Financially Independent, Retired Early(ish) at 57.

Doing the Ironing.

Some of you may remember the post I did early in the summer holidays, where I went mad buying clothes, after not having bought many in the last 5 years.

And it’s been great! I’ve had a week of swishing through the front door of the school, people complimenting me, kids also saying nice things about my level of style, sophistication and downright beauty… I’ve been having a ball. But there’s just one problem with all of these new clothes.

Linen looks much better when it’s ironed.

Now, I’m not stupid. I knew this up-front. As I was standing in the fitting room at David Jones with roughly 4,000 different items of clothing I’d dragged in to try on, I looked at myself in the mirror and said, “Frogdancer Jones – if you buy any of these clothes you have to start ironing again.”

*sigh* I bought about 2,000 different things. Around 120% of them are linen. Or at least that’s how it feels right at this moment.

When we moved to The Best House in Melbourne nearly 3 years ago, I threw out the ironing board cover. I’d say that it “didn’t spark joy” but that was long before anyone heard of that expression. Ever since then, if I ever needed to iron anything I’d put a towel on the bench in the laundry. David25, clearly not a fan of this work-around, bought his own ironing board for his work clothes and just before going back to work, I borrowed it to start the year off right.

The next day he did a Bunnings run to get a few things that he needed and he came home with an ironing board for me in my favourite colour. I was touched – and also resigned to my fate. There was no excuse now!

I set everything up in the lounge room. It was stinking hot outside and the cooling was on. Poppy, who is my keen ‘halper’ with everything, was a bit bewildered by this new item of furniture.

Close up shot. I think she’d prefer it to be IN the kitchen rather than near it, so she can have a sporting chance of getting something to eat.

I looked at my watch. It was nearly 4:40PM on a Sunday afternoon – twenty minutes away from Wine O’clock. I could do this.

The bottom things are the Christmas tablecloths. They can wait. I grabbed the first item of clothing – some Bali pants Mum and Dad brought back for me the last time they were there – and I set off.

Of course, I had a podcast on. This was a really good episode by Millionaires Unveiled, where they were talking with the guy from ‘Stacking Benjamins.’ You could do worse than listen to an interview they did a few months ago with a single mother from Australia called Frogdancer Jones… just saying.

I didn’t escape unscathed. Stupid iron. You’d think someone would invent an iron which would move out of the way.

By the time I finished, the podcast was over, my arm was sore and Poppy had given up on me completely.

But Scout was watching. She had a ball ready and waiting for me to throw.

So what’s the financial takeaway from this post? Seeing as this is a FIRE blog and all. Maybe… when you practice delayed gratification to reach your financial goals and then you finally get there – it makes sense to look after what you reward yourself with.

Or maybe I felt that I’ve written quite a few serious posts and it was time to mix it up a bit.

Stay safe out there! Be careful of hot irons!


  1. Keryn Emmerson

    Have you thought of a garment steamer? The shops you bought those clothes from use steamers instead of irons. Much quicker, and a great result. They cost from $29 to $200. You choose how much you want to spend on one. Don’t know they’d work for the Christmas tablecloths, so you can’t throw the ironing board away just yet, 🙂

  2. Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life

    My favorite relative is a HUGE proponent of steamers!

    We inherited an iron and ironing board from a friend who moved in the area and then moved back out again, but I still buy everything with an eye to NOT ironing at all, ever, if I can help it.

    • FrogdancerJones

      don’t mind ironing as such. It’s weird though, as the burn on my arm is healing it’s getting redder. It’s beginning to turn me off the whole ‘ironing’ idea.

  3. chasingFIREdownunder

    I’m one of those people who purposely buys clothes that never need ironing! It’s a task I hate so the last time I wore clothes that needed to be ironed was in high school. My current clothes are a lot more pricey, but they last forever and they make me happy to wear (even with my rather pudgy body type!) I also am not someone who enjoys shopping so getting good quality clothes that last forever is always a plus for me, despite the cost.

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