Now that you know why I’m a lazy laundress and why I hang the clean laundry inside my home rather than outside and you know how to install an inside laundry line in your very own home, here’s how I use the laundry line.
Once the washing machine is done, I place everything in the dryer for 10 minutes. Well, unmentionables and workout gear with elastic doesn’t go into the dryer at all. It’s easier on the clothing if it goes right to the indoor laundry lines. Once the timer goes off after 10 minutes, I take out almost everything.
After the next load of laundry gets done, what remained in the dryer goes again for another 10 minutes, and so on. Small items, like socks, usually stay in the dryer. Once items have been in the dryer for about 10 minutes, most of the moisture is gone and so are the wrinkles. Here’s how I handle the remaining items.
Hanging Clothing to Dry on Laundry Lines
T-shirts and sweatshirts get hung at the waist area. This ensures no clothes pin lumps up around the shoulders.
Sheets get hung straight along one side and then the other end flipped up to the line parallel to it. My lines are long and allow for several loads of wash or 2-sets of sheets to be hung.
Our ceilings are exposed and not finished so we are careful with the wiring and pipes that are in the laundry area. The joys of old homes!!
I usually hang anything with a waistband by the belt loops. Pants and jeans tend to be too heavy for my lines and make them saggy so plastic hangers with the extra tabs work well here. I also have extra hooks around where I can put hangers like this so my lines can be devoted to using the clothes pins.
Elastic waistband pants or shorts are best hung upside down. The many layers of fabric at a waistband dry quicker when they’re not underneath a clothes pin.
I keep different types of hangers handy in my laundry area. They’re organized on an old towel rack that we mounted to the underside of a beam in our basement.
I have several wooden drying racks that smaller items go on. These are large, wooden drying racks that I picked up for free when neighbors were purging. After a good wipe down, the wood still left marks on our wet clothing so I covered the wood dowel parts (where our wet clothing gets laid) with clear contact paper. It really helps keep our clothes from being stained from the wood.
Our heater is located in the laundry area, which helps dry our laundry in the winter and colder months of the year. We also have a door to the outside in our basement, which I open to get fresh air. It’s almost like our laundry is outside.
And since we don’t go to the gym but we still workout, here’s our home gym components, stored in the laundry area, along with tennis rackets. What do you think is happening when my laundry is in the dryer for 10 minutes?
Here’s a long view of the laundry line area.
My laundry area is not fancy but it is spacious and I’m glad to have the room for the inside laundry lines and space for drying racks.
What are your tips for hanging laundry to dry? How do you simplify the process?
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