Making the Most with What We Have

Making the Most with What We Have

Jason Loper
Sep 2, 2011

No matter where we live — be it a vintage apartment or a custom built home — chances are it's still not perfect. I was reminded of this last week when I saw Rachael's post about Europe's Laundry Lines. Much to my chagrin, I don't have space for my own clothesline so I improvise…

By and large, I love my apartment. And, even if I didn't, the dismal real estate market means we'll be staying here for some years to come. One of the things that's high on my wish list in this apartment is the space to set up a clothesline. Since I don't have that space, I improvise. The curtain rod in my bedroom, which hasn't actually had a curtain on it since I redecorated the room earlier this year, is my makeshift clothesline. It's actually been quite effective during the summer months. I pull the wet clothes out of the washing machine, give the really wrinkly pieces a quick ironing, and then hang them all in the window, which is opened from the top. The clothes dry quickly in the breeze and they get a little bit of sun, although still not as much as if they were dried on an outdoor laundry line.

As you can see in the background of the photo, I also have radiator heat. This winter I plan to create some sort of laundry line above that radiator to make use of the heat for drying my laundry. So, once again, making the most of what I have.

I suppose this is the nature of life — we can't always get what we want and no home is ever absolutely perfect. I may some day have a home with enough outdoor space to install a clothesline ... but I'm sure that even that home will be lacking something.

Image: Jason Loper

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