Diary of a Dryerless Dame: Day 1

Diary of a Dryerless DameToday was Day 1 of my  5 Day Dryer free Challenge to see if I can win back my weekends by getting all of our family’s laundry finished and put away by Friday night without running the washing machine during on-peak hydro hours and without using a dryer at all.   I’ve divided up the laundry into the following daily plan:

  • Day 1 – 2 loads of clothing, master bedroom linens
  • Day 2 – 1 load of towels/table linens, 2 children’s bedroom linens
  • Day 3 – winter gear (snowsuits, hats, mittens, scarves)
  • Day 4 – 1 load of whites, ironing
  • Day 5 – floor mats and cleaning rags, 1 mixed load of clothing if needed for weekend
  • Saturday & Sunday – NO LAUNDRY!

Success:  I had load #1 in to soak shortly after 9 and turned the machine on once hydro rates went down at 11.   2 loads of clothing and the master bedroom linens were all hanging outside by early afternoon and the sheets dried within half an hour thanks to a fairly strong breeze and warm sun.   Only a few articles of clothing were still damp at the end of the day when I brought the dryer racks in and they’re now currently drying over a heat vent and will be ready to be folded first thing in the morning.  I’m giving myself only “partial success” for that – my original plan was to have NO dryer racks in our main living space but I’m feeling too lazy tonight to lug it down to the basement so am cutting a corner.

winter gearWhere I stray from success towards failure is the fact that because it was so sunny and warm this afternoon, I got ahead of myself and decided to wash the winter gear that was on Wednesday’s plan.  Getting them washed and hung was easy, and some of the mittens and hats were indeed dry when I brought them in before supper.  But the coats and snowpants are still fairly damp and are hanging on the curtain rod in the dining room.  Fail.  Living without a dryer is great for the budget but I don’t want to feel like we’re living at the Dry Cleaners.  I should have left well enough alone and stuck to the weekly plan.  At least these Dollarama over the door hangers make it easy to bring everything in, and I love my little “tie rack” for hanging multiple pairs of mini-mitts.

Tomorrow:  towels and table clothes and both children’s bed linens.  If it’s a dry day, I’m going to air out their pillows and duvets at the same time.  Stick to the plan, Christa – and get it all away by bedtime!

Stay tuned!

About christaclips

Christa is a Save-at-Home-Mom who writes about money saving tips with hopes of inspiring other families who might want to keep one parent at home but aren't sure they can swing it financially. Christa left her career as a teacher trainer when it started costing her $47,000/yr to work outside the home and now works from home as a social media consultant and freelance writer. She shares her full story and money saving tips here on her blog and as co-host of the weekly #cdnmoney twitter chat on Tuesdays from 7-8pm ET. Wife, and mother of 2, Christa lives in Rockland, Ontario and loves skating & nordic skiing on the Ottawa River.

Posted on April 15, 2013, in Christa Clips, Hydro Savings, Laundry Tips and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Hi Christa… Rainy Tuesday will mess you up I bet. I haven’t used my dryer for about 5 years. Drying racks in my spare room are impossible to avoid, but it is so much cheaper. Get an outside line for those sunny days. 🙂

  2. I think you’re right, Cara! RAIN 😦 The kids bedsheets will dry over their doors today, no prob, but I can’t imagine the towels drying in just one day even if they’re strategically placed over the heat vents. I’ve got them in soaking now …. we’ll see!

    • If I’m going to use my dryer, it is for towels. I use the clippy hangers you get for pants and just hang them on the shower rod. Looks like a weird wet store, but it works.

      • good idea! our shower has a door so is useless for drying anything 😦 Have you seen the ikea spider/octopus hanger yet? It’s brilliant for tea towels and rags – i reckon the hook would slip over a shower rod quite nicely!

        • I saw yours when we were camping. I have a dollar store version that I’ve been using for years (you’ll see it at camp too!). It doesn’t fit over a rod so I use hanger to get over the rod and hook the rack from the hanger.

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