By dummy, I don't mean you. I mean me. Last year I started rack drying about half of my laundry. That's a lot when you're talking about clothing, bedding and miscellaneous coats and such for six people. We rack dry because we have been having a little struggle with HOAs and township code issues, so permanent fixtures are out. The rack method works well, but when we get backed up on laundry, our high efficiency machines take over.
This spring I have been trying to go from racking drying one-half of my laundry to three-quarters of the clothes and bedding. That said, here comes the dummy part.
Rule #1 - Remember you are outdoors, because that serene quiet Green Bean likened to yoga in her post yesterday? Sometimes you get a little too comfortable quietly shaking and hanging clothing and when a neighbor unexpectedly shouts "Helloooo neighbor, haven't seen you outside in awhile", you might screech like a school girl and jump a little. Or a lot.
Rule #2 - Dogs have NO idea you are drying clothing outside. Really, they have no idea that since the weather is nice, you might just have a rack of damp clothing sitting on the walkway. When you open the side door and a dalmatian bolts past your legs, careens out the door, down the steps and shuttles through the rack dragging your favorite pajama pants down the hill? You can't be mad at him, it's not his fault. He's just happy its warm outside too.
Rule #3 - Pretty undies are much prettier when dried indoors hanging over bathroom hooks. Pretty undies are pretty embarrassing when your neighbor retrieves them from behind his parked car.
Rule #4 - Crunchy towels + sunburn = OUCH.
Rule #5 - Bring your laundry in well before dark. Beautiful butterflies that think it's safe to take a snooze inside your teenage son's favorite t-shirt can make him screech like a school girl too. Actually, it's sort of funny, but not great for the butterflies, so trust me on this one.
Rule #6 - Another reason to bring your laundry in before dark. Darkness + concrete steps + laundry basket = bandaids.
Rule #7 - It's not admitting defeat when you decide to throw slightly damp clothing into the dryer for 15 minutes to finish them up. Just think of the 45 minutes of dryer time you DIDN'T need to use.
Rule #8 - When you live on a lake and you decide that your patio umbrellas make a great place to hang clothing from hangers to dry, remember boaters might find it funny to cruise by and hoot and holler at your bras and pantyhose. Consider saving that space for t-shirts and bathing suits, it's less embarrassing.
Rule #9 - Folded up drying racks sitting by the side door also make great train tracks / race tracks/ bus roads, so remove said vehicles at your own risk. The wrath of a 4-year old that was planning "Ah WACE, Momma, I was havin' Ah WACE!" (read: a race) can be pretty intense. It might even make you consider buying a second rack so the race can go on.
Rule #10 - For some reason drying clothing outdoors does not eliminate "the missing sock syndrome". Now, instead of being certain the dryer ate the sock, we are certain the wind blew it away.
Line / rack dry at your own risk people, it's a jungle out there!