CMFTO™ 3rd Annual Clutter Challenge: Linens
Ahh.. linens. If there is one category of household item that seems to reproduce when we’re not looking, it’s linens. Whether it’s bed linens, table linens, or bathroom linens, we seem to accumulate a multitude of linens throughout our lifetime. When we’ve lived in the same family home for more than a decade (or even four!), the piles can be overwhelming when it’s time to move. Finally, rightsizing often means the loss of a dedicated linen closet in the new home.
Typically, linens are stored in a closet or furniture designed to hold them. However, we’ve often found them in guest room dressers, bins in the basement, and even tucked away in the garage and attic for that “special occasion.”
So what do we do with our vast collection of linens when it’s time to edit and transition to a new home?
Much like clothing, we have to separate our linens into three categories to begin:
Once we have done this, the damaged linens need to be discarded, or recycled into rags for cleaning. If they’re an incomplete set, they can sometimes be donated. Keep in mind that many linens are not accepted for donation, such as bedding, so check with your local donation center. Selling linens is virtually impossible.
We also like to think outside of the box when it comes to donating linens. Many animal shelters and veterinarians welcome clean used towels and blankets for the pets in their care. Getting creative with our unwanted linens extends their use.
Finally, when working with our clients undergoing a rightsizing transition, we often advise doing a complete overhaul of their linens and starting with all new household items, such as sheets, towels, and blankets. Not only is it nice to enjoy new items, but it makes the process so much easier when setting up the new home, because everything is purposefully purchased for now and later.
All my best,