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How to keep up with the washing when raining

South east Queensland has been wet on and off for the past month or more. Listening to the news this morning I hear that most of the eastern coastal suburbs of Australia are also experience rainfall.  I hope we see an end to all the flash floods, water spouts and damaging winds soon.  However, with all this wet weather it’s hard to get the washing dry.

I had a very busy week last week helping my Dad move into his new home so I didn’t keep on top of my washing, today is wet and my dirty washing pile is overflowing.

How to keep up with the washing when raining

The clothes dryer would be the obvious choice if you have one, but it can easily and drastically increase your electricity bill.

I have a little wall mounted clothes line in the laundry, Grundtal from Ikea.  I use this mostly to dry school uniforms and swimmers, usually whatever I put on this is dry within 8-12 hours.  However, during the wet weather it does take longer and this isn’t big enough for a full load.

I keep a clothes airer next to my washing line, I find it easier to peg socks and underwear on here and I always seem to have more than what will fit on the line so having this extra space is great.  When it’s raining I bring it into the garage to dry the clothes, they usually dry the same day.

In our old house we had an old hills hoist, it was at the back of the property also up a few steps from the patio, too far from the house, I couldn’t hear the babies if they were to start crying.  So hubby installed a extendable clothes line under our patio.  This was great, close to the house and also handy when raining as the clothes were protected from the weather.

Hills 4 Line Extendable Clothesline

So when we have continuous rain I will leave the sheets on the bed for an extra few days and only wash what is really necessary and  what will fit on the clothes airer.  When I wake in the morning and see a glimpse of sunshine I head straight to the laundry and start washing so I can get it onto the line.  As my mother in law always says when the sun is shining…. it’s a good drying day!!

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  • Rae

    Totally impossible to get anything dried! A weekend away has not helped.

    • http://www.theorganisedhousewife.com.au Katrina

      This weather here on the Gold Coast is so on and off, raining one minute sunshine the next. Hope you can get it dry soon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cnolanbiondic Catherine Nolsie

    I mentioned on your facebook post…try tumblemonkey dryerballs…they cut your clothes dryer time drastically (if you have to use them)..and lets face it..doesnt matter how organised you are sometimes you just need to use your dryer to get things dry in time…I have a facebook page and website http://www.tumblemonkeyhandmade.com

  • Rachel

    I love your organised laundry but want to know where you got your baskets from, as all the ones I find are too small (I have four children).

  • [email protected]

    Our climates are so different! In my part of Canada, we have a few months where drying outside is impossible … how I would love to use a clothes line all year long!

  • Melissa

    I use 2 of those Ikea drying racks in my laundry and it holds a full load from my front loader. We don’t have a clothesline at the moment and these are working great. I dry our towels on a clothes airer, only issue I have is drying sheets but I’ve found a portable clothesline in Bunnings and will get one soon.

  • Nat

    I am renting so only have a standing airer, but whenever I have to dry clothes on it in the garage (our undercover area is tiny and would get wet) they take a long time to dry & are a bit smelly?

  • Angela

    I have always used a clothes airer inside the house for clothes. My outside line only ever gets used for sheets, large items and my hubby’s work clothes. I hang anything that needs hanging on a hanger as soon as it comes out and they hang on the ironing rack I have. Unfortunately, my laundry isn’t big enough for these but my bedroom is plenty big enough for both. Comes in handy in rainy weather and if you leave the ceiling fan on it dries in a few hours just like normal or you can leave on overnight while asleep if you want to conserve the electricity. I can leave them here for a couple of days if need be or too busy and the kids will just take what they need straight off the line. I have a couple of different sorts, but the one I use all the time is available through Big W, Kmart and the Warehouse. It consists of a frame that folds flat vertically and when you swing out one part of the frame it forms an X from the top. You pull out up to 3 arms with several rails on each and hook over the hook on the main frame. It’s perfect when your kids are really little and have heaps of washing to hang up. Now I only use the top and bottom arms on each side. Bottom is great for smalls and shorts, etc. and top is for longer things. Since it’s also on wheels it’s moved around easily too.

  • Angela

    Oh. And towels go in the dryer. Only way to dry those well and keep them soft and fluffy. Sheets just have to go a bit longer in this weather and jump on it when the sun is out or hang on a line I’ve rigged up in the carport/patio area.

  • Aismama

    gosh, try living in rainy Ireland!

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