The rubbish housewife

I just ordered an iron and ironing board and it really got me thinking. Sounds dull right?!

You see, I haven’t ironed in years. I just wash, hang up to dry and hope for the best. I have been known to pay local laundry services to do ironing, but they aren’t always reliable and it’s very expensive.

With it being summer, I don’t want to send the kids to school in less-than-perfect school uniform that isn’t hidden under a sweater and with the eldest starting high school in September there will be proper shirts to iron! Hubby’s t-shirts also look much better after a good iron.

So, I’ve taken the plunge and ordered! The kids probably won’t know what they are – isn’t that terrible!

Ironing isn’t the only ‘good housewife’ chore that doesn’t make an appearance in this house.

I don’t slave over the oven for hours or bake delicious cakes, like I’m sure a good housewife should. My husband jokes that my KitchenAid mixer is an expensive kitchen ornament, but he loves to cook, so the kitchen has become his domain. (He also loves cleaning bathrooms now and then, I consider myself to be very lucky!)

With 4 children to look after, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. The washing machine is on several times a day every day. Today I’m on my 3rd load and it’s only lunch time. It’s never ending!

So a posh new iron and ironing board might help for a little while, but I’m sure the novelty will soon wear off.

Do you iron? Cook for hours? Is it just me that doesn’t?! Is this how things are now or am I a rubbish housewife?

24 thoughts on “The rubbish housewife

  1. Haha I am exactly the same! I wash and hang things up to dry in a hope they’ll dry straight! I do have an iron for the odd thing but it’s barely ever used! Good luck with your new iron!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

  2. I dislike ironing so much that even a new iron wont make me iron, thankfully the hubby enjoys ironing. Ironing or not you’re still a great housewife. #TriumphantTales

  3. Love it! My husband actually had to buy an iron a few years ago and I’ve never touched the thing. He needed it for his military uniforms, though. Typical “wifey” chores are old fashioned, anyway. Of course I say this with my washer and dryer running…hhmmmm

  4. Did you ever set out to be a housewife because if you didn’t why should you be a good one? I am no domestic goddess but I do try and then get infuriated that I never seem to catch up with everything although decluttering has helped me massively recently. Teamwork is what is should be about. My husband is more likely to do ironing than me, he cooks well as do I and he cleans but only the jobs he likes which winds me up.
    Enjoy the iron and ironing board – if in doubt have a picnic on the board on rainy days!

    1. I love the housewife part just not all the chores that come with it . My husband is amazing, he does so much and we’re a good team.

  5. I’m the same haha! I’ll only iron if I’m going somewhere really important, if not then I don’t bother. However I find being in the kitchen and baking relaxing so you can find me there from up to 1-4 hours.

  6. I don’t even have children yet but I always tell my boyfriend that I would be a horrible housewife once we have kids! Who has the time to keep up with all that stuff, plus have a career and make time for yourself lol

  7. Its crazy how many people don’t iron…like how?? if I don’t iron we walk around looking like homeless people lol I have tried everything hanging up straight on hangers/tumble drying/air drying nothing works! please help a ironed out mumma!!


    1. Haha I just put things on hangers or the airer to dry then they go in the wardrobe! I have found that using a lower spin setting helps

  8. Ha, I love this post! I’m pretty lazy with ironing, but I can do it when needed, I find it quite therapeutic! My boyfriend tends to get out a shirt that needs ironing and bash it with the iron a couple of times looking plaintively at me until I take over! He does all the cooking though while I’m putting the baby to bed!
    Hels xx

  9. I do the exact same thing with my washing, no ironing and just hope for the best. But Hubby has asked me to help out with more household chores and quite frankly, I don’t want to. I do the washing and the cooking and work longer hours 4 days out of the week, but I also hate the house looking like a mess so something has to give!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week.

    1. It sounds like you do more than enough! It’s such a juggling act. It does get on top of you when the house starts to look a mess, it’s a daily struggle! xx

  10. My hubby loves to cook too and his father is a chef so I’ve left him to the cooking in the past. We don’t have take aways in the house or a microwave so get by. #TriumphantTales

  11. It’s funny you say this, because I don’t iron either! We have one, but it’s not been out of the cupboard in ages. I wonder if it’s down to most clothes now being brilliant and crease free after a spin in the dryer or hanging in the sunshine 🙂 #DreamTeam x

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