Slowing Down Is Good For The Soul-And The Earth

by Guest Contributor


clothes_pins.jpgI’ve found there are several aspects of my journey towards going green that require me to slow down my usual crazy, hectic pace, and, I admit, this isn’t always easy. When you decide to do things like prepare your meals from scratch, grow a garden, make your own yogurt or dry your clothes outside on a clothesline, you have to A) plan ahead and B) allow yourself the time to accomplish these things. This doesn’t always make for an easy transition in a world where time is money and we often over-schedule our lives.

When I first started drying our laundry (everything from cloth napkins to clothes, linens to cloth diapers) on a clothesline this summer, I was frustrated with how much time it took, specifically to hang everything up. But the more I did it, the more I began to appreciate that time. It was time I otherwise probably would have spent in the house on the computer or cleaning and instead I was outside, breathing fresh air, observing the growth in my garden and watching my kids play in the yard. Yes, it is faster to throw the clothes in the dryer, set the timer and be done with them, but the process of doing it manually and hanging them up by hand is therapeutic, not to mention it saves money, uses less energy, is better for the earth and leaves your laundry smelling fresh.

I don’t always make the time to hang my laundry, but when I do, I don’t regret it – that is except when I hang it all up before realizing it’s going to rain (but that’s only happened once)!

For the record, the clothes drying rack I have cost about $30 at The Home Depot. It takes up very little yard space, collapses and can be taken completely down very easily.

Original 5 Minutes for Going Green post.

You can read more from Amy Gates at her blog Crunchy Domestic Goddess where she writes about green living, attachment parenting, activism and maternal health. Subscribe to her blog here.

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