04 June 2015

Space Saving Drying Tips

It's winter and that means wet weather here in southern Australia. It also means fogs and frosts and cold, damp winds. Not at all conducive to line-drying the washing outside.

So what's a Cheapskate to do? Think outside the line of course and find space and tools to get the washing dry indoors.

Well if you have ducted heating you're set. I have 5 clotheshorses, one for each of the kids, one for Wayne and I and one for towels, sheets, dishcloths and so on.

There is a clotheshorse over the heater vent in each of the kids' rooms and in our room and the washing goes onto them. Most things dry overnight and can be put straight into the wardrobe or drawers before the next load goes on. The spare clotheshorse sits over the vent in the kitchen when there are towels or sheets to dry. It's against the window and out of the way.

When we light the fire I surround it with the clotheshorses and there are times when the fire is roaring that the washing is dry in just a couple of hours. If you have a fire or combustion heater they are great for drying washing, just make sure the laundry can't reach any flames or hot surfaces.

If the idea of clotheshorses all over the place doesn't appeal, how about a rod in the laundry doorway? You can get extending tension rods from hardware shops. These don't require any fitting other than extending to fit the space and tensioning off, making them great for temporary jobs. Hang shirts, trousers, dresses, skirts and socks on clothes hangers and hang them over the rod.

The bathroom is full of opportunities to dry washing. Over the towel rail, over the shower screen, on a clotheshorse over the heater vent.

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  1. I put my clothes horses in my sewing room as there is lots of natural light as well as the heat from the wood fire to dry them that way they are also out of sight so they can stay there until I get around to folding and putting them away

  2. Another idea that's great for shirts is an over-the-door hanging rack (also known as an ironing hanger). They cost about $13 from howard's storage world.
    You just pop a shirt on a coat hanger and hang it up to dry. I put about 5 maximum so there's ventilation between each shirt. Best part is, they dry relatively wrinkle free so you can just pop them straight into the wardrobe when they're dry, as they're already on their hangers!


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