To iron or not to iron. That is the question of the day.

To iron or not to iron? Our Urban Box

All I can think of today is how I have to start ironing Mast 5’s uniforms. I don’t do ironing. I think it is a waste of precious time. I don’t iron a thing. I’m lucky that my work uniform is made from a material that doesn’t require ironing as is hubby’s. I believe that if you hang your clothes out correctly and fold as you take them off the line, then there is no need to iron. I don’t think everyone agrees that though.

When I was pregnant with Mast 5, the nesting bug hit and I ironed all his itty bitty garments. Hubby sat there in disbelief.

“What are you doing?”

“Ironing his clothes.” (derr, it was quite obvious really!)

“No I mean, why? You don’t iron. Put it down before you hurt yourself”

So I put down the iron. Did his little size 0000 bond singlets need ironing? No. Stupid nesting messing with my head.

So once your kid starts school and starts wearing a proper shirt and dress shorts, the need to iron becomes apparent. You can’t just chuck his uniform in the dryer to remove creases. Oh no – I need to iron his collar down and put creases in sleeves and shorts. Like how does one even do that?Β 

So I did what all good mothers do – I went and bought a fancy schmancy new iron and ironing board to make the task at hand more appealing.

The iron is still in its box.

Today is the day – the iron is coming out of the box!

Who even am I?

This is not me. I hate ironing. God help me if I actually start to iron every week.

A quick chat around the office the other day led to my conclusion that ironing is a generation thing. The ladies in the office who are a 10 – 15yrs older than me all iron. Even their pillowcases. Yeah, I know. Pillowcases? Apparently its nicer to sleep on a freshly pressed pillow case. Clearly I wouldn’t know…. My pillow cases most definitely not ironed. One lady gets her ironing done for her (high five L!). The younger girls don’t iron either. Or they still get mum to do it for them.

But lets go back to the ironing creases in the sleeves and shorts – seriously how do you do that? Am I going to burn his shirt with the iron being too hot? I hope there is a instruction manual in the box. Of course I am joking… I kind ofΒ know how to use one….kind of.

So today I want to hear all about your ironing habits? Are you a ironer? Or are you like me and only going to have iron the uniforms? Got any tips for me?

Fleur x

Linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT.


  1. michelle

    February 3, 2015 at 10:56 am

    I iron on a needs basis. Our cupboard storage is fairly cramped so we just iron the clothes as we pull them out to fold them. It also means the kids can help with putting their stuff away in their wardrobe cubes without me worrying the newly ironed items are being crinkled.
    In our house the person who wears it irons it which means hubby irons all his own shirts.
    We were lucky with Raya’s uniform that it didn’t need to be ironed. It was material where all the crinkles just fell out – bonus!
    My parents are huge ironers – my dad used to iron the pleats in my netball skirts!
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      February 5, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      Hubby irons his stuff too. He probably does a better job than me! Oh your dad is cute! What a shit of a job that is, I remember doing that when I was a kid.
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  2. Lauren

    February 3, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Bahahaaa…. did you see my post about my stupid linen pants on Sunday? It seriously had me ready to throw the iron through the window!

    We can put a man on the moon but we still can’t come up with natural feeling, breathable fabric that doesn’t need to be scalded with burning metal to look presentable!? We have FAILED as human beings.

    I know people who iron their bed sheets and it makes me sick. They are disturbed individuals.
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      February 5, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      I did see that post and it made me giggle! Who has time for linen pants with young chidlren?
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  3. Natalie @Our Parallel Connection

    February 3, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Ironing… is that a new word? Are you talking about the “Iron Lady” – Margaret Thatcher? I don’t iron.. I shake.. really hard too. In fact my youngest saw the iron in the cupboard the other week and asked if it was a skateboard for his teddy. Yep no ironing me me…

  4. Lauren @ Life at Number Five

    February 3, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Oh I definitely don’t iron. I bought a fancy garment steamer for clothes that need to be ‘ironed’ (like my husband’s work shirts) and it’s super quick. I also barely ever use it because I try to avoid buying clothes that need ironing. If my husband needs something steamed he has to do it himself. I can’t believe the people who iron sheets, towels and underwear. Why is that necessary?
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  5. Min@WriteoftheMiddle

    February 3, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I hate ironing! When I first got married I thought I had to be a good wife and do ALL the ironing. Well that lasted about a week and I realised HEY I work too so he can iron his stuff and I’ll iron my stuff. Women in movies that ironed everything didn’t work. Fast forward 30 years (yes I’ve been married that long – I was a child bride) and I still hate ironing. I either don’t iron or I only iron when I have to. I am not one of those who brings in the washing and then irons everything before putting it all away. Nope! Waste of precious time. Totally agree! I do hope my mother doesn’t read this haha LOL πŸ˜‰
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  6. Sally - Glimpses of Latley

    February 3, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    I got the iron out to label some school clothes once and my then 4 year old asked me, “Mummy, what IS that??” Clearly, i’m not an “ironer” !! hahahahah!!

