Six Months with No Dryer

30 Days of Writing: Day 29

Around Thanksgiving our dryer stopped working.

This dryer is almost older than I am. My parents had it 20 some odd years before they kindly donated it to me when I bought my house.

A few years ago it stopped heating, but with a quick Google search, I found out it was just a fuse that could be reset by slamming on the ground.

Yes, this worked. This may have also been the most American fix ever. (Just hit it really hard and it will start working again.)

But alas, this time there was no fixing it. I could call a repair man but is it really worth it? My knowledge of appliances and electrical work is absolutely nothing.

So it seemed like we would be purchasing a dryer. My wife and I scoured Craigslist and Facebook for a replacement because I wasn’t buying something new. That’s just an unnecessary waste of money.

In the meantime, we had clothes that had to dry and no place to put them. I got on Amazon and found this drying rack for cheap. I figured it would do for a few days until we found a replacement.

Then, one of us jokingly said, “What if we just don’t replace the dryer?”

I already air dried all of our workout clothes, jeans, and sweaters. How much trouble could the rest really be?

We bought another rack to have extra space and gave it a shot.

Six months later and I don’t think we really miss it.

Don’t get me wrong, it can be tough at times. We used to throw clothes in the dryer every morning to get the wrinkles out. You could wait until the last minute to do laundry because you can wash and dry a load in about 90 minutes.

Now we can’t do either of those things. We have to plan ahead and make sure we stay on top of laundry. Large items like sheets and comforters also take up the entire rack, so you have to plan around that.

However, we are saving a decent bit of money on our electricity bill. Besides the heater, which is gas, everything else in the house runs off electricity. Running the dryer for 10–15 mins every morning, plus actually drying loads in the evenings added up quickly.

The change isn’t huge, maybe $20-$30 a month in savings, but that adds up.

Recently I bought a clothesline to hang up outside. Since it averages 90 degrees in the summer here, I figured we could make use of it to dry some clothes. We’ll just have to watch out for the humidity and our Great Dane. He like stealing socks whenever he can.

Overall, I’ve gotten used to air drying our clothes. It requires some planning ahead and a little time, but it shows you that you can do without things you always thought were necessary before.

Which makes you look around and think, “What else do I not need?”

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