I love my clothesline. Really. Just thinking about it makes me smile.
It’s just so beautiful. Visually and spiritually speaking. And it’s just one more of those things that makes me realize how ridiculous aspects of our lives have become. The thought of not just having, but PAYING FOR, a machine to dry my clothes seems absolutely ridiculous to me.
Nothing drives me more crazy than aspects of our lives that are only done for reasons of social acceptance, and are harmful to ourselves and our planet. It’s really just insulting to our intelligence.
Really, how much sense does it make to pay every month to have your dryer dry your clothes, when the sun and air will do it for free? Not to mention that where I live here in Texas, the dryer is also heating up your entire house, causing your already-running-round-the-clock air conditioner to work even harder.
I wish I could explain how much happiness I feel when I hang out my clothes. I’m not sure what it is exactly. Something like a combination of that feeling you get when you do good, and that feeling of complete peace. I feel so peaceful when I’m out there. It’s so quiet. It’s just you, the sunshine, the breeze, and the refreshment of cool, wet clothes on your skin. Now if I could just get my dog to stop pooping under and around my line, I’d be in heaven!
The only downside I can find is that clothes are admittedly more stiff, but I put the load in the dryer for about 5 minutes afterwards and they come out much softer. A small inconvenience for a task that saves you money, makes your clothes last longer, conserves natural resources, and brings joy and peace into your life!
I was outside hanging my clothes the other day, and one of my neighbors, who already hates me, came by. “Oh, a clothesline,” she said through a thin, forced smile. “How…….ECONOMICAL of you.” I just responded with a big smile and a “Thank you!”
Why, oh why, are clothesline considered so unsightly? I think they are so lovely to look at. Why do people hate them so? And why is it that they’re accepted in almost every other part of the world, except here?
Everyone seems to make a big deal about living in America and the freedom we enjoy. In some times that seems more true than in others, because in far too many parts of America, you do not have the freedom to dry your clothes the way that you choose. Homeowners associations, landlords, and zoning laws have taken away our rights as Americans—for something that can only be beneficial and is just downright common sense!
In many areas of our country, people are fighting for local Right to Dry laws. Ridiculous! Our forefathers would be ashamed to know that we have to fight for laws that give us the freedom to hang clothes from a line outside our house.
If you live in one of these places, I encourage you to take action. Send letters to your local representatives, send letter to your editor, and tell a friend. Let’s work to make this common sense task not only acceptable, but desirable!
National Hanging Out Day is April 19
For more information about clothesline drying, visit http://www.laundrylist.org