I wish I had done this when we first moved in, but I was convinced that I needed a big yard . . . and we definitely don't have a Big Yard (frankly we barely have a yard).
I had filed away the dream for a laundry line along with my dream of a BIG vegetable garden, a flock of chicken and a goat.
While I would need a bigger yard for my dream vegetable garden and the goat (the jury is still out on backyard chickens), I could definitely work a laundry line into our little homestead.
I found a retractable clothesline on Amazon. It was perfect because of it's swivel, it can swivel back and forth so that you can fold it away when you're not using it!
Why Install a Clothesline:
- Your dryer accounts for almost 10% of your electricity use each year.
- A simple shirt, during all of its years of use, can send up to 9 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere!
- Drying your clothes on the line saves you money!
- It saves your clothes. Dryers are rough on your clothes.
- NO ironing!!! Last weekend I hung a bunch of Lee's dress shirts from the work week, I didn't have to iron a single one!
- Everything smells amazing after it's been drying in the breeze!
Tips and Tricks:
- Hang your t-shirts upside down so that the clip marks are on the bottom of the shirts and not at the top where they are more noticeable.
- Smooth out your clothes before you hang them and you'll save yourself having to iron them.
- Use more than two pins for heavier items.
- Fold the top of your towels and sheets over the the line to make sure they don't blow away in the wind!
- If you're worried about the sun fading your clothes turn your clothes inside out before you hang them on the line.
- Keep an eye on the pollen count! If the pollen count is high, and someone in your family has allergies, skip the line and use the dryer.
little Birdy Clothespins!!!! LOV'EM!