I'm a little obsessive about hanging laundry. Aside from the typical enjoyment (please tell me I'm not alone here ladies) that comes with hanging like items together... there is a certain how to hang items that I love to fuss over.
In my defense, my fussing is grounded in practicality. There are certain things you can do when hanging laundry to ensure faster drying time, more space on the line for an extra load, and gentle care of garments.
1. Line dry laundry in less time.
So often, people hang laundry on the line by placing the whole item over the line, and pinning it on, front and back together. (Oh, I wish I had a picture of this.) When you do this, there is no way for the breeze to blow through the garment (picture a wind sock), providing a faster drying time.
Pin only one side of your clothing to the line. When the wind comes, it'll circulate much better, and you won't be wearing still damp jeans at the end of the day! Speaking of jeans (or anything with a zipper fly) - if you hang them from the top, open the button and zipper fully, then pin one side to the line. Air will move through nicely.
2. Fit more laundry on the line.
This may seem obvious, but I'm surprised how often I see wasted space on clotheslines (I notice the strangest things). To create more room so everything can fit, hang clothes with a little give, a droop, instead of pulling taught. It's that simple.
On my clothesline, if I don't do this I can hang two loads. When I do hang the clothes with a little give, I can fit three loads. Yes, please!
And certain items like hand towels, dish towels, napkins, kid shorts, etc, get one pin only. Just pin the corner, let it hang lengthwise. It'll dry just fine.
3. Take gentle care of garments.
I've run out of laundry photos so please enjoy my first iced coffee of the season. Enjoyed while watching my laundry dry... I do love housework.
My clothesline is positioned in a spot that gets direct sunlight for only a couple hours a day. As a result, I don't notice any fading of clothing from sitting in the sun all day. I have heard other line dryers mention this though. The best thing to do to prevent this, is to hang your laundry inside out. Have family members put their laundry in the hamper inside out. You definitely don't want to do this step after they come out of the washer. Very tedious.
Well, that's about it for laundry talk. Just a few simple tips.
I'm spending the day nursing a certain 13 year old who has a bit of a cold. It's in the 90's outside, and I'm sipping ice water today as the laundry dries. (That late afternoon iced coffee kept me up until 1am last night!)