Ok readers, I need your help. Lately, I've been washing a lot of my laundry on the delicate cycle. Not just the typical delicates...we're talking cardigans and thin t-shirts in addition to the nicer-quality tops I've been trying to work into my wardrobe. To be fair, the tags all say "gentle cycle", and I don't want my clothes to pill! The problem is that half of the stuff can't go in the dryer. Yeah, I throw most of the cardigans and tshirts in the dryer (on LOW, jeez) but a lot of the tops and sweaters can't go in the dryer, either because they say "lay flat to dry" or because I'm paranoid that they'll shrink.
Usually it's ok; I divide the delicates into "dryer" and "not dryer", and lay flat all my "not dryer" pieces on this awesome guy over here:
|Michael Graves, I love you.|
The mesh keeps my clothes from gaining awkward indentations (that are seriously difficult to get out without ironing or re-washing). The mesh is removable for super easy storage if you need to tuck it away, or if you want to drape towels on it or something (though who line-dries towels?). Thanks to Erin for introducing us; I am in love.
However, we only have one. Our other drying rack is from IKEA, and it is all skinny slats.
|I bought you for Will when he first had sweaters|
that couldn't go in the dryer. We've moved on.
It doesn't hold a lot, and even bulky sweaters end up with those awkward indentations. But sometimes (usually), I need the space of both racks. I feel silly buying a second Michael Graves (also I can't find it online, so now I'm freaking out that maybe it doesn't exist anymore), but the IKEA one is kinda useless.
Tonight, I am in the predicament of having done (somehowidon'tknowhowitpileduplikethatyikes) THREE LOADS of delicates. Load #1 all went on the racks (and barely fit, I might add. ok, didn't fit. one sweater is laying on the dryer). Load #2 went in the dryer. Load #3 is sitting in the washer, because when I went down to the basement to take it out, the rack stuff still wasn't dry (I washed it last night, but it's been cold out). So it's going to sit overnight tonight. In the washer. Hopefully it won't get like, gross and moldy or something, but that usually takes several days of sitting (not that I would know) to occur. Fingers crossed that tomorrow (when, um, I get home at like 10pm) Load #1 will be dry and I can put Load #3 on the racks. It will be wrinkled and I might have to air fluff it in the dryer or something, because ahem, delicate "nice tops" shouldn't be wrinkled. And I don't like to iron.
So help me please. Do I follow my laundry directions too strictly? Should I just do smaller loads and let this be a lesson to myself to never let the laundry pile up again? Is there a way to avoid those indentations? Should I just seek out another mesh rack?