    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      February 3, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      When I got the board out today, Mast 5 asked if it was a surfboard!! πŸ™‚ x

  7. Lauren @ Create Bake Make

    February 3, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Prior to kids I was a daily ironer – thanks to the ridiculous clothes I used to wear to work. I’m now a strictly only iron when necessary kind of gal – who has time to unnecessarily iron clothes?!
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      February 3, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      Exactly. Kids suck too much time out of your day anyway and the mummy uniform doesn’t normally require ironing haha x

  8. Jess @ A Little Part of the World

    February 3, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Not an ironer here!! I used to love ironing as a kid for Mum sit meant I could justify watching TV as I was ‘working’ at the same time. With little ones it’s a pain as I can’t leave it unattended and I justify it as I would just set it up and they would wake and would have to put it away so what’s the point!! I will have to start ironing more though as we really do look nicer and more put tether when our clothes are ironed. The boys clothes not as much but mine and E’s I really notice. There are things in my cupboard I don’t wear bc they need to ironed!! πŸ˜‰ Jx
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      February 3, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      You’ve just reminded me I used to iron for mum as kid as well! And she used to make me iron pillowcases and hankies!! Ha, totally forgot. There are a couple of dresses Miss 3 has that could do with an iron as well x

  9. Trish

    February 3, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    After I had twins I rarely ironed for about 4yrs…they saw an iorn one day and were wide eyed and all what is that ???
    My husband sometimes ironed – I mostly hung everything on hangers , so no need to iron. I didn’t wear dresses because I was BFing.
    Now, I do a little iron because I feel the weight of guilt of dressing my cherubs in wrinkled clothes. Other times I could care less.
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      February 3, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      I pulled out the ironing board today and my eldest asked “whats that mum? a surfboard?”… haha! My mum uses the hanger trick and swears by it. x

  10. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid

    February 3, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    My mum had me ironing when I was knee high to a grasshopper. All my practice didn’t make perfect unfortunately. These days, I still feel compelled to iron the doona cover and pillowcases, although I’m probably the World’s Worst Ironer, once when I was a nanny, I burnt a hole in the sleeve of the dad’s (very expensive) shirt! Ooopsie1
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  11. Lyn@The Travelling Lindfields

    February 3, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    I absolutely love ironing. I am fortunate enough to have the time to devote to it. I set the ironing board up in the living room and iron in front of the TV. It is the only time I get to control the remote. If I am ironing while watching a movie and I finish before the end of the show I’ve been known to wander around the house looking for more things to press just so I can keep watching without feeling guilty.

  12. di @ lime&soda

    February 3, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    If you could see my Mt Washmore…you would totally get that I’m not very good at staying on top of it. But I don’t stress over it, I figure if someone wants something, and they can’t find it, it will probably be on the washing pile, and they can do it themselves. πŸ˜‰
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  13. Babs - patchworkcactus

    February 3, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Our iron gets used once a year, to wax snowboards. For weddings hubby gets his shirts dry cleaned and I break out the hair straightener when things get desperate.
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  14. Ellen

    February 4, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Pathological ironer here! I iron the tea towels – and the pillow cases. I know it’s nuts. It’s a genetic disorder handed down from my mother and grandmother. My grandmother ironed the bed sheets and pyjamas! I don’t do that. Even worse, when my ironing pile gets overwhelming I have been known to pay someone else to do it
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  15. Monique@The Urban Mum

    February 4, 2015 at 11:50 am

    I dislike ironing immensely – maybe being paid $1 a week to iron Dad’s shirts and hankies many moons ago fuelled my hate of this domestic task..

    Sadly however I love wearing silk and linen clothes – I think you see my problem…I decided several years ago to forgo takeaway coffee and other bits and bobs, in order to be able to pay for someone else to do the ironing…haven’t looked back!x

  16. Lisa

    February 4, 2015 at 11:52 am

    I’ve long held the belief that ironing is of the devil.
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  17. Tracy

    February 4, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    I used to iron more than I do now…we are also iron-as-needed people. My 14yo son has been taught to iron his shirts, because he has a couple of dress shirts of nice occasions and church and such. My need to iron reduced significantly when my husband started his own business and chose polo shirts and my kids started at a no-uniform school about the same year. A win-win all round I’d say.
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      February 5, 2015 at 8:58 pm

      i’m loving the people in the iron as needed camp. Smart move hubby! Definitely a win-win for you!
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  18. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages

    February 4, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    I hate ironing, seriously who loves it?! But it is a necessary evil. My mum actually visited me today and was shocked that I didn’t iron my pillowcases. Who has time for that? My head can iron out those wrinkles very easily thank you very much.
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      February 5, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      Ironing pillowcases must be a thing of our mothers and grandmothers generations because no one I know irons them!

  19. Kylie Purtell - A Study in Contradictions

    February 5, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    I live by the motto “If it needs ironing it’s not worth having!”. I hardly ever iron, it is a very rare occasion that I do. In fact my husband irons more than me, and it’s usually 5 mins before we have to leave to go to a wedding or funeral and the wrinkles haven’t finished falling out of his suit shirt!
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      February 5, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      I like that motto Kylie. My hubby does his own ironing when needed as well.

  20. EssentiallyJess

    February 6, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I love ironing. Yes seriously. I like making clothes nice and flat and crease free, and putting them in their little baskets to head off to rooms, all organised. Ironing doesn’t take me much longer than sorting.
    PLUS, and this is the good bit; it’s an excuse to commandeer the TV off the kids in the middle of the afternoon because you’re doing a job, and you need something to watch. So you put a movie on and iron. And then, if you’re really clever, you can do what I do, and do the WIneing. Which is where you iron whilst watching TV, with a wine.
    And no one can say a thing , because you’re being a good little housewife. πŸ˜‰
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  21. Jenni from Styling Curvy

    February 6, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Never…oh ok if I can’t bribe a child to iron a tablecloth then I’ll do it. I trained hubby and 2 sons and bought a steamer for my clothes. They iron and I steam πŸ™‚
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  22. Jane

    July 20, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    As Lauren said, garment steamers are the solution!

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