Husbands and wives can have the most ridiculous arguments sometimes. But we think this one has topped them all. It’s a family spat whether you should keep your pegs on the washing line between washes. Now that is dirty stuff, for sure!

Sydneysider dad, Bruno Bouchet, turned to the internet to help settle the argument between him and his wife Laura.

Bruno voted for keeping pegs on the clothes line always, while Laura opted to take them off after the washing is dry and taken down from the line.

‘Big stand-off between Laura and me,’ Bruno said on a post on his Instagram page.

‘I’m a big “pegs on” guy because they’re right at your fingertips when you go to hang clothes, but Laura thinks they get in the way.

‘Keen to know who’s right and who’s wrong.’


The post whirred away like a washing machine, with comments supporting both sides of the debate.

Many said that it was ‘efficient’ leaving pegs on the line in between washes, while others sided with Laura, saying that pegs are just plain bothersome.

Wife Laura made a guest appearance on the post giving her side of the argument:

“1. Leaving the pegs on is an eyesore and massively disrespectful to our neighbours. I’m ashamed that Alex the dog next door has to face such a mess as he roams the fence line.
2. YOU @brunobbouchet jam the pegs so far onto the line that merely ‘sliding’ the pegs across to make room for the clothes is impossible, I have to remove the pegs completely and juggle them in my hands OR shove them in my pocket – and every woman knows they don’t make pants for us with deep enough pockets.
3. You can make some flawed calculations about the time taken to remove pegs etc and its great that you’ve got time to do that while I go and bring in the washing the CORRECT WAY ie #pegsoff”

Even celebs weighed in with KIISFM radio host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson saying: ‘Laura’s right.’

Bev agreed: “pegs left on the line perish much quicker; so first it’s a pain when they break in yr fingers. Secondly, it’s fine when they’re at yr fingertips for hanging small items like sox, but it’s a real nuisance if one wishes to toss a larger item over the line. So suggest u relocate pegs to SIDE of line if u must leave em on.”

Brett said: ‘This is a huge issue. I’m sure couples have split up over this. I was always pegs off until I got married and my wife was pegs on. Now we’re divorced I’m pegs off again. But sometimes I’m tempted.’

Jill said: ‘I leave pegs on. Very handy that way.’

Sammy said: ‘It’s a given that the pegs must stay on for convenience. Work smart, not hard.’

And Jessica said: ‘Pegs 100 per cent off, the only reason to leave them on is if you are hanging everything in exactly the same spot time and time again.’

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Removing Pegs Wastes 10 Days Of Your Life!

Bruno added that taking pegs on and off between ‘hangings’ waste about ’10 days of your life if you’re washing twice a week from the age of 16 to 85.’

‘It takes one minute to put the pegs away and one minute to take them back out,’ Bruno said in a Insta story.
’69 years of pegging twice a week – 7,176 peggings. 7,176 peggings = 14,352 minutes/239.2 hours/9.9 days.’

Do you leave the pegs on or take them off? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • leave them on, my laundry is at the opposite end of the house to my clothes line and I have two young boys that like to play in water, much easier for hanging the stuff up to dry than traipsing through the house looking for pegs


  • haha it wastes 10 days of your life?! Oh well! I still remove them no matter what! Can’t stand leaving them on I think that’s just lazy LOL


  • Definitely take the pegs off they only go Rusty in the rain when left on the line then they stain your clothes


  • I wish we had a clothes line to hang things on, so I could have a say! We’re stuck being the high-electricity-bill-paying dryer-dependent family =P


  • I’m the best of both worlds. Depends on the day for me haha


  • IIM pegs off so the sun doesn’t make them brittle


  • I’m a pegs off person. They do get in the way and if ur line is in the sun the pegs weaken and break. It seems like twice the work to remove the peg, put the clothing on and replace the peg.


  • I leave them on.


  • When my pegs are not in use, they are removed from the line the same time as the washing. I put the pegs straight in a tub, which sits in the cupboard in the laundry. Pegs keep better packed away when not in use, plus the clothesline looks tidy.


  • We take them off so the sun doesn’t destroy them as fast


  • I leave them on but i find they get little spiders on them which I hate. I would like to be an “off” person but it’s so muchore effort


  • I definitely take them off and bring them inside – they tend to last longer that way too


  • I bring them inside if they aren’t being used, otherwise the spiders use them as their own homes.


  • I leave my pegs on nowadays. I used to take them off but found they’d get used for other things around the house, I’d forget to take the pegs out with me etc etc and I just find it easier to leave them on the line (but they have to be loose so I can slide them around)


  • I always take the pegs off because they snap and break from being outside in the sun for too long.


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