Last year, my washing machine died and puzzled three repairmen. Now my dryer is on the fritz. It works sometimes, but quits after a few minutes if I put anything heavy into it, and needs at least twenty minutes to rest before it will start again. This is the second time this dryer has broken, and I'm not interested in paying to have it repaired, and even if I were, it would have to get in line behind the refrigerator and the dishwasher.
Lots of people live perfectly well without clothes driers and I am no stranger to the clothesline myself, but carrying heavy clothes up and down two flights of stairs is a pain in the ass, which is why I'd love to copy the Portuguese method and hang a clothes drying system outside a window.
The materials are simple: two brackets, wire cable, pulleys, and a turnbuckle for connecting the two ends of your cable. I have searched google in vain for instructions because I don't feel confident enough to design one myself and the correct bracket does not seem to be available in the United States. With this arrangement we would definitely get the Charlottesville Side-eye, although I'm used to that after fifteen years in this city. Then again, I could just install an indoor rack. This ceiling-mounted one is tempting, or this simpler one. I also like this wall mounted accordion style drier. I could also erect a small drying rack on the back roof. Pros: arguably easier to climb out the window than to descend two flights of stairs (and yet infinitely more ridiculous). No worries about dog shit in the back yard. Cons: Would blow into the neighbor's yard on first really windy day.
Nowadays, clotheslines are frowned on, or even banned in some neighborhoods. It takes a special kind of asshole to make a rule against fresh air laundry drying. Clean clothes, swinging in the breeze on a sunny day are a lovely sight, although I concede that sad, neglected laundry that has been left out in the rain does look pretty awful.
Yesterday afternoon, while inflated with espresso, I began to see exciting possibilities in allowing our dryer to die its slow death and getting rid of it altogether. We could use the space it occupies for something else, like storage, or an air-drying system, or just space to put laundry supplies.
|Our laundry area|
What do you think? Would you give up your drier? Would you attach a European-style laundry drying system to the outside of your house? Would your neighbors shun you if you did so?