When I was growing up in Chicago, one of my earliest memories was watching the menfolk miraculously hang a laundry cord on a reel between two apartment buildings. It was a feat of Cirque de Soleil status, as the younger men dangled perilously off the back porches of our four-story walk-ups as they maneuvered and hooked the cords into place.
As I grew older, I shunned the "poor" way of drying clothes for a fancy dryer. What a mistake! When I finally moved to my homestead in north Texas, one of the first things I did was ask Greg to put up a couple of clotheslines between trees. (Thank goodness it wasn't another four-story walk-up.)
My clothes smell better and they dry fast. Sometimes the jeans get a little stiff, but I just stick them in the dryer for less than five minutes and they come out soft and pliable.
If you have the room, I highly recommend a clothesline. Dryers are huge energy hogs. Sunshine is free. And it only takes me a few minutes to hang clothes.
All you need is a sturdy rope and two trees or posts. For smaller yards, they even have carousel lines or portable lines and posts that can be strung and moved anywhere. Try it for a few weeks and you'll never be so dependent on your machine dryer again.
Have you ever line-dried your clothes?