Back in April I wrote a post called “Stuff I Love” after being inspired by my friend. I had intended for it to become a sort of regular feature. I even had a few things in mind to write about. And then. . .
So, now that I am back I have a lot of catchin’ up to do. I still plan to write about those other things I love, but today I have a new love to share with you.
As part of my “live simpler, get back you your roots” life plan, I have been scheming for the addition of a clothesline. Here are the pros:
- Clotheslines are the ultimate environmentally-friendly laundry solution.
No fossil fuels are used to create the power necessary to run a clothesline.
- Clotheslines are a miser’s dream.
No fossil fuel consumption = FREE to run.
Now for the cons:
- Hubby does all the laundry.
Hubby refuses to use a clothesline.
- Hubby doesn’t like his underwear publicly displayed.
I wanted the clothesline in the front yard near the exit nearest the laundry room.
- Clotheslines can create stiff towels even with the use of my homemade fabric softener.
- Clotheslines do not remove the lint (or dog hair) from your laundry.
My dog creates a lot of hair.
- Clotheslines are subject to the whim of Mother Nature.
Cool cloudy days result in long drying times.
- Clotheslines don’t work in the rain.
See what I’m up against? The con list is definitely longer than the pro list. If I wanted a clothesline, some serious action needed to be taken.
OR . . .
I could just wait for the dryer to break down in the middle of a cycle with another load of wash waiting in the wings.
I opted for the latter.
Also helpful was the fact that one of my students gave me a $25 Lowe’s gift card as a teacher gift at the end of the year.
My new dryer. I think I shall call it "Olan" in honor of the student who gifted me the Lowe's card.
Here is the latest and greatest thing I love. This umbrella-style clothes line folds down for storage and holds up to three loads of laundry! I love it and have done lots of laundry since we brought it home. I especially love how the sheets feel after drying on the line.
Now, how do I combat the cons? Well, I can’t control Mother Nature, but I can hang the laundry early if it is a cool or cloudy day because I am home for the summer. If it rains I can always use the dryer. (Yes, hubby replaced the dryer.)
Stiff and/or hairy items can be placed in the new dryer to tumble without heat for a few minutes until they are less stiff or hairy.
The clothesline is in the back yard which means I have to carry it a little bit longer, but nobody can see our underwear. Also useful is the multi-line design which allows for personal items to be hidden in the center of the rack by larger items on the outside lines.
Hubby doesn’t use it. I can’t overcome that. If I want my things dried on my line cheaply and greenly, I will have to do the laundry (at least the drying) myself.