The steamy side of life

Hah! That title should cause a few wayward clicks, I’m sure. 😉

After reading this excellent post on the Corilynn blog last fall about 3 closet essentials — a fabric steamer, a Tide stain stick, and a tape measure — I have been thinking seriously about getting a steamer. (I already had the other two essentials on the list. In fact, I have Tide stain sticks in multiple parts of the house, tucked away in my office at work, as well as in my handbag organizer.) So a couple of months ago during a trip to Target, my husband and I bought a Shark “Press & Refresh” handheld steamer to try it out and see if a steamer made sense for our way of life.

Librarian for Life + Style | The steamy side of life

And it is life-changing. (Especially for someone who does not like to iron, like myself.)

I LOVE my steamer, y’all. LOVE. It is so convenient and practical. Here’s a look at our steamer and all its accoutrements, which include a funnel, several different brush frames and covers for different kinds of fabrics, and an instruction booklet.

Librarian for Life + Style | My new steamer

The booklet made me laugh at first, as it’s separated into different categories of users, ranging from “The Ironer” to “What’s an Iron?” (Obviously, I am the latter.) But the tips for each kind of user actually make a lot of sense and are quite useful; I also picked up lots of tips for other uses for the steamer, like for curtains.

Librarian for Life + Style | Steamer booklet

The kit also comes with a steamer pad and garment hook that slips on easily over a door frame. So practical! This feature was the ultimate factor in going for this handheld version. And the door to my study is the perfect spot for it, and I leave the steamer out on a couple of metal bins located at the top of our stairs, near the pad. (There’s a plug along the hallway, BTW. And the steamer heats up and cools down quite quickly.) Therefore, I can hang up my clothing for the next day and steam it first thing in the morning as I get ready. So easy!

Librarian for Life + Style | My new steamer door pad

Here’s a closeup of the steamer in action:

Librarian for Life + Style | Using my new steamer

A before-and-after comparison of a cotton tunic I recently took out of summer storage:

Librarian for Life + Style | Steamer before and after

And for the record, I do have an iron, which I still use for sewing projects, as seen below, and for items that need more precise or in-depth ironing. And it’s funny that my iron is called a “Steam Master.” Obviously, I like the steam. 😉Librarian for Life + Style | A tale of two hems

Having the vertical use of the steamer is so much easier on my back, as well. One major reason I detest ironing is that it’s a lot of bending over, and I have yet to find an ironing board that is tall enough for me to easily use. Even now, I have a tabletop ironing board that I prop on top of the desk in my study, because it allows for a higher work surface for when I have to iron.

Also, having this handheld steamer readily available has really made a difference in what clothing I choose on a daily basis. Although most of the items in my clothing do not require regular ironing, I’m no longer reticent about wearing the few items that do require ironing (especially in summer, with cotton or linen fabrics). It’s also nice to quickly freshen up clothing that has gotten a little crushed or wilted in my closet. The steamer is also particularly good for rolled-up hems or edgings or flipped up collars — those little details that can be so annoying.

There are a couple of drawbacks for this handheld version. The first is that pleated garments can be an issue because I’m steaming clothing against the pad — steaming one side flat can create wrinkles on the other side if it’s not smoothed out. And second, I have to fill up the water quite frequently, as it runs out of steam after 2-3 garments. But those are small prices to pay as everything else works so well and makes so much sense for the way we live!

Librarian for Life + Style | My new steamer

Me + my steamer = ♥.

Have you considered a steamer, or purchased one yourself? Please leave a comment and let me know! 🙂

Link ups:  Look What I Got  /  Fashion Friday  /  My Favs on Thursday


6 thoughts on “The steamy side of life

  1. Erin

    I, too, hate the iron and asked for a handheld steamer for Christmas. Alas, I didn’t get one. I might have to see if I still have some Amazon credit and get me one of these!

  2. Katy McKinley

    I legit only own an iron for sewing. If it needs ironed otherwise, I probably don’t need to own or wear it. I have a Shark vacuum and I swear by it. (Thanks for linking up!)


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