Thursday, October 21, 2010

Line Drying

I spent most of the summer mourning because I didn't have a clothesline. Go ahead and laugh. Get it out your system.
I picture myself hanging bright white sheets on beautiful sunny day with a nice gentle breeze. And every time I picture that I start singing, "mama makes whites bright like the sunshine..." It's one of those idyllic stay-at-home mom moments I try (unsuccessfully) to create.
I tried hanging a string when we started cloth diapering, but it only held diapers, nothing else. So I resigned myself to my dryer and a small fold up drying rack. Remember, I'm poor. Spending $50-100 on a clothesline simply doesn't make economic sense.
But I love line drying my clothes.
But when I hang up my laundry I have to take time to just put the clothes up. It's wonderful meditation time! Just me and the sunshine, working together.
So anyway, I FINALLY (now that summer is over! *eyeroll*) made a clothesline and it only cost me $3 for the actual line.

I took a 1x4 and nailed it to my deck post
Then I took another 1x4 and nailed it to a fence post 25 feet
away and strung the line through the holes I drilled in.
Ta da!


And if you have a swing set, this is how I dry my shirts :)

Do you line dry? What's your motivation for doing it?

9 comments:

  1. I line dry whenever I can, esp sheets. When I was home raising my kids I hung everything out, until it was too frigid. My family always laughed at me; as I folded the laundry I would smell each item...mmmmm. :)

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  2. I think it is a great idea ... and whatever energy/money you are saving on the clothesline surely makes it a worthy investment. I don't have the option to line dry where I am, and honestly, I am glad : ) I have far too much to do ... usually I have mountains of laundry to do everyday, let alone the time to hang it out. I guess it is a job the kids could take care of ... but that would eliminate that wonderful picture you just described of me and the sun working together ... ahhhh sounds nice!

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  3. My dad built the same thing for me in my basement this summer. I line dry everything in the house. It saves money and saves wear on the clothes, so it's win-win.

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  4. So cool. Imagine how quickly clothes would dry here in AZ on my patio! OH WAIT...the hoa won't let me. *eyeroll*

    My mom used to line dry her laundry when we were kids. Of course she did...because she would make US go out in 100 degrees with 90% humidity, traipsing through mounds of fire ants to get the laundry up and down off the line. ;)

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  5. I did not, because I couldn't figure out how to do it since we live in a townhouse. Like you, now that the summer is over, I have figured out how I could have done it. Oh well, there's always next year!

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  6. I love it! I didn't do much of it this summer (the whole, it's humid and I'm pregnant thing), but before that I would take one load of laundry and hang the hangers on my ironing board sans cover. My ironing board was a grid of wires, so the hangers fit right through around the edges.

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  7. I am laughing! I had to line dry when we were students and I hated how stiff everything turned out! I guess I'm spoiled. My husband loved it when we line-dried our clothes, that's how he was raised. I think he would still like it better if I did it that way but I don't want to. Your great Kristi!

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  8. I am pretty impressed that you did that yourself! I'm not nearly that resourceful.

    Our house has an old Amish-style clothesline still up. It's a double metal line that has a thingy you turn so that after you hang up a couple items you rotate it and push those items further out on the line & hang the next bunch - Wow. My brain isn't really awake yet. Sorry I couldn't come up with a better description. Anyway, we can't use that because the metal is all rusted & it would cost more time & money to fix it then we want to spend.

    Anyway, when we line dry we use what I can an antennae-style clothesline.

    I think maybe you've inspired me to do a post on this very subject & I'll have to include pics so you can see what I'm actually talking about.

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  9. This is awesome. I totally get it. My husband still laughs at me because I really wanted to buy a certain little house that was for sale...because it had a beautiful clothesline in the the backyard!

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