Create a Clothesline Themed Laundry Room

Clothesline Themed Laundry Room. Photo: Anne E. Lawrence

Fresh laundry hanging on a clothesline evokes a memories of childhood for many of us. Unfortunately, many municipalities and neighborhoods have banned outdoor clotheslines and relegated us to clothes dryers or indoor drying racks.

Anne E. Lawrence of Ann Arbor, Michigan turned her clothesline memories into a hobby that she shares with groups in her area. She shared her thoughts with About Laundry in a guest essay several months ago.

Anne recently sent photos of her clothesline themed laundry room. She has collected signs, dolls and art that create a space she enjoys while taking care of laundry duty. You can begin a similar look using country chic accessories like signs, rugs and accessories. Or, do a more modern take using a vinyl wall decal, stainless steel and glass containers and sharp graphic signs.

Create Your Own Clothesline Themed Wall Art For The Laundry Room

If you are looking for some inexpensive art work for your clothesline themed laundry room, here is a clothesline poem and a set of clothesline rules that would look great printed out and placed in a simple wall frame. You could add some clip art or graphics to make the pieces colorful and even more interesting and a great touch for your laundry room wall.

To create your framed art, copy and paste the poem into a blank, printable document format. Size to fit your frame or mat and add graphics or simply print on colored paper. Enjoy your new clothesline decorations!

The Clothesline Said So Much

Marilyn K. Walker

Our 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, "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.

Create Clothesline Rules Art for the Laundry Room

This set of rules from an unknown author - but clearly one who knew what he or she was doing - are great for wall art and they might just remind you how to use an outdoor clothesline correctly!

Clothesline Rules

  1. Walk the entire length of each clothesline using a damp cloth to wipe away any tree or bird drippings.
  2. Hang socks by the toes, not the top, to prevent stretching.
  3. Hang pants by the bottom hem to prevent legs from wrapping around the line.
  4. Always hang similar clothes together to make sorting easier.
  5. Hang shirts by the hems, not the shoulders, to prevent clothespin marks.
  6. Hang sheets and towels on the outside lines to hide "unmentionables" from neighbors.
  7. Cold weather is fine or drying clothes. They will freeze-dry!
  8. Always remove clothes pins when taking down dry clothes. This keeps them from getting weather worn.
  9. Be efficient. Line up clothes so that each item overlaps slightly and needs only one clothes pin to hold two corners.
  10. Lightly fold clothes as you remove them from the line to make ironing, if needed, easier.