I decided to give it a try, thinking it was going to be very inconvenient, but worth a try. The first day, I was excited, thinking about the money I might be saving. As the days went by, I started to see some amazing benefits of not using the dryer.
First, I started to notice that some of the clothes we were wearing were not worth the effort it took to wash them. I started getting rid of even more clothes than I already did. I began to see the laundry as individual items, instead of a load of clothes that I put in the dyer.
Next, I noticed that laundry was not piling up on the couch, waiting to be put away. I did not want the clothes to stay out in the sun too long or stay outside and get dirty all over again, so I always brought them in and put them away.
I began to have a better laundry routine. I needed to get them out in the morning sun, so I could put them away by lunch time, other wise I would forget about them, or get too distracted. So every morning I was quick to get a load done and out on the line. I even made sure to do a load before I left the house for the day, because I wouldn't be able to do it at night. And I didn't want the laundry to back up.
I enjoyed an excuse to get outside. I had just read Amy Grant's memoir, and she said that every day, the first thing in the morning, she step outside and talked to God. I found myself doing the same thing, and feeling refreshed.
Today, I am doubly blessed. I opened my power bill to find a $59 bill. I really didn't think it was right. I checked and double checked. It was for a 30 day cycle and appears to be accurate. Who knows what our bill will be next month, because I have only been hanging out the clothes for a few weeks.
So what I thought would be a burden has become a double blessing!