Monday, June 12, 2017

34 weeks of Clean Rinse and Repeat: Week 23- The Linen Closet

Let's just say that with all the work we have been doing around this house, I am glad that some assignments are easier than others.  We have a few pretty intense ones coming up, so enjoy this week, friends! ;)
The linen closet

For us it is pretty benign.  Since we only have a few sets of sheets per bed and only a few sets of towels per person, we do not have a stuffed linen closet- just a cluttered one.   For some reason we still tend to toss things in and shut the door- FAST.  I am working on that with the kids!

 Here we go-

  • Pull it all out.  
  • Sort and purge!  Did I mention that you do not need 20 sets of sheets and towels unless you have a really large family?  Usually two per person with a few for guests are sufficient.  And sheets, well, you can only use one set at a time.  Just saying.  Throw out old, stained, and worn sheets and towels!  Maybe even treat yourself to a new set.
  • Wipe off shelves and doors to linen closet.
  • Put everything left back neatly.
The little vacuum stays there for quick pick ups for the kids!

Done!  See, I told you that was easy!

Trash pile

Three things to note
  1. You do not always have to use a space for its intended purposes.  Sometimes it pays to get  creative.  I have seen people keep their towels and sheets in their bathroom cabinets and use their linen closets for craft storage, office storage and yes, we even used ours in the last house for a Lego closet!  Think outside the box and make your space work for you!
  2. We keep all of our stockpile toiletries in the tub on the floor.  It is easy for the kids to access if they need new soap, shampoo etc.
  3. The polka dotted tote on the top shelf you see is for my mom.  She visits often and we learned that it was much easier to just have a set of toiletries here.  That way, she does not have to bring extra stuff on the plane nor worry about forgetting things.  I also think you could do the same thing for any guests you have and store extra toothbrushes, soaps and such.
  4. We also keep all of our medicine and first aid things here in the plastic drawers.  Each drawer is labeled for quick reference.  If you have young kiddos, of course, you need to put those things out of reach! 

What about you, do you have a linen closet holding more than linens?  And how did you do on last week's assignment, the laundry/mudroom?  Can't wait to hear about your progress!

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Remember, one week at a time, but get moving!


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