My mom and I have some disagreements about hanging laundry.
We both do it for the same reason. To save money. I hear it's real expensive to run those fancy dryer machines most modern folk have these days.
(Okay, so I own one. I live in Michigan. Therefore I must.)
A friend's daughter was over not long ago and while watching me hang clothes up to dry asked incredulously, "You don't have a DRYER?!!"
So back to the subject, one thing we disagree on is whether or not to leave the clothespins out in the elements.
I say leave them. After a few years, you get an awesome rustic look which works great for shabby chic projects.
It also saves a lot of time. I've tried to convince her that they are super cheap at the dollar store and with all that money I'm saving on our electric bill, I should be able to handle it.
But the other thing, the REASON for writing this post, is how to hang the clothes.
Actually, I think I may have converted her last time she visited.
Examine this photo and tell me the difference:
So seriously. Doesn't it ALWAYS seem to start sprinkling before you realize you have laundry hanging out? Then you tear outside as fast as you can, trying to get each article of clothing in before it's back to square one. Or, if you don't think you can get it off in time, just leave it out for nature's extra "rinse cycle". It's sure to be sunny again in a day or two. Noooo, I would never.... ;)
So rather than folding your clothes over the line, you just pinch open your clothespin (which is already there since we don't bother to gather them up and bring them in) and slide the garment under it. THEN, when it comes to that mad-dash-to-get-the-laundry-in-before-the-the-downpour, it literally takes seconds and you can have the whole shabang in the laundry basket and be running for cover. Doing it the old way, you'd still have twenty three shirts to go.
One little tug and it's off!
Even the little midgets can help and feel useful!
I like the umbrella clothes line the best. Doesn't take up much room, you can stand in one place and just twirl it around to you, and you can move it easily for mowing. Looks a little tidier in my opinion too, than a long clothes line. You can hide your undies in the middle. Neighbor Grandpa doesn't need to know what I've got under these jeans.
We cemented around the hole for the post so it was sturdier and I wouldn't keep losing the stinkin' hole every time I pulled out the clothes line to mow the grass.
If you don't already hang your laundry using this method, I dare you to give it a try.
You'll never go back.
And the rest is laundry history.........
(And I can just hear my mom saying "ohhhh brother"....)