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…