Day 28 Purging Tips – Linen Closet

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It’s Day 28 of the 31 Days of 10-minute Purging Tips Challenge.  We’re working to eliminate things we don’t need from our lives and home so that we can better enjoy life. Today we’ll be taking a look at our linen closet.  Let’s see what we want to keep and what needs to be purged so we can clear clutter and make more room for life. 

Whether you have your linens in a closet, a cabinet, a drawer or the corner of your closet, we all have the same challenges. We need to fit as many different items as we can in the space. We keep sheets, towels, pillows, blankets, quilts, sleeping bags, toilet paper, toiletries, and anything else we can stash in there. Let’s be honest. When was the last time you cleaned out and reorganized your linens? Often we neglect the linen closet because there always seems to be a more frequently used area that needs to be tackled, so we just never get around to the linen closet. Well, today is the day. 

Clearing Clutter – Tips for Purging the Linen Closet

Grab the 6 purging bags you created earlier, your copy of the free Purging Clutter Checklist and let’s head to the linen closet.

Take Everything Out- Keep in mind we’re doing this in 10 minutes. Only take out as much as you can go through in that time, so that may mean one shelf in your linen closet. You can come back to the other items another time you have 10 minutes. Lay the items you take out on a table, bed or the floor.

Group Like Items Together – Quickly group like items together. Put the sheets that go together in a set together. Put all the sheet sets together. Put the towels in a set together. Put all the towel sets together. If you don’t use towels sets, then place all the bath towels together, all the hand towels together and all the wash cloths together. Do what makes sense for your family. 

Evaluate – Look at each group you’ve created. Eliminate any torn or stained items. Is the elastic shot on the fitted sheet? It needs to go. You may keep an item for one week if you commit to repairing or cleaning it, otherwise it needs to go. Remember, you are worth more than torn and stained items.  Look at how many of each size of sheets you have. Do you really need 6 twin bed sheet sets when you only have one twin bed?

Purge – Remove items you don’t need to keep and place them in one of your 6 purging bags. Be thorough in your purging. I have worked at a food pantry and charitable thrift shop. Your donated towels and bed sheets will be greatly appreciated. If you have stained or torn linens, they can be used at your local animal shelter. Please don’t just throw away linens, there are so many great organizations in your community that would appreciate a donation of those items. 

Put Everything Away – Put the items you’ve decided to keep back away.

folded sheets on wood table with title text reading How to Fold Sheets Easily

A neat and organized linen closet is easy when you know how to fold bed sheets.

linen closet shelves neatly organized

Now that it’s time to put your linens away, try these 3 Steps to an Organized Linen Closet. 

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You can organize your linen closet for free with a repurposed jar.

Woo hoo!  Day 28 is done. I hope you’ll join me tomorrow for Day 29 in the 31 Days of 10-Minute Purging Tips challenge. Let’s purge some more so you can make room to enjoy life more.

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