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The Linen Closet

When we moved into a new house recently, I was a little surprised to see just how much space the chimney took up in the linen closet. What we have is a silly little cupboard with shelves that are about four inches wide! Useless for sheets, it turned out to be perfect for storing toilet paper, flashlights, and extra batteries.

Lots of my linens have come to me as gifts over the years. I hung on to a select few, including two small table cloths my mom embroidered. I use those tablecloths, and think of my mom fondly each time I iron one and put it out. Other things were easy to let go of and gave me much needed space. The soft old pair of sheets with the frayed edges is gone. The extra hair dye towels, a couple of frayed towels, and pillow cases that were just a little too tight are also gone. You see what I’m getting at right?

Commit to Getting Organized

If you have too much stuff, getting organized and downsizing means that some things simply must go. It’s trendy these days to say that things that don’t serve a purpose or bring you joy are supposed to be given away. The trouble is we still have a tendency to buy more than we need and so we have things that bring us joy, but they also make us miserable because we don’t have space for them.

Do you ever shop at a dollar store and leave with things that you didn’t really know you needed? Thrift stores and dollar style stores are goldmines of inexpensive linens like tea towels, dishcloths, and table runners for every occasion. The trouble starts when there is no more room in cupboards, drawers, and baskets. Difficulty gets compounded when the owner wants to move to a smaller space, with tiny cupboards and few closets.

If you aren’t sure you can live without some of your linens, store them away in a box for six months and try out a more minimal lifestyle. If you don’t absolutely need something in that time, you won’t take it out of the box. At the end of your six months, throw the entire box away, or donate it.

Tips for Tidy Linen Closets

  • A great way to keep your sheets and matching pillow cases together is to neatly fold and place matching linens into one of the pillowcases from the set. This makes for a nicely stored bundle that is easy to grab.
  • Instead of storing facecloths in the linen closet, roll a few up like the hotels do and place them in a cute basket in the bathroom. This keeps them handy and opens a little space in your linen closet.
  • Don’t store your linens in plastic covers, as they can age your nice sheets more quickly than you’d imagine. Instead, use natural fibres that breath to store blankets, duvets, and big towels. If you live in an area prone to bugs, don’t store anything right on the floor. Use cedar wood blocks to deter bugs, and keep the cedar “fresh” sanding the surfaces a few times a year to release the oils. You can also purchase moth traps for a few dollars at quilting and knitting stores to avoid having to use smelly moth balls.
  • You’ll keep your table linens flatter and iron them less if you hang them on pant hangers at one end of your bedroom closet instead of squishing them into a linen closet.

If you’d like some help with downsizing, organizing, or moving and you are in the Alberta region, please complete our contact form. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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