LOL, I've been fascinated with ironing for years. Yes, I know that's kind of a pathetic fascination, but I believe it's emblematic of changes in our culture.
My maternal grandmother had a very large laundry room in her basement in the 50s and 60s and had an "ironing party" in there every week. Several girlfriends brought their boards and baskets and they spent the whole morning ironing and chatting. Of course, my grandma ironed EVERYTHING - not just shirts, dresses, and tablecloths, but sheets, casual/play clothes, even underwear!
Some of the changes between my grandma and my mom has to do with changes in fabrics and washing techniques, but she ironed (and still irons) about half as much as my grandma did. She stops short of underwear and casual clothes, but irons all of the sheets, nice clothes, and table linens.
Then there's me. I have a set of cotton curtains that I avoid washing until they're absolutely disgusting because they have to be ironed, and those curtains, plus my one and only nice tablecloth, are the only reason I even own an iron!
Originally Posted by Keeta
We have one, but only my DH does it to touch up shirts when needed (which is really rare). He always wears a t-shirt under his button-down workshirts, and only sends them out to be dry cleaned, maybe 2-3 times a year? So we let them do all the ironing in the meantime.
This is pretty much what DH does. He wears an undershirt everyday so his dress shirts will last through several wearings. When there are at least 20 that need to be ironed (I wash them myself), I take them to the cleaners to have them pressed. I always wait for at least 20 because then I get a better per-shirt price. I can't imagine ironing his shirts every week, and DH doesn't even know how to do it!