Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) ~

Why Iron Tea Towels?

February 4th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 1 sec

Beware of ironing tea towels!

Who has time to iron anything but the basics these days? I do the ironing in our home and, admittedly, it shows.

There’s a perpetual pile of clothes waiting for their moment of glory, when I press the steaming hot iron to crinkled material, smoothing them into neatly pressed, ready to wear shirts, skirts, and trousers.

But most of the time, untidy piles of clothes wait in the storybook corner, waiting for a “bus” that rarely comes. But when I do, at least I iron well.

Which leads me to ask, “Why iron the tea towels?” You might say, “Me? I never do!” or “Okay, I admit it. I’m a cupboard tea towel ironing freak. But someone has to do it, don’t they?” Yet, whether you do or you don’t, it’s a chore that represents many others that we gradually acquire, yet find so hard to reliably do.

Perhaps you do a lot of driving to and fro. Or else, perform duties at work that require a lot of double handling. Just like deciding to iron the tea towels, some  tasks really are optional. Or, if not, then maybe they could be made easier through more efficient means.

If you are way too busy then I suggest it’s time to review what you do. Time to consider what you could let go of, delegate, or refashion. For instance, if you do have to iron, is there a better way of getting it done? Which garments could be replaced with no or low iron alternatives? Same goes for everything else. Think about what can be replaced with no or low effort alternatives?

Consider chores you mean to do well but only do poorly. What can you delegate for pocket money or a job swap? At first, you will feel resistant: “Nothing can be changed. Besides I don’t have time to do this. “But like ironing tea towels, bed sheets, or handkerchiefs, there are alternatives.

If you are time poor, invest some thinking into working out how to live better. Ideas include:

  • Watching less TV
  • Deciding to iron every time the TV is on!
  • Finding a better computer software program that could help with organizing your time or streamline a repetitive task.
  • Swapping chores
  • Deputizing someone else to do a job for you
  • Negotiating a more effective way
  • Stripping life of anything that’s not absolutely necessary,

and so on.

If you need any more convincing, consider this. By revising your life you might be able to crib an hour or two extra every day to consciously use as you please. Freeing your self from the duty of having to iron tea towels, socks, bed linen, cats, underwear, and whatever else seems a pretty good deal to me. But what about you? What would you do with an extra hour or two?

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