Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Laundry Woes

When I got my new job about one year ago, I had to hang up my scrubs and buy some real work clothes. The dress code is business casual - wrinkle free, hosiery, etc. I'm still working on building up my wardrobe, but I have about 7 days' worth of outfits appropriate to wear to work.

It is such a hassle to maintain this kind of wardrobe. Most of the items require the gentle cycle on the washing machine. About half of them are supposed to "line dry". Since I don't have a clothes line, this means hanging them over the shower curtain rod or on a hanger and finding enough door knobs to hang them from. The other half are supposed to "dry flat" which is an even greater challenge. I don't have many flat surfaces which are not super inviting to small furry animals. So they all wind up sharing the crowded lids of the washer and dryer. Once they are there, doing the rest of the laundry is thwarted.

And then there is the ironing. I have been considering lately that I should do all the ironing on one day of the week and be done with it. This would speed up my morning routine significantly and allow me to iron Denis' shirts as well. I tried this out at the conference that I recently attended. On our arrival, before I hung up my clothes for the week, I ironed them all. All it served to do was get me into a very foul mood. Really, can they make clothes any more difficult to iron? The pants aren't too bad, but the shirts really won't stay put on the ironing board! Very exasperating... So, I'm afraid I will sacrifice speed in the morning for sanity. :o)

13 comments:

Martha said...

I really love those dresses they had out a year or two ago that were textures and not suppsed to look freshly irons. Do they still make permanent press? That's what I would want if I had to go out to work every day. Probably I'd end up looking like Wrinkles the Pup!

Martha said...

I don't think I've ever left such a terribly messed up comment for someone to decipher... sorry.

Tracy said...

I have two of those wrinkly tops. I save my non-iron outfit for Friday. :o)

Rachel said...

I'm with you Tracy, I don't enjoy ironing either. I avoid it at all costs. Luckily I wear scrubs to work that I pull out of the drier when they're warm, and hang them. If I had to dress up every day, I guess I'd try to find stuff that was pretty simple to wash and dry, but I'm not so sure a lot of that exists.

Tracy said...

What kind of work do you do, Rachel, that you get to wear scrubs?

Rachel said...

I'm a Dental Hygienist.

Martha said...

A gentle Hidentist?

Tracy said...

do your scrubs have teeth on them?

at my dentist's office, everyone wears the same scrubs pattern each day. It's really cute.

Priscilla said...

Maybe I ought to try wearing scrubs to clean houses in. They seem appropriatley named!

Nixter said...

I hear you with the whole ironing thing, I think 'yes I shall do it all today' and then I got "GRrr no I don't want too' SP is good and normally irons our stuff in the mornings but now he is a little bit unable, I will do it. hmm "all in one day or in the mornings before work?" - that is the question.....

lm1 said...

okay so first what happend to your ol I'll through it in the dryer on fluff trick? and second... why are you using an iron board... i use a table when i iron....:P mostly cause i don't have one...and it is better for those tricky shirts.

Tracy said...

That fluff in the dryer trick worked great on cotton scrubs! :o) but not so much now that I have to play dress up.

I have tried doing a quick iron on the bathroom counter, but it didn't work well. I have tried on the bed, but there is an abundance of cat hair on that surface. (not only do I have to be wrinkle-free but also cat hair free. Oh bother!)

Rachel said...

Nope, no teeth on our scrubs. We actually wear a different color every day of the week. I wear a baby blue top with brown pants on Mondays, and I wear a bluish color on Thursdays. They're pretty cute with a little tie in the back.