Creating a home by hand.

Creating Space for a Clothesline

Last fall, I had Dave ask our landlord if we could put up a clothesline in the backyard.  The answer was… yes, as long as it can’t be seen from the street.  As you can imagine, that limited our options considerably.

I had hoped to put up two posts, one at the back the house and one at the back of the yard and then run a pulley line between the two.  But that would have been able to be seen from the street.

Instead, we ended up going much smaller in scale.

The spring before last, we had purchased one of those gazebos with the canvas tops.   No matter how we tried to anchor it down, every time there was a storm with a big wind, the gazebo would end up flipped over on its side until one day the canvas top was torn beyond repair.  We finally did anchor the corners by screwing the frame to cement paving blocks but by then we found we weren’t able to get a replacement canvas as that particular model had gone out of production and newer canvases won’t fit our gazebo’s configuration.

And there the gazebo sat, uncovered and unused until one day, earlier this spring, I was out in the back yard once again trying to figure out how we could put up a clothesline that couldn’t be seen from the street, when I looked at the gazebo and realized that we had the perfect frame for a clothesline or rather several small clotheslines.

We already had the clothesline wire in the garage, so it didn’t take long at all for Dave to string it and we were in business.

gazebo clothesline

And isn’t it wonderful to sleep between line dried sheets.

sheets on the line

Have a look around your home or yard and see if you can’t find a creative spot to run a clothesline.



  • Andrea
    August 6, 2009 10:58 pm

    Sadly we have zero outdoor space so it is an indoor drying rack for us! I long for the sun to hit our little diapers though!

  • unfinishedmom
    August 11, 2009 8:57 pm

    How wonderful and creative. Congrats.

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