Do You Use An Iron …?

by Tina on August 4, 2014

in Decor, family

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Hello and Happy Monday!  We have another great weekend in the USA, and are really starting to feel a lot more settled.  I have been updating little bits of our temporary home via Instagram, but I thought some of you might enjoy seeing more here, too.  I created a quick and simple desk area for myself, a tidy and clean bedside table, and even bought a cute ironing board cover to help our furnished place feel more like us.  I will have more to share about our home in the coming days, but I thought the reaction to my photo of the ironing board was SO interesting.

Apparently many of you don’t use an iron and some don’t even own one.  I had never really thought of ironing as a cultural difference, but I’m amazed by how many of my American friends and family NEVER iron.  We have to iron our clothes in Denmark because our dryer doesn’t fluff them enough to just dry and go.  Plus, the electric bill is so high that I prefer to hang the majority of our clothes and spend the extra money on new tube of lipstick or a pair of heels!

Some of you are probably gasping… some maybe wondering what the big deal is…

I’m curious!  Do you use an iron?  Do you dry all of your clothes?  Is there a cultural gap somewhere in our iron use?

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Photography: Tina Fussell via Instagram

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Jenn August 4, 2014 at 3:00 pm

My husband grew up in Southeast Asia and irons his clothes nearly every day. It is a habit he learned in school, where he would face severe punishment, if his clothes weren’t ironed perfectly. I rarely iron these days, most of my clothes look acceptable out of the dryer.

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Tina August 6, 2014 at 3:40 am

wow! That definitely would give new motivation to ironing!

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Mandi | No Apathy Allowed August 4, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Funny, I never would have noticed! Most households in Germany don’t have dryers (they’re generally seen as a waste of energy and would also cost too much to use on a regular basis), so I often have to iron my clothes to get out the wrinkles that come from drying on a clothes rack. Ironing is one of those tasks that I hate, but it does make you look sharper, so I’m always glad I put in the effort. :)

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Tina August 6, 2014 at 3:40 am

I’m always appreciative of the end result, too!

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Jodi August 4, 2014 at 3:31 pm

I’m from the U.S. and I always grew up with my mother ironing the majority of our clothes including my dad’s dress shirts (it was cheaper for her to wash and press than have them dry cleaned!). However as I got older, I veered away from using an iron simply because it took too long! Now I use a steamer and most people I know do the same. It tucks away into the closet and is much quicker and easier.

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Tina August 6, 2014 at 3:40 am

Hmmm… I need to look into that!

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Jodi August 6, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Check out this one… I got it for my mother for Christmas (so she could do less ironing!) and she loves it! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000665TD/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Tina August 6, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Cool! Thank you!

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Susan August 4, 2014 at 5:04 pm

I am new to your blog. We live in Munich and do not have a clothes dryer. I am careful how my clothes hang on the drying rack (to avoid wrinkles if possible) keeping ironing down to twice a week.

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Tina August 6, 2014 at 3:41 am

I always hang my shirts on hangers to avoid weird creases. :-)

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Susan August 6, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Exactly – my husband’s dress shirts always go on hangers. Mine – half the time. Weird creases are best avoided. I’m enjoying reading about your time in the States. thanks for blogging!

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Tina August 6, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Thank you for following along! I wasn’t sure whether to be open and honest about this stage of our life, but I’m delighted that everyone is enjoying it. It gives me courage to keep sharing! xx

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Myla August 4, 2014 at 6:17 pm

I was not an avid ironer until we started spending summers in our house in France. At first, we did not have a dryer in our house so I ended up ironing mostly everything. A couple of years ago, we got a dryer and I mostly dry our clothes that way but I still iron many things, including duvet covers. I still iron when we are back in the US during the year.

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Tina August 6, 2014 at 3:42 am

I was shocked when we moved to Spain a decade ago and realized that dryers were not standard. I barely knew how to use the iron, but I learned!

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Sarah Stäbler August 4, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Funny…American here who lives in Germany… I have no dryer but I still don’t iron most of my clothes! Only if something is reaaaally bad! :)

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Tina August 6, 2014 at 3:42 am

Haha! That is always my debate… can it go without it? Sadly, most of the time not! :-(

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Di August 4, 2014 at 8:15 pm

I do iron regularly…..nothing beats a freshly ironed item….don’t have a dryer….energy wasted…..I hang my clothes outside or or a drying rack…

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Tina August 6, 2014 at 3:43 am

I always hung ours outside in Morocco but it rains too much in Denmark to even bother! Now I forget that is an option! LOL!

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Beth T August 4, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Funny note, as I quickly picked my outfit for the day, I realized the shirt of choice needed ironing. I’m not sure that all would consider what I did with the iron, true ironing, but I did heat up the iron and I used on the board and straighten some of the wrinkles before throwing it on and running out the door. So to answer the question, I have another question to add to the conversation…Is this the new way to iron (quick and not always most effective) or do we schedule our time and catch up on our “shows” while ironing everything that needs to be ironing in one large timeframe on a rainy day?
Hope this is fun for others!!!

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Tina August 6, 2014 at 3:44 am

I schedule it in and put in a few movies that will relax me. Five people makes for a LOT of ironing but having something fun to watch makes it go by quickly!

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Jannike August 5, 2014 at 4:14 am

We use a dryer and still iron our clothes. We have the ironing board set up permanently in the walkin. I’ve lived with Danes, Brazilian and now a French-canadian and they all ironed. I must be attracted to a certain type.

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Tina August 6, 2014 at 3:45 am

haha! Yes, maybe you are just attracted to well ironed folk!

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Gia August 5, 2014 at 7:58 am

Ironing is one of my least favorite activities. We live in the US and end up drying everything in the machine. If I’m not on top of pulling things out of the dryer right away they will need a good iron before wearing. My husband is the iron-er in our family, a job he’s happy to do since nearly all the iron needing items are his for work.
When we were in Europe I loved line drying and the small kitchen or bathroom washers in each house we stayed. I became obsessed with the difference in clothes care from one place to another. When I told my good friend in London that our small San Francisco space doesn’t have room for a drying rack and we have such foggy weather outside doesn’t work, she laughed and said no matter how small the flat in London there is always a clothes drying rack somewhere and no one is bothered if it’s full and in view when company comes over.

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Tina August 6, 2014 at 3:46 am

I always timed my washing to when guests were coming, but thankfully my house in Denmark has a basement laundry room where I can hide it away. Though I KNOW everyone else has theirs out and I shouldn’t care!

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Gia August 5, 2014 at 8:00 am

I forgot to ask above. Reading this post I wonder about dry cleaning abroad. Is it very common or popular?

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Tina August 6, 2014 at 3:47 am

Everywhere I have been has had dry cleaning available, but it wasn’t as common as the US.

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Honora August 5, 2014 at 10:18 pm

We use our dryers in the US, but I’d like not too. Hanging the wash has some crazy poverty scandal attached to it. Really nuts. My Mormor always hung her laundry, and it smelled wonderful. She also made sure we all new how to iron. My aunts took in ironing to make $$. I iron much more now that I have been sewing on a more consistently.

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Tina August 6, 2014 at 3:48 am

Isn’t that the truth? Line drying really helps extend the life of clothing, something many Americans don’t care as much about because clothing is so much cheaper here than many parts of the world.

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Madelene August 6, 2014 at 4:17 pm

I love the cover! Where is it from?

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Madelene August 6, 2014 at 4:18 pm

I love the ironing board cover! Where is it from?

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Tina August 6, 2014 at 8:29 pm

I found it at Homegoods for $9.99. Such a great deal! :-)

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