THE FACE BEHIND THE IRONING BOARD
WHY DID I START AN IRONING BUSINESS?
Late 2019 we found ourselves in a pickle and we needed the money. I had applied for 32 local jobs and had not received even a single interview. So mum survival mode kicked in and STEAM (now rebranded STEAM & REFRESH) was created.
In the beginning I didn't know where this little venture would lead or if I would even like ironing for other people, I just knew I was good at ironing and the bank account was getting low.
By mid year 2020 I was in love with my little business and the wonderful community we were creating. The amazing people I met over the first few months showed me that I was on the right path, I was onto something special. Not only were clients no longer having to worry about fitting a basket of ironing into their busy weekly schedule, we were creating a connected community of mainly women, but some men as well, a community where we can check in with each other, support each other and have a chat during our weekly ironing drop off and pick up.
Since starting STEAM & REFRESH I have held babies while mum rushes around to do a couple of last minute things, played with puppies, helped keep a families ironing basket empty around hospital night shifts, collected the mail, ironed school uniforms for a mum with a broken leg, chatted with a teacher's students while delivering her ironing to her classroom and been entrusted with house keys so I can drop off and pick up ironing as needed.
But above all of this we have talked, talked as mum's, wives, friends, sounding boards and sources of ideas, inspiration and support. Mum's connecting as only mum's can, supporting, listening, cheering, venting and sharing. These women and mum's, my clients, have helped fill my cup each week, and I dearly hope I have done a little of the same for them. Be it a smile, a baby cuddle, kind word, puppy pats, a hug or a simple thank you these women have helped me create a community which makes my heart sing.
So as STEAM & REFRESH has grown, so has our little community and with the support, testing and feedback of our lovely clients,
REFRESH - Wrinkle Removal Spray was developed, tested, retested and tweaked until REFRESH was launched and embraced early 2021.
In all honesty REFRESH still amazes me, after working on it’s development for 9 months it still brings a smile to my face and butterflies to my tummy when I am reminded that we actually created this product. From the ground up we created something that helps people reduce the amount of ironing in their home each week, stops people running around before work/school to re-iron their uniform to look freshly ironed and above all ensures that with a quick spray people on holidays or travelling for work no longer have to look like they are living out of a suitcase, even if they are.
As STEAM & REFRESH continues to grow and we explore new ideas and possibilities of how we can further help our community not only juggle their weekly ironing but support each other and their families it makes me realise that communities are built around lots of different things.
The core of a community might be a sporting team, school, having kids the same age, having similar interests, but this little community we are creating is built around an ironing basket and the idea of
“MAKE LIFE EASIER. REMOVE THE WRINKLES".
The warm fuzzy feeling you get when you help someone, make someone else’s life easier and really connect with genuine kind hearted people is what STEAM & REFRESH is all about.
I am so grateful for this little business and the many wonderful people I have met so far on this journey.
Whoever thought a simple basket of ironing could achieve so much.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
IT MAKES MY HEART HAPPY WHEN I FEEL LIKE I HAVE MY LIFE AND FAMILY ORGANISED. PANTRY STOCKED, FLOORS CLEAN, WASHING DRY, BILLS PAID, THE LIST CAN GO ON AND ON, THERE ARE ALWAYS THINGS TO BE DONE. BUT BEING ABLE TO TICK THESE CHORES OFF MY TO DO LIST REALLY DOES PUT A SPRING IN MY STEP.
BUT SOMETIMES THE LIST OF CHORES CAN FEEL OVERWHELMING, LIKE THERE ISN'T TIME IN THE DAY TO ALLOCATE TOWARDS WORKING ON YOUR TO DO LIST.
IRONING IS NEVER ENDING, THE MORE CLOTHES YOU WEAR, THE MORE WASHING THERE IS, THE MORE WASHING THERE IS, THE MORE IRONING THERE IS, IT IS THE NEVER ENDING CYCLE OF LAUNDRY.
THIS IS WHERE WE CAN HELP, BOOK IN A BASKET OF IRONING, TRY SOME OF OUR LAUNDRY TIPS & HACKS OR GIVE REFRESH A GO AND REMOVE SOFT WRINKLES THE EASY WAY.
MAKE LIFE EASIER. REMOVE THE WRINKLES