Growing up, Mom always hung clothes outside to dry. I thought it was a waste of time because we had a dryer. Then I wondered if we were too poor to run the dryer. That was more concerning. But I just went along with helping hang clothes. At least if I helped, I’d make sure the underwear were hiding behind the towels.
Then in college, I really was a poor college student. I hated spending those quarters on laundry, so I hauled wet clothes to the dorm room & placed them strategically over chairs & shower curtains to dry.
After moving to our house, we bought a washer & dryer. I happily dried clothes in the dryer. I thought, “Look at all the time I’m saving. I just push the button! And my electric bill is affordable. This is great!”
But in the past two years I’ve been gravitating toward all things sustainable & energy efficient. I was shocked to learn there’s no energy stars for driers. Then I realized Mom is more energy-savy than me. Kicking & screaming, I resolved to hang my clothes outside. I thought it’d be terrible & too much time & too hard with the kids. But, I found that I like it. I’m saving energy, and it’s not all that hard. It takes 5 minutes to hang (I don’t bother with clothes pins), and really no more time to take them down while folding them. Plus, since my clothesline & drying rack are under the deck overhang, I can dry clothes no matter the weather. …Thanks Mom.