Every summer as a teenager my dad would hang a clothesline, he kept trying to make it a thing, and hanging clothes on the line became my favorite chore to hate. I would casually sneak all of the towels into the dryer when my dad was busy. Drying off with a stiff towel after a warm shower was the worst thing I was forced to encounter in my young life. The worst. For whatever reason it grew on me and I’ve been pining for a clothes line recently. I think having a deep hate for paying utility bills came into play.
A lot of our clothes are already hung to dry. Does anyone else have an issue with shirts gradually getting wider as they get shorter the more they are machine dried? No? Just us? Okay, never mind then. Clothes draped over all of the chair backs in our house was getting old. It wasn’t such a big deal before we had active kids; but pulling all the clean clothes off the chairs and onto the crumb covered floor had become a favorite game in the Brown house.
A few months ago I couldn’t take it anymore and did what I do best, spent hours on the internet learning everything there is to learn about line drying clothes.
After reading multiple redundant instructions all over Pinterest this is the tutorial I ultimatly referenced while building mine. (I used 2x4s in place of the 2×2’s, only used one clothes line tightener, and decided to paint it). That afternoon I ordered my clothesline and tightener from Amazon and my clothes pins from the Container Store and I called Jeremy and asked him to meet us at Lowes after work so I could buy everything I needed to build myself a clothesline.
They took less than an hour each to assemble but then there they sat in my garage for well over a week waiting for holes to be dug. We have had a pretty wet spring so we didn’t get a chance to dig the holes until my dad and brother brought their scout troop over to help clear out a lot of our front yard landscaping. I saw it as an excellent time to ask my 14 year old brother to cut down the giant ugly bush that inhabited the area and dig the post holes for me. Once the holes were dug it started raining again and we got busy and forgot about them and they sat for two more weeks. Until the end of last week when we finally got a chance to put the posts in the ground! After letting the quickcrete dry for 24 hours (okay so it was really closer to 72…) we put the line up and I hung my first load of laundry! It has been glorious!
The biggest adjustment for me has been sticking to one load of laundry a day. We do roughly 6 loads a week but I prefer to do them all in one day so adjusting to one load a day has been a challenge. Remembering to start the one load a day is the trickiest. And incase you were wondering, my family doesn’t enjoy it as much as I do, yet. Jeremy is usually at work during the process of it all so he doesn’t complain much. Jared whines everytime I put him in a carrier to head out there. I try really hard to do it all while he naps, when it works out it’s better for everyone. Scott thinks it’s fun to help but doesn’t understand why I am hanging dirty luandry outside. In his little four year old head it is dirty until it is dry, I usually get some crazy looks and lots of questions from him.
And for your viewing pleasure: tiny little boy clothes hanging out to dry in the evening breeze.