7 crisp tips to make ironing more manageable

If I ironed more often I’d have so much more to wear!”

The pile of un-ironed clothes in my place just gets bigger and bigger, while my wardrobe gets emptier and emptier. Until finally I break down and spend an entire night into the wee hours slaving over the ironing board, swearing I’ll never let it get so out of hand again.

Sound familiar?

Happily, a bunch of Fox Friends with wrinkle free blouses and neat creases in their pants offered up these 7 crisp tips to help make the worst chore in the world that much more manageable.


“I recently got rid of my ironing basket. Now I just fold or hang everything up. And iron when we need it.” Malinda


“I record trashy shows like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills/New York/Atlanta etc then iron while I watch it. Before I know it, my ironing basket is empty (and so is my brain!)” Shelley


“I shake out the item fresh from the wash to minimize creases.” Lauren


“I try not to buy clothes that need ironing then only iron them just before wearing.” Belinda


“I’ve now learnt to just leave it – husband gets jack of the full basket and does it!! He is referred to as my ironing bitch now.” Belinda


“I don’t unless I REALLY have to. I am super anal about folding or hanging straight after I pull it off the line & can get away with not ironing 99% of the time… :)” Samantha


“It’s a good way to wear in new shoes. You feel quite fab ironing in heels!!!” Kylie


What’s your secret to keeping on top of the ironing? And is it your most hated household chore, like me, or do you reckon there are worse things you could do? 



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  • When my husband wore shirts that needed ironing on a regular basis, I took to hanging them on hangers on the line. I used two per shirt, facing opposite directions so that when the shirts swung in the wind the hangers would be less likely to come off. When they were dry they were already almost wrinkle free, and could either be worn straight away or just given a quick press.

    • FoxInFlats

      Brilliant tip! I’ll try that for sure. xA

    • JicyJac

      Love the two hangers idea – so clever.

      • Happy to share 🙂 It worked really well – we live at the top of a hill in a really windy area, and his shirts were just about the only things that didn’t blow off our line!

  • I am so glad my husbie is a tradie. I couldn’t handle having to iron business shirts. I rarely iron, my dryer does that for me. Very, very naughty I know!

    • FoxInFlats

      You married well 😉

  • Poppy

    I iron as I wash. I do it in front of the recorded trashy shows, too. I’m quite strange in that I like ironing. I also hang shirts on hangers on the line and it really helps cut down ironing time.

    • FoxInFlats

      Oh to be as sensible as you. Think I need more trashy shows in my repertoire…

  • I have perfected the art of hanging up the washing so that minimal ironing is required. And what does need ironing belongs to the Mr, so he is the one who has to iron!