For nearly a week I have been looking at two giant boxes marked “Linen Closet” on them with no clue of where I was going to put all of their contents. Yesterday I decided enough was enough and I dove in.
Linen closets crammed beyond capacity are so frustrating to deal with. How many towels and sheets does one family need? Yesterday I got rid of all our sheets except two sets per bed. That way I can replace a set while the other set is washing. I also got rid of all the extra comforters that I had been holding onto.
For now I have pared down our towel collection to 12 sets of towels of the same color. For a family of five that should be plenty for us and our overnight guests. I got rid of several other sets in other colors that were slightly older. I kept hanging onto them because I always thought, “We might need them someday.” That has been said of so many things around my house. After a few weeks with our smaller selection I’ll decide if I can get the towel selection down even further.
I already enjoy the fact that all the towels match all the washcloths. It is also very simple to know which towels belong in which bathroom. In a combined household of 10 that is a very nice benefit. My favorite benefit of all is not needing to cram too many things into too small of a space. It’s been great and I encourage you to do the same.
Next, I’m attacking the kids’ bedrooms and schoolroom. I’ll be filling up those two giant boxes for charity that I just emptied.
Article originally published on 09/08/2010