Sunday, 27 May 2012
To iron or not to iron?
Because I still iron clothes.
I'm not sure how this has happened. I thought I'd become such a let loose - fancy free - maybe even slip shod mother, when I stopped ironing knickers, vests, tea towels, sheets and duvet covers; just one of the tips in my 5 quick ironing tips for busy woman post. But apparently I am not as relaxed as I thought. Relative to the mums commenting over on my How do I find the time? post, I am ironing when I need not.
In fact I haven't come across anybody else who irons their husbands shirts yet. Now I realise this isn't particularly feminist of me; but really it was never about it being 'the womans' job, or otherwise; it was just that I quite enjoy ironing compared to other potential tasks (like mowing the lawn) that we split between us in our husband-wife partnership. I like it because I can watch television whilst doing it. So my husband and I have a split of chores and I ended up with this one.
What's interesting now the children are growing up is that the ironing pile always consists of 50% children's clothes (cotton dresses, T-shirts, school uniform shirts etc), 45% mu husbands work shirts and T-shirts and only 5% mine. Since I don't walk around smelling really ripe (at least, if I did, I hope my friends would tell me quick!) then I'm not entirely sure how this happens!
This week's discovery, that I'm fairly alone in the ironing world, put me off doing it. It almost made me resent doing it. Then, today, there was an incident that put me off even further.
I managed to knock the board and spill my jug of water on the floor and on the plug extension. The iron followed, and sat, in the puddle of water, on our wooden floor, steam hissing and bubbling from underneath! I was slightly freaked; jumped back away from the puddle, screamed at my daughter to stay across the other side of the room, and carefully walked around the board to turn the plug off before catastrophe could hit.
I was shook up. In a split second I thought I was going to get electrocuted. And then I thought I was going to burn the house down. Irrational I know, but I panicked in those seconds. I put the iron and board away pretty quickly.
Maybe this is a cue to give up ironing entirely? What do you think? Is it 'normal' these days? Is everyone else really good at hanging up clothes quickly after drying outside? Or is it natural to just get dressed and let the creases drop out throughout the day? Do they drop out? Really? I don't trust it... I really don't.... I need help!