As I write this, I realize this is not so much a German thing as it probably is just a “rest-of-the-world thing”, so my apologies in advance for my ignorance…
In the US, we have a clothes washer and dryer in our house- both came with the house, which was convenient as I have no idea how the delivery men would be able to fit a washer and dryer down our basement stairs. When we arrived here though, we only have a clothes washer in our apartment- no dryer.
I grew up with a dryer AND clotheslines- so it was not a big deal when we discovered that…but, we live on the second floor of a house with no yard or clothesline..
May I introduce our clothes drying rack?
I call it Bumblebee.
It makes sense from an energy perspective- and I’ve found that the Germans are all about saving energy/money…but getting use to drying clothes on a rack did take some adjustment. If I want to wear something on the weekend, and it needs to be washed, I find I should schedule getting it on Bumblebee about Wednesday afternoon. It may still be a bit damp (depending on how cold/wet the weather has been) by Friday, but usually good to go by Saturday.
It’s pretty convenient all things considered- and will probably be one of the items I’ll use when we get back to the states…otherwise I think Bumblebee would miss us a bit. 🙂