Homemaking 101 ~ Week #1

I'm starting a new series...homemaking tips and over the years have acquired quite a few.  I thought I would start sharing these once a week.  I would LOVE to hear about any of your favorite tips and perhaps feature them in the following weeks.

My first tip is a real basic one and it came about because of my absolute dislike of ironing boards...they wobble, are cumbersome, take up room, don't have a very efficient use of space and in my small home dragging it out and setting it up is a hassle.  In the days when I sewed a lot I always had mine out  but nowadays I mostly use it just for touch up or for ironing smaller amounts of fabric.  I had tried using a small apartment ironing board...too small and wonky...hated it.  I tried using a towel....stupid...I couldn't get crisp creases or edges {why I thought that would be an option is beyond me}.  A few weeks ago I was looking over the Bed, Bath and Beyond ad and saw the Real Simple Roll-Up Ironing Pad.  I wanted it....I needed it....and I had a coupon. A few days later I found myself at the store, picked up the pad, went to the register with my coupon and have never looked back.  I came home and started ironing everything that didn't move.  It works for both smaller items and larger items.  I really like this product.  It is just what I was looking for.  I put it on my dining room table {it has little rubbery grippers on the underside that keep it in place on the table....no sliding around}, it rolls up and can be stowed in a small space {closet shelf},

it has some great little ironing tips on it {some of which I did not know!}

and it's convenient.

I like that when I have just a small amount of ironing to do I pull it out, roll it open, iron, roll it up and put it away.  I also like that because it is on my table I can move an ironed item to one side of the pad or off the pad altogether and move on without the item falling off my ironing surface.

I hope you found my first tip useful and remember that I would really love to hear any tips you would like to share!

homemaking hugs, mb

p.s. If you would like to make your own, I found this easy to follow tutorial {here}.

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  1. Debra Kapellakis says:

    That is what I need. I hate my ironing board for the reason's you hated yours. lol

  2. Melody Kittles says:

    That's a nifty thing! My ironing board is loud and obnoxious and a real trick to close up after you're done ironing things. I know my husband would love not having to wrestle with it anymore. LOL I'm the one who opens it but he's usually the one who puts it away.

    1. I always feel like I'm in a wrestling match with mine! : )

  3. shelliewoods says:

    Thanks! I've been using a towel on my washer for touchups so I don't have to go through the ordeal of the ironing board. I've been researching which one to buy and your review made my decision for me! Thanks! Happy Ironing (if that exists 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I'm so glad you found the review helpful ~ thanks for letting me know and Happy Ironing to you as well!

      ~ Mary Beth ~

  4. I’m interested in this product but I don’t have a washer or dryer with a metal surface. I’m anxious about using this on a wooden table which would be the only surface available to me. Is this heat resistant enough not to damage the wood underneath?

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hi Nancy, I use mine on my dining room table which is wooden and I've never had a problem but I would still be careful just in case.