To me, one of life's greatest pleasures is to climb into a bed of crisp cotton line-dryed sheets. There is nothing better than the scent of freshly washed and air-dryed laundry.
And the best part of it is that it's great for your clothes and great for the environment.
Our mothers and grandmothers knew this- everyone hung their wash out (or in, if the weather was bad) until the modern clothes dryer became popular in the 1950s.
I am nearly religious about hanging my laundry out. I grew up learning from my mom, who hung everything out, almost year-round (and we live in Pennsylvanina!). Over the years I picked up some pointers.
You need to start the process early in the morning. I like to get my first load in the washer by 7:30 (or even the night before so it's ready first thing). I usually have about 4 loads twice or 3 times a week.
I also try to hang things in order based on which member of my family they belong to. Then when I take them down, everyone's pile is already sorted. Or if this is not practical, I kind of roam the clothesline to take down each person's stuff individually.
Some things can be folded right off the clothesline. Pants are easy to fold and put right in the basket. Sheets can be too, but this takes a little practice- you need to be able to pull them across the line in half and half again, then fold in halves before they hit the basket. T-shirts need to be taken inside to fold, so I do that later.
Now of course, you need a clothesline and clothespins. Fortunately my husband is handy enough that he made mine out of 4x4 pressure-treated posts. They are sunk about 2 feet down in a cement-filled hole. You need a sturdy clothesline or the posts can tilt toward each other from the weight of the wet clothes.