Hanging clothes on a windy day can be really challenging, especially if you don't have any clips lying around. Today I was hanging the clothes out in the drying area of my hostel. But soon, it turned out that today was a heck of a windy day. It's monsoon, and rarely does one get a clear sky and a hot sun like there was today. So today, I was mostly experimenting with the various configurations of hanging clothes to find which is most resistant to wind.
Though most of my experiments have failed, and I have to rewash my clothes, at least now I know what to say when someone asks me which is the optimal configuration to hang clothes on a rope :).
I classified my clothes into two broad categories.
- Symmetric: bath towels, bedsheets, etc.
- Asymmetric: shirts, pants, T-shirts, shorts, etc.
For all symmetric clothes, I found that the best way of hanging them was in such a way that they are distributed equally on both sides, as one would expect.
But for asymmetric clothes, the answer was not so trivial.
For all of the illustrations above, the wind flow is such that the clothes fly out from the screen towards you. I must also mention that our drying area lies in a pocket between two buildings, so the wind always flows in one direction.
- I learned that the most stable configuration is the one shown in B3.
- I also learned that A3 and B1 are the worst possible configurations.
This also applies to other asymmetric clothes.
TL;DR, for symmetric clothes, its best to hang them by keeping both sides spread equally (as in A2). And for asymmetric clothes, hang the cloth such that the heavier side is raised up and the lighter side is lowered down (as in B3).
How would you explain these observations? Why is the B3 configuration more stable than A1, even though they look very similar?
Short and to the point anwers are welcome.