Girls Write Out
Monday, April 16, 2007

Okay, so it's not the most fascinating subject, but it managed to spark an interesting, uh, discussion between The Girls yesterday. Here's the score:

One of us irons regularly.
One of us has a husband who irons.
One of us drycleans regularly, irons only when absolutely necessary, and owns a can of starch, but it's covered with a thick layer of dust.
One of us exclusively drycleans and didn't know you could buy starch in the store.

One concept was that our differences are a generation thing. Another idea was that country folk do more ironing than city folk. Income level was another possibility. We never really agreed on anything, but it seems to me that as time goes on and Americans gets busier, regular chores are passed off to someone else for a price. No time to clean? Call Merry Maids. Carpet need cleaning? Call Stanley Steemer. Don't want to cook? Pizza Hut, here we come. It's the American way.

We all do it in one way or another, and believe me, I'm not calling for a return to the farming days when all of life revolved around the homestead and all the chores were done by us or not at all. Me? I'm quite happy to let my can of starch rust in the cupboard until the next school program sends me rummaging through my child's closets looking for that dress shirt that fell off the hanger.

Denise Hunter  
posted at 9:05 PM  
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At 7:18 AM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

Ah ironing, SO do not miss those days. Although it may be coming around again shortly. Right now I fall into the never-iron-dry-clean- when-desperate category. With a wardrobe of shorts and tops who needs to iron?

BTW do we get to know who is who on the list? :)

At 7:20 AM, Blogger Dana said...

I don't iron either. At all. Never. If I wash something and don't get it out of the dryer and it wrinkles, back to the hamper it goes. I just re-wash it. My parents, knowing this, bought me a steamer - a very easy way to get the wrinkles out. I don't know much about it but my husband has had great success with it.

At 7:21 AM, Blogger Dana said...

I just saw Malia's post. Can we guess first? Ha ha... I'm thinking Kristin is the one who doesn't know you can buy starch in a store. :)

At 7:21 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Malia, my stuff doesn't need ironing/drycleaning either, it's my husband's stuff.

I'll leave it up to the others whether they want to fess up or not since I didn't get permission to expose them. :-)

At 8:27 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Are we supposed to guess who does what? LOL

I iron, I let it all pile up until my husband says he needs a shirt and then I put on an old movie and set myself up in front of the tv and iron away. Ugh, I hate it. I loathe it. But I am too cheap to do it any other way.

Back when I had some money in my pockets I paid a friend to iron for me, those were the days, course I was also deep in debt. I've learned lessons....

At 9:44 AM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

Oh, I want to play...

Diann irons regularly. Colleen's husband irons. Denise owns a can of starch with dust on it and Kristin didn't know you could buy starch.

Am I close? LOL.

And Sabrina only irons on Saturday night for church. ;) (if I have to)

At 11:01 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

WHY DOES EVERYONE THINK I'M the one who didn't know you could buy starch?? Even if it is true, I think I'm offended. I had to go down and prove to them all my husband's shirts said dry clean only. Imagine my surprise when they didn't say that at all. LOL

At 11:07 AM, Blogger Katie said...

My dirty little secret: The dry cleaners for work clothes and a spray bottle for the rest. I LOVE my spray bottle! I just take the clothes out of the dryer, put them on a hanger and spray them lightly. Sometimes they need a good shake. Sometimes I have to drench the color and smooth it with my hand. But this way I don't have to iron. It works! When my kids moved out, one of the first things they got from me was their own "iron"..a plastic spray bottle.

At 11:13 AM, Blogger Ellie said...

i introduced my brother to another form of ironing -- spray the clothes with a febreeze type product and toss it into the dryer while you get ready, and viola you are ready to go!!!

At 12:57 PM, Blogger Kellie said...

I think this is so funny because my dearest friend and I have this conversation on a regular basis. She is an ironing fanatic (she even irons her sheets for the bed) and she has not one, but two, top of the line irons.

I am a wash and wear kind of girl and still have the cheap iron I registered for when I got married 12 years ago. (Sadly, I wouldn't have even registered for it but my groom-to-be asked me to.)

I love the Febreze idea. I also take a wet wash cloth and throw it into the dryer with something that requires a bit of ironing. That helps too. Although I do have to say my girlfriends' clothes (and linens, and kids clothes, and tablecloths) always look immaculate and very polished and mine look, well, wrinkled.

And Sabrina, I think you hit it on the nose!

At 2:14 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Sorry, Sabrina, I don't iron regularly--though I will occasionally. NOW which one do you think I am?????

At 2:33 PM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

I'll say that I struggled for a minute thinking maybe your "principal" husband may iron his own clothes.

Gosh, Diann, now you've thrown off my whole perception of you girls. Sigh. I'll have to think on this. ;)

At 2:40 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

Kristin, it's because you wrote Ashley and Ashley is you. Ashley would never iron. She's the one that had her khakis hanging in the shower and would never wear them again because there was no way she was going to take the time to get the stain out, right? And what about her shirt that was hanging on her never-used treadmill?

I rest my case :) But we still love you.

At 6:35 PM, Blogger Dana said...

He he... We were right about Kristin. Yay. :) Doesn't it stink being so transparent? We make fun because we envy... wait... is that the way that goes? ;-)

At 10:35 PM, Blogger Tina said...

I never iron unless I have to. I iron the day I need to wear it! I do not pay others to iron for me though. I even hate having to use a dry cleaner sometimes.

Now, take housecleaning. Would I take a housekeeper? You betcha. Someday! :)

At 11:40 PM, Blogger Deena said...

I swear by my ironing method...a damp sock in a hot dryer with a wrinkled shirt...
works every time:-)

Hey, do not mock me...I'm busy readin'!! LOL!!

At 1:54 AM, Blogger Anna Marie said...

I have used a blow dryer to get some wrinkles out.
It worked. :)

At 8:32 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

My washer is 1/3 the size of most American washers. dryer in my dinky apartment, so we have to line dry everything--which means it ALL has to be ironed (even some of the sheets because they get so badly wrinkled in the miniscule washer). I hate to iron, so I pay my housecleaner or my daughter to iron for me every week. If I end up having to iron, I turn on music and sing along. It helps.

At 10:33 AM, Blogger Keisha-Michelle said...

Obviously, Kristin didn't know you could buy starch in the store, Colleen irons regularly, Diann's husband does all the ironing, and Denise has the dusty starch.

Am I right?

Sadly, I still have to iron somethings, only because I don't like the dry cleaner lady that much. Sometimes, I'm afraid she's going to do something to my clothes because she looks at me like I'm crazy. Dryell is amazing!

At 11:46 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Okay, I have to set the record straight, at least on MY end. My husband does do OCCASIONAL ironing, as in, a shirt or two a week. But PLEASE don't get the idea that he does ALL the ironing. Um, no. I iron my own stuff.

But having said that, neither one of us iron all that much these days. Okay, there was once a day when I actually ironed my jeans--GASP--that is just too embarrassing to admit, but there it is.

My kids quickly set me straight, however, and now I'm happily wrinkled (in more ways than one). *g*


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