I have to admit it — I like to iron. I sometimes put if off because it does take some effort to set up the ironing board and then gather everything together. But after I get everything set up and ready I tend to enjoy the task.
My mom enjoyed ironing. She even "took in ironing" for a time when I was a child to make a little extra money. I remember her spreading out the clothes on the kitchen table and then sprinkling them with water that she had in an old glass pop bottle with a sprinkler top. She would then put the clothes in a special plastic bag which closed with a zipper and store them in the refrigerator overnight. It was kind of fun to iron those cool clothes on a hot summer day.
My sister and I both started our ironing career with little toy irons and we each had our own little metal folding ironing board. Ironing with the electric iron was more difficult for me when I was a young girl since I am left-handed. The irons in those days had a hard protruding cord on the right side which got in the way if you tried to hold the iron in your left hand. As a result I learned to iron right-handed.
I think one thing that is enjoyable about ironing is seeing the garment improve in appearance right before your eyes. It can go from a wrinkled, tangled mess to a crisp new looking item in a manner of minutes. I also enjoy the smell of the spray starch and the lavender ironing water. I like to sleep on crisp, clean, scented pillow cases.
It helps when ironing to have a well padded ironing board and an iron with a large water tank so there is plenty of steam. I saw some beautiful patterned ironing board covers at TJ Maxx recently. I may have to look into purchasing one of those the next time I need a new cover.
I usually have some sort of sewing project going so I often catch up on my ironing while I have the ironing board up to press my latest creation.
I haven't always been as diligent about keeping up with my ironing. Years ago a sewing teacher showed our class how she always turned her garments inside out and pressed the seams flat each time she washed them to help keep them looking their best. I was also convicted after reading an article by a pastor's wife who mentioned that keeping her husband's clothes clean and well pressed was one way that she could help him in his ministry. I have found that careful laundering and pressing can help make older (or second-hand) clothing look nicer and last longer. It's also more comfortable to wear a smooth, wrinkle free garment.
I know a number of people who never iron--some noticeably so. Others are just careful about removing their clothing from the dryer and hanging or folding the clothes properly so they don't wrinkle.
How about you? Are you a frequent ironer?
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