Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I sure enjoyed reading all the comments on my last post about clotheslines. Many of you asked why they are not allowed in our neighborhood. Since the question came up multiple times, I thought I would answer here rather than sending individual emails with a reply.
Our home is in a neighborhood governed by a home owner's association. One of the rules in the CC&R's concerns the installation and use of a clothesline. I am guessing that there is likely a very standard set of CC&R's available whenever a developer is starting up a new HOA. I don't think that our association in particular has anything against the use of a clothesline, rather the rule against them is just part of that standard language.
There are steps that can be taken to have the rules changed. I'm sure in today's climate of trying to be more environmentally friendly and energy efficient, the board of director's would most likely be in favor of an amendment. I just don't happen to be the personality type that would take on such a task. But if a petition were to begin circulating, I'd be more than willing to sign it and help with the process if needed. It certainly would be a change for the good.

22 comments:

rainylakechick said...

I love the clothesline! I'm so jealous!!

I'm the President of my condo HOA Board of Directors and while our condo doesn't have a rule against clotheslines (they wouldn't fit in our tiny backyards!), we do have some weird rules. I'm sure the original rule was written to help keep resale prices up because, in the past, clothes drying on a line were considered "tacky". :)

With my experience of living within an HOA, as long as you are courteous of your neighbors and no one is out to tattle on you, there are bigger fish to fry than worry about your linens drying in the yard.

Finn said...

Hi Libby, just popping in to say hello and see what you are up to today *VBS*
Love the idea of the low 'line', after all, whose business is it but yours, especially since it doesn't "show up" and offend anyone?
The fruits and veggies look wonderful...good decision on your part. Sorry to hear the cuke plants bit the dust...darn squirrels!
Big hugs, Finn

Crazy for Primitive Quilts & Gardens said...

We have something in our area too, that we can't have sheds or any outbuildings, no campers parked in the driveway, etc. They call them covenants here, lol. I am putting out my clothesline here too. We are all supposed to try to hang our laundry out to save energy and I will try to do my part! Glad I am down to 1 child and not 3 anymore!

Lea said...

Ahweeee, HOA! I remember that! *LOL*

Sweet P said...

I live in a condo complex as well and we have some weird rules. I like your clothesline. Even if we could have one I doubt our yard are big enough to use one efficiently.

Nines said...

I would be so sad without my clotheslines- something so wonderfuling spitit-lifting about hanging the towels and sheets out on the line just as the sun is coming up... and the smell! Ah, now that's wonderful. I love your line- one great way to fly under the radar. you rebel, you.

Katie said...

You know how I love clothes lines. I have one outdoors and in my basement here in MI. You are the personality type to just do it, but in such a way not to offend others. That is a very important way to make changes too. Once my daughter had a pet pig and when she moved the new city said it was a farm animal and she couldn't keep it. Pigs are very clean and her's was litter trained to wood chips. She also had a fenced yard but it was the "rule." The pig had to go. My son and family are house hunting and having trouble finding one where they can put up a fence. They found a house they liked but the "rules" said no more than two dogs and they have three. They wouldn't give them a varience so they couldn't buy the house. I don't understand the thing about not allowing screen/storm doors either. They look fine to me and sure help cool the house without turning on the AC. I wonder if some of these "rules" will change now with our ecology and energy problems.

Carin said...

I love the smell of sheets of the line! I would have put one up too! I am the sort of person that would put it up and if anyone said anything then I would tell them to "bite me" which would just get me in trouble. LOL! Good thing we don't have a HOA!

Cheryl said...

I have very fond memories of our clothesline...running through the clothes, playing underneath, and making tents! Oh yeah, and hanging up and taking down the clothes, and how wonderful they smelled after hanging out in the sun. We also are not allowed to have one - sad! Thanks for bringing back the memories.

loulee1 said...

I'm with you on the environmental issues! I'm jealous too, we live in a apartment and there is nowhere for a line, but I resuse to use a dryer, I have an airer and all my laundry gets dried on that.

Hedgehog said...

I certainly hope that petition gets going. Anti-clothesline bylaws drive me nuts. Glad you've hung yours low and hope you don't get in any trouble!

Hardly anyone has a dryer here in Finland - clotheslines installed behind all apartment buildings. In the winter, I hang my clothes in my sauna. :)

The Calico Cat said...

You'd be surpirsed how many are very unwaivering on their "little rules" so many things that they force you to do are not very environmentally friendly. They are more into aesthetics...

(Trucks are the big thing in our area - so all along the major roads - right outside of the developments are trucks parked along the sides.)

Judy said...

Oh you'd be surprised how inflexible they can be...our condo association is crazy with the bizarre rules and the older retired ladies who run the place do nothing all day but snoop around and tattle! I will never buy another place with an association
...EVER!

Hope it lasts, but I won't be surprised if you get a letter.

Guðrún said...

I can´t imagine not to have clothesline outside! I hope no one will take a peak into your garden and complain about your clothesline.

katelnorth said...

This is true in my mother's neighbourhood as well (in Maryland) - what astonishes me is the perception that clothes drying looks somehow tacky in the first place, though i know that's often the reason for the rule in the first place. Anyway, I won't tell on you! I love my clothesline - many people here don't even have dryers - not enough space, really.

Stephanie said...

Libby, you've been tagged! No obligation, but come on over and play if you'd like: http://nightquilter.blogspot.com/2008/05/tagged.html

Julie said...

Good for you, Libby! I did the same thing when we lived in a neighborhood with strict CC&Rs.We couldn't change the color of paint on the house without permission. Or leave the garage door open for a few minutes. Or have a TV antenna. I think the HOA would have really objected to a scarecrow, too!! Of course everyone lived behind 6ft fences as well and never really got to know their neighbors. A sad way to live, I think.

LBP said...

I loved your clothesline post! I used to have one but when we put in the pool it had to go:(

I love the smell of clothes dried in the sun!

Blessings

Linda

Karen said...

We aren't allowed a clothesline in our community either. Maybe that will change now that "green" is in. I enjoyed reading the comments you have so far. Clothesline memories from childhood. Sheets smelled so good. Now we try to create that artificially with fabric softeners.

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

I don't think there is a yard in NH without a clothesline. It's a way of life up here plus electricity is expensive here. I love sheets that have been hung on a line. You just can't duplicate that wonderful smell.

Em said...

Thank goodness we don't have a HOA! I love my clothesline, and use it as often as I can! Lately I've been using it 2-3 days a week, and hanging 3 loads usually each time! I really feel good using it and love the way the clothes are stiff and smell great!

yellowfarmhouse said...

There really isn't anything better than fresh lined dried clothes or sheets is there. Now that's a sure sign of spring/summer.

Hugs - Karen