Sun-kissed laundry is seasonally-challenged luxury. I love the smell of bed linens fresh from the line, and I enjoy the ritual of hanging laundry out to dry. The sight of sheets billowing gently in the breeze feels as summery as iced tea, open windows and bare feet.
I'll admit that I miss that summery feeling even more when I open the utility bills in the winter. Dryers are second only to refrigerators in energy consumption (line drying can save you up to 5% on your power bills). But in many locations line drying past the warmest days of autumn would result in laundry that was either frozen stiff or soaking wet.
On the wonderful blog Charles and Hudson they discussed the topic of outdoor clotheslines vs. neighborhood associations. Granted nobody wants to live next to an eyesore. But seriously, a few tiny concessions might make a world of difference... to the world. After all, once you've seen a suburban strip mall a little drip/dry action seems picturesque by comparison.
In grand old homes the basement laundry area often featured clothes lines meant for drying items in inclement weather. Most modern homes have abandoned such a luxurious use of space for game rooms and in-home offices. But a little searching came up with a few options. This super-glamorous method (for which I have neither the vertical or horizontal space) is going to have to wait until I have a proper sun porch. Meanwhile I can nip over to Linens and Things to purchase this space-efficient and inexpensive model that folds for easy storage ($9.99).
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