Yes, it’s time. I’ve been putting this off for months now…but no more. As William James, American psychologist and philosopher says, “Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.”
Well, here goes…
Today, I’m straightening the linen closet!
Want to join me?
Though I call this a linen closet, it really is more of a catch-all of stuff that isn’t used every day of the week. And it’s also not quite the antique armoire of my dreams holding our linens. It’s a closet under the hall stairs in which Mr. S. was kind enough to hang some Closet Maid shelving. It works, it’s just really messy!
So, we’ve got bed linens, extra towels and blankets, toilet paper, and tissues. Pretty standard stuff for a linen closet, but then it starts to veer off. We’ve got gym bags, overnight bags, knapsacks and beach towels. Oh and also a portable heater. This is for the overnight guests who don’t like where Mr. S keeps our thermostat.
Today’s task is not to question our housekeeping strategies, but rather to straighten, fold, throw-out or recycle faded towels, or crunchy sheets. You do know what crunchy sheets are, don’t you? They’re the fitted sheets that crunch when you pull them around the corners of your mattress. As in, the elastic is shot. If you hear this sound, it may be time to retire that one.
And speaking of fitted sheets…my mom recently bought me the funniest book called, Life’s Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets, Your Ultimate Guide to Domestic Liberation, by Lisa Quinn. (Was my mom trying to tell me something?)
The author claims to be a recovering Martha Stewart junkie, who gave up the fight when life got in the way. One of my favorite parts of the book is when she talks about why she no longer “glues 3500 cranberries on a wreath made of chicken wire and sphagnum moss every Christmas.” I happen to agree with Lisa that this is a little over the top…way past my skill set, and even more importantly past my desire. HOWEVER, Martha Stewart really does have some great advice. She taught me how to iron a man’s shirt, she taught me how to make the best chocolate chip cookies ever, and yes folks, she even taught me how to fold a fitted sheet. Now if she could just teach me how to make a video and upload it (or is it download it) onto YouTube, I could join the other hundreds of people who are teaching you how to fold a fitted sheet.
So are we ready to tackle that linen closet?
Empty out the entire closet.
Use a warm, soapy cloth to wipe down the shelves from top to bottom. Also, don’t forget to wipe the baseboard if there is one in the closet.
Like the gloves? I put them on and I transform into “Drama Queen of Clean.” Actually, they just make me laugh.
Vacuum the carpet, or sweep the floor in the closet.
Go through each one of your sheets to see if you want to continue sleeping on it. If yes, put it in a pile to keep. If no, put it in a pile to either toss, or cut-up for rags.
Do the same with your towels.
Refold the sheets that you want to keep and put them back into the closet in some sort of orderly fashion.
I happen to like putting sheet sets together, however I have friends who love to mix and match their sets. (These are my free-spirit, artistic friends.) They have a stack of fitted, a stack of flat, and a stack of pillow cases. Each week their bed is different just by varying the sheets.
Refold extra towels and blankets.
Go through everything else that you are storing in the linen closet and decide if this is the location where you want to keep these things. (I checked with our sons and we were able to donate some of their gently used knapsacks and gym bags.)
Place items back into the closet.
Pat yourself on the back for a job well done!!
So my linen closet cleaning comrades, I hope this will inspire you to see what’s been hiding in the closet. I always feel great when I can cross another “uncompleted task” off my list. Okay, maybe that’s just me (and Martha), but if it happens to be you too, go for it!
Until Next Time,