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To not have a ironing dungeon

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CatherineHate Sun 09-Apr-17 09:26:12

So, I'm currently living with MIL while DP partner and I renovate (read: rebuild) the house we just bought.

throughout the process MIL has been banging on about making an "ironing room" - a dungeon where I'll apparently be ironing mine and DP's clothes on a Sunday.

I've told her a million times that I'll be doing my ironing somewhere more entertaining - in front of the TV (what my mum does).

ladies and gents of Mumsnet, do I really need a ironing room or is MIL exaggerating?

This is not a MIL bashing thread, I'm just genuinely confused as to why she's so insistent on this designated roomconfused

Euphemia Sun 09-Apr-17 09:28:50

Bugger that! In front of the tv is where one irons!

Kpo58 Sun 09-Apr-17 09:29:00

Maybe she finds it to be a turn on to be chained in a small windowless room ironing?

I didn't know that people ironed anywhere else apart from infront of a TV.

BreakfastAtSquiffanys Sun 09-Apr-17 09:30:42

My iron only functions properly if within ten feet of a tv

LookAtTheFlowersKerry Sun 09-Apr-17 09:31:52

I haven't ironed for about twelve years now. No one's noticed or died.

LucyLocketLostIt Sun 09-Apr-17 09:32:11

Where does she do her ironing?

Cafecat Sun 09-Apr-17 09:33:56

Maybe she doesn't want the living room overrun with other people's clothes on a Sunday if that's when you iron?

Does she have a spare room for ironing and she wants you to stash all your laundry in there through the week?

Do you mean she wants you to do it in the cellar? shock That's not on really.

Dementedswan Sun 09-Apr-17 09:34:20

I'd have an ironing room with a lovely big TV, a wine fridge and a lock on the door to keep visitors out wink

Asmoto Sun 09-Apr-17 09:35:10

I hardly ever iron anything, so it would be completely redundant in my house. My husband does his own ironing. Any ironing I'm forced to do is done in the spare room, as quickly as possible.

HeyCat Sun 09-Apr-17 09:35:40

Simplest solution is to stop ironing entirely....

Gardencentregroupie Sun 09-Apr-17 09:35:52

Only time I ever ironed without the telly on was when I worked in a dry cleaners and for paid for it.

WildKiwi Sun 09-Apr-17 09:35:54

Are you allowed a TV in the ironing dungeon? An ironing dungeon could be good, if fully fitted out with a high quality entertainment system that can only be controlled by the person in charge of the iron.

ijustwannadance Sun 09-Apr-17 09:36:03

Tell her your DP is a fucking grown up who can iron his own clothes.

Lesley1980 Sun 09-Apr-17 09:36:16

I had an ironing room & it's great. The ironing board stayed up all the time so easy to iron one or two things quickly. All the washing got dumped in this room meaning the rest of my house was tidy.

I don't have an ironing room now & I have little piles of ironing in my dining room & the ironing board is nearly always up because my understair cupboard is full. I can't stand it & when we do our extension we are adding a utility room big enough to keep the ironing board up all the time & cupboards to hide the piles of clothes.

Floggingmolly Sun 09-Apr-17 09:37:36

Does she mean a utility room? confused I can't even imagine a room with nothing but an ironing board in it

CatherineHate Sun 09-Apr-17 09:38:40

MIL has her own ironing room, where sheach spends a chunk of her Sunday. There's a window but not much else- no music, TV or entertainment.

I do my ironing in the ironing room here (her house, her rules although I bring the tablet in although do Netflix grin )

But it's the new house where she's insisting that an ironing room is a must. I don't get it

treaclesoda Sun 09-Apr-17 09:40:25

I'd quite like an ironing room. blush I don't really mind ironing. It's getting the ironing board out of the cupboard that puts me off doing it.

trixymalixy Sun 09-Apr-17 09:40:28

I would love to have enough room to have a utility with enough room to leave the ironing board up permanently. Most of our ironing is sent out so we iron one or two things at a time, never a big pile.

Mermaidinthesea123 Sun 09-Apr-17 09:42:27

Oh no, time to stage a rebellion, give me a tv or the ironing board gets it!!!

katronfon Sun 09-Apr-17 09:44:13

It sounds grim...but actually I think I'd quite like a room where the ironing board stays up, and the clean washing stays stashed. If I had that I think I'd pop in and iron the odd thing when it was needed instead of clothes that require ironing just never being worn a second time!

SorrelSoup Sun 09-Apr-17 09:44:16

We're in desperate need of a laundry room to put all the washing, but we don't iron regularly, only if we're going somewhere posh.

Cafecat Sun 09-Apr-17 09:45:53

Oh I see. OP I can relate to where she's coming from because I have an upstairs ironing and laundry room and it does make life easier. No traipsing up and down stairs with laundry. The kids just throw everything in there and downstairs is clear.
I don't have Netflix in there which is a setback. I just listen to music.
The vast majority if ironing used to be DH's work shirts until I discovered the steam press at the local dry cleaners. 50p per shirt and it's ironed in a second. Why don't you just do this?

MatildaTheCat Sun 09-Apr-17 09:46:04

My spare room is my ironing room. There are definite advantages to having a set up where you can leave the board up permanently. Really easy to just do a couple of bits.

If you have the budget to build a whole room devoted to ironing I'd be looking at the figures and working out how many years worth of paid ironing you could buy with the money. wink

I must be weird as I've not mastered watching a screen whilst using a red hot, steaming weapon. Radio for me and shirts sent down to the cleaners.

FormerlyFrikadela01 Sun 09-Apr-17 09:46:17

I hate ironing with a passion. However would love a room i could leave it up in then I'd be more likely to wear the huge amount of clothes i never wear because they need ironing and getting it out is half the battle.

oleoleoleole Sun 09-Apr-17 09:47:15

Tell her you're having one and it's called a man cave!!

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