In the bottom of my ironing basket lives a shirt belonging to DH. It's been there a year. It's so evil to iron that whenever I get down that far I think "Oh I'll do it next time". The trouble is I also know that once it's hung in the wardrobe DH will wear it the next day and then it will be back in the ironing basket.
I'm not a great ironer. I can go 8 weeks in winter without ironing when everone wears fleeces and jumpers. But there's always the odd shirt that can't survive with 1 minute in the tumble dryer and a quick shake. Also in summer I do iron T shirts and there are four of us.
And there's a top of mine made of some crumply crepe fabric that often keeps the shirt company.
-DP's shirt thats a bugger to iron -a top that belongs to me but it needs mending - DD's skirt that I've "hidden" there as she loves it and I think its hideous (so its a case of out of sight, out of mind)!
I also have stuff in the bottom of the dirty washing basket:
-2 tops that need handwashing but as they're "posh" ones that I have no plans on wearing in the immediate future they are still there
-DP's wool Fat Face jumper, hand-wash only and too warm for this weather anyway so it can wait
I had 2 flippy 'gypsy' skirts in there for way over a year. Mainly cos they needed hand washing which is a pain. Plus I had gone off them.
But now I am pregnant I am wearing them again and they are great (elasticated waist). I got over the handwashing problem by using the cold water handwash programme on the machine. I was too scared to do it before as one is bright purple and one is bright teal. I put them both in the same wash and they were fine!
I never got to the end of my ironing basket pile for about eleven years (age of dd!). It was usually at least half-full all the time. Finally had to get it sorted out as we were making the house presentable to sell it.
I had rotated what was at the bottom, so when I finally reached the bottom earlier this year, I found clothes labelled "age 5". So there had been some turn over during that eleven years .
I had a stupendous sense of satisfaction when the basket was finally emptied [slightly pathetic]. It had irritated me immensely, but I always managed to justify spending time avoidingironing in creative play with dd.
I've really enjoyed keeping it empty in the last few months [preen].
<gives self strict talking-to to maintain good track record in new home>