Sunday, December 29, 2013

MONDAY IS WASH DAY

One of my favorite memories of my mom was how she hung the clothes on the old clothesline.  It was truly art on the clothesline and it was every MONDAY.
  
  Everything was placed in an exact order. There were no pictures I could find that even came close to the way she hung her laundry, so I found a picture that touched me because my mom always wore a house dress, her hair was always combed and she would have on some make up.  (Now you know where I get it.)
  
But back to her laundry.  The back line had my dad's work clothes (didn't want those to be seen~ my Dad was a mechanic and his work overalls never looked clean even after a wash).  Then came the sheets, stretch out perfectly even followed by the pillowcases.  

The towels were in order too, bath, hand and washcloths, followed by the kitchen towels and washrags.  Socks and underwear were hidden on the next line (my mother was modest, and underwear was not to be paraded (haha).  

Then came the shirts, dresses, skirts, aprons (the items that would require ironing.)

When she took the dry clothes off the line the first to come off were those things to be ironed and they were sprinkled and rolled and placed in the bag for ironing the next day.   

Did you mom or grandma sprinkle clothes??

I don't have a clothesline, but if I did.... I would hang them just like mom.  A miss her every day!  I was blessed to be raised by her and to learn my housekeeping and cooking skills that I use every day!

 * Painting by Mary Beth Percival from Missoula, Montana...

19 comments:

  1. thats exactly how we hang clothes in our family, lol! Lovely painting!!!!

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    1. I think it's an art. I seem some wash just slung over the line or a fence. My mom would have died before she would have hung her clothes in that fashion.

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  2. My mom didn't hang the laundry, so I didn't grow up with it. But I've always thought it looked charming and very domestic. :)

    I wish our neighbors hung laundry in that order! haha. His underwear hangs out for all to see. But hers must stay inside the house, since I've never seen it. ha! I wish it all stayed in! lol....

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    1. We planted a tree to block our view! lol!!!
      Now, if they only had hung out some pretty sheets and linens! :)

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    2. That's a good word, "charming"...I think my mom would have liked that description. Well, Betsy, I'm curious....boxers or briefs..HaHaHa.

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  3. Ha , I just read Betsy's comment, thats so funny, I was raised that women's under garments never were hung on he line, how very Victorian, I know but I still to this day hang my undies inside, never on the line, lol!

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    1. This is turning out to be a very fun post. Who would have thought laundry could be so fun.
      My undies stay inside, but then I have a dryer.

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  4. Our dryer broke a couple of years ago and I have hung my clothes ever since. I find I actually like it better. In the summer they are outside and in the winter they are in the basement. I don't have the same order, but I do hang my clothes in order. It makes it easier when you take them down. And yes, I do remember sprinkling clothes. My mom had an old soda bottle (when they were glass) with a sprinkler top that she always used.

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    1. They do smell so good in the summer, don't they? My mom had the soda bottle too, with a cork sprinkler. My first ironing jobs were napkins and hanky and then I moved up to pillowcases.

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  5. Yes, before the steam iron, my mum used to sprinkle clothes before ironing them. The advantage of doing my washing in a common laundry room (in the basement of the apartment house where I live) is that we also have a tumbler and a hot-air drying cabinet and a mangle. So I don't hang things on lines and usually don't have much ironing to do either.

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    1. I don't do much ironing...but I do enjoy it. When we were first married and broke....I took in ironing and got $1.00 for dress shirts. I remember cranking out 20 and those were precious dollars.

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  6. My mom was probably of a younger generation than yours because she used a dryer. I have no memories of a clothesline. It sounds like your mom was a very good stay at home mom though! She had those clothes down to an art, didn't she? I don't even know what "sprinkling" the clothes means. LOL!

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    1. Oh you are a darling...I laughing..not at you for sure, but realizing what generation I'm from. I'll be 73 in May, so that tells you how old my mom was. Yes, she was the "perfect" mom, if there is such a thing. And back then, everything was cotton and wrinkled after washed, so we sprinkled it with water, rolled it up, so it was damp when we ironed it...took out all the wrinkles. And that's the rest of the story. HaHa.

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  7. Oh how I remember Wash Day at my Mom's. We had a circular clothes line on a central pole.
    I can still remember the wonderful smell of line dried sheets.
    I do remember her sprinkling the clothes, especially Dad's dress shirts and his heavy kackies.(sp?) I can remember my arm getting so tired from ironing those things when I helped Mom with the ironing.
    Love the painting you shared too.
    Going to see "Saving Mr. Banks" today. Its been such a long time since we went to the movies.

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    1. Sue, something has been happening today. I type a reply, and poof when I publish, it disappears. Like the one I just did. I'll try again.

      I was thinking we are from that generation that remember's clotheslines, and sprinkling bottles. I don't have much to iron nowadays, but still enjoy it. Isn't that a lovely painting. So reminds me of my mom with her house dress and nice shoes, hair combed and makeup.
      Don and I need to get to the movies again...let me know how you like Saving Mr. Banks.

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  8. I remember those days, as well,Wanda...
    I started ironing at a young age...my Dad's dress shirts, and my older brothers oxford cloth button downs!
    We also dampened the cottons....I loved doing the pillowcases♥️
    We also had a round steam contraption, that was for the sheets and tablecloths....quite a production
    I still do a lot of ironing....I like it!
    Sorry for the long answer.....
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. I loved your "long" answer. Makes me feel like were sitting at the kitchen table chatting. I still like to iron, and if I have a lot...in the summer more...I stick in a movie.. I remember those button down shirts.

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  9. What a great post! My mom also had a 'process' for doing laundry. Remember those great little bags that hung on the line that held the clothes pins? On rainy days when Mom couldn't hang laundry she would put a sprinkler on top of a 7Up bottle full of water, wet down the clothes, wrap them up and put them in the 'frig. Young people today think that is so funny but it was a normal part of growing up for us. Have a wonderful New Year, Jan

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    1. Young people today think that is so funny but it was a normal part of growing up for us. Love that statement. So true, my grandchildren have no idea what some of these things mean. I was a good time to grow up. Happy New Year to you to Jan. Thanks for the visit.

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