Function like an Adult: or at Least, Pretend to

I often get mistaken for a real adult. I have an office job, I’ve lived (and not studied) abroad, I subscribe to the New Yorker!! and buy whole-grain bread and do laundry semi-regularly. To those looking in, things appear to be full steam ahead into the world of maturity and grace. NOT SO FAST! I don’t have a  degree, or a credit card, or the capacity for forgiveness. Or health insurance! I might as well be sixteen!

Just so we’re clear.

I also don’t own an iron, which definitely slams the brakes on any auspices of adulthood. This isn’t the result of some long-standing grudge against The Man or refusal to be a cog in the corporate machine (although that does sound luxuriously adolescent, doesn’t it?), but rather, straight up forgetfulness. I’ve been meaning to get a new one… but I am too youthful to actually remember that when I’m at Target or wherever you old-asses go to buy irons in this city. God forbid I make a list or something. I also cannot pronounce iron correctly, owing to learning English – my second language – in Alabama, so I rarely think the word and even more rarely say it aloud. Maturity wouldn’t care!

THE POINT IS, I only remember it when I need to put on this charade of adulthood in the morning. I imagine plenty of you are in the same boat: 1 wrinkly button-down standing in in the way of that paycheck, and by god! We are gonna make it out of the house today, looking like chewed-up ass or not. Worry not, Brokeasses, we’ll get that skrilla yet. I’ve got a (free?) trick for ya.

Fake it ’till you make it: Unwrinkling things without an iron
1. Rescue wrinkly thing from heap of clothing on floor.
2. Hang it on a wire hanger.
3. Turn the shower up as hot as it will go.
4. Hang the offending article up in the bathroom where it will get the most steam.
5. Shut bathroom door, go make yourself a coffee, read the New York Times and thrill in your own maturity.
6. After a while, go retrieve it from the sauna you’ve created.
7. Tug out the wrinkles.

There you have it, folks. The key to looking like you have your shit together is arriving vaguely unrumpled, and as it turns out, that’s pretty easy. Now you have no excuse not to go forth and convince everyone of your full-grown status.

Even if you did have taquitos for breakfast this morning. And are still giggling about the fact that I just said “tug out.”

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Polina Yamshchikov - Flirt Poor

Polina Yamshchikov - Flirt Poor

Polina is Siberian by way of Alabama, and therefore cannot pronounce "fire" or "iron" correctly but despite this can still woo men with her cooking skills and enormous Russian cheeks. She can usually be spotted on the streets of Brooklyn either yelling into a cell phone in one of five languages or swilling gin at an inappropriate hour of the morning.


  1. Laura S - Spendthrift Scribe
    July 22, 2010 at 6:55 am

    I once tried using a hair straigtening iron on a collar I was wearing, needless to say, that’s one of the dumber things I’ve ever done in life

  2. Polina Yamshchikov - Flirt Poor
    July 22, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Hahahah. Amazing.

  3. Kate
    July 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    So, I’m super broke as well and for the most part enjoy the advice but for this one, sort of hard to support. It’s a huge waste of water. If you’re going to do it, at least be in the shower while you’re hanging your shirt. And really, if you’re paying for your water, buying an iron will save you in the long run. Personally, I’m usually just a little frumpy. But yeah, I think we often take water for granted but we shouldn’t.

  4. July 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Please don’t do this. You’re wasting a ton of water and energy. If you’re in a hotel, and this is a one time thing, and the hotel doesn’t have an iron, then sure, you have a viable excuse. But doing this on anything approximating a regular basis is just horrible stewardship.

  5. Hetty
    July 22, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Just pull out your clothes right away after drying in the dryer while doing your laundry and hang it on a hanger instead of crumpling it into a ball. It may sound like a chore, but it saves u extra work and from looking like a chewed up toy.

  6. Polina Yamshchikov - Flirt Poor
    July 29, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Oh! Jesus. I mean, I think the implication here is that if you shower in the morning you can hang it in there during – it’ll get hot enough and 15 minutes is enough. I wrote it as I did because I did not shower that morning because I am gross.

  7. Ldjxbv
    July 22, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    that wastes so much water! a better idea is to hang up your clothes in the bathroom while you take a shower, so you actually use the water and don’t hike up your energy bill.