Wednesday, September 2, 2009

31 Days to Clean - Day 16

“I believe you should live each day as if it is your last, which is why I don't have any clean laundry, because, come on, who wants to wash clothes on the last day of their life?”
Source unknown

Day 16 of the cleaning challenge is all about fighting laundry piles. I have to admit, the above quote is pretty accurate! If I only do things that are fun, laundry would never be complete. Thankfully, my husband needs clean clothes to wear to work each day and thus my dirty laundry pile stays fairly tamed.

In an effort to lower our electricity bill, I've started line drying some of our clothes. Our apartment complex doesn't allow clotheslines on the patios so I am forced to be creative. Instead, I hang all of our shirts on hangers and leave them hanging on the shower curtain bar. This has been working really well, as long as I remember to fold or iron the clothes after they are dry. Our electric bill went down $16 last month!

This month, I am going to attempt to hang all of our laundry and eliminate the need for the dryer. I'm going to visit the dollar store to see if they carry clothes pins. If not, I'll check Walmart. I'm going to try pinning the clothes to regular hangers and leaving them in the bathroom to dry. I'm not sure if the clothes pins will fit around the hangers but I believe that's my only option for hanging work pants and jeans. If I'm lucky, our electric bill will drop again this month.


Ann on oh mouse said...

Love the intro... I'll have to use that one! And also love the idea of pinning clothes to the hangers! So creative. Good luck with sheets though ;)

Cassandra said...

Hmm... I forgot about the sheets. lol. I wash our bedroom sheets every Friday. I think I'd have to use the dryer for that!

~*Mona*~ said...

I absolutely love line drying! I am in the country so I can have my must be difficult for those who really want to line dry and can't! It sounds like you are being creative and finding away! Best of blessings with it!!

Alilia said...

We used the hanger over the shower rod when we were in our last place.

Haven't done it in our house, though, since we have a high-efficiency dryer & always do laundry during off peak time. I should try it again for a month & see what our electric bill does...

We're not allowed to have clothes lines here, either, but we considered zig-zagging one across in our garage. Never did it. Guess it's time to clean the garage & put hubby to work on that! :)