Do Good and Have Fun, Hang a Clothesline
One of my favorite photographs is a picture of my baby playing in a laundry basket. While babies certainly add to the laundry pile, they also make laundry fun. Babies seem to love climbing into laundry baskets. Babies giggle when you play a gentle game of tug-the-towel or sock. Babies think it’s a hoot when they can topple a neatly folded and stacked pile of clothes. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, they still want to play with the laundry beyond the baby years–they still love climbing in the basket, but sometimes they also want to match socks or help fold laundry!
In the process of creating those childhood-laundry memories, you can also fight global warming and do a part to save the environment. How? Hang a clothesline. The non-profit, Project Laundry List, lists ten reasons why hanging your clothes to dry is a good thing. Saving money (”more than $100/year off electric bill for most households”), conserving energy and the environment, and fresher smelling clothes (without the possible toxicity created by chemicals or dryer sheets) are just three of those reasons. A clothesline of baby clothes or cloth diapers also looks cool, and sends a positive message to your children about the environment and your values. Plus, hanging clothes on the line with baby (think baby attached in a carrier) or your children makes for quality-time together and the creation of priceless baby memories.