When we moved into this house we were lucky enough to have two great linen closets upstairs by the kids’ bathroom. I didn’t really need two linen closets, but since they were there, I used them. As my kids have grown and changed, we’ve acquired a mountain of sheets and towels. I give some away from time to time, but with two closets I was never squeezed for space so I hung onto linens we didn’t really need.
I got tired of seeing my vacuum cleaner sitting in the hallway. That was the trigger for me. The vacuum belongs (or belonged) in the basement, but my kids would always resist vacuuming because it meant hauling the vacuum up three flights of stairs to get it to their rooms. I know. First world problems. Seriously.
Anyway, I knew there was a lot of crap in those closets that I didn’t need, so one day last week when Callie was home sick from school, I just started pulling it all out. Some stuff was still in excellent condition so I posted that on a local moms’ buy/sell Facebook page. It all sold within a few minutes. The rest of it was too trashed to sell so I donated that to National Mill Dog Rescue. Animal rescue organizations can almost always use old towels and linens, and they won’t care if your sheets have Dora the Explorer printed on them. They’re just happy to have your old sheets.
The whole process only took me a couple of hours, including taking photos of all the items I was selling and then posting them for sale. I didn’t bother to paint the insides of the closets or to remove the shelf rests in the closet that now holds the tall vacuum cleaner — until I’m 100% confident that I love the new arrangement and until I have nothing better to do than spackle and paint the inside of a closet (which will probably happen never), that will have to wait.
I may add a basket of rags above the vacuum bags in closet #1, and maybe some cleaning supplies. Those are under the kids’ sink now, but it would be nice to have it all in once place. I’d also like to hang the ironing board on the wall, and maybe the iron too. But those things would take more motivation than I have right now…so they’ll probably never happen. (Sidenote: are any of you as lazy about these things as I am? I am so not interested in going to the hardware store to buy hooks for my ironing board…even though the closet would look way cuter on Pinterest. But I really don’t care.)
As you can see, I really pared down our sheets and towels. We use white towels almost exclusively because it’s easier to know when they’re dirty (plus the color never fades). When they get too grungy I can buy one or two new ones without worrying about the color matching. I’ve got one cute set of striped towels for an occasional punch of color in my bathroom, as well as a mis-matched but otherwise perfectly good aqua set for the guest bathroom since it’s a very white room.
As I sorted through things, my one fear was that as soon as I got rid of my kids’ extra sheets, they’d start barfing all over the place in the middle of the night. Because that’s what happens when you only keep one set of extra sheets for two kids’ beds, right? But my fear was unfounded. It’s been a week and still no barfing. What else could possibly go wrong?
Having a new home for our vacuum cleaner, a home that is closer to the kids’ rooms, has been great so far. Now my kids have no (decent) excuse for avoiding their vacuuming chore.
Is there anything in your house that’s ticking you off and could use a quick fix?