Woman found in possession of clothes iron

A Brisbane woman has been found in possession of one of the last existing clothes irons in Australia.

Oblivious to the fact that the rest of Australia gave up ironing a decade ago, Renee Wilson took to social media last Sunday to air her grievances on the mundanity of this dated household chore, only to find she is one of the few people left in the country to own an iron.

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In a trauma counselling session, Renee admitted she was shocked and appalled when the anti-ironing responses came flooding in on her Facebook page.

‘When the first person told me she never ironed, I thought she was having me on. I mean, who doesn’t iron?’ Ms Wilson said.

‘But within seconds I was inundated with responses from people claiming they don’t iron either.

‘Ping, ping, ping … my phone was going off with responses coming in thick and fast, while I attempted to come to grips with what I was hearing.

‘I was horrified to learn how few people iron.

‘Some people don’t even own an iron.

‘Jesus wept. Some kids don’t even know what an iron is.’

Twenty-four hours after the social media fallout, Renee was found at her workplace questioning her colleagues on their ironing habits unwilling to believe that ironing has in fact become a lost art.

‘Are people walking around in crumpled clothes?’ she questioned.

‘Don’t they feel untidy and half dressed?

‘I love permanent press fabric as much as the next person, but what about business shirts and cotton dresses?

‘C’mon people. We all know you can’t get away without ironing cotton.’

Despite grappling with today’s views on ironing, Renee has reluctantly agreed to cut down on the amount of ironing she does per week by no longer ironing her kids’ shorts for daycare and if she’s feeling rebellious she has agreed to occasionally not iron the t shirts she wears around the house.

She has refused to relinquish her iron however and is said to be working underground on a Bring back the iron campaign.

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Tell me I’m not a dying breed, do you iron your clothes?

Linking up today with Essentially Jess for IBOT.

 

71 comments on Woman found in possession of clothes iron

  1. Lydia C. Lee
    November 3, 2015 at 5:47 am (2 years ago)

    Ha! We just had a huge discussion on this on FB. Nope, don’t iron – will if really necessary and going somewhere very special…that’s it!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 4, 2015 at 5:54 am (2 years ago)

      I don’t know how you do it, Lydia 🙂

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  2. Natalie @ our parallel connection
    November 3, 2015 at 7:08 am (2 years ago)

    Sorry Renee but I’m one of these people who never irons too. I am a big shaker and hanger-upper … I hate ironing more than the dentist .. Lol #IBOT team.. You’re my first comment as a team member

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 4, 2015 at 5:55 am (2 years ago)

      Woohoo! Welcome to the team! I can’t believe you hate ironing more than the dentist!!

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  3. Bec Senyard
    November 3, 2015 at 7:09 am (2 years ago)

    I have wondered the same thing as I see more and more people admit on social media that they don’t own an iron anymore. What about the crumpled dresses and skirts and blouses? Jacob does my ironing while I work at night so I’m not complaining. 🙂

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 4, 2015 at 5:56 am (2 years ago)

      Nice work, Jacob. Good to see you guys working as a team and sharing the load.

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  4. Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    November 3, 2015 at 7:28 am (2 years ago)

    Sometimes. Sometimes I iron my clothes, if they really need it but I don’t “do the ironing”. You are probably the best dressed of us all Renee. 😀

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  5. Sare
    November 3, 2015 at 7:52 am (2 years ago)

    I’m with you Renee. While I don’t spend hours at a time in front of the iron, I certainly do need to iron some of my clothes and certainly can’t go out in public in unironed clothes. House clothes, don’t need ironing. Since the introduction of polo shirts to the police uniform, we can get away without ironing our uniforms, if the trousers you are wearing a worn in. Brand new trousers are a little more crisp and do need a quick hit with the iron.
    Certainly anything that is worn outside the house, t-shirts, my good button up shirts, jeans and trousers, all need an iron. The benefit of having two females in our household means that you iron your own things. So that cuts things down for each individual.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 4, 2015 at 5:58 am (2 years ago)

      That is a definite bonus, Sare. I’m glad you’re a woman after my own heart. #ironersunite

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  6. Vicki | Style On V
    November 3, 2015 at 8:05 am (2 years ago)

    I iron every Sunday. But I only iron the necessary things. I have just stopped ironing jeans. V x

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 4, 2015 at 5:59 am (2 years ago)

      I suppose if jeans are tight enough than they don’t really need to be ironed. Interesting 😉 x

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  7. Mrs Organised
    November 3, 2015 at 8:52 am (2 years ago)

    I iron most days but I’ve definitely cut back over the last couple of years!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 4, 2015 at 5:59 am (2 years ago)

      Good on you, Mrs Organised. I knew you would have some sense 🙂

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  8. Dani @ sand has no home
    November 3, 2015 at 8:53 am (2 years ago)

    Iiron, but weirdly, it is something that I hae only started doing in the last 2 years. I had an iron before then, and used to iron shirts for work or weddings, but that was it. I made fun of a friend and her pile of ironing, “Who irons?!” but like an infection, the idea sucked me in! Now I iron everything except the kids PJ’s and our underwear. I still don’t quite understand this myself, but there is something soothing aobut the whole endeavour.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 4, 2015 at 6:01 am (2 years ago)

      I know exactly what you mean, Dani. I don’t quite understand it either, but I definitely cannot see myself ever giving it away.

