in your bedroom......
•Cut your ironing time by putting a piece of aluminum foil under the ironing board cover. The foil will reflect heat so you're actually ironing from both sides at once.
•Progress from articles or garments needing the lowest temperature to those requiring the highest.
•To prevent collars, cuffs, and hems from puckering, iron them on the wrong side first.
•Iron thick fabrics (like jeans and King Gee's!) on the inside first, then on the outside.
•When pressing badly wrinkled corduroy, hold the iron just above the garment and steam the fabric thoroughly.
•If you don't have a sleeve board, insert a rolled-up towel in sleeves so they can be pressed without leaving creases.
•Quick spray starch can be made at home by slowly adding 1 tablespoon cornflour to 2 cups water. Stir until the starch is dissolved, and pour the blend into a clean spray bottle. Spray fabrics lightly when ironing.
Maybe it is my form of OCD?
But I feel better for having ironed. Simple.