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The Clothesline that Jeremy Built

Who would have ever thought writing a post about a clothesline would be so hard! I keep starting it and then starting over again and again. I can't decide how to say exactly what this clothesline means to me.


It is the start of our history as homesteaders. It is a story about the redemption of our marriage. It is a story about the healing of our family. It is a funny story about the differences in our love languages. It is a gift, of time and simplicity, and slowness, and fresh air. It is the perfect Christmas gift given at a time of hardship and miraculous provision.

So there is much to say about this clothesline, and there is also little to say about it. But since this is a post about building a clothesline, hopefully, we'll pass on the wonderfulness of a simple clothesline.

Jeremy built this clothesline for me on our first Christmas out in the country. I needed somewhere besides the deck railings to dry our cloth diapers. I love having this clothesline, even if the clothes that are dried on it come out a bit stiff. To combat that stiffness, I'll throw the clothes in the dryer for 10 minutes. Sheets dried out on the line are the best. Diaper stains are dried right out. I love bringing laundry out there, to breathe the fresh air for a few minutes and wave at the kids through the windows. Or take them out with me, so that they can run and play for a few minutes break.

It's just pure loveliness. And it's a DIY project.

To build it, Jeremy bought 3 4x4's 8 foot tall. He cut one of those in half and used 8 inch wood screws  to create the T. He braced it with two pieces of 2x4s cut at 45 degree angles 21 inches long.


He and his brother dug the holes on Christmas Eve while I was out getting some last minute things. He dug a 2 ft. hole, set the posts in and leveled them. Then he poured Quikrete around it. One bag is enough for both posts.


He used this clothesline, so we wouldn't have to worry about rust and stretching very often. It's been more than a year now, and we haven't stretched it yet. It probably could use one stretch in the next couple of months, though. He drilled holes on both sides of the T's to put in some eye bolts. He used a cable clamp to tighten and tie the line.



He started the line on one side, and strung the line through both sides of the opposite T, and back again to the first T, where he used another cable clamp to tie that side.




Tighten the line after the cement is dried, and you are done!


And here it is in action:


Pretty, huh? I am so ready for some spring weather so that I can go back to hanging laundry outside again. Those clouds in the above pictures brought us snow and rain, though. It's melting quickly, and the kids are having a ball. I'm just dreaming of the daffodils. I can't wait! Maybe next week?

While you wait for spring, you might want to also check out our quick and easy greenhouse DIY. It's perfect for seed starting and getting a head start on your garden.


Anyone else dreaming of spring and trying to get over the winter doldrums? 

11 comments

  1. It's so encouraging to see people embracing clotheslines instead of ripping them out like our former neighbors did. I love line drying! As soon as the snow melts, I'll be at it again!

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  2. This is GREAT! Pinning it and adding it to my hubby's spring to do list. Found you on the Homestead Blog Hop....

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    1. I'm all for adding to a honey-do-list! :)

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  3. What a great clothesline and it looks strong enough to last a life time. Thanks for sharing this at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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  4. I can't wait until spring either! We wrapped clothesline around two trees, but this looks much sturdier! Thanks for sharing and thanks for linking up to Awesome Life Friday!

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  5. I am right there with you, girlfriend. I did a post on our clothesline installation too. Living in a restricted community, every time I hang clothes out, I feel so validated, knowing that I am living my truth, regardless of what my community says is right. You are not alone in your love for the humble clothesline. There is a sisterhood that comes from our foremothers every time it is used. There is a sense of gratitude that prevails with its use, knowing that Mother Nature is providing all we need. Rock that line! Thank you for sharing this wonderful and heartfelt post on The Maple Hill Hop!

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    1. Thanks Daisy G, it is so fun imagining our grandmothers hanging their laundry in the same way. Thanks for such an encouraging comment, and for hosting the Maple Hill Hop!

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  6. I grew up when we hung everything on the clothesline...there is no way to mimic the aroma inside...it is so fresh and lovely. I am excited to see younger adults embracing the idea! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

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