Friday, June 27, 2008

the clothesline is up!!!

after a few months of getting all the stuff i needed (which really wasn't much and shouldn't have taken so long) and letting the posts settle, i finally got to use my clothesline!! hoping for a long sunny day! i know i'm going to have to rethink how i normally do laundry. as in, doing 4 loads once a week is going to turn into doing 2 loads twice a week. also, as i'm hanging up stuff i'm remembering how i used to hang stuff and that i'll get better with practice. and i know i'm going to have to tighten my lines when this load is done!

another thing is that i'm looking at what i'm hanging and i'm thinking "was this REALLY dirty?" i think using a clothesline again will remind me that not all clothes are as dirty as we think they are. not that we wear and wash. we've never done that. i know if you look through our pictures you'll see how we tend to wear the same things for days. which is why for a family of 5 we usually only have 3-4 loads a week. i know people who do that much every other day. but i would like to look more closely at what we are washing that could most likely still be worn. i think of the things hanging right now that actually needed washing there's underwear and scotty's work pants. maybe a few t-shirts that had been worn until i said "please change your shirt!" (that's usually for silas).

i also wonder how having clothes out will effect my hoping for rain...



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4 comments:

CG said...

hooray! I just think dryers are so wasteful . . . and, in the exact ways that you relate here, unmindful.

laura said...

i think there are a lot of things like that. once you start making changes you can see more clearly HOW to be mindful. where before you couldn't.

it rained the very first day i put up clothes. sheesh. got home just in time to pull it all down!! they were mostly dry!

Ren said...

There's a cincher thingy you can get from Lehman's (or probably somewhere else too) that tightens the line as needed. Just in case it sags too much.

CG said...

for the "cincher thingy" -- go to a feed store (like Tractor Supply or Mize) and look in the fencing section for "tensioners" for electric or high tensile fences. They'll work. They come in a version that can be tightened with a socket wrench handle. I can just about guarantee it will be cheaper than anything from Lehman's! They always want two times at least what anything really costs from anywhere else -- IF you can find it anywhere else. We have two of their hoes that are fantastic though and worth even Lehman's price.