BASIC RULES FOR CLOTHESLINES...CinStraw
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BACK THEN EVERY HOUSE HAD A CLOTHESLINE
You had to hang the socks by the toes...NOT the top
You hung pants by the BOTTOM/cuffs... NOT the waistbands
You had to WASH the clothesline(s) 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, and 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 a Monday! NEVER hang clothes on the weekend, or on Sunday, for Heaven's sake!
Hang the sheets and towels on the OUTSIDE lines so you could hide your "unmentionables" in the middle, (perverts & busybodies, y'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 lines 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, now that's a whole OTHER subject!
But clotheslines now are of the past,
For dryers make work much less.
Now what goes on inside a home,
Is anybody's guess!
I really miss that way of life,
It was a friendly sign
When neighbors knew each other best...
By what hung on the line. ♥