As reported here a few years back, a group called Project Laundry List is hard at work defending our Right to Dry. And since most of us grew up with indoor drying, they have to start with some public education – like their Top Ten Reasons to Line-Dry.
Project Laundry List would surely love my newly adopted town, a planned community built by the federal government in the ’30s. Clothes lines were installed here before the first buyers ever moved in, and from what I can tell, most residents take advantage of them. Proudly.
I’ve discovered a couple of interesting limitations on line-drying in the town’s history, though. Originally, line-drying wasn’t alowed on Sundays. (Remember blue laws? Reading up on them, I’m shocked to discover how many are still in effect. Wikipedia contributors also can’t agree on the origin of the term.)
Another local law that’s long gone is that laundry had to be taken in before dinnertime, which long-time residents tell me had to do with making the home look nice for the return of the breadwinner. We can imagine the little woman putting on her nicest housedress around that time, too, a la June Cleaver.
Today, with those silly restrictions gone and energy conservation a big concern, my neighbors proudly adorn their gardens with laundry and some have even asked – where’s MINE? I guiltily confess to removing the poles to make room for more plants.
My plant-stuffed but laundry-free garden seems a bit out of step in a town where the Sun-Drying Garmenture Society Drill Team struts its stuff every year in the Labor Day Parade.
So I’m curious. Readers, do YOU line-dry? Do your neighbors? Or has line-drying gone the way of party lines and black and white TVs?