I was going to write about drying clothes on the line as a lost domestic art. I am not so sure that is true. If your time is limited, do you want to spend the day tending clothes on the line? Have you ever experienced clothes dried outside, If not maybe there is nothing for you to loose if you never had it. Houses no longer have clotheslines in the backyard, so the opportunity to try it doesn’t exist. So maybe it is a dying opportunity not necessary a lost domestic art.
Growing up my mother hung clothes out on the line. They would stay there for hours until it was convenient for her to bring them in. It was a way of being thrift, by not running the drier. It was also freeing as once they were on the line my mother could do other things until she was ready to work the finished laundry. I would argue that putting clothes on the line was a great time management technique for her. Some days she would hang the laundry out early and take off and shop for groceries and run other errands and the clothes hung there until they worked into her schedule much later in the day.
I love the smell of clothes dried on the line. I try to put out one load daily. Lots of folks hesitate to put towels out for fear they will end up rough. Lucky for me I have wind that howls most days and they end up as fluffy as if they had run a cycle in the clothes drier. The sunshine also helps to eliminate any “sour” smell that might come from towels and washcloths hanging damp in your bathroom. As to shirts, the wind pulls out wrinkles in shirts. No meeting the drier and pulling them out one at a time and putting them on hangers.
This summer it has been a bit of a challenge because I was constantly dodging the smell of smoke. Fortunately for me, if I got my clothes out on the line early, and my wind was anywhere near normal, they took less than a hour to dry. They were in and back in before the afternoon smoke rolled in. There were only a few days my system did not work.
I am starting to think about the changes of season and how the days of clothes on the line will come to a close, not anytime soon fortunately.