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I have always hung my laundry out a lot in the summer, but I had a deck and those small fold up hangers. We have demolished (and by "we" I mean mostly "me") the old, rotten deck. So, I ordered an umbrella clothes dryer, and it came yesterday! I am so excited. Of course, we have a foot of snow on the ground right now, so it'll have to wait a few days before I can put it out. I'm really jazzed about using it though because I'll be able to hang even more stuff out. :
I'm so glad that we don't have a foot on the ground anymore. There is a foot in some places but, thankfully, not under my clothesline. The snow disappears more quickly in Colordado (well, in many places ) than it does here.
I try to hang indoors as much as possible in the winter, but since our old dryer died and we got a new one, the new one is just.so.fast. that it is more of a temptation when it's too cold to dry outdoors.
Sometimes, I take dishes outdoors in the summertime and do that washing out there, too. When it's nice out, I don't even want to live in the house.
When I moved out, I continued because it just makes ecological sense--and it made my laundry smell like home.
Dh had a hard time with the rough sheets and towels and the "funny smell" when we first met, but 14 years in, he's learned to accept it
Truthfully, I'm not always happy with the morning rush to get the laundry on the line before I need to be somewhere...but I am always happy to bury my face in it as I take it down.
i hope its soon though cause weve already hit 100 this year.
I started when it cost $$$ to dry stuff in college. Now it is just a habit.
Suzan's clothesline tip: buy a heavier duty clothesline on Amazon, etc. The ones they sell at HD/Target suck in comparison.
Our weather allows to line dry all year. It's so hot already -- in the 90s!
I haven't been line drying recently because of seasonal allergies. First cedar, then oak. Plus, both cedar and oak leave a yellow residue on everything. Now that the allergy season is behind us i'll start line drying again.
i think it is so beautiful to see the clean clothes blowing in the breeze
and hanging them is like my very own meditation. something about it is peaceful.
JoAnn Married almost 12 years to DH Chris. DS1 01/05 DS2 09/09 DS3 05/12.
We splurged on an HE washer when we moved in to this new house, and the deal I made with myself was that I could get the new HE washer only if I didn't replace or keep the dryer. So I didn't. And so far being dryer-free feels like a good decision. I hope I still feel good about it come winter. :
We have a beautiful long clothesline and some of my fondest memories of our first summer here are of standing on our new deck, in our new yard, in the warm sun, just idyllic, listening to the birds, watching the kids play on the swingset, and hanging the laundry.
This summer... so far I think I've hung laundry a grand total of 3 times. Not for lack of desire!!! This has been the absolute WETTEST summer on record. We had THREE STRAIGHT WEEKS of rain and dampness. A few days of cloudy with sunny breaks. A day or two of actual SUMMER. Then right back to RAIN RAIN RAIN. I've only used the barbecue once, even.
It's getting ridiculous!
Anyway, I LOVE hanging laundry, but I am another of those who does NOT like the way clothes feel, especially towels. So rough and scratchy... And everything is so STIFF. I might just have to try that trick of throwing them in the dryer for a few minutes just to soften it all up...
I've found that sometimes the wooden clothespins leave an unpleasant odor on the clothes... anyone else find this?
I'm sure whatever your hubby makes is going to be great. But, if he hasn't had time yet, I have to say I'm really impressed with my umbrella clothesline. I can get 6+ loads of laundry on it. There is a pic about it at this blog post: http://euphoriamaternity.wordpress.c...thesline-ever/
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I actually find the arranging to be an artistic sort of meditation, I love to arrange colors, sizes of items, group all our socks, etc etc to make it all look appealing. Afterall I have to look at it and walk beneath it while it dries!
I always put them in the dryer to finish/fluff them up a bit and take the stiffness out. Do you think a quick run in the dryer shakes the pollen off? Anyone with experience in this area?
we have a good rack from ikea we use inside the house. the dryer is pretty much for when i'm really disorganised and there's an unexpected business trip.
also i love my radiators for drying clothing fast in the winter
My main problem is running out of clothespins. Those things disappear like crazy! I usually just leave them clipped to the line all the time. I should make a little bag like my g'ma had. My other problem is that the lines are some kind of vinyl that is now getting sticky after being out in the weather for years. I need to replace all the cords and would prefer to use cotton or hemp lines this time. Anyone done that?
I also do not like crusty items. I find drying them until they are about 95% dry helps a little. Another pet peave is lint stuck on black clothing, I always toss dark stuff in the dryer for 5-10 minutes. It still saves power but I don't have to look linty.
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When I take down the dry laundry, I fold and sort it at the same time--I take down the shirts and fold them and put them in the basket, then the skirts, etc. I find that a lot more efficient and less wrinkle-creating than dropping the laundry in a heap in the basket and then folding and sorting upstairs. In fact, now when I'm at someone's house and see him/her folding laundry on the bed or table, it strikes me as a weird thing to do.
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