The Right to a Clothesline?

This is really cool, I think. There’s a new movement trying to get states to make laws keeping homeowner’s associations from banning clotheslines.

I love the idea. So far as I’m concerned, most homeowner’s associations go too far in trying to protect property values in their area. The back yard really is none of their business, even if it can be seen from the street.

I’ve seen them be too invasive in other areas, such as one that demanded trash cans be out no more than an hour before or after pickup. Yes, really. Happened to my husband’s friend. All a part of why I would do a lot to live in an area without homeowner’s associations once I can buy my own.

I still haven’t figured out what to do about a clothesline in the house we’re renting. So far as I’m concerned, the huge part of the yard covered in nothing but woodchips is utterly perfect, except that there’s nothing to attach one to. The back fence is cinderblock with rebar and filled with concrete (massively overbuilt, I have no idea why).

But for those of you who haven’t been able to hang a clothesline due to HOAs, there’s light at the end of that tunnel in some states.

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2 replies on “The Right to a Clothesline?”

  1. Bernadette Ginestet-Levine says:

    I was on my way back from school where I teach part-time at a public university, when I heard your program about ‘clothesline’. I must say I was outraged at the way the program was handled: when you realize that one out of 4 human beings on this planet have no access to fresh water, hearing listeners talk about human smell — people not using deodorant — made me sick. As for the clothesline, many American tourists take ‘artsy’ (exotic?)pictures of clothes hanging in the streets in Naples (just an example), and simply cannot stand the idea of not using a dryer… This is pretty sad!
    America has long denied global warming, and continues to think that their own way of defacing the view with their huge commercial boards along evry road is, just, fine, it seems! I am NOT against dryers, when needed, nor am I against any modern improvement. But it has a price! We, Americans, are, by far, the biggest polluters of the planet,and should start thinking about it a little more seriously. And , by the way, perfumed deodorants or sun-tan lotions are also a pain in an elevator!

  2. Stephanie says:

    I’m not sure what you mean about hearing my program about clothesline. I’m guessing you mean you heard something about it on the new, perhaps? The program isn’t mine at all.

    But yes, it is outrageous how hard it can be for people to get a clothesline, with neighbors even complaining about the sight.

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