This is Day 288 of the Green in 365 series!
I’ve been line drying our clothes for several years now, since we first put up a clothesline the summer after we moved into our current home. We’ve had warm, even hot, weather this fall so I’ve been trying to take advantage of the chance to line dry our clothes before the winter weather sets in. (Which, ironically, is suddenly this week – with cold and rainy days. Why does it always do that – jump straight from hot weather to cold and gross? Where are our beautiful 60° fall days?)
After reading through Becca’s post on Wednesday about finding a line-drying system that works for you, I’ve been trying to think through how I can continue line-drying our clothes over the winter.
Although I love the benefits of line-drying our clothing – it extends their life, keeps them from shrinking and staining, and saves us energy and money – I usually resort to using the dryer in the winter time, unless this year I can come up with an indoor system that will work for me.
I pretty much always line-dry most of my kids’ clothing (except for socks, undies, and some pj’s and play-clothes). I have found it really helps to extend the life of the clothes and makes it so much easier to keep them stain free, because if a stain doesn’t come out in the wash it’s not set in by the dryer. Right now, I have a load of kids’ clothes on hangers on my shower rod because it was too cold and rainy to hang them outside yesterday.
But, hanging clothes on hangers on the shower rod it not really a great indoor drying solution for a couple reasons. 1.) There’s not enough room for adequate air circulation to help the clothes dry quickly and 2.) we have to move them when we need to take a shower and because they can take over 24 hours to dry inside, that can mean moving them multiple times.
I’ve mulled over the idea of adding a retractable clothes line to our front porch/sun room. It gets warm out there when the sun is shining even when it’s really cold outside. So I think that could be a good place to dry clothes, but I’m not sure if I’ll really want to go out there and hang the clothes or take them down when it’s really cold and cloudy.
I know I definitely need to get another drying rack, or two (our previous one broke recently), and that would be a good option for indoor drying, but may not have enough space to dry an entire load.
And I’m not sure how Jer would feel about always having our laundry drying all around our house. Maybe a clothesline in the basement like Becca has is the best option, but I’m not sure I would want to stand down there and hang up clothes, it’s always freezing down there in the winter!
So, I’m kinda like a fair-weather fan; I’m a fair-weather line-dryer. It do it when it’s easy and convenient and warm to hang my clothes outside, and fall back on the dryer when it’s cold and bad weather and I don’t have any where to dry my clothes inside. Hmm, I’m trying to decide if I’m okay with that about myself, or not.
What about you? Have you figured out a system for line-drying your clothes in the winter time? Or are you a fair-weather line-dryer like me?
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