During the rainy season here in Belize I find myself daydreaming about dryers...exciting, huh?
Seriously, though. No lint on the towels or dog hair in the socks. Joy!
Since we left California we have not owned a dryer. When we lived in Russia a washing machine was given to us as a gift from a small group in Kansas. And we had a drying rack inside the house. Dryers there were unbelievably expensive. Perhaps prices have come down now. Back then we thought that $1200 US for a basic dryer was a luxury we could not afford.
We got used to this life. Washing clothes a day or two ahead of when you need them. The real sacrifice is with jeans and towels. However, if you add enough fabric softener they come out okay. With towels you can even iron them if you want that soft warm fresh out of the dryer feel.
Here in Belize we have a washing machine, a clothesline outside and a couple of drying racks inside for when it rains. Today as I was hanging up clothes in the laundry room I caught a glimpse of the space where the dryer would go. Dryers here range in price from $650 to $1500 US.
I got to thinking though. We live in a good neighborhood. Many of our neighbors are professional people. There is a doctor behind us. An architect a couple houses over, a few university professors live close by.
Everyone hangs their clothes out on the line.
There is sun here pretty much year round.
Even in the rainy season you can hang clothes out at least once a week.
this photo was taken in a small village not far from Belmopan
I love the seeing clothes sway in the wind.
I love how they smell when you take them off the line.
So we have adapted to the culture around us. I don't have a strong overwhelming desire to buy a dryer. It would be nice to have some days. The dry season is coming on strong. It is getting warmer every day. If we were going to buy an appliance to make my life easier I would rather have an air conditioner...but that is another post. The cost of electricity here is outrageous!