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  9. Kathy
    November 3, 2015 at 9:19 am (2 years ago)

    As little as possible would be my answer – the kids school shirts and Miss Yin’s skirt, definitely not their sports uniforms. Hubby irons his own stuff poor man. I choose my outfits wisely. I know longer own an ironing basket.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 4, 2015 at 6:03 am (2 years ago)

      Oh God! I have a whole ironing cupboard, but seeing I keep onto it weekly it doesn’t grow too large. When the kids start school I will definitely be ironing their uniforms.

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  10. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    November 3, 2015 at 9:33 am (2 years ago)

    I hate ironing with a passion. I iron only if and when I have to. But otherwise I buy iron free gear. I auditioned my husband before we started dating. He had to be able to iron his own business shirts.
    My mum irons though. Even the sheets. You’re in good company. Ironed stuff is quite lovely (it’s just the act of doing it that is not)

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 4, 2015 at 6:05 am (2 years ago)

      Lol. I love your mum and I love the fact you auditioned your husband!

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  11. Maxabella
    November 3, 2015 at 9:41 am (2 years ago)

    I’m sorry, I haven’t ironed since about 1997. We do have an iron though – the hubs dutifully irons his business shirts and the kids school uniforms each week. We also iron for ‘important occasions’ like weddings and funerals. I just figure that body heat does enough of a good job the rest of the time – both in smoothing out washing line creases AND in wrecking any ironing you actually do anyway. x

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 4, 2015 at 6:06 am (2 years ago)

      Yes, that is a good point! My husband is a fan of the ‘let the body heat iron the clothes’ tactic. x

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  12. Jody at Six Little Hearts
    November 3, 2015 at 10:41 am (2 years ago)

    I own a very expensive Laura Star iron. I have had it for around 6 years and used it all of 4 times. I only bought it because I thought I would find the time to do some dressmaking – who am I kidding? I have 6 kids and it’s never going to happen!
    I just fold our clothing as soon as I take it off the clothesline and that works just as well.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 4, 2015 at 6:06 am (2 years ago)

      Oh what a waste of a good iron!! 🙂

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  13. Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living
    November 3, 2015 at 10:50 am (2 years ago)

    I iron on good occasions – like weddings, fancy dinners etc. Other than that it stays in the cupboard. I don’t buy clothes that need ironing and encourage others to do the same! 😛

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 4, 2015 at 6:07 am (2 years ago)

      I think I need to be more careful with my clothes choices, Ashlea 🙂

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  14. Josefa @always Josefa
    November 3, 2015 at 11:03 am (2 years ago)

    I have significantly cut down my ironing and the little ironing that is left to do….I outsource! Life is too short to iron xx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 4, 2015 at 6:08 am (2 years ago)

      I love how you outsource your birthday cakes and your ironing. I could learn a lot from you 😉 x

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  15. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    November 3, 2015 at 11:20 am (2 years ago)

    I have ironed about 3 times since I stopped working to have kids – so 4 years ago! I only iron if I HAVE to and hang Scott’s work shirt on clothes hangers to dry which leaves them wrinkle free! Liam actually asked me what the iron was the last time I got it out a few weeks ago….

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 4, 2015 at 6:10 am (2 years ago)

      Oh my Lord! I put Dave’s clothes on hangers as soon as they come out of the machine and they’re still really crumpled. I don’t get it. I’m going to try a slower spin cycle.

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  16. Hugzilla
    November 3, 2015 at 12:28 pm (2 years ago)

    BAHAHHAHHAHAHHAHA I am giggling like a schoolgirl right now – this is so funny! That FB convo was the best!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 4, 2015 at 6:10 am (2 years ago)

      I know right!! I’m still laughing over some of the comments especially the one that said an ironing pile is something my mum has. Ouch 😉

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  17. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    November 3, 2015 at 12:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m pretty sure you are a dying breed. Even when I worked everyday pre-bub I bought a steamer so I didn’t have to iron lol. Although that was highly influenced by the fact I used a steamer each day at work so I couldn’t fathom going back to the back breaking art of actually ironing. I think my iron’s been used 2 times since I bought it.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 4, 2015 at 6:11 am (2 years ago)

      Oooh now I would really love a steamer!

