have never owned an electric or gas clothes dryer. It is still winter
here as I write this, but the song birds are beginning to sing again.
I have a cozy fire at my back and at my right are two wooden clothes
racks. One is drying my lights and the other is drying my dark long
underwear and woolen socks. My wet laundry is putting moisture into
the air, but more importantly, it is pleasing to my eye. It looks
pretty. It decorates my home. Here, then is your goal. Whenever
you hang your laundry, think of it as decorating. Youll catch
yourself looking back at it as you walk away. Its that feeling
you get when you place a pretty basket or a fresh bouquet of flowers
and you step back to admire it. Its a complete, accomplished
feeling, and like Adair Lara says its powerful religion.
While you are browsing antique stores, rummage and garage sales,
watch for a wooden clothes dryer. You can purchase a new old fashioned
one from Lehmans (www.lehmans.com
will need to find a good place for your clothes to dry as they hang
on your wooden clothes rack. If you keep your house cool and are
without a source of heat that burns wood, look for a warm, sunny
window or a heat vent in a floor or wall. My outdoor clothes lines
in the photo at the beginning of this section was a pattern similar
to one I found in a Spring 2000 Martha Stewart Living Magazine.
If you havent room in your yard for a permanent parallel set
of clotheslines, you can purchase an umbrella type of clotheslines
from Lehmans. They take up less space. If youre really
short on space, you can buy a retractable clothesline from Lehmans.
Once you have an indoor wooden clothes rack and an outdoor clothes
line and a good setup for ironing, youre ready to laundry