How to hide the ironing pile

We recently upgraded our old TV to a flat screen, with that we also needed a new  TV unit.  I found a wonderful long unit to match the rest of our mahogany furniture.

Our iron basket used to sit nicely next to the old TV.  We previously kept it in the laundry but then we got our cat, so I moved things around in the laundry for her litter box to fit (she is an indoor cat).  I had the ironing hiding in a hamper which can also be used for storing blankets or cushions.  However, it was looking out-of-place next to our new unit.

A stylish way to hide your ironing pile, but to keep it at arms reach.

I went in the search for some baskets to place in the middle of the unit.  The Mor-Stor Water Hyacinth Storage Baskets were a perfect fit.

A stylish way to hide your ironing pile, but to keep it at arms reach.

The Water Hyacinth Baskets are stylish and guests wouldn’t realise that my ironing is hiding inside!  I have one basket for hubbies clothes and the other for the kids.  I don’t buy clothes for myself that need ironing.

A stylish way to hide your ironing pile, but to keep it at arms reach. A stylish way to hide your ironing pile, but to keep it at arms reach.

Where do you keep your ironing basket?

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31 comments

Sandie Fletcher on Facebook April 26, 2012 - 5:32 AM

Pahaha hiding the ironing pile… excellent, my ironing pile is hiding my favorite chair! Must get inspired today 🙂

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Melanie Gardner on Facebook April 26, 2012 - 5:50 AM

Yep mine usually hides something else rather than me hiding it! Will have to work on a good hidey hole…

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Katrina Petarcic on Facebook April 26, 2012 - 6:09 AM

Where are all your dvd’s etc if not stored in the tv cabnet?

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Positive Parenting Solutions on Facebook April 26, 2012 - 7:34 AM

great idea!

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Richelle Black on Facebook April 26, 2012 - 7:38 AM

Love it.

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Marcena74 April 26, 2012 - 7:49 AM

What a great idea! The baskets also hide the cables at the rear of the unit, too!

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Snotface Stinkbum's Mum April 26, 2012 - 7:54 AM

ironing? what ironing? like you, i avoid clothes for myself that require ironing, and hubby is a mechanic – no need for ironing there either! Snotface Stinkbum is not at school yet, so no uniforms either! i iron so much (usually when i sew) that hubby found the ironing board whilst doing some decluttering in the spare room and asked me why we had it “to iron on, dear” “we have an iron?”

but i do love the ‘non traditional’ use of the storage

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Fae_Creative September 26, 2016 - 7:35 AM

I seriously laughed so much with your comment! We have two ironing boards and irons.. One set for my craft area, and partner has the other to do his own work stuff 😉

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Shoe_gal3178 April 26, 2012 - 8:33 AM

I don’t do ironing, I fold them straight off the line (For the things that get folded) and for the things that are hung I bring coat hangers out to the line and hang them straight on them and put them away. We have a big wardrobe (which helps a lot). And if I don’t have time to bring them in I won’t. But I mostly do.

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Phoenicia Parkyn April 26, 2012 - 9:08 AM

I only iron when I need something eg work clothes I either iron each morning or evening or do 5 days at once – I started this when I had 2 piles of ironing that I never ever got to. Much easier to just hang everything up as soon as its dry or fold up and put in the cupboards. The baskets are a good idea, but who wants to have your ironing basket under the TV?

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Kazzie April 26, 2012 - 9:09 AM

I love it! That’s good thinking … ‘thinking outside the square’.

Usually I have an ironing basket located on the laundry bench, but being an empty-nester, only throw a few to be ironed on the back of our chair in our eating room as a reminder! Convenient, but an eyesore.

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Harriet Archer April 26, 2012 - 10:32 AM

The ironing basket is in our room. It comes out every second Sunday night to sit by the front door so I don’t forget to leave it out for the Ironing Fairy. Aside from that, it sits on the floor between the door and dressing table. I toss the empty hangers back in there as well.

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Lisa Warren April 26, 2012 - 10:49 AM

I don’t have an ironing basket at all. All of our shirts are placed on hangers straight out of the washing machine. Once dry, they go straight into the wardrobe, to be ironed as they’re worn. It would make sense to dedicate a particular time each week to iron all the shirts etc, then I wouldn’t be running around like a crazy woman every morning!

btw – those baskets look fabulous in your tv unit!! Genius.

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Joolzmac April 26, 2012 - 2:06 PM

I do the same as Lisa Warren – I put away shirts as they are dry then iron as necessary – one each morning as part of my routine. Hubby is quite capable of ironing a shirt if need be.

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Letitia April 26, 2012 - 8:55 PM

My ironing basket sits in my walk in robe until I get a chance to do it. I iron every time I sit and watch TV therefore do it quite regularly. Usually Sunday nights and a night during the week. I love neatly ironed clothes.

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Julie April 28, 2012 - 9:56 AM

As I am an Ironing Lady, I do about 3-4 baskets a day for other people plus my own family, there is always lots of ironing here.

