Saturday, March 17, 2012

Mission Organization: Week 11 - The Ironing

My ironing habits have changed since I became a retiree. When I worked full time I would spend 3 or 4 hours on the weekend catching up on my ironing for the week, then I would put it away until the next weekend came around. Since I have been retired, it seems that the ironing is never put away. My laundry room is very small, so I get out the ironing board and set it up in my bedroom, then do some ironing, but I don't finish. I no longer have the stamina to stand and iron for several hours, so after a little while I have to stop, but it's too much trouble to put everything away and get it out again just to iron a few more pieces later, so it seems the ironing board is constantly up. I don't like the ironing board up, I want it put away, but that's too much trouble and too much effort, so there you have it, a constant cycle of a no win situation.

 
 

I got really tired of looking at my ironing board in the middle of my bedroom, so I was very interested when I found how Amanda at A Crafty Fox cleverly solved the ironing board problem with a simple project to make a small portable ironing board that will fit on top of the dryer.
 
The first thing I needed was a board, and I had to ask my husband for help with that because I don't do saws. I measured the top of my dryer and decided I wanted a board 16 x 26 inches. For a dryer with a lint filter on top, the measurement would need to be adjusted.

 

After talking to the nice and knowledgeable lady at my fabric store, I decided to use a slightly different kind of padding on my board. The bottom layer is a thermal batting by Pellon, the second layer is a cotton batting, the third layer is a heat resistant fabric (the silver kind like a traditional ironing board cover), and the top layer is just a cotton print. I bought 5/8 yard of each fabric. You can stop at the heat resistant layer if you want. The cotton print layer is just to make it more appealing to look at day in and day out. I chose a sock monkey print because they looked happy, and I thought they would be fun to see every day.
 
Pull all the layers tight around the board on all sides and secure with a staple gun.

 


The board fits right on top of the dryer, and it is so  handy to press an item as it comes out of the dryer.


The big ironing board is banished from my bedroom, and I hope I never have to set it up in there again. With the help of the sock monkeys maybe I can keep the ironing caught up, one piece at a time.

21 comments:

  1. What a cool idea! I tend to default to Downy Wrinkle Releaser when I'm too tired to iron, but this is probably a better plan.

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  2. Great idea! I too get tired of having the ironing board up all the time. Looks like something I need. Thanks.

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  3. Looks you are on your way to getting organized. Thank you for following. I am now following you also. I hope to get ideas to get organized from you. Have a good week.

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  4. That's a good idea and it looks so pretty, too. Ironing is not one of my favorite things to do but this could help it done. Thanks, Anita.--------Shannon

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  5. I love this idea. I totally want one but now I have a top loader washine machine and no dryer so where can I put it? What do you reckon about over the sink? A little too dangerous :(

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  6. Another great idea, Anita!! I hate an ironing board up, too. I have a ironing mat in my sewing room that I bought, but it would be prettier to make one.

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  7. This is a great idea! I hate ironing period, I don't even own an ironing board, this would be a great alternative.

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  8. Great idea...and I love the monkeys!!

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  9. Good job!! I saw this at Crafty Fox and its on my list of things to do. LOL

    Stopping by from Flamingo Toes linky party and new follower. Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.ca/2012/03/vinyl-amp-cover.html

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  10. I love this idea! I iron on a towel on my washer!

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  11. This is genius!!! We are moving so I will try to make one for the new house, as the laundry room is not really a ROOM at all. This is fabulous! XO, Pinky PS, came over from Yvonne's.

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  12. Thanks for such a terrific and useful idea!

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  13. Found this at Stone Gable. FABULOUS IDEA! I'm making one soon for the dryer in the basement! Thank you for sharing this!
    Nancy

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  14. Love the idea! Curious how much the different types of fabrics cost?

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    1. Megan, I don't remember exactly how much I spent (memory not what it used to be!), but it was in the neighborhood of $20 for all the fabrics. I haven't had the big ironing board out since I got this one made, it was well worth the $.

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  15. The only thing I would do different is a changeable cover. One with elastic like a "bowl cover".

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    1. That's a great idea, thanks! When I need to change mine I'm going to have to pull out all the staples!

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  16. going to do one that is all the way across the washer and dryer for pants

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    1. That sounds like a super idea! I would love to see a picture of it when you get it done!

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    2. Or tablecloths. I don't like ironing them because they are so wide. Your idea is great for that. :)

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