Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Hung Out to Dry

There's been way too much drama going on here lately which is why the simple act of "doing laundry" felt so good these past few days. The wash wasn't done as old as school as I have in the past with a homemade rapid washer and a couple of plastic pails nor did I use the wringer . 
I also don't or rather haven't had a mechanical clothes dryer in over 7 years. I do have a swing arm wall mount clothes dryer that I adore even though it's been missing an arm for years. 

Thinking of painting the rack to match the walls perhaps after hubby replaces the missing arm. 
We bought this wooden clothes drying rack in Pennsylvania when Woodsrunner & I were on our honeymoon five years ago for $10. Since then I've bought another for $25 which I have yet to hang.
One drawback to small homes is lack of wall space. Which is why the drying rack is located here in the front room for all the world to see when they enter my home. That & there's a furnace duct directly underneath. The rack predates the wood stove by 3 years. Generally took a full 24 hours for clothes to dry when we ran the furnace.
Before buying this rack @ an antique store I used a floor model or as an old roommate who was British always referred to a clothes horse. There are several modern wall mount racksavailable on Amazon that have caught my eye. One or two styles would fit easily over a large picture window mounted on the wall.

Can't help myself but when the rack is open I always think of Mary Poppins
Usually when people stop by their comments range from what is it even if it is covered with damp clothes to my grandmother had one on her back porch.

Then for whatever reason, many feel the need to make the statement that they would just get a normal clothes drier (I'm not normal so why would I have a normal clothes drier).  By comparison I don't get such off comments when people stop by & I'm hanging laundry on the line. Most tell me they wish they had a place to hang a clothes line.
I smile, then casually mention our electric bill is never above $40.
Sometimes I discuss how clothes last longer when you don't subject them to extreme temps or the tumble factor.
Mostly I just am thankful that on that day, there were no stoppenfloppers or drawers hanging out to dry.

~~ pelenaka ~~


  1. Me like it! I'm still lugging laundry to the laundromat. When the kids are grown and on their own, I will happily hang my wet clothes to dry in our itsy-bitsy apt. ! But for now getting it all done at once works best for us.

    P.S. I think it was about a year ago I read your post on the tub and plumbers friend 'washing machine' I made one just like it :) It really comes in handy when I need to was a couple of items. And I always have it for back-up.

  2. Good deal I hope you were able score the plunger on sale! It really comes in handy when you just need something washed quick.
    Totally understand about children & laundry - I use to have 3 on cloth diapers @ one time. Thankfully the oldest "trained out" quickly.

  3. I have a small version of this next to my kitchen woodstove. Perfect for damp towels that have just been used to dry clean dishes. Wet mittens slide right over the ends, too.

  4. You mean that grey beauty that I covet, lol. Love that stove even though I don't have the kitchen big enough for it.


Thanks, good to know there are other's with this interest