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Kerrin April 28, 2012 - 2:25 PM

… I do not iron.

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Jspunner April 29, 2012 - 8:49 PM

My ironing basket is also in our wardrobe but my system is I cut my Mum’s hair she takes a bag of ironing & then I only have to iron it if I really need it.
Katrina the baskets look great. Would you know where I could find something similar but smaller (like to fit in the Ikea expedit series bookcase) maybe in a faux leather? I can’t seem to find any & you seem to have agood eye for storage.
Thanks
Jo

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Jazz April 30, 2012 - 10:46 PM

I had to think about this post for a while. I’ve fallen into the trap of having a plastic tub in front of the tv unit pretty much permanently which is full of my ironing to be done and I hate it. It goes away when I know I have visitors coming but for anyone who drops in, it is on display for all to see. Reading this post made me really think about this. Our side cabinets in our tv unit contain the kids’ hard cover books on the left, and I’ve take the door off it’s hinges to allow the kids access to the books rather than having to open the door all the time, and on the other side, our dvds etc with the door in place (we removed the handle when the kids were little – they couldn’t open it without but we could still manage).
The kids never use these books any more (mind you, the minute I started thinking about getting rid of them, they went back to them again – doh!) so I am going to pack them up and move them. I’m going to get a proper book case and some might go in there, but the tv unit is going to have it’s door put back in place, and I’m going to find some pretty fabric or paper to cover the glass doors and in goes my washing. Thank you so much for this post! I’m so sure that not looking at my ironing all day will do a lot for my sanity!!

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Jodene May 1, 2012 - 7:19 PM

I don’t have an ironing pile/basket either. Everything gets folded and put away after washing and in the evening I just iron the kids uniforms and whatever I want to wear for the next day and that’s it. Takes about 15 mins and it’s done. I just can’t bring myself to do hours of ironing in one go. I have too many other fun things I would rather be doing 😉

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Eli September 5, 2012 - 9:46 PM

My ironing basket is kept in the laundry. I fold anything that I can, straight off the line. Anything that has to be ironed gets done of a Sunday night, ready for the week. I love seeing my basket empty for the start of the week. It also means that I don’t have to panic each morning to iron uniforms (I’m so not a morning person) and get to sleep in a little longer.

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Jennifer November 9, 2012 - 12:59 PM

I love the long tv console unit… no glass doors! Where did you get it… been looking for just this style!!!

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Mel Lord January 29, 2013 - 1:51 PM

I love reading all the comments for this post. My partner does all the ironing. I can’t/won’t iron. If it needs ironing, I give it away. I fold all washing as it comes off the line. And I hang what should be looked after a bit more. But my partner irons either the kids or his own clothes as they are pulled out of the wardrobes. I try to have tomorrow clothes pulled out before we go to bed, so he irons then. I do make it even however. I love being in the garden, and I do help with mowing and the garden up keep….

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Jaimie December 3, 2013 - 10:35 AM

I don’t have an ironing basket. I have no room at all for one. I just put all the clothes away and if someone needs to wear something that needs ironing we iron it the night before.
But that is still a clever place to hide other things.- a blanket for cold nights watching tv or maybe all the accessories for the playstation & wii.

Where do you keep all of your DVDs?

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Elissa December 3, 2013 - 11:28 AM

I iron only my clothes (hubbies a tradie and daughter’s clothes don’t need ironing) so its on an as needed basis.
But as a side note, we have an indoor cat and to eliminate the smelly kitty litter (we were in a unit then) I trained him to use the toilet (as in adult toilet). Its quite nifty as we no longer have to buy litter, scoop his poop and deal with the smell. He does both in the toilet and we’ve only had 2 accidents when both were my fault as I left the toilet lid down. The smell is elmiinated as once its in the water it no loonger smells and I keep a container of disinfectant wipes next to the toilet if he does leave a mess on the seat (rarely).
Just something to think about 🙂
By the way I love this site!

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Roz December 3, 2013 - 1:01 PM

I store mine in our walk in robe… But it is folded and ready to go though..

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Leann December 3, 2013 - 1:57 PM

Mine always sits in a big pile on one end the couch – not a great look. I am now off on a mission to find a better way of storing my ironing pile – thanks 🙂

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Elly December 11, 2013 - 1:34 PM

Marissa, you’re a legend!!! xx

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Helen September 26, 2016 - 2:09 PM

What is this “IRONING” thing you talk about????

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Jackie Bruce May 28, 2021 - 8:38 AM

Hubby put a hanging rail up in the laundry. Anything that needs ironing goes on a hanger and hangs there until it is ironed. I got sick and tired of all the crumpled clothes in the bottom of ironing basket that didn’t get ironed. This way, sometimes, we can get away with not ironing and just put it on. Also you can see at a glance whether it is ironed or not.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 7, 2021 - 10:13 AM

Great idea!

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