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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  • I prefer to take them off.


  • I have been through a stage of both but now I’m a pegs off person


  • Pegs off otherwise the sun deteriorates them


  • Pegs off is better.Don’t wanted to buy them more often.


  • This is the funniest thing I’ve read today! My husband leaves them on but its more out of laziness, then I go around and take them off. I do think it looks messy but its more because the sun makes the pegs break so they last longer.


  • Take them off, I don’t want to have to keep buying new pegs as they have gone brittle from always being on the line.


  • I take them off when I’m taking the washing off the line, only because I’ve found that spiders love to spin webs and hide in them otherwise, I don’t want a nasty surprise.


  • Oh I don’t really care, there are bigger problems in life.

    • Exactly what I was thinking. We all have our different way, but to make a massive debate from this ?


  • I always take them off. Hubby sometimes leaves some of them on, not sure why. I find if you leave them out in the weather they deteriorate, get brittle and break. So I take them off.


  • I’m in the Pegs Off camp. Luckily, so is my husband. My issue is if jeans/shorts should be hung up by the legs or by the waist….a whole other debate!

    • I hang shirts and tees on a hanger and jeans and trousers on a skirt hanger :)


  • Pegs off. Especially if they have a metal spring.


  • Pegs off. It’s easier to leave them on but they go yucky.


  • Pegs off, it is so hard to hang clothes up if you have to keep moving the pegs, also spiders like to nest in them, yes they are tiny spiders but they are there, and also pegs last longer if kept dry and out of the weather. If you use wood or bamboo pegs they can rot and the metal bits rust, plastic ends up cracking.

    • Exactly my thoughts. Peg do perish a lot quicker if you leave them out in the weather all the time – especially in Summer. I know a family that leaves theirs on the line most of the time. Just about every time I go there there is broken pegs on the line. Or you find parts of them on the lawn. They get stuck and the kids can’t get them off. last time I was there the clothes line was only 1/2 full, each item of clothing only had one peg holding it and there was no pegs left.


  • I take the pegs off & they come inside with the basket too


  • Definitely pegs off so much easier to hang out sheets and they last longer out of the sun


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