Clotheslines for Me
had clothing dried on a clothesline growing up. So when I
moved to upstate New York and found myself with a big backyard
I made up my mind to have a clothesline. There is something
about the way clothes smell after being line dried that really
first clothesline was at the camp before we moved to our new
house. It was a rope tied to two trees. The one I have now
is on two pulleys that run from our back door to a tree behind
our driveway. It is much longer than the one at camp and can
hold an entire load of laundry.
something about sitting outside in the sunshine while your
clothes are drying on the line that makes the day seem somehow
perfect. Now mind you, I cant hang the clothes up. Luckily,
Terry, my aide, is pretty experienced in hanging clothes out.
Her husband wont allow her to have a clothesline in
their yard. So she gets it all out of her system in my back
also a trick in how you hang clothes so they dont show
the creases. Terry taught me this. You have to shake out each
individual piece before it goes on the line. That way any
wrinkles are gone before they dry into the fabric. Shirts
get hung from their bottoms, the part that gets tucked in.
Pants get hung from the tops, where they wont show the
clothes pins etc.
thing Ive seen Terry hang up is a large top sheet from
my queen size bed. It needs to be folded over in thirds so
it wont drag. Another very important thing Ive
learned is where to put spacers. Spacers prevent the line
from sagging and keep it from tangling up when the clothes
get blown around by the wind. There are different kinds of
spacers; plastic, wooden and metal. I had a few white plastic
ones and Terry brought me a wooden one. So now I have four.
me just tell you that when the line is full, the spacers are
way necessary. For all my years of living in big cities, I
never knew the first thing about a clothesline. And look at
me now! Im a veritable pro.
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"