Oh man, fingers crossed, right now I am at the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo trying not to have a seizure
My Japan trip should be just about coming to an end and even though that’s literally two+ weeks away as I am writing this, I’m sad just thinking about it!
Japan has been a part of life in various forms since I was about 13. What started with a dubbed anime I caught on Cartoon Network turned into an incredible relationship with a country and a community that will forever be a part of me.
More than *cough*ten*cough, I lived in Japan (which is where I met Best Friend: Partner in Crime!). Fresh out of college it was my first, real adulting experience.
I had a full time (and then some) job teaching English to students. And I had my very own apartment. Sure it was a one room apartment but as a burgeoning adult that was more than enough for me to handle.
Living abroad when you’re new to adulting is a great way to get a crash course because you don’t have any of the normal support systems like family, friends or, oh yeah, language. It really forces you to take charge of your life and force me it did.
So today, I’d like to share an adulting skill I learned in Japan. I would categorize this as Adulting 2.0 since it is a little more high level. But once you get going, you’ll find it’s actually pretty easy.
Hang Dry Your Clothes
If you grew up in a home/country that is beholden to the dryer, then you may be making a face like…
And that’s cool. I can wait it out. Need to keep going?
I feel you. When I got to Japan and realized they just didn’t use dryers I was…confused. I’d never not used a dryer in my entire life. But then, because I had no choice, I started hang drying my clothes. And even when I came home and was able to use a dryer again, I didn’t go back.
Don’t get me wrong, dryers are GREAT. But I am going to give you three reasons to give them up (except in emergency cases where you need something dry quick!)
It costs $0.00 to hang dry your clothes
Did you know that in the US, we spend around $9 BILLION dollars on energy from the dryer? Billion. With a B. But hey, let’s spend 9 billion on dryers but scrap national arts program funding which costs significantly less.
Meanwhile, Mother nature gave you a FREE way to dry your clothes.
It does zero damage to the environment to hang dry your clothes
Looking for a simple way to be green? Hang dry your clothes. It requires no energy, no heat, no electricity. Just you, hanging up some clothes.
Your clothes will last way longer
Hi. Subjecting your clothes to intense heat and spinning isn’t good for your clothes. You will be SHOCKED at how long your clothes last when you stop throwing them in the dryer.
So be good to your wallet and the planet by keeping what you own longer.
Look, I know that hang drying your clothes isn’t all sunshine and roses. It does have a downside: it takes a few minutes longer. Whereas once you could throw everything in to the dryer, shut the door and walk away, now you actually have to hang each piece.
BUT ISN’T ADULTING ABOUT SIMPLIFYING?
Oh don’t worry, I can hear you saying that at your computer with a smug smile.
But here’s my answer: adulting means making choices. and sometimes the simplest choice isn’t the best choice. Sometimes saving money, saving the environment and saving your clothes is more adult than saving time.
And that’s the 2.0 part. Because maybe saving time is most important in your adulting journey right now and that’s ok.
But if you’re willing to give it a shot, here are three things you can do to make the most out of the extra time it will take to hang dry your clothes
1) Veg out on the couch and watch Netflix while occasionally hanging a few pieces of clothing (you deserve some veg time!)
2) Use laundry time as learning time. Pick a new language you want to learn and listen to a language podcast while you’re hanging clothes (I recommend the Coffee Break series – most podcasts are only a few minutes!)
3) Hang out! Get your partner or roommate to help you and use the few minutes to catch up. We’re all so busy, why not have a dedicated couple of minutes to talk! It’s ok, tell them you’ll handle your own underwear.
Soooo how do you get started? Don’t worry, you don’t need to set up a clothes line outside. We have fancier tools now.
Start small. Just start by hanging your socks, underwear and bras. I loooove me a good clip hanger like this one
When you’re ready to get into bigger items, you might want to invest in a drying rack like this. Something foldable that you can hide away in a closet when you’re not using it.
Your clothes, your wallet, your planet and I will all thank you.
If you give it a try for the first time, report back on how it went! If you already hang your laundry, what tips do you have?
Now get out there and hang dry your clothes, you super advanced adult you!