“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. In our mad rush for progress and modern improvements let's be sure we take along with us all the old-fashioned things worth while.” Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Thrifty Garden/Home has been on an extended vacation. Today I came across this article about the use of clotheslines in the U.S.A. In my opinion, I think a nicely arranged clothesline is a piece of yard art :) I have a retractable one to use outside in the summer .. and a folding one to use inside. People should not be banned from saving electricity. If more and more people start using a clothesline, communities will have to start relaxing their (unrealistic) standards.


Cindy (Letters From Midlife) said...

I saw a news report on this topic several weeks ago. A woman in an exclusive gated community started hanging out her laundry even though she knew the rules of the community said it wasn't allowed. They are suing her over it. It gets ridiculous what people will make an issue of, doesn't it?

Pat said...

I remember my Mom's clothesline when I was a child. She hung everything orderly in groups...towels, sheets etc. I thought it was beautiful and loved to help her with it. I would much rather see clothes hanging to dry then some of the trash people keep in their yards. Maybe there should be an ordinance on how many plastic toys chidren can fill a yard with, especially long after a child has out grown them!

Kathryn said...

Wow, i'm really behind in blog reading!

I considered an outdoor clothesline this summer, but . . . we have no grass. Big Bear is high desert & many yards are the stuff that doesn't have to be watered. In our case, dirt, rocks, & pine needles. I remember from being a kid how often clothes blew off the line, or i'd drop the end of a sheet. Here if that happened, or i dropped them they'd be filthy & they would have to be washed again.

But i do have a clothes rack in our laundry area that i use to air dry a number of things. And i hang a few things on hangers to dry as well. I'm afraid that is the best it will get. Someday, if we re-do the deck, i might put a clothes line over that.

Rita said...

Mrs. Mac
I grew up in a Wesleyan Church and although I am not attending right now they were great about accepting special needs children. Very loving etc. I think most small Wesleyan Churches are that way. Try it out and see what you think. I just need to chant I get to stay at home soon I'll be retiring next year and I'll actually have time to bake, cook, clean and organize my home. Sure makes me feel good as I am looking at a huge day tomorrow that is always more than I signed up for.
Have a great week.

Felisol said...

Clothesline definitely are pieces of decor, the ones thrifty housewives make.
In pictures from southern Europe we find it picturesque watching neatly line of wash hanging in narrow alleys between two rows of houses.

I have an outdoor clothesline, but in our city the weather is known to change four times a day, so it is not often in use.
In my wash basement I also have clothes lines for finer wash.
I've had enough clothes ruined by the tumbler.

My old mother still is hanging most of her wash out side under a veranda in summer time.
I never saw that as a shame.
One rule though: the wash must not hang out on Sundays.

I guess nowadays that's not so strict either.
And, yes, I know how to sort and arrange a wash neatly.

From Felisol

Mrs. Mac said...


Thanks for the input on the Wesleyan
Church. There was one in my town and the church we sometimes attend purchased the small stone church they were in. I wonder where they relocated?? (I'll have to check) .. I'm sure you will enjoy retirement next year .. although, you know, a homemaker's work is a full time job :)

Felisol, I like the No Hanging Laundry on Sunday Rule! And, for some reason, I imagined that your dear mother still hangs laundry on a line :)

When my children were small, I enjoyed hanging out freshly washed cloth diapers ... the sunshine would bleach them white. Everything was hung up orderly too! Now days, I am living in a very cold winter region and prefer the electric dryer in the winter for general use. But bring out my folding rack and put it up in my bedroom near a heater vent for delicate sweaters and undergarments.