I’ll admit: in the past (and occasionally the present) I have had a tremendous amount of trouble getting our clothes ironed. I have no trouble getting them washed, dried and put away. But ironed? That’s a different story.
I detest wrinkled clothes, although I will also readily admit that my standards have greatly decreased since having children. The moment you put a baby on the hip of your freshly pressed shirt it becomes as wrinkled as ever. But the wrinkles are oh so worth it in this case!
So how do I get my ironing completed these days? This is what works for me while all of my little people are, well, little.
- I decide if an item really needs to be ironed. If it just could use a little touch-up, I put it in our steam dryer for 15 minutes. It is really effective in making clothes have that ‘freshly washed’ appearance that we all love. If I didn’t have a steam dryer, I would look into one of the wrinkle-releaser spray products.
- I have an ironing shelf in my laundry room.
When folding clothes, I pull out the items that I know will need ironing: my husband’s work pants, little girl Sunday dresses, etc. When putting clothes away, I automatically put those clothes on my ironing shelf. When it comes time to iron, all of the clothes that need ironing are in one spot. I don’t have to run from room to room hunting down items that need to be pressed. Honestly, at this point in my mothering I need things to be obvious!
- I incorporate ironing as part of my laundry routine. If it wasn’t part of my routine, I can assure you it would never get done. I only iron once per week. Most of the time, I iron when my kiddos are taking naps or after they are in bed in the evenings. If I only iron once per week – as opposed to once per month! – the ironing pile takes less than an hour or so. I don’t iron when my children are awake because I can totally see the baby pulling the iron on her head or some such other awful event necessitating an ED visit. I want to avoid that at all costs!
When my husband and I buy new clothes we try to buy ‘wrinkle-free’ cottons and clothes that do not require ironing. It really does save time! And these days, I am way too busy to spend a ton of time ironing every week…even though it’s a chore I really don’t mind.
How do you get your laundry ironed each week? What is your routine?