Edited by Mrs. C: I'm sorry that the pictures are so small. Blogger is not being nice to me, and I'm having a very hard time loading pictures.
When Mr. C and I were newleyweds I was, shall we say, deficient in my homemaking skills. I could cook a little, I could clean (if we were expecting company), and I could do the laundry. I knew how to iron, but I just let the clothes pile up, and then I ironed our clothes each day as we needed them. I reasoned that I had too many clothes to fit them all in my closet, and if I ironed them, they'd just end up all wrinkled from being jammed in the closet.
Well, as time went on and our little blessings began to arrive, I finally got my act together and began to actually take care of our home. I became a better cook, I organized our home and developed routines to keep it clean, and I stopped procrastinating when it came to ironing.
Our last home had a laundry area in the garage, so I had to do my ironing in my bedroom. A bad habit that I had was that I would set up the ironing board and then leave it sitting there in the middle of the room for, umm, days.
That problem was solved when we moved to our current home. It has an indoor laundry room, which I love. My favorite part of the room is my ironing board.
Every woman needs a hide-a-way ironing board! It is so easy to just pull the board down and put it back up when I'm through ironing. I never have to worry about the kids running through a room and tipping the ironing board over. It has an optional timer, which allows me to set a time goal (maybe 30 minutes), and I quit ironing when the timer goes off because the iron shuts off automatically. The lamp comes on when the timer starts, and it really helps me spot those wrinkles!
I've only experienced two negatives with my hide-a-way:
1) It isn't as long as a traditional ironing board. However, the only time that is a problem is when I'm ironing a really long dress. It is long enough to iron Mr. C's pants on, so it still gets the job done!
2) I have to order the pad covers from the manufacturer since they are a smaller size. I haven't been able to find them in any of the local stores. They aren't expensive ($8 each), and they last a long time.
Ironing for six people is a chore that I no longer dread. I often listen to sermon tapes or relaxing music while ironing. Ironing is also a good time for me to pray for my family. I pray for the person that wears the garment being ironed.
If only my Rowenta iron wasn't recently destroyed by the dog...