The same weekend we installed the peephole, Aaron put up a clothesline for me. We got lots of projects done that day since we were borrowing the drill that made it all possible!
My initial reason for wanting a clothesline was to have a place to hang the clothes that need to be hung as well as the occasional small load, not necessarily all of our clothes. But after looking into it and learning all the benefits of line drying, I may be hanging more than I thought!
Our “backyard” is pretty small (something like 12′ by 20′) and consists of a cement pad, a strawberry patch and some rocks in between, which means we don’t really have room for a line that attaches to poles. After weighing our options, we decided to drill a hole in the side of our house and screw in an eye hook and then we did the same thing to the cinder block wall on the opposite side. Afterwards, we tied a rope to the hooks and our laundry line was complete! I love that if we want/need to we can easily take it down by simply undoing the knots in the line!
Besides saving energy, other benefits associated with hanging your clothes to dry include:
-longer lasting clothes because they won’t be subjected to the wear and tear that dryers cause
-the sun acts as a natural bleach, perfect for whites (just hang bright colors in the shade or inside out)
-no static cling
You may have noticed the white shirt hanging is a bit wrinkly. I have since learned of some hanging tips that will help with that, which I will be sharing later on!
My new line makes me giddy to do laundry and now I wish we would have installed two. We might have to borrow that drill again!