One of the reasons that our house has clutter is that I don’t get rid of things that are still useable. Our linen closet used to be filled to the brim of older comforters, threadbare towels, and overflowing with hotel samples of shampoo/conditioner/shower gel.
I have probably thoroughly cleaned out our linen closet two or three times in the past nine years that we have lived in this house. It is once again time to declutter the linen closet!
I forced myself, during the last linen closet decluttering session, to get rid of my comforter from my college dorm days after 20 years. It was actually in fine shape – not torn or threadbare – which explains why I kept it around for so long. But I had purchased new twin size comforters for my sons and could not justify keeping so many comforters around.
My sons love to sleep with lots of blankets. They will also use them to build forts, as landing pads, and to snuggle in during a movie. This can create a lot of fun and comfort – but also clutter and laundry. Our household does not need any extra laundry! I donated a few older comforters to our local animal shelter.
The Donate Pile
Recently I realized that our queen size fitted sheets had worn down and had tears in them so I put those in the rag pile, but kept the flat sheets in the linen closet. I tried using them for our queen size bed as a fitted sheet but that really did not work. The sheets kept coming untucked and quickly realized that there is a reason there is a fitted and a flat sheet in every set! I was about to donate them to the animal shelter as well but discovered that they work perfectly on our full size futon as a bottom and top sheet.
Decluttering the Linen Closet: The Process
- I pulled everything out of the closet – sheets, towels, wash cloths, and bins of “extras” from our warehouse purchases.
- I took out all the items from the plastic shoe holder and cleaned the pockets out.
- I threw out most of my hotel freebies and expired medications and ointments that had been forgotten in the shoe holder.
- I pulled out the extra fabric, extra duvet covers, and bed skirts that we won’t use anymore for the donation pile.
- The “extras” were taken out of their boxes and rearranged to fit neatly within our two containers and put back on the top shelf.
- The pockets were carefully and thoughtfully refilled – band aids were put low enough for my youngest son to reach. Do all children have a fascination with band aids or is it only mine?
Before and After Photos
What are you working on this week? Does anyone else have a hard time getting rid of old linens? How many sets of sheets do you keep for each bed?
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