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Diary of a Dryerless Dame: Day 2 … rain

Day 2 RainRain. Drats. Nonetheless, I’m proceeding with my 5 Day Dryer Free Challenge and today’s goal is to get 1 full load of towels washed and hung to air dry as well as 1 load with both of the kids bedsheets. The sheets will dry over their bedroom doors in just a few hours (I’ve been doing that all winter) and I’ll have their beds made up by the time they get off the school bus at 4. Dry sheets over a door

I’m not confident that the towels will dry in less than 12 hours, though, and I’ll likely end up with the dryer rack in the basement overnight.  (I failed on that task yesterday … read about it in Day 1: Diary of a Dryerless Dame!)  This morning I got the towels into the washing machine right at 9 to soak and will start the cycle (shortest possible) as soon as the hydro rates drop at 11am:  pre-soaking for a couple of hours really does make it possible to use those ultra short cycles on your machine.

I’ve got my full arsenal of dryer racks and clips ready to go over the heat vent infront of the patio doors. It doesn’t look like I’ll have any sun-power to help today, and normally I’d just postpone to another day, but I’m determined to get everything done and put away by the end of the work (from home) week on Friday evening and free up my weekend.

Oh, the suspense of it all! Get it? suspend …. yuk yuk 😛

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!