Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The Dryer Debate
While the task of doing laundry is definitely a repetitive one, a line of washing flapping away in the breeze, spinning around on our hills hoist in the sunshine does in fact make my heart sing. Come the cooler weather however, the task of actually drying anything becomes near on impossible and our living room soon resembles a laundromat. Chairs are lined up in front of our heater and anything laundry related becomes a stress.
Several times recently, I've hung out a load and popped out to run an errand, only to return home and discover an almost-dry line of laundry, now saturated after a downpour. With the air much chillier here lately and with showers of rain occurring on and off, the line strung up under our patio just hasn’t been cutting it as a 'wet weather option'. Not only do I struggle to hang up more than ten items of washing with the space available, everything seems to stay damp.
We've toyed with the idea of getting a dryer. Part of me loves the idea, dreaming already of being able to efficiently dry load after load and managing to keep up with the weekly washing with ease. However a bigger part of me wonders whether such a purchase is justifiable when it will only be used for a few months of the year and when we don’t really have the room for such a large appliance. I also hate the idea of buying such an energy guzzling appliance which seems so ‘unnatural’ in comparison to the alternative of drying washing in the sunshine which I really don't think can be beaten.
I’d love to know your thoughts…
Are you able to dry your washing easily in the climate where you live? What are your tips for surviving the wet, wintery months when it comes to your laundry chores?