Sounds like a great title for a movie, doesn’t it?
One of the joys of my French life is hanging laundry to dry outdoors. Why?
- It dries sooooo fast.
- It smells sooooo good.
This is only possible of course depending on the weather. On a sunny summer day in the middle of a heat wave, everything will dry within an hour regardless of where or how you hang it up. But in any other case, a little skill is involved.
- Keep an eye on the weather and as soon as a sunny day happens, do laundry. (Not kidding—one of my reactions now to the sun coming out is, oh hey, I could do laundry!)
- You can never have too many clothes pins. And the wooden ones are the most durable if you’re like me and leave them out there all winter.
- Double up as little fabric as possible when hanging items on the line. Take one tiny bit of sock and clothes pin it on there, but no more. Otherwise you’ll come back in two hours and everything will be dry but that half of the socks that you just HAD to fold over the line (I’m speaking to someone very specific here, yes, it’s my husband)
- Once August passes, laundry has to be hung up earlier and earlier if there’s any hope of it drying. We’re had a bit of an Indian summer this past November, but even if when was 20 degrees out, I had to get things out on the line by noon or there just wasn’t enough direct sun.
- Sometimes I go out and move a few things mid-dry to where I know the sun stays the longest.
- For sheets, jam as many clothes pins as you want on each end to keep the sheet from bunching up on itself (especially fitted sheets) over time.
Sheets drying on the line in the summer is THE BEST. I would just straight breathe them into my lungs if it were possible.
By contrast, drying clothes on an apparatus in the house is a pain, at least in our house. The new insulation and ventilation system have improved things, but clothes still take over a day to dry inside. We also only have one set of sheets for the gigantic bed we bought this summer, so washing our sheets has been a matter of getting up, stripping the bed immediately, and hoping everything will dry by the time we go to bed.
So we’ve been hoping to buy a dryer for a while and finally, what with soldes and gift cards, bought one this weekend.
We are both pret-ty excited. Yeah.