I believe that a key to staying organized is knowing yourself. One of the things that I know about myself is that I hate to iron. Standing with a hot piece of metal in my hand pushing wrinkles out of fabric is one of the worst ways I can imagine spending my time. Some people love it, but I loathe it.
Since I accepted this part of my personality, I have embraced an iron-free lifestyle. Piles of ironing no longer stack up in the corner of my laundry room. I don’t waste valuable closet space storing an ironing board and an iron. And, remarkably, I still live a wrinkle-free existence.
Brooks Brothers, Liz Claiborne, Geoffrey Beene, Paul Fredrick, and Levi’s Dockers are a few of the many companies that now produce non-iron shirts and pants. About a year ago, I started replacing all of my cotton dress shirts and khakis with these time- and space-saving garments.
Also, I resolved to send all of my remaining clothing that needs ironing to the dry cleaner instead of tackling it at home. As the year has passed, my dry cleaning needs have become smaller as my non-iron clothing has been added to my closet.
Yes, non-iron clothing and the dry cleaner can cost more than their at-home ironing counterparts. However, I would rather spend my time doing something other than ironing, and I deeply value a clutter-free home.
“This above all: to thine ownself be true …” — William Shakespeare’s Hamlet