{Routine} Ironing

Ok, I realise you may not be as insane as I am and enjoy ironing like I do, as I mentioned in 20 things about me.  However if we want to look the part it has to be done.  I have not always had a passion for ironing, when the twins were babies I remember finding it hard to find the time.  But I soon learnt that I can juggle my love for watching my soapies with the dreaded ironing.  Now, I don’t mind popping out the ironing board once a week to keep up to date on the ironing pile and my favourite TV shows.

My hubby wears business shirts to work each day so I need to have at least 6 shirts ironed for him each week, (1 for each weekday, plus an extra one just in case I don’t get around to ironing when I should).  For the kids I iron their school uniform, dresses and collared shirts.  As for me, I don’t iron anything I wear (I value my time and have plenty of other things to do, so I don’t buy linen type clothing that needs ironing).  If however I do have something that may look like it needs an iron I just pop it onto a hanger, place in the wardrobe and by the time I go to wear it the creases have fallen out.

5 ways to stay in control of your ironing pile

1. Iron as you wear

Place your clean clothes directly onto hangers and iron as you need them.  Personally I find this too stressful, I much prefer to go to a cupboard and dress immediately into ironed clothing.  You may also find that you will never put the ironing board away, making it a permanent decoration within your home.

2. Place clothes on hanger while drying

After washing place clothing that you hang onto a clothes hanger and allow to dry on the line or on a clothes airer.  Then when dry take directly into the wardrobe.  This also eliminates the clean laundry pile building up.

3. Don’t buy clothes that need ironing

This will eliminate all your worries…easy 🙂

4. Hang directly from clothes dryer

If you use a clothes dryer, remove your clothes as soon as it has finished and hang in wardrobe, the heat will remove most creases.

5. Iron once a week

Find an ironing basket/hamper to store your clean clothes that need to be ironed.  This hamper must be able to keep the clothes clean, preferably with a lid so it keeps your pile clutter free and hidden.  You could use something similar to a clothes hamper that you keep your dirty washing in.

This is my preferred method of ironing.  I record my favorite shows and watch when I have time and ironing is a great time to catch up.  I usually iron on a Tuesday or Wednesday night each week.  No reason in particular it’s just a night that I have chosen.

These are my ironing basket, nobody would know it to be as it is disguised really well.  

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Natalie March 21, 2011 - 8:27 AM

I am another ironing lover – the smell of ironed clothes makes me feel like I am back at my grandma’s house 😀

Erin March 21, 2011 - 8:36 AM

We have a rail in the laundry for hanging clothes on hangers, waiting to be ironed. That way they don’t get crushed in the basket (makes ironing easier).

Carly March 22, 2011 - 4:20 PM

I also get work shirts out of the washing machine before the spin cycle is finished and hang them on the line. They take slightly longer to dry but much less ironing! If I’m in the mood for ironing I will also iron very slightly damp shirts – you need to be careful with this though, make sure your iron is on the right setting 🙂

Liz March 24, 2011 - 5:19 PM

LOVE tip number three. I avoid ironing at all costs. DP is an ‘Iron as you wear’ type which annoys me. I’d rather have everything in my wardrobe ready to wear. Especially helpful when your running late.

Sarah June 30, 2011 - 2:11 AM

I usually don’t whinge!But my hubby works at the airport and has gone from the flueros to business shirts!He looks so smart in the shirts,but-man!the flueros were easier!Especially having a one year old at your leg tagging at the iron cord!!!Bring back the flueros andf I guess iron at night when toddler is asleep.This is when I am asleep or studying!I Shake the shirt when it comes out of wash and straight on the hanger.Iron when damp.Do you think sprays are necessary??Hubby has big shirts!!Big shoulders and very tall.Kat-luv your motto-get it done!And always have 6 ironed shirts!!Do you have a specific ironing day.Advice would be appreciated.x

Katrina July 2, 2011 - 2:41 AM

Sarah have you seen my how to iron business shirts video? Here’ the link https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/how-to-video/how-to-video-ironing-a-business-shirt/ I don’t use spray’s but if there is a stubborn crease which is hard to remove I spray the water in the iron over just that area. When the kids were little I ironed in the evening, once a week, and chose an evening where there was something on TV I would enjoy watching at the same time. But choose wisely, don’t iron through your favourite TV show, you deserve to sit down and relax on the couch while watching that one! I like watching cooking, DIY shows while I iron.

Madeline March 5, 2013 - 11:40 AM

As a working mum of 4, I need to wear business shirts daily. I don’t iron much ( if ever) but I do some preparation when I wash.
1 Try to only wash the shirts together (Overloading your machine may appear quicker but you end up with more wrinkles.)
2 Spin cycles are great for removing water from heavier items but leave wrinkles on clothes. so reduce your spin speed and time.
3 Remove things from the washing machine as soon as they are done (even a few minutes makes creases)
4 Shake you washing really hard before hanging it. (It is a great exercise for the upper arms)
5 Either hang shirts on coat hangers inside or in the shade. When hanging them on the line hang shirts from their bottoms in a strong breeze.
5 Business pants don’t need to be ironed if you follow steps 1-4 and either hang them on pants hangers by their bottoms or hang on the line in a breeze. ( avoid direct sun light if you can if your suit pants are black stops them going brown)
6. I always wash my own suit jackets using a silk wash then follow steps 1-4 and hang inside on a padded coat hanger (the kind you see at fetes or if your lucky you or your Mum make )
I don’t iron and never use the dryer.

eliz a buf March 5, 2013 - 1:12 PM

i don’t love to iron, but i don’t hate it anymore. my best tips are to use a slower spin speed and don’t fill the washer too full, these both create wrinkles before you’ve even gotten the clothes out of the washer.

give everything a really good shake, put into the dryer for ten minutes on medium heat, and the wrinkles will start to loosen. hang everything immediately onto hangers (pants and shirts, dresses, too) and hand on a rail/rack/line to dry in the shade but outdoors if possible. full sun can make clothes feel ‘crunchy’ and they will be softer to wear, and iron more quickly if dried that bit slower in the shade.

things on hangers that need ironing go into a far corner of our wardrobe until i’m ready for them, items like table linens and hankies just get piled into a basket which fits into our bookshelf, the iron already lives in this same basket every day of it’s life, complete with it’s own personal extension cord and spray bottle of water. i don’t iron the children’s clothes, unless it is something very special for a special occasion… if i fold it quickly out of the dryer or off the racks, it will be ‘fine’ and by the time they’ve had anything on for more than a few minutes, their body heat drops most of the wrinkles before they get all active and sweaty and put in new wrinkles, ha.

i iron my own clothes that need it *and* that i also enjoy having ironed. anything that ‘needs’ to be ironed (linen, by the way, is NOT meant to be ironed, the way it keeps you cool is through all the teeny wrinkles in it’s weave, it’s just meant to be shaken and hung for best wearing). anything that’s just not appealing to iron has to find a new home with someone else. hubby needs business shirts, but not surprisingly, the most comfortable fabrics are the ones which are easiest to iron, so now that our days of heavily starched, french cuffed shirts are gone, it’s not hard anymore. yay!

and i iron as often and as much at a time as i have the patience/recorded tv to do, and find that doing it once every week or so keeps me in pretty good shape. 🙂


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