Cleaning out the linen supply is not only a great 15 in 15 in ’15 challenge, but a fantastic one for our Spring Cleaning activities!

 

Towels, Sheets and Blankets

15 in 15 in 15

 

How to decide what to keep and what to part with? Here are some guidelines: 

 

Sheets:

  • If we’re not talking about “could have an accident in the bed” aged family members, 2 sets of sheets per bed are plenty. 3 if one is a flannel set.
  • Your sheets should fit the beds you have currently in your home. I know that may sound silly, but I can’t tell you how often I have conversations with clients that include this exchange: ‘So, where IS the full size bed in your home?” “Um…  I don’t think we have one any more, since we upgraded to a queen”. 

 

Towels:

  • Get rid of the ones that :
    • Are not your favorites (scratchy, nonabsorbent, ugly)
    • You wouldn’t offer them to an important guest
    • Are a supply greater than what you really need (like, do you really need more than 2 bath towels and 1 beach towel for every resident in your home? And a set of 2 guest towels?
    • 16 wash cloths? Probably more than you need.  

 

Blankets:

  • Do you have enough for every bed and if you have a guest over?  That’s plenty
  • Rank them in terms of “love these for my bed” and “Well, I guess if we lost power for 3 days and we had no heat and I had no other option to keep my family alive”.  Then get rid of that last few. 

 

What to do with what you’ve collected?

  • Good shape?  Donate to a place where humans will use them
  • Okay shape? Donate to a place where animals can use them (Check local SPCA, or pet stores)
  • Bad shape? Donate to a textile drive near you!  Lots of schools and organizations have a “per pound” fund-raising program for gathering textiles.  Or call a local donation shop to see if they take textiles for poundage, not for resale. 

 

Don’t forget to take Before and After pictures!

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