I’ve had a love-hate relationship with outdoor clothes drying lines for as long as I can remember.
As a ‘city-girl’, I want the brand-spankin’new wonder-dryer that does everything including hang or fold the clothes:) Spending time doing laundry sucks. Spending extra time hanging up laundry outside really sucks!!! And, my vanity says, an outdoor clothes line looks ‘poor’, ‘country’, not part of a sophisticated image. I have no idea where I got such notions from, but I do got them. (Hell, what I actually want is someone to lovingly Do the laundry and then have it appear fresh and wonder-ful in my closet and drawers:))
As an ‘eco-chic’, I can’t let myself away with that. Spending the time to hang laundry to air-dry outside instead of spending electricity – when it is Not necessary is not in keeping with my conscious-living lifestyle. (Boo. I wish it was)
We bought a brand-spankin’ new washer, and dryer – The most energy efficient we could find. (Got the same ‘No Interest – don’t pay for a year’ Home Depot deal as we did for building supplies last year [scary]. They sat in the boxes for the last month waiting for a cotch (Jamaican = make-shift) space. Now they are hooked up!!!
In a moment of environmental do-the-right thing (before my lazy-ass, image-conscious foolishness could talk me out of it), I also bought an outdoor drying apparatus. The outdoor ‘twirley’ (I dunno what its called) dryer thingy is installed in the back yard.
About an hour ago, despite all the tantrums and denial and excuses … that I have been trying to use to make it okay with myself to use the dryer – in the dead of summer!!! (duh) – in the middle of the day when electricity is The most expensive (duh) – on a perfectly warm and sunny day (duh) ... I hung clothes on the outdoor drying twirley for the very first time!
Score one for eco-chic!:))))))))