Monday, 11 May 2009

how to hang washing

In a rare moment of hanging-the-washing-togetherness, Glen and I were
discussing various systems of hanging washing. We came up with five
different systems (the first three particularly pertinent to hills
hoist lines).

1. One can hang the heaviest pieces (like towels and jeans) on the
inside working out to the lightest pieces (like light shirts and
undergarments). This way the weight seems distributed so as to put
least strain on the wire.
2. Or one could hang the heaviest pieces on the outside so as to dry
more quickly.
3. Or one could hang the shortest pieces on the outside so the rising
or setting sun can reach the inner pieces.
3. Or one can hang like pieces together,
4. or pieces belonging to different members of the family together.

What's your system?


Anonymous said...

It probably says a lot about the disorganisation of my mind, but I hang them however they come out of the basket!! I do fold as I remove them though.


Hannah Blake said...

We don't have a Hills Hoist. But...

Jeans and heavy things on the outside (so they dry quickly, like you said), then the next heaviest things on the next line and so on. T-shirts all together in a row, singlets all together in a row. The exception to my rule above is that pyjamas and towels always go right on the inside, because they're not in the same category as other clothes so they have to be separated. And the pegs are all matching (and sometimes coordinated to the garment I'm hanging.)

I find hanging out the washing to be a rather satisfying experience!

Amy B said...

I got the idea from my sister-in-law. I just hang the whole load on the outside wire so I only have to stand in the one place rotating the line as I go. Obviously this only works for a smallish load but it is my general rule. I try not to get to 'hung up' on the colour co-ordination of the pegs. That is just going a little too far!

Karen said...

Underwear on the inside and less private garments and linen etc further out - a habit formed because I grew up living next door to church and didn't want to continue to hear people's comments about what was hanging on the line!!

Rachael said...

Wow! So many ways to hang washing. Hannah, why does it not surprise me that you colour code pegs? Doesn't it take too much time? But it's so soothing... and satifying. My preferred system is to hang clothes belonging to particular people together, but I usually end up hanging it as it comes out of the basket.

That's a good idea, Amy, about standing in one spot and rotating the line. That's definitely the advantage of a hills hoist!

And Karen... it can't be pleasant one's underwear being discussed over Sunday morning coffee!

Ally said...

I don't have a hill's hoist but lines between two horizontal points.

I hang each member of the family's clothes separately, put anything that will end up on a hanger upstairs on a hanger in the surrounding trees and school clothes separately again, on a line which can be put undercover easily.

I put all the "smalls" in the dryer. I know this effects their long life, but life is too short to hang the "smalls" of 6 family members.

When I take the things off the line, I do it by family member, folding and sorting as I go. I then (when all things are going smoothly) put them straight away. This way if I get interrupted in the middle, I don't have a washing basket full of scrunched up clothes cluttering up an already cluttered house.

My big girls then sort the "smalls" and each family member puts them away.

It has taken me 17 years of washing to develop this system...and usually it works well.
Ally <'v'>
PS Using fabric softener in the final rinse means in most climates you can get away with only ironing for VERY special occasions.

Raeline said...

Dear Rachael,
I start hanging from 3 or 4 rungs in so as not to get tangled up in the clothes as I hand but always making sure that the large sheets and heavy clothes and towels are at the outside. With heaps of washing things go everywhere, even crossways.
Aunty Dawn makes sure that her disabled pegs are put to work and she talks to her pegs. I throw mine out.
Discussing this at Uncle Neils birthday dinner(before receiving this blog!), Johanna puts pegs of the same colour in the four triangles.
Love Mum Raeline xxx

Rachael said...

Oh Ally, you truly have refined the art!