Hi all! I hope you are all doing well and are safe. My thoughts have been with those affected by Isaac. My brother is a lineman and has been traveling where there is storm damage so it seems even all the more real.
Well, I certainly didn't intend to do a post on a clothesline, but I have never enjoyed doing laundry as much as I have this week. Last weekend our dryer decided to quit heating... it didn't appear to be a quick fix so the next day while my husband was at work and the clothes were piling up in the hamper (if you are, or have been, a mother of little ones you know what I mean), the wheels started turning and I decided now was the perfect time to build that clothesline that has been on our "to do" list since springtime.
Next step was convincing my husband, but that didn't take too long (smile). After all, your dryer uses more energy than just about any other appliance in your home. Plus who needs to use a dryer when you have the perfectly good use of sunshine and a breeze?
The cost was minimal and the project was finished in a morning. We only had to purchase 3 4"x4" pressure treated posts, eye screws, a bag of concrete and some cotton line. We will have to buy some tightening mechanisms for the line sometime in the future though.
When my first load of laundry was finished and I went outside to bring it in, the minute I put the clothes up to smell it brought back a flood of memories. My mom always had clothes on the line when I was growing up. There truly isn't a fragrance out there that can mimic the true scent of sunshine.
I love having an excuse to venture out for awhile to complete a household chore. The girls love it too... I've found the past week that I almost always have a helping hand.
Or should I say four helping hands...
We made the decision to place our clothesline right smack dab in the middle of our backyard, convenient to the house and close to the garden. There's just enough room for the girls to run around, chase butterflies, and dig around in the dirt.
I can't really explain why something as simple as a clothesline would make me happy... but I do know each day as I go outside to hang the clothes it feels wonderful to take a little break and soak in the sounds of birds chirping and girls giggling, the reward of a task being completed and the scent of sunshine.
P.S. I thought about sharing a few things I've learned since using our clothesline this week, but really all the information you need can be found online! I spent about ten minutes reading the proper way to hang clothes and linens and it was time well spent... you'll learn everything you need to know about drying your clothes quickly, eliminating wrinkles and stiffness.
Besides, you all are probably the ones that can teach me something! Tell me... do you use a clothesline? Do you have memories of using one as a child? Do you have any tips to share?