Why I Iron My Own Clothes Now

July 28, 2014 9:21 PM

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I initially decided to start ironing my own clothes because paying someone else to wash and iron them seemed economically irresponsible. It wasn't that I couldn't afford that luxury. I could. Ultimately, though, I became uncomfortable simply thinking of that indulgence. What events on my calendar, I wondered, made it impossible for me to spend at the most an hour a week ironing my shirts?

So it was that I hauled my mother's ironing board out of the closet. It's a heavy, solid wood contraption. Setting it up is no simple task. There's nothing easy or automatic about it. And yet my mother used it throughout her adult life. During my childhood she heated her irons on the stove because o...

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