Five Reasons I Love My Clothesline
1) The way the clothes smell when you bring them inside. I think I already covered this, but it has to be included; isn't it everyone's favourite thing about clotheslines? That smell of fresh air, ruddy cheeks, freshly mown grass, dried leaves, hyacinth perfume, bird song, and puffy cumulus clouds. An aroma like that just cannot be duplicated anywhere else, other than in freshly washed fabric, blown in the wind and lovingly gathered in a basket.
2) Saving money and electricity. Once the clothesline is operational again, I don't ever want to use the dryer. Even with an energy efficient one, it still uses a lot of electricity, which means I subsequently contribute more carbon emissions into our saturated atmosphere and I end up with a higher municipal electric bill (and those puppies are bad enough as it is!). It isn't any less convenient to do laundry this way, it just might take a little more planning, but as I may have mentioned before, I love to plan. Just check the weather forecast for the next few days and the night before a nice day, pop a load into the washer before bed. When you get up, you can put it on the line, then take it off by lunchtime to stick another load on for the afternoon. Who really needs to do more laundry than that a day, if you remember to do some every nice day that you have?
|Note the fleece baby clothes and the absence of emerged leaves in the background--oh! To have a truly warm spring arrive...|
|Here they are: Susannah's onesies (and sleepers in the background) are sorted before they're even dry!|
4) The quiet, contemplative time it give a busy schedule. Now I do not claim to particularly enjoy doing laundry. Quite the opposite, in fact, I'd much rather wash dishes. But clotheslines make laundry fun again. Why? Yes, it may take longer, but those 10-15 minutes that you spend pinning the clothes on the line and then taking them off to bring inside are 10-15 minutes of peace, fresh air, and opportunity to quietly think without interruption that you really wouldn't have otherwise. I like putting the clothes on the line when Susannah is napping (9:30-10:30 am, and 2-3 pm) and James is either playing quietly in the yard or asleep. I listen to the sounds of the neighbourhood: to birds singing and leaves rustling in the breeze and neighbours walking their dogs and taking out the garbage and puttering about in their yards. I breathe the fresh air and think about what I need to get done that day, or how much I love my family, or about the book that I can't wait to get back to, or about my prayer life, or just about how much I like doing laundry again. It's a mindless but focused activity that just feels good and gives me a quick breather. Ahhhhhh.
|I think the photo says it all. :)|
|Not sure I can really express how much I love this picture and the little bum that fits in these covers.|
|Lamby (and his twin brother) is a very important member of our family.|