I recently bought a a retractable clothesline on Amazon. I wanted something that was easy to set up and take down, because I didn’t want to have a permanent clothesline in my backyard. This Moerman one works very well. It has two 49 foot lines, although so far, I’ve only needed one. I attached it to the wall of my house, and then I attach the other end of the line to a chain link fence about 40 feet away. I rigged up a line support about half way along the line, using a flower pot and a piece of plastic piping, but I’m going to try to find something more sturdy eventually. Without the support in the middle, the line droops really low. I’m really loving this so far, and it’s great to be able to dry my clothes naturally without using up any energy. It’s been so hot lately (high 90s most days), that a load barely takes an hour to dry, which is how long I usually run the dryer anyhow.
I’m not one to romanticize the life that housewives of the past had, but it does give me a sort of domestic satisfaction to hang clothes out to dry. Or maybe that’s not the right word. I find it relaxing to be outside, in the sunshine. I find it satisfying that I’m not wasting energy when the sun provides all the drying power I need. And I feel a connection to the past, when people used to actually put a little physical effort into keeping their house clean, instead of letting machines do all the work for them.
The apron is a souvenir from when I lived in Nicaragua for six weeks back in 2005. In the markets, the vendedoras always wore these aprons to keep change in. They would be selling anything from Coca-Cola to gum to bananas to ice cream, but they all wore these beautiful, colorful, frilly aprons. I feel in love with the look of these aprons, so I bought one for myself. The inner pockets are huge, and there’s more than enough room for all the clothespins I need.