Tag Archives: Random Post # 9 – Ironing Out the Wrinkles




Continuing the random jobs I’ve had in the past, I will tell you about ironing. I actually wrote this post a few years ago for an A to Z Challenge. 🙂


I love to iron. I can hear the gasps now. Ironing is not usually a favorite chore, these days. You might say, why iron, when there are clothes dryers and no-iron fabrics. That is true, but some garments look much better when ironed smooth, or with a crisp crease.

My very first paying job was ironing for people. This was very early on, I wasn’t even a teenager yet, when I began. The fee I charged was 50 cents per dozen items. I raised the fee later on to 75 cents.

I’d started out learning to iron, by doing handkerchiefs and pillow cases, at home. Then, a lady my mom knew, asked if I’d iron her clothes…and she’d pay me. Of course I said yes, and that was it. I could make my spending money doing something I loved to do.

Off and on through the years, I would advertise in the newspapers, on bulletin boards at laundromats, grocery stores and hospitals. My last ironing jobs, the price I charged was one dollar per piece…so, if the person brought twelve items, I’d make twelve dollars. With several customers a week, I was doing pretty well for myself.

I can iron a dozen pieces in less than an hour, and do an excellent job. If you look at it one way, I was earning at least twelve dollars an hour.

I’ve ironed all kinds of clothes, such as heavily starched jeans and short shorts, everyday clothes, uniforms, scrubs, dress shirts and men’s suits. I’ve ironed for teachers, nurses, military, lawyers, judges, funeral directors, and regular work-a-day people. So many people hate to iron, there has never been a problem finding customers willing to pay someone else to do it for them.

Ironing is relaxing to me. The warmth and hiss of the steam iron is soothing. I can use the time to think of things to write about, or listen to music, meditate on problems, and even make a headache go away. So, if you don’t like to iron very much, instead of thinking of it as a dreaded chore, use the time as an island of serenity, a time to reflect, an interlude of peace and calm, to counteract all the really stressful tasks of your day…like doing the floors. I absolutely hate doing that!

Since I posted this a few years ago, I have stopped taking in ironing from the public. Guess you could say I’ve retired from the ironing board. 🙂


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