Tip #167: Hang up your swimsuits.
It’s splash pad season. That season in the life of a city kid—and the adults who care for them—when parks turn on their sprinklers and children run pell-mell doing their best to get as drenched and cool as possible. What we lack in blow-up kiddie pools and shady backyards, we make up for in long afternoons spent carrying buckets of water from one end of the splash pad to the other. (Lest you think it’s kids who get all the fun, as a parent there’s nothing quite as unexpectedly delightful as getting soaked yourself. I walked around with a wet skirt last week and I’d never been so happy, or so cool!)
Whether you’ve got yourself regular dates with a city splash pad or a shady backyard and a hose, the result is relief from the heat and an assortment of soaked swimsuits* to contend with after the fact.
Enter our latest solution and a bit of encouragement to get your drying rack off the ground. I’ve been debating the addition of a wall-mounted rack for well over a year at this point and I’m so glad I took the plunge. In our apartment it’s freed up precious floor space and it’s stopped our drying rack from being turned into an ever-buckling fort on the daily.
I found our drying rack—a vintage swing-arm towel rack—on Etsy and painted it in the same shade of gray that I used on Faye and Silas’s new dresser.**) Hung up on the back of our open closet wall, it’s discreet and useful and dare I say, pleasant to look at. (We like it so much, we actually decided to remove the curtain we’d had hanging in the space before.) The rack is vintage and handmade in a style similar to the rack that I’ve long admired from Iris Hantverk, but it was far less expensive and it arrived in just a few days. There’s nothing exactly like the one I found listed right this minute, but it’s worth a regular look on Etsy or Ebay to see what vintage goodies might appear. Try searching “swing-arm towel rack,” “wall-mounted drying rack,” or a similar combination and see what you find!
It’s perhaps worth a note that lots of small-space dwellers might get by without a drying rack at all. (Alternatives in this post!) In our family we’re fairly religious about hang-drying clothes in an effort to extend their life and as folks who have put two kiddos through cloth diapers, there’s a regular need for hanging up diaper covers to dry. I love having a dedicated drying spot to keep things tidy.
To that end, we haven’t given up on our floor drying rack altogether—it still gets pulled out once weekly when our laundry comes back from the laundromat—but for rinsed rags, hand-washed items, and bathing suits that need daily drying, we’re new devotees of this wall-mounted solution.
What about you guys? Any other favorite clothes drying solutions out there?
**The rack is painted with Plummet from Farrow & Ball. Farrow & Ball generously provided the paint for our dresser project in the kids’ room—more to come on that front—and I’ve been busy putting the remainder of the can to good use!