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When I hang my washing on the line, it is a slap dash affair. I grab a garment, give it a shake to flatten out the creases, and peg it up. One - two pegs per item (depending on size of garment and availability of pegs).
My only concern is getting the clothes flat to minimize drying time.
I have had conversations with friends over the years about their washing line fetishes. It is a fascinating business.
People who have to use matching pegs on a garment ie. two blue not a blue and a white.
People whose pegs need to match the colour of the garment being hung.
People who have to keep colours together on the line ie. black next to black, red next to red
People who have different sections of the line for different categories of clothes - tops, pants, socks 'n' undies, other.
People who have to put their clothes up in size order- ascending or descending
Today whilst doing an 'icebreaker' activity in a training session*, I heard a new one.
A person who has to hang the washing on the hills hoist from outside to inside.
Why outside in? I wondered to myself. It would be a hell of a lot easier to work inside out wouldn't it? I mean, if you had to follow a particular direction that is.
Her admission generated much discussion amongst the group*. And it got me thinking about why people have these habits? How do they start? And why do they continue?
Do you hang out your washing in a particular way? Do you want to share?
* It was a response to a question card about 'quirky habits'
**I think I might just ask people about their washing line habits for my next icebreaker. The rest of the question cards weren't nearly as successful at bringing the group together and getting them talking. Who knew?