I really dislike ironing. Probably the only household chore that I dislike more is vacuuming. And since moving to England I am doing a lot more of both. But this post is not to whinge about vacuuming – that can come later.
The reason I iron so much is that I don’t have a tumble dryer. I hang all of our clothes and linens up to dry. We have two racks that are in our third bedroom (the ‘laundry’ room – the washing machine is in the kitchen). I hang neatly, and shake the clothes out to get some of the worst out – but still – virtually everything needs to be ironed. Shirts, trousers, jeans, sweaters – the whole lot. I don’t iron underwearor socks, towels or sheets (I’m not a masochist). I do iron the pillowcases as it makes the bed much more comfortable and it just takes a couple minutes. The WORST ironing task is the duvet cover. Yep, once a week I spend 20 minutes ironing the dumb thing. I just can’t stand how terrible the bedroom looks with a wrinkly duvet.
OK – whingeing over. Now a story.
There are quite a few mornings when we get half way down the lane and I say ‘did i turn the iron off?’ Maybe once a month I think I didn’t and we head back to check. I can’t think of a single time that it was left on, but hey, checking is better than burning the house down. Anyways, two weeks ago I went to Texas to visit my sister. I did my packing on a Thursday night after a day of meetings in London, and pressed the worst out of a couple tops before putting them in my suitcase. Well, on Monday night, after coming home from work, Steve thought the house smelled funny. Sure enough, the iron was on. STILL on. Since THURSDAY. Four days. We are so lucky the house didn’t catch fire.
The iron still works, but leaks water – so today I got a new iron. YES, it has auto off. It is 2300 watts, heats almost immediately and irons a pillowcase in about half the time. It will take the edge off the drudgery.
Yes, I am aware you can hire people to do your ironing. (there are quite a few services here in England that will pick it up from your house and deliver weekly) I just can’t justify the cost. When I’m a VP maybe:-)