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Closets are the natural enemy of de-cluttering.

A few days ago I started tackling the linen closet. Very scary. There is still a long way to go. Many things just did not belong in there. Some things were easy enough to put in the proper place. Other things needed some limits placed on them. As limiting things has not been my forte in the past I needed to google a little to figure it out.

How many towel sets does a family of four need? Turns out the answer is 2-3 towel sets per person. I decided that two each sounds great. Then reality hit. Where had all of these towels come from? White, blue, green and beige. All sorts of brands and sizes. Organic cotton and Egyptian cotton. Way more than eight of each kind. Most of my time was spent just gathering them all up in one place. I decided to make the decision later. Later is the friend of clutter. Clutter loves later. I hope later will be just next week.

How many sheets sets do we really need? Martha Stewart believes you should have three sets of sheets per bed – the current one on your bed, one in the laundry bin and one in the linen closet. As I have said before, I am not Martha Stewart. For our family some of these decisions were easy. We only have three crib sheets and the crib turns into a toddler bed those amounts can remain the same. We have three kids flat sheets and two fitted sheets so that’s fine too. It was all the extra sheets that didn’t even fit any beds in our house that had to go. Also I decided to only keep one spare flat sheet and two pillow cases for our bed. Plans are in the works to buy a nicer spare fitted sheet. The rest of the sheets and pillowcases are in a bag ready for donation.

Earlier this week we took the opportunity to part with some jackets, sweaters and blankets. They will be given to an organization that passes them on to people in need like new Canadians. Knowing someone needs something we have (but don`t really need) makes giving it away even easier. We put them in some sports bags we don’t need so that worked in our favor too!

Another decision made was to donate our sleeping bags. We do not camp. In our minds we think one day we might camp. The end of this month marks one decade of thinking. The kids sleeping bags will stay but the random ones in the garage and closets will find new homes. I`m sure when the time comes that we actually need sleeping bags we can borrow or buy other ones.

How many towels should a family of four really own…




About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


4 thoughts on “Closets are the natural enemy of de-cluttering.

  1. pretty good insights. I’ll be sure to stop by and read more from you. thanks.

    Posted by Margret Bagwell | October 13, 2011, 3:02 am
  2. Hi Stephanie:

    It is funny, I just did the same thing with my linen closet. Way too much of some stuff. I donated a lot and decided to keep a few things that I am going to attempt to repurpose. I had one large soft flannel sheet that I no longer need for the bed so I am going to try to make some handkerchiefs with it. I bought a package of three flannel handkerchiefs over the summer and really love them but would like to have more so I am going to give it a try. Also, I have a large white cotton sheet that has not been used so I thought I could try to make some produce/bulk bags from that. I guess it could also be used to make napkins. I found that there are some really good videos on the internet which show how to make the corners on napkins, handkerchiefs,etc. I’ll let you know if I ever get it to work.

    Posted by Susan | October 13, 2011, 5:55 am
  3. I agree that closets harbor all the secret stuff that we don’t want to get rid of, but don’t want to see on a daily basis. Our closets are narrow, but tall and have to be well organized. I’m getting to that part.

    Posted by sonrie | October 13, 2011, 7:39 am

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