April 25, 2013 by rebelwithalabelmaker
Okay, guys, this is the best housekeeping tip ever, if you live in Saskatchewan. Better even than the last post’s tips on how to over-recycle and how to fill your basement with a delectable garbage-scented broth.
Today, I am going to introduce you to my Great Canadian Prairie Laundry system. You can adopt it anywhere that is not overly humid. Here is the test for too much humidity: take your clothes out of the washer and leave them in a loose pile. Come back two days later. If they are dry, you’re good to go.
If you don’t want to wait two days, you can also just look at your hands right now. If they are not covered in red patches, I’m sorry, but you live in an overly humid climate.
That said, should you be lucky enough to have skin that crinkles when you move, and a blizzard outside your window … get ready for some time-saving outside the box thinking! Note: This really is a post about homemaking. It is not funny, and there are no insights into life, so feel free to jump ship if you have, say, flowers to go smell because you live somewhere where there are flowers.
This is our bedroom closet:
Note that we have a) no dryer (we do have one in the basement), and b) no clothes in our bedroom closet. If you share a bedroom with a spouse, the closet is a terrible place to keep clothes anyway. Inevitably, one of you will wake up at, say, three in the morning and get all “I just got called into work and when I arrive I want to be wearing pants”.
As much as possible, it makes sense to store everyone’s clothes in the same spot. It makes putting things away a breeze. I keep all our clothes (except Gary’s) in our spare room closets, which are huge. When people come to stay, we pack a bag.
But the greatest part of our clothes system is that because we live in Saskatchewan, we can put our clothes away wet!!! That’s right, straight from the washer to the closet!
See the shirts on the hooks? If you leave the closet door open, they will dry that way, and be super easy for even the youngest kids to grab. See the underwear kind of hanging over the side of the bin? Dry in 12 hours. Same for the pants on the rack, above which I’ve put clothes on hangers (they will dry that way, too, but I prefer using hooks as much as possible since they save time).
The implications of this system are fantastic. Each morning, a load of laundry goes in, and by the time we’re all ready to start the day, I take a minute to throw the wet clothes on hooks. Gary’s clothes and household stuff (like tea towels) get hung up right above the washing machine, on a pull out rack. Every few days, I fold them and put them away. Laundry takes less than five minutes a day, total.
Compare that to putting a load in the washer, remembering to switch it to the dryer, then remembering to take it out while it’s still warm, then folding it, then running around putting it away.
Three feet of snow in mid April is a small price to pay for such convenience in the laundry room…