Basic Rules For Clotheslines:

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                      You have to be a certain age to appreciate this. I can hear my mother now....

    THE BASIC RULES FOR CLOTHESLINES: (if you don't know what clotheslines are, better skip this)
  1.  You had to wash the clothes line before hanging any clothes-walk the entire lengths of each line with
       a damp cloth around the lines.

  2.  You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang "whites" with "whites," and hang

       them first.
  3.  You never hung a shirt by the shoulders - always by the tail. What would the neighbors think?

  4. Wash day on a Monday.  Never hang clothes on the weekend, or Sunday, for Heaven's sake!
  5.  Hang the sheets and towels on the outside lines so you could hide your "unmentionables" in the

       middle (perverts & busybodies, y'know!)

  6.  It didn't matter if it was sub zero weather.  Clothes would "freeze-dry."
  7.  Always gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes!  Pins left on the lines were "tacky!"
  8.  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.

  9. Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes basket, and ready to be ironed.
10. IRONED?  Well, that's a whole other subject!


                                                                      A POEM
A clothesline was a news forecast
To neighbors passing by,
There were no secrets you could keep
When clothes were hung to dry.
It also was a friendly link
For neighbors always knew
If company had stopped on by
To spend a night or two.
For then you'd see the "fancy sheets"
And towels upon the line;
You'd see the "company table cloths"
With intricate designs.
The line announced a baby's birth
From folks who lived inside -
As brand new infant clothes were hung,
So carefully with pride!
The ages of the children

Could so readily be known;
By watching how the sizes changed,
You'd know how much they'd grown!
It also told when illness struck,
As extra sheets were hung;
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
Haphazardly were strung.
It also said, "Gone on vacation now"
When lines hung limp and bare.
It told, "We're back!" when full lines sagged;
With not an inch to spare!
New folks in town were scorned upon
If wash was dingy and gray,
As neighbors carefully raised their brows,
And looked the other way.
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.



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Nevin Williams
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation - Cary, NC
Senior Mortgage Advisor

Connie   thanks for sharing "A blast from the past"  I rarely see people hanging their clothes out to dry  Cute post!

Jul 09, 2009 05:00 AM #1
Cheryl Powell - The Powell Team
Southern Homes of The Carolinas - The Powell Team - Harrisburg, NC
Concord,Harrisburg & Charlotte NC Area Real Estate

Some people just don't get it, do they? Time to call the Clothesline Police on this scofflaw!

Jul 09, 2009 07:42 AM #2
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Now that brings back a few memories.  I know my Grandmother washed the lines befroe hanging the clothes.

Jul 09, 2009 02:20 PM #3
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Connie Lou, I can remember my Mom hanging out clothes and then years ago I thought I would to save money.  That lasted about a month.  Now ironing YUCK.  I hate to iron to this day.

Jul 09, 2009 03:50 PM #4
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