Iron no more!

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

8 Comments for “Iron no more!”

  1. posted by Phil McThomas on

    I’ve never met a no-iron shirt that *really* didn’t need ironing.

    I guess you can get away with it, but I wouldn’t come to work in an unironed no-iron shirt.

    That said, I still buy ’em because they are far easier to iron and stay ironed when you’re wearing them.

  2. posted by Erin on

    Phil — Really? I’ve never ironed mine. I even worked at a K Street D.C. law firm that required business professional dress every day (suits and heels for the ladies), and was praised for my “sharp dress” and “sophisticated style.” Most of my non-iron shirts are Brooks Brothers and Talbots brands — maybe there is more variation between brands than I was aware? I also make it a point to be at my dryer when the bell sounds and pull the shirts out immediately. Has anyone else had the same experience as Phil? Do brands of non-iron products matter more than I knew?

  3. posted by Roberta on

    I just wear ordinary ladies dress shirts and I don’t iron most of them- I have found that hanging them to dry instead of using the dryer makes the wrinkles fall out of most tops, so I save energy two ways, and lots of time.

  4. posted by Phil McThomas on

    Hmmm…I don’t put my shirts in a dryer – just hang-em. Find the drying shrinks them over time and also roughs them up a bit.

    The ones I have are generally from Eddie Bauer.

    Frankly, I find ironing to be pretty theraputic. I don’t like just sitting and watching tv, so it’s a good excuse to watch something without the guilt. 🙂

    (PS – Small world…I split my time between Rockville and a K Street DC pseudo-law firm!)

  5. posted by damselfly on

    I use a spray de-wrinkler on items that need ironing – it works best on cotton, but does a passable job on other fabrics as well. My favorite brand is Downy Wrinkle Releaser.

  6. posted by scot on

    non iron shirts need the iron. Mine are BBrothers

  7. posted by Jeff on

    Brooks Brothers non-iron shirts are the BEST! I can fly across the country and have them packed in my suit case, they come out like they were just dry cleaned!

  8. posted by Anonymous on

    Does it hurt a noniron shirt to send it regularly to the dry cleaners?

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