DO YOU STILL USE AN OLD FASHIONED CLOTHES LINE? MINE JUST HAPPENS TO BE ON THE PORCH LIKE YOU’LL SEE AMISH USE. TODAY I’M JOINING JENNIFER AND SEVERAL OTHER BLOGGERS IN THE COZY LIVING SERIES. MAKE SURE AND CLICK ON THE THUMBNAILS BELOW TO SEE WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS SHARING THIS MONTH!
CLOTHES LINE PLACEMENT
This is the second time I’ve had a clothes line at the cabin. A few years back I did away with it because of it’s placement. Let me tell you it wasn’t a well thought out plan at the time. Hubby went to so much work putting it up for me that I used it off and on for severals year without saying anything. Then one day I just couldn’t take it any longer. I took it down and went back to using the electric dryer.
Problem #1: We live on a dirt road.
Problem #2: We also have a dirt driveway.
Problem #3: The clothes line was right beside where we park.
Problem #4: If clothes were hanging out when someone drove up the drive all that dust drifted across our clean clothes.
Now you can see why I did away with it!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Every now and again I get the bug to dry our things outside; especially our linen sheets. It’s been nagging at me for a while now so I picked up 3 eye screws, an eye hook, clothesline, and a clothes line tightener and put one up one our porch.
If you’ve never used a clothes line tightener you’re missing out. This little contraption makes it possible with a pull of the line to tighten up sagging clothes lines.
My old line had to be taken down and retightened over time. It would stretch and the clothes would drag the ground. When hubby wasn’t around to do it for me I used a Y shaped stick taller than the line to prop it up.
Never again will I have to do it the hard way; the tightener takes all the work out of it. Just pull the stray end threaded through the tightener and the ball bearings inside won’t allow the line to retract. Brilliant a tight clothes line once again.
PROS OF LINE DRYING
- Everything smells amazingly fresh when dried outside.
- The sun is a natural stain remover.
- It saves energy and money by not using an inside dryer.
- The sun is a natural antibacterial so it sanitizes.
- It’s Eco-friendly and some might say even trendy.
CONS OF LINE DRYING
- It does take a little more time to complete a load depending on how warm it is and how windy it may be.
- If it’s raining clothes can’t go out on the line.
- Planning laundry around the weather is a must.
- You may have to iron if wrinkles bother you.
- You may not like the look of all your dainties hanging out for the world to see.
To me doing laundry and hanging it out on the line is like therapy. I enjoy the time it takes to pin things out. To me it just feels right! I’m in touch with nature when I’m outside, Its time I spend by myself, and I get a lot of thinking done while I do this chore.
Laundry’s always been my favorite chore anyway and for some reason standing back seeing sheets flap in the wind makes me happy.
Many of days I hang out our clothes, sit on the porch with a good book, and just watch the laundry flap in the breeze. What could be more relaxing than that?
For me I crave a simpler way of life. I’ve always said I was born in the wrong time frame. But I must admit I’m not so sure I’d want to beat our clothes on a rock down by the river, so I think I’ll keep my washing machine (he-he).