After many years of high washing and drying bills, I wanted to go back to a clothes line outdoors, even though I have devised a series of clothes line "poles" for one storage hallway adjacent to my laundry area indoors from 4-5' tension poles that local folks have tossed on their curbs over the past couple of years, their likely having upgraded their old homes to glass sliding shower doors.
Being my age, I well remember that the old clothes lines sag, rust, stain, and that it's almost an art or craft to get a clothes line that's sturdy enough to hold heavy wet laundry up, plus I am extremely limited on extra money for such things. Here's what I finally did that works so well:
Lynda, that is such a good idea. I also have a pole that is leaning and will use your tip to straighten it. With your method it will only take one person to do it.
Please keep an eye on that tree so that it doesn't grow around the wire and get choked and weakened. This happened to me and we had to cut that part of the tree down.
You're a clever lady. In the winter I sometimes hang wash in my upstairs hallway. It's out of the way and warm. I wish I could hang wash outside in the summer, but I get too much dust and dirt from the road.
I am fortunate as I have a lovely back yard in the country complete with clothes line. When it's too cold to hang the wash out, or it's raining, I use a wooden clothes rack in an unused bedroom. This hand made rack was bought while on a Maine vacation many years ago. When not in use it folds flat for storing. With towels I take them off the rack when a little damp and toss them in the dryer with a fabric sheet. The end result is a soft towel, but less energy used.
Also my husband put plastic coat hangers on my outside line. They are fixed in place with plastic zip ties, which you can find in home depot type stores. The clothes are "hung" on the hangers and dry wrinkle free. I just bring out extra hangers for the dry laundry. This way things don't become wrinkled and are ready to go in the closets. I can still hang sheets on top of the hangers. This system works great for us!
My mother used to hang clothes on the line, and she had a long, straight stick (about 8 ft long) with a nick carved out of the top. She used this to hold the line up and the clothes from sagging on the ground. A 1 x 2 would do the job. I have lines out back, and I now use a stick to keep the line up also. I never found a line that would stay taut, but the stick works fine.
I have a folding wooden rack I use and in addition to that in my backyard I have a swing in which the canopy is missing. It's ideal for hanging blouses, shirts, etc. from the top where the canopy was. I hang them from plastic hangers. I also have folded sheets and put them on the swing. After awhile I unfold and reposition.
I have an extra shower curtain rod in my bathroom for hanging things when the weather is bad. To prevent wrinkles I put most of the clothes in the dryer for no more than 10 minutes before hanging. That seems to prevent the wrinkles and prevents the clothes from being stiff. I just started being serious about this a couple months ago and along with turning off the TV when I'm running around the house not watching it's saved me nearly $50 a month.
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