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Do You Think That Hanging Laundry Outside Looks Bad?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by deb1, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. deb1

    deb1 Songster

    Jun 26, 2008

    , certain home associations don't allow their members to hang laundry outside. As a person who loves seeing laundry waving in the wind, I don't understand how drying it outside could be offensive.

    The arguments against the use of clotheslines sound childish to me. One point was that clotheslines make a community look like "trailer trash". I think that it makes a community seem friendly. How the heck is a clothesline indicative of "trailer trash"?(I don't like that term)

    Another argument was that no one wanted to see someone elses' underwear. Okay, unless the clothing is on the person, it doesn't bother me to see underwear. I am an adult not six years old. Hopefully, we can all pass the underwear section in the store without giggling. People wo are so silly that they would make this type of argument against drying clothing need to be told to grow up.

    To be honest, I think that my neighbors can do what they please as long as they aren't breaking laws or hurting anyone. So, maybe I am missing something.

    Are any of you bothered by drying laundry on clotheslines?
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  2. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

    Apr 19, 2009
    Fall Creek Falls TN
    I hang the laundry outside for as long as the weather allows. Love it- except for the plywood towels!

    I think the revival of this trend is only going to continue, no matter who complains about it. You can see by how many people are joining groups like BYC- going back to the land, and living sustainably are economical and rewarding.

    If someone doesn't like seeing my clean clothes- they can suck my socks [​IMG]
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  3. chickens4me

    chickens4me Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    South Carolina
    I love hanging my laundry outside. It just looks like "home" to me, the clothes smell so nice afterward, & I especially love the energy it saves. I think you should be allowed to do this as we are always being told to "go green," are we not?!

    I have to say, after seeing what an HOA is like at my mother's place, I wonder if an HOA = busy bodies with little else in their lives to do?

    But best wishes to you & may your laundry continue to "wave!" [​IMG]
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Thats pretty sick that people cant even hang their clothes to dry today. Pretty darn sick!
  5. Dar

    Dar Crowing

    Jul 31, 2008
    In Ontario they reciently lifted the ban on hanging laundry.... a landlord, or housing complex, or city can no longer ban it...

    and for the record i love seeing laundry on the line....
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  6. StupidBird

    StupidBird Songster

    Apr 8, 2009
    IMHO, hanging laundry outside to dry is very healthy, unless it keeps getting forgotten and stays there for days. Here in Georgia it is very humid at times and nothing will dry; then there is "pine pollen season" during which everything is coated in yellow in a matter of hours and the pollen count is calories per hour. Than I use the dryer and inside racks. My numerous relatives living in Germany are bemused/aghast that Americans would outlaw this. Even apartment dwellers have shared clotheslines - and the little things, like socks and underwear, go on the folding racks on the balconies to keep from blowing away or anything. Every where I've been, it seems there are a set of courtesy customs about laundry on the line, but never "outlawed". Sheesh!
  7. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    Now I love to hang our clothes outside.....I love the fact that i can save on our energy bill by doing this.....I love the smell of the clothes when I pull on a t-shirt......But what I don't do is hang my laundry in the FRONT yard and that is what the lady in the story is doing. That is probably the reason why so many people are complaining. I hang mine out back and most people I see with clothes lines.....they are in the back yard. Why would you want to hang clothes int he front yard anyways???? Beats me.

  8. lauralou

    lauralou Songster

    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    I am not offended by laundry hanging on the line outside. I think it's great. [​IMG]
  9. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    I love line drying!! And to me nothing says home like sheets fresh and clean waving in the wind
  10. chickensioux

    chickensioux Songster

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    I live in a subdivision with a HOA and a couple of folks have clothes lines, me for one. There is nothing like crawling into a clean bed into sheets that have been hung on the line. Makes you sleep like a baby.

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