Thursday, May 22, 2008

The First (So I Suppose There Will Be Others) Clothesline Challenge Giveaway!!

OMG! The first Clothesline Challenge giveaway.

I have the item in my hot little hands and I cannot wait to send this adorable prize jetting off to some lucky winner.

Need a hint? Try here and here.

And stay tuned for the entry deadline (although if you've already signed up for the Challenge with your Line Level, you're already entered) and the big reveal.


Amalia said...

Okay, you asked for some tips from me, a woman who dries 100% of her clothes on the line outside from late April through October (and I live in Maine, where there is snow six months of the year). Here are a few tips that have helped me:
1. FABRIC SOFTENER. The little Downy ball thing? Genius. I use a little more than recommended to avoid scratchiness.
2. Give up the idea that clothes must be in before nightfall. Mine stay out on the line until I have time to get them. A little dew never hurt them. I promise.
3. You know those wooden clothes racks? I use one outside for socks and undies. It's a waste of a clothes pin to hang them, and they take forever to hang. I also put the rack around the corner of the house so the neighbors don't see my under things!
4. Leave wet clothes in a basket until you have two or three loads to hang out. If it's buggy or hot, that means you only have to go out once.
5. Put your very old dryer (more than 20 years old) in the basement of your house (a house that has no homeowner's insurance). Put the dryer vent more than six feet away, and never clean out the aluminum tube. You'll be so scared of burning your house down and cellar monsters that you will RUN to the clothesline each day. That's what I did! :)


joanie said...

Fantastic suggestions Amalia. Love the cellar idea, brilliant!

Jess said...

fabric softener - good suggestion to avoiding scratchiness! not sure why i didn't think to do this.

Robin said...

I love giving line-dry tips!

Baking soda is a natural fabric softener (my son's skin reacts badly to commercial ones.)

We hang almost everything on hangers and then on the line, that way I can send a child out to collect everything in one big sweep at the end of the day. Another child is delegated the job of getting the right hangers to the right closets.

Socks and undies go on a child's wooden rack (intended for doll clothes). Youngest child gets the job of hanging, and sorting pairs afterwards. I HATE matching up socks, and she gets some matching work.

Finally, on rainy days we hang on the kids' bunk beds or rig up a line between two sturdy chairs.