I am in love. My clothesline is actually making me happy. I find the few quiet minutes it takes to hang the clothes up both meditative and satisfying. Wait. Did I just say laundry makes me happy?
This isn’t my first clothesline, but so far, it is the best. Granted, it’s new, so I don’t know how it will stand the test of time. But I really love the design. Which is funny. I actually wanted a traditional, two post with lines stretched between set up. I envisioned my kiddos running between the sheets as they hung on the lines. But we’re short on space, so we went for the umbrella style. And I love it. Here’s why…
It holds a lot. A LOT a lot. Like four or five loads. Maybe more. More clothes than I have clothespins for. All the cloth diapers, inserts and wipes, all the kids’ bedding, all of my clothes and towels, tons and tons.
It spins. This means that I can hang the whites on one side and the darks on the other. Then I can rotate it so the whites get bleached by the sun, and the darks stay in the shade. Awesome. Also, I can stand in one place, with the sun behind me, to hang and turn the line as I fill each side instead of moving around or staring into the sun.
What are you hanging under there? In the past, I would hang lots of items, but not everything. I never hung our unders up, for example. I didn’t want the whole neighborhood ogling my ultra sexy nursing bras. But with the new line, that’s just not a concern.
The trick to hanging the tightie-whities is pretending you’re wearing them – they go under all your other clothes. That’s right, if you don’t want the neighborhood to know if the husband wears boxers or briefs, keep them on the inside. Those t-shirts and dish towels are totally concealing the undies from prying neighborhood eyes.
Clothesline? What Clothesline? I can take it down and put it away if we’re having a garden party or something. Not that this has happened, but it’s a nice option. Also I think taking it down in the winter to protect it from the weather will probably make it last longer.
It is pretty and it smells good. Ok, that is true of drying clothes outdoors, no matter what kind of line you are using. But that doesn’t mean I don’t still love it. Nothing smells so nice as sun-dried sheets. And I really love how laundry looks on the line. I feel like I’ve accomplished something when I see a full line fluttering in the breeze.
Do you hang your laundry out? What do you love about it?