We all hit stretches of life when multiple deadlines, events, and obligations coalesce at once, creating a particularly frenetic daily pace. I'm there right now. I know I'm going to make it, but I find myself weary with the most basic tasks, like getting into the shower, or getting back out of the shower, or remembering whether I actually washed my hair or whether I just thought I had washed my hair while I'm in the shower, or putting on clothes, or making myself presentable in the morning.
On days like this, I seek shortcuts to make even the smallest tasks easier. Take ironing, for instance.
When it comes to ironing, I'm admittedly lazy. Thus far in life, my primary two strategies to make ironing easier could be broadly categorized as avoidance: 1) I don't buy many clothes that require ironing, and 2) I try to reach the dryer immediately after the cycle is done so any slightly-wrinkled clothing can be shaken into submission and declared good enough.
But, despite our best avoidance efforts, what if there's one persistent wrinkle on an otherwise acceptable garment? What if a shirt's collar or a skirt's hem needs a simple touch-up?
Well, if you're anything like me, these minor dilemmas provide the perfect time to rethink what we mean by the word iron.
On more than one occasion, instead of dragging a cumbersome ironing board from the laundry room, I've headed to the bathroom, heated up my curling iron with the click of one button, and run that iron down the crease. It's that simple.