Powering Down: Living Without a Tumble Dryer
Drying sheets over a chair on a rainy winter afternoon.
We bought our one and only tumble dryer sixteen years ago when our third baby was born in winter in Tasmania. We were renovating and had no clothesline. It felt like the decision at the time was dryer or disposables. We went with the dryer.
Since the winter of nappies I have only ever used the dryer intermittently. I love hanging washing on the line. It is my favourite chore - it gets me into the sunshine, and in close proximity to my garden:) It makes the washing smell like sun and wind and fresh air. What's not to love? So the dryer has been mostly used for emergencies - school uniforms, sport uniforms, rainy weeks. I have even found that the washing dries well over two sunny days in the winter.
Now that I have no dryer, and it is a very wet winter this year, this is what my very small dining room looks like most days:
I don't mind this - I think drying washing looks cosy, and also adds needed humidity to a room heated by a woodstove. I would prefer some antique clothes horses - they are on the wishlist.
I take advantage of physics - hot air rises - by hanging socks and shirts on wire coat hangers from the top of the doorway.
Also on the wishlist is one of those lovely wooden clothes dryer racks that hang from the ceiling.
Now, in a small house every corner has to be put to work, and all the systems need to be as efficient as they can. This decorative basket also holds the pegs for the clothes airers:
Do you live without a tumble dryer? What systems do you have set up to dry clothes?