Clothesline Saturday

This is me today!!—Only skinnier….

Can you believe that I actually had to learn the right and wrong way to hang clothes? This is the first time in my life I’ve used a clothes line. I’ve learned that if you hang a shirt by it’s sleeves the sleeves grow twice their original size. I’ve learned that you could twist your ankle in the kids “digging hole” if you’re not careful. I’ve learned that I actually like that crispy feel to my clothes, and it makes it easier to fold. I’ve learned that I iron less, because I don’t leave a load of clothes in the dryer for 3 days. I’ve learned that “at the clothesline” I can have some pretty meaningful conversations with my daughters…and always with my Lord.

Enjoy your Saturday.

  • Tori

    That was a sweet post! That’s me at that line too, and I have one of those square ones and yea she’s alot thinner than me too, for now anyhow!

    I like the crispy feel to the clothes but not the towels, I’m on a great journey to find how to wash towels, hang them out and have them dry soft.
    Several people have said to use vinegar in the wash but with these European washers, you can’t open them. So I’m still on the trail for the answer.

    Sorry for rambling, have a great weekend!

  • Heather

    I like the post – I LOVE hanging clothes out on the line (ropes tied from trees works great when you have a large family!).
    Tori- I have never heard about using vinegar while washing towels. I’ll have to try that – I just use (shhh…….TONS of) fabric softener and it works so well as it leaves the towels soft after they are hung outdoors.
    What is the difference between American vs. European washers???

  • Nina in Portugal

    Euorpean washers are loaded from the front, not top.

  • Grace

    When we move to Nepal I’ll being hanging my clothes on a line to dry too…You make it sound almost fun:)

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been hanging clothes on the line for about five years. Began it after reading that simply hanging out our ‘linens’ (towels, sheets, undies, etc.) could save as much as $45 a month in electrical cost. I tried it and, sure enough, saved lots of money. More importantly, I gained time with nature, God, and for introspection, all of which never happen while loading a clothes dryer. Our clothesline goes from post to post along the porch that wraps around the house, thus giving me a beautiful view of the valley as I “hang out”. 🙂

    It’s wonderful that you’ve found this new way to be blessed!

    I love you,
    Aunt Shawn

  • Erica Lynn

    I love this post. This might be a stupid question, but do you not have dryers in Europe?

  • Nina in Portugal

    Yes we have a dryer we bought here in Portugal. It’s just that we can’t afford to run it like I need to run it. Hanging them out on a line is very “Portuguese”. Most people don’t have dryers. I’ll have to use the dryer some in the rainy season. But the weather is perfect for hangin’ them out right now.

  • Anna Ruwersma

    That is so sweet. Are you like the Portuguese who just leave their clothes out even in the rain? Haha…I LOVE clothes on the line just not the towels and undies! I don’t like putting on cardboard! 🙂

  • Sandy Sellers

    As Grace said you hang your clothes out all the time. On the roof. I spent a lot of time on top of the roof when we visited Nepal. You can see the white capped mountains from here. It is a beautiful sight.

  • Tammy

    Hanging the laundry out on the line is my favorite chore. Hard to call it a chore, escaping outdoors into the sunshine, enjoying the rustle of wind through trees, and the smell of clean clothes in the sun. I agree – it’s a perfect time for talking to the Lord!

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