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  18. Tash @ Gift Grapevine
    November 3, 2015 at 12:53 pm (2 years ago)

    Well you know you have an ironing soul sister in me Renee! I’m one of those weirdos who irons tea towels first as I see them as a “warm up” before I start the clothes. What have I become?! I blame my perfectionist mum for all of this xx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 4, 2015 at 6:12 am (2 years ago)

      Lol! I love you even more now, Tash!! Ahhh hhahaha a warm up. I love it!

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  19. Zanni Louise
    November 3, 2015 at 1:02 pm (2 years ago)

    You are so funny. No, I don’t iron! Though I do like ironing! I told you on SM that I used to be a professional ironer even! My kids were truly shocked when I brought out the iron the other day. They had no idea what it is! x

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 4, 2015 at 6:13 am (2 years ago)

      Lol! Maybe you went too hard in your early days as a professional ironer. I still have hope for you. I think the iron will draw you back in 😉 x

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  20. Janice Joned
    November 3, 2015 at 1:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Great reporting And yes hate to admit it as you know if I can’t drip dry it shake it out and hang it up it does not get bought
    Even my mum does not iron that much anymore either and she had shares in Fabulon and Spray Starch when we were growing up lol

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 4, 2015 at 6:13 am (2 years ago)

      Lol!!! Oh my God! That’s hilarious Janice. I think I need to be more careful with my clothing purchases 🙂

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  21. EssentiallyJess
    November 3, 2015 at 1:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Don’t do Renee! Do not conform! Day care shorts and house shirts need ironing too. All these people would have us feel weird, but I would rather be weird and pressed than normal and crumpled!
    And you know what, I’m even going so far as to add this: it’s ok to iron tea towels and pillowcases. Pressed teatowels clean better. 🙂

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 4, 2015 at 6:14 am (2 years ago)

      Jess, I love you. You speak the truth, lady. I’d rather be weird and pressed too!

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  22. Peachy Keen Mumma
    November 3, 2015 at 6:10 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m so relieved. You will find you will have some other job crop up and take its spot. I used to iron my husband’s shirts but just can’t seem to find the time for it anymore. Of course I have a few blouses I have to iron for myself too. But all the clothes? No way. I used to be a nanny and spent my lunch break ironing their 3 boys clothes, even undershirts. Then the dad got greedy and was getting me to iron his work shirts. Barely ever a thank you. UGH!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 4, 2015 at 6:15 am (2 years ago)

      Oh how rude!! Yes, it is hard to find the time, but somehow I make the time. Wine helps.

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  23. Robyn
    November 3, 2015 at 7:16 pm (2 years ago)

    Hahahahahah!! Too funny. Don’t worry I can assure you that you’re not alone. I spend at least 2 hours per week ironing (much to the horror of all my friends) x

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 4, 2015 at 6:16 am (2 years ago)

      Oh good on you, Robyn! Thank you. I always thought you were immaculately dressed. Now I know why 🙂 x

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  24. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    November 3, 2015 at 7:51 pm (2 years ago)

    It’s crazy isn’t it, I’m not sure how people can get away with out one?! I slowed down my ironing about a quarter of the way through this year because I just didn’t have the time. I now hang everything in everyone’s cupboards and we iron as we wear it, if it needs it. Seriously though, how do people not iron work clothes?!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 4, 2015 at 6:17 am (2 years ago)

      Malinda, I do not know! It’s beyond me 😉

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  25. Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    November 3, 2015 at 10:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Sorry Jess, I don’t iron either. I used to do the family ironing every Sunday night while watching a movie back in the days when I was a SAHM. These days the only thing that needs ironing in our house is the hubster’s business shirts, and even some of them don’t need it (I wish he had more non-iron ones, I had a whinge about it in this post: http://www.middleagedmama.com.au/perfect-mens-business-shirt/)

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 4, 2015 at 6:17 am (2 years ago)

      I didn’t even know you could get non iron men’s business shirts. I have so much to learn.

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  26. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    November 4, 2015 at 5:33 am (2 years ago)

    I iron pyjamas and bedding – I’m such a weirdo, I just can’t go to bed in PJs that are creased or sleep under a doona cover that isn’t pressed to perfection. I’m not a hardcore ironer though compared to some. My friend’s mum even irons the undies!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 4, 2015 at 6:18 am (2 years ago)

      Lol! I knew we were kindred spirits, Sam x

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  27. Bec @ Seeing the Lighter Side
    November 4, 2015 at 8:40 am (2 years ago)

    My husband usually does the ironing at night. One day he started just before bedtime. Mr 3 liked quite distressed: ‘Mummy, why is Daddy making the clothes hot?”

