I’ve never believed that chores should stare me in the face. And weigh me down with the pressure of having to do them.
Which is why I have certain rules about chores that I live by. And it’s a philosophy shared by my partner, Victor Pleshev, the architect who designed the Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover for his mother. To help her with her ironing when she was recovering from a stroke.
We never go to bed without straightening up the living room.
Navy blue leather couch cushions turned over. And rotated. So the cushioning wears evenly.
Decorative pillows put back in place.
Wood stove banked. To keep the farmhouse warm overnight.
All dishes washed and air drying in the dish drainer. There’s no dishwasher in my farmhouse.
Before leaving the house to go out for the day, we make sure it’s neat and tidy. Coming home to a house that would welcome a guest is very calming.
Fall into the trap of keeping a big laundry basket of ironing. That you have no intention of polishing off at that moment.
That. Is. A. Piece. Of. Work.
I got my first job at the age of 13. Working Saturday’s in a department store.
I worked two jobs at uni. And every summer. To pay for my education.
I secured my first full time job a week after I finished university.
And have worked every day. Ever since.
My world wide business, The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover And Other Goodies, keeps me very busy. I’m at my desk at 4am. And rarely shut my computer down before 7pm.
So I don’t have a great deal of spare time for chores.
I love crisply ironed shirts. Jeans. Napkins. Pillowcases. Tea towels.
And love ironing them.
I do small loads of laundry every day. Because it takes less time to sort and hang than large loads per week. Being on tank water, my Miele front loader conserves water. Especially on smaller loads.
The jeans are hung on skirt hangers on the Hills Hoist to dry.
Shirts are hung on wooden hangers. To dry in the shade.
Everything else is put on clothes racks. Rather than the Hills Hoist. So they can be carried inside in a micro second when it rains.
As few things dry during daylight hours in my cold, winter climate. The rack is put in the laundry room. To dry overnight.
When dry, jeans are folded and put onto shelves in cupboards.
And shirts are hung in closets.
Both ready to be ironed on the day they’re to be worn.
My ironing basket is very tiny.
A round, beautifully crafted basket found in a charity shop for $2.
It holds the napkins and tea towels to be ironed that day.
Which I do when I want to take a break away from my desk.
And when they’re sitting on my storage cupboard, behind my ironing board, waiting for their chance to be Cinderella, they add colour to the room.
My advice is to ditch the big ironing basket. And opt for something smaller. And more alluring.
By putting away everything that doesn’t need to be ironed that very minute.
Life is too short to have chores staring you in the face!
Your thoughts? Email me at the bottom of this post.
~Carol Jones, Ironing Diva❤
PS. This Ironing Diva loves leading an elegant life.
PPS. I am not only an Ironing Diva. But as one friend says, I am ‘The Queen’ when it comes to ironing.
I Am The Purveyor Of The Tantrum Free Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover And Other Goodies
Made with love and care in RURAL Australia by men and women who have a disability.
It’s not for everyone.
But it’s definitely for you if you’re fussy about the cover you iron on.
And if you love to support Australian made.
And want to put something back into the community when you make a purchase.
The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover cover has more than 350,000 customers in 29 countries. Because it lives up to its name. It ‘Fitz Like A Glove™’ every time you iron.
And these are the ‘Other Goodies’
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Photos of my rural property are courtesy of me, Ironing Diva – who is also known as Paddock Paparazzi – and taken at sunrise every morning.
The top of my Miele front loader washing machine. This room is also my pantry. And the A-Z notebook is an inventory of everything in my pantry. I’m a baker. On Saturday, the top is cleared. And all my baked goodies are put on racks and cooled by the fan.
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The windowsill in my laundry/pantry/sewing room. The glassware glistens on a sunny day. And brings sunshine into the room.