Autumnal Non-Consumer Photo Essay

by Katy on October 24, 2011 · 13 comments

Autumn in Portland, Oregon is usually a rather wet experience. But this year has been a bit drier than usual, which translates to crisp instead of soggy leaves. It’s lovely, pure and simple.

Wonderfully dry maple leaves blanket my backyard.


Dry weather means I can still employ my backyard clothesline.


Of course, indoor laundry is guaranteed to stay out of the rain.


Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Madeline October 24, 2011 at 12:20 pm

OK– WHERE did you get that indoor drying rack ? I dry ALL my clothes on racks.. (No big clotheslines allowed by my HOA– please don’t comment.. I’m with ya on that!) I have purchased $25-$30 racks from various places like BB and Beyond, etc and one rusted, and two broke down completely.. it is EXPENSIVE! WHERE do I get a RELIABLE drying rack? I need 3 racks on my regular laundry day in addition to drying things on hangers in the bathroom!
Am using kitchen twine to tie my old racks together so they can dry my clothes without falling down and making them all dirty!!!!


Erin October 24, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Katy’s rack/airer looks like the one they have at IKEA. I use the tall one from IKEA when I have to dry indoors and I love it, especially for kids’ clothes. The one I have looks like this:
but it doesn’t seem to be on the IKEA web site right now. Also, I recommend using clothes pins, even inside. Keeps everything from sliding off.



Katy October 24, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I did buy that rack from Ikea. One of my new purchases, where I figure that the buying of something new is worth it.



Laura's Last Ditch--Adventures in Thrift Land October 24, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Is there a way to submit photos of drying rack repairs? We find broken ones in the trash fairly often, and have repaired in three different ways.

The ones sold at most stores are extremely chintzy, but they can be fixed easily.


Maureen October 24, 2011 at 3:53 pm

The northeast has been rather wet, cool and damp so I have employed my indoor laundry line that is in my spare bath. Now that the woodstove has been started too, a load should be able to dry in a day.


Debbie October 24, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I, too, am lusting after that drying rack! I did some searching online and found several models at that are made by Polder, including this one: Polder Collapsible Indoor/Outdoor Y Laundry Drying Rack, Stainless Steel, that is the same style as Katy’s, but might be a bit smaller.


Katie October 24, 2011 at 5:35 pm

What a delightfully uniform load of drying laundry! I air dry everything, but rectangular things always are the most satisfying to drape over the rack.


Jessica October 24, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Happy that Portland is dry as of right now. A long time ago my (future) husband and I contemplated moving to Portland – as far as going out to look for jobs and housing. But we ultimately decided to stay close to our families near the NYC area. We are happy with our choice but we always think what life might have held in Portland – which is such an awesome city. Really it is the best!

I love hearing about Portland and I am happy that you are having a nice dry spell Katy – the rain was a huge issue with me.


jonn weiland October 24, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I am loving the sheet? hanging on the line-what exactly is it and where did you score it; thrifted i am guessing 🙂 thanks


Katy October 25, 2011 at 5:51 am

Tablecloth actually, and of course it was from a thrift shop. 😀



Di October 25, 2011 at 4:21 am

What a lovely shot of the clothes-horse (never used the term ‘drying rack’). Good to see I’m not the only one who aranges things by colour! I have three different sizes and use them all year round almost, as a lot of my wash loads are done in the evening after work. They are positioned over heating ducts so get the sun during the day and I’m doing more than just heating the house at night. Still use the outside clothselines a lot for the heavier things and then may finish them off on the clothe-horse during winter. (Being in Australia helps).
I keep a look out for new styles ( hold more but still fit in a small space). They are also great for drying jumpers etc. flat. The tumble dryer is ony used when something is needed in a hurry. I could not get by without the clothes-horse, one of the best ‘inventions’ around.


Bauunny October 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I recommend the “best drying rack ever” which I bought for my college age daughter who has limited space. Found it by surfing the web and scored a great find. Made in the U.S. And a great circular design. Google it. (My daughter has spent quite a bit of time in Europe and the families she has stayed with ALL air dry their clothes – it is the norm there.)


onexnwykr October 26, 2011 at 9:05 am

I got a similiar one at CostCo.


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