Saturday, July 2, 2011

Housekeeping Helper

Hey everyone! Happy Saturday to you... Hope you are enjoying the long 4th of July weekend and doing something fun!

Thought I'd share an inexpensive housekeeping helper that I love and use on a regular basis. 
I know, not glamorous, but hey, you do laundry, don't you? There are some things that I prefer to line dry such as placemats, rugs, and sheets. (sheets come out so much better on the line).  Problem is, my neighborhood frowns on clothes lines and I wouldn't want one that you would see all the time anyway.

That's where  a retractable clothesline solves my problem. Before Mr. Fanatic put one of these up, I had to hang things over our deck rail.

He hung one of the retractable clotheslines  in the garage. I use this one all the time! Our laundry room is just inside the door beyond the clothesline, so it's very convenient to have the clothesline here.

Here's where it hooks up... When you are finished with the clothesline, the cord retracts into the case.

I don't even have to pull my car out of the garage to use it!

Mr. F. hung another retractable clothesline down below the deck (we have a basement), but I haven't used it yet. It's so much easier to use the one in the garage!

That's about all for today... Gotta get ready for the neighborhood 4th of July party and the fireworks tonight!


p.s. I bought my retractable clotheslines online (I think from . I think it was around $12. I was not compensated  in any way for this recommendation, I just wanted to share something that made my life easier!


  1. Pam, thanks for sharing that. I need one of those somewhere instead of hanging things up all over the place.

  2. My best friend loves to dry her sheets and jeans on a line outside. It's a little easier to do in our rural area. She swears they are fresher! Hope you have a very happy fourth of July!

  3. Hi Pam. I have had one of those retractable clotheslines out back for many years. It was attached to a fence that we recently took down, and now I am missing it. What I would really love to have is a umbrella framed line, but they are so expensive!!! So I will probably put up another retractable. But the garage is a great idea!!! Happy 4th to you!

  4. I had one of those years ago. Such a great idea. I agree, sheets are so much better line dried. Love the idea. Hugs, Marty

  5. I agree Pam, there are certain things I don't like putting in the dryer so when we redid our laundry room I had the hubby add a rod that you would use for coats under the cabinets. It even comes in handy in the winter when we have guests to hang all their coats. Have a happy 4th! Martina

  6. Pam, this is great!! I'm thinking I may add one for winter drying. Thanks for telling us what brand and where you got it. Looks like it's plenty sturdy.

    BTW - could you come make my garage look as pretty and clean as yours?

    Thanks for sharing your laundry line photo on my blog!

  7. I have one of those. Still packed and in the original container. I also have an outdoors clothes line. I just hold on to the retractable just in case... in case I decide to hang my clothes in the Utility Room on rainy days or blustery winter days... who knows. I just kept it. But have never used it.

    Glad to see you're using yours.

  8. I just happened to be given one of these this week and I can't wait to hook it up in my basement. [o= Thanks for posting how you are hanging your laundry.



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