When I was a girl my mom always had a pile of ironing on her ironing board. She would get motivated and iron the whole pile every couple of months. There were many dresses that I only wore when she ironed them. Sometimes I would outgrow those dresses before she completed ironing. I think most of those were hand me downs and she would have bought no-iron dresses if it was possible. Fast forward to when I have my own children and I rarely iron clothes. My iron is rarely used besides ironing tablecloths for special occasions and for sewing.
When my Lambs grow up they are going to remember that I always had a huge pile of mending. I sit down about once a year and mend everything in a couple of days. I decided this would be my mending week. I did surgery on two stuffed animals. Most of the t-shirts were from Lamb 2-even at age 9 he still manages to cut his shirt some times while he's cutting paper. I had various other small mending projects. Some of those were to try to sell at the used kids store with very minor holes that were easy to fix. Some of the mending pile was evaluation if it was worth fixing or keeping. Anything that Lamb 3 has outgrown or would outgrow soon is not worth the mending time. I removed the buttons (for crafts) from some of those and put them in the trash. When it is my mending week I understand why I only do this once a year. Each item needs to be evaluated separately of how and what to fix. I make piles by color so I have to change the thread and bobbin as little as possible. Some items take more thought than others.
Lamb 2 and 3 are thrilled to have two of their forgotten stuffed animals back. When it is time to put the clean clothes away next time all the Lambs are going to be glad to see a few more of their clothes. I am hoping to complete the pile this week and not have a huge pile in my bedroom.