The Basic Rules For Clotheslines (You have to be a certain age to appreciate this!)

  • You had to wash the clothes line before hanging any clothes.  Walk the entire length of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.
  • You had to hang the clothes in a certain order.  Always hang “whites” with “whites” and hang them first.
  • You NEVER hung a shirt by the shoulders – always by the tail.  What would the neighbors think?
  • Wash day on Monday.  Never hang clothes on the weekend or Sunday, for Heaven’s sake!
  • Hang the sheets and towels on the outside lines.  You could hide your “unmentionables” in the middle (perverts and busybodies – you know?)
  • It didn’t matter if it was sub zero weather – clothes would “freeze dry”.
  •  Always gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes.  Pins left on the line were “tacky”!
  • If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the clothes pins with the next washed item.
  • Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes basket and ready to be ironed.
  • IRONED?  Well, that’s a whole other subject!

2 thoughts on “The Basic Rules For Clotheslines (You have to be a certain age to appreciate this!)

  1. Brings back memories sure wish l could still do this…oh one more thing…you had to hang the same things on a row.. Like all the underpants together,mens then Ladies, shirts etc.

  2. Yes! You are so correctomundo, my PDQT. This made me laugh as I was typing it… remembering when we lived down at the old house on Harrisburg Pike and it was all farmland behind, in front, etc. The days that Mom would have the sheets hanging out and the manure spreaders suddenly appeared from nowhere! We could do the Laundry Dash in no time at all. HAHAHA!!! Just another plus about living anywhere but in Lancaster County. LOL Love you girly girl.

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