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  28. Nicole@ The Builders Wife
    November 4, 2015 at 9:19 am (2 years ago)

    Absolutely I iron, I like you are shocked to think that others do not!?!? (insert incredulous face!!) lol x

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  29. Shauna 'Round the Corner
    November 4, 2015 at 9:54 am (2 years ago)

    Nup. Not me either. Except kid’s school clothes and the occasional top of mine if I feel inclined to set up the ironing board. But if there is a ‘not needing ironing’ alternative I’ll grab it first. Special occasions are an exception.

    I am waiting in joyful hope for the ‘we don’t do housework’ revolution.

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  30. Caitlin
    November 4, 2015 at 11:48 am (2 years ago)

    I am totally with you. We’re an ironing family! (As in my husband and I iron.) I have also been mocked for my ironing practices, but seriously, it just didn’t seem right putting on a top with creases in it! I have relaxed somewhat, simply because ironing for seven people is really time consuming, and try to get away with carefully folding the creases out of some clothes like children’s jeans and some shorts, but for the most part I have very high standards, which also means I ALWAYS have an ironing pile, so some days you need to look in the pile before the cupboard.

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  31. Dannielle @ zamamabakes
    November 4, 2015 at 2:49 pm (2 years ago)

    Glad to hear you’re going to ease up on yourself a little. If it helps I could never be without an iron!

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  32. Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad
    November 4, 2015 at 7:06 pm (2 years ago)

    YOU IRONED YOUR KIDS SHORTS FOR DAYCARE!??? Honey, give yourself a holiday and give it the BOOT! I’m in the no ironing team. I do however own one but I fear my children would question it’s purpose if it ever did appear. I mostly buy things that don’t require ironing or pull them straight out of the wash and hang them up in order to reduce creases. I guess I don’t have an office job or anything like that so I just don’t have to look that important, or neat. This was a funny post! Loved it x

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  33. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    November 7, 2015 at 9:08 pm (2 years ago)

    As much as I hate ironing Renee, I have to do it with some clothes. I’ve ironed Bell’s school uniforms ever since she was in prep, and if anyone sends their kids to school unironed, they get a stern email!
    I do shake and hang the washing though, and never iron around-the-house clothes.
    Do you ever sleep honey? You seem to squeeze so much into your days xx

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  34. Deborah
    November 10, 2015 at 4:28 pm (2 years ago)

    I iron as rarely as possible. I have a few shirts which need to be ironed and often don’t wear them BECAUSE they’ve been washed and need ironing. A couple I can get away with wearing creased (on social outings) but I *may* have ‘accidentally’ left shirts at my mother’s on occasions knowing she’ll wash and iron them!

    My iron is at least 30yrs old and I’ve never had the proper liquid for it so it sticks if I need to iron more than one thing!

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  35. JF Gibson
    November 10, 2015 at 8:26 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m a bit late to the party, but wanted to share my two cents. I only iron if absolutely necessary. But it gets worse. In winter, I use the clothes dryer 90% of the time – no ironing! Bad for the electricity bill and environment but, no ironing!

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  36. Vicki @ Boiled Eggs & Soldiers
    November 10, 2015 at 10:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Never iron. Hate it with a passion. We do have one but the ironing board somehow didn’t make it in the move North. I have to admit to outsourcing it – my husband gets his shirts done anyway (he is VERY particular about them) so I sometimes sneak in my stuff and the sheets etc with the pile or just hang or fold it straight off the line.

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  37. Charlene @ Teacher by trade Mother by nature
    November 11, 2015 at 5:07 am (2 years ago)

    I got an iron for Christmas about 5 years ago! so I can say I have one…and probably can count with my fingers the times I have actually used it…ha I’m not really a iron person…oh and we have two ironing boards too…so we are good to go if we do need something ironed.

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  38. Me
    November 12, 2015 at 2:23 pm (2 years ago)

    I can’t even remember when last I ironed and if I’m totally honest, since moving in March last year, I’m not even sure where our iron is. K did show me a trick with the hair straightener if there was something that looked like it could have a quick once over !!! LOL If my husband wanted anything ironed he was more than welcome to iron it himself – in fact,he was in the navy for 2 years and so can actually iron better than I can !!!

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  39. Emily
    November 13, 2015 at 7:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Bahaha! I iron. All of hubster’s shirts (IF he cooks that night AND the following) and my own, and then there are some dresses for me and little girl that will need an iron. (Especially those big fouffy ones from Pumpkin Patch. Please, grandparents, stop buying them!) I tend to do it every three weeks, and then it’s a 3-4 hour binge iron. The basket will be piled so high I can’t see over the shirts!

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  40. Sally@Toddlers on Tour
    November 18, 2015 at 2:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Obviously i should be sending my husband to work in crumpled shirts. Now before anyone gets on their high horse about why I do his ironing – it is the trade off to stay home. I’ll take half an hour of ironing a week not to go to work.

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