The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article yesterday about clotheslines. Apparently it’s a controversial subject. Call me unsophisticated but I find all of this shocking. I have pleasant childhood memories of Mom hanging clothes out on the clothesline. For some reason I was fascinated by the clothespin bag. I can’t tell you why, but I was always concerned with where it was and how many clothespins were in it.
Not everyone shares my sense of nostalgia for clotheslines though. Apparently a large number of communities have covenants against people using laundry lines. The covenants are based on the belief that clotheslines are unsightly and that their use lowers property values.
I have to admit that I don’t really want to see my neighbor’s underwear blowing in the breeze. But in my neighborhood, and in every neighborhood I’ve ever lived in, this could be easily avoided by having the laundry lines in the backyard. It seems that clotheslines are an easy way to save money and cut down on energy use.