Do not hold back! Let yourself go! Go with the flow! How many times have you heard those words? He who hesitates is lost! Do not put off today … and so on. I often catch myself saying "Ah well it was meant to be" or simply in an old Scots dialect "whets for yell no go past ye". In other words fate lends a hand!
Resisting change has always been a feature of my existence preferring to leave things as they are. Call me mean if you like, but I could never rest easy using my tumble dryer with those digits on the electricity meter racing round. For a long time it seemed there was little alternative until I observed the joy of having a wall mounted drying rack in my utility room. It was curiosity that did it. I chose a 100 cm wide model with fold out arms. It expanded out some 40cm, and accepted 12kg of spun dried washing. This proved to be completely capable of taking a full washing load. The clothes discharged quickly since it was positioned over a radiator.
For years I had preached the virtues of retained heat in the oven for cooking long after the oven was switched off. Now I would get more for my money from the household heating by naturally drying the clothes on the airer.
Soon I delided in the fact that I could remove items as they rented and make room for more. My family quickly cottoned on and the wall mounted drying rack became a central drying point for us all. Occasionally I decided to order a second airer. I chose a concertina expanding model, which I had mounted just one meter above the first. I could easily pull out or retract it with a rod or on a fixed little stool we have. Now I was really motoring with my laundry. I hung shirts, blouses even dresses on hangers and only used the energy hungry tumble dryer for dire emergencies. The benefits were obvious as the list grew:
- Clothes dried naturally
- No energy use
- No cost
- Clothes were removed at any stage ready for ironing
- Gentle drying with no big injection of daily mess into the area
- Each time I used the drying rack systems I reduced my Carbon Footprint
- I felt great
The natural drying cycle is a little different. It makes us carbon neutral every time we use it and we have a stress free life in the slow lane.