In the course of touring new houses I see all sorts of design features–good ones, great ones, anomalies, and some that are not so great. For example, the cabinet in a laundry room that conceals a pull-down ironing board, surely one of the dumbest design features ever. When a male columnist raved about what a handy thing this would be to have in your house, I knew that he had never ironed a day in his life. While it is true that machines have taken the drudgery out of many household chores, and ironing today is not like it was 100 years ago when you had to heat up the iron on a wood stove, dampen the clothes before ironing them and hope that you didn't scorch anything, ironing remains an odious task, and no one wants to be stuck in a cramped laundry room for several hours a week doing it. The only way to make ironing half-way palatable is to set up the ironing board in front of the television, which will be a much more pleasant place to work because it is always in one of the nic...
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