$100 Room Challenge Week 2
Welcome to Week 2 of the $100 Room Challenge, this week’s focus will be on storage baskets to organize the mess we call the dreaded Linen Closet.
If you are just joining this post I will give you a quick recap: This challenge takes place twice a year. January and September is when Erin invites us to redo a room in our home using only $100. As you can see the premise of this challenge is real simple: one month, one space, and $100. If you want to know more about the $100 Room Challenge, check out Erin’s post to see how the concept was inspired, and it’s colossal growth since she decided to start it.
Here is a quick reminder of what my linen closet currently looks like. There are plenty of sheet sets and towels that will need to tamed with a few strategically placed baskets or totes. First thing I will need to do is streamline the items that will actually continue to live in this linen closet.
The Talk, about Decluttering:
Decluttering is very near and dear to my heart. I say this, because my mother had a slight tendency to be a little bit of a hoarder. Not out of control like the ones you see on television shows, but she did hold on to a lot of things for sentimental purposes. I am pretty sure that this particular trait was genetically passed down to all of her kids. So, for me it has become a daily battle. To combat this issue I have read every possible decluttering & organizing book know to man. Here is what they taught me:
- Do I need that?
- Is it useful?
- What does this item mean to me?
- Is it worth the space it takes up?
- Will it be valuable at some point?
- Is it sentimental or irreplaceable?
These are all questions that swirl around in my head whenever I try to clean out or organize anything. Thank God for my dear sweet husband that does not have these tendencies at all. In fact, he is always saying “if you never had anything nice to begin with, there is nothing really worth keeping; you use it until it wears out and then you replace it.” Clearly he came from humble beginnings so his philosphy of purging was very different than mine, which was “keep it all until you are ready to part with it.” So, now you know my secret for staying organized and for the past 20 years it has worked like a charm.
5 Simple Steps to Declutter Your Linens
- CLEAN THE SLATE– The first step is to take everything out of the Linen Closet. This will allow you to sort the items currently located in there. Plus, we will be all ready to dress up those wire shelves next week too.
- THE PURGE– I recommend going through your linens and purging all the non-essential items you are not currently using. This will include: items that are mis-matched, faded, worn, or simply out of style. This is a ruthless task and you must remember to make your decisions honestly.
- MAKING SETS– Pair up all matching sheet sets by size, color and pattern. Make sure you have all the pieces needed to make the bed. I recommend 1 extra sheet set per bed. For our bed, I have 2 additional pillowcases in addition to a standard sheet set. So, I must make sure our sets contain 4 pillow cases. As a side note, I have tried to implement the method of placing the folded matched linens sets inside of a pillow case for storage. It does a good job keeping the sets together, but it still looks a bit messy to me. So, I will need to place the sets into a basket which will hide them from sight.
- TAKE STOCK- This is also the perfect time to take stock of how many replacement items you need. Assess your bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths to see how many you need to replace. January and February is always the best time to hit all the “white sales.”
- DONATE- I always end up with a random, brand new, flat sheets, that matches nothing. This is from where I buy a set of sheets, just for the fitted sheet to cover the box springs of our mattress. Since it is usually a complementry color to match our duvet or quilt, I always feel guilty about not using the flat sheet. I diligently store the leftover sheet in the linen closet, thinking that one day I might need it, but the reality is I will not. This is the perfect opportunity to donate these brand new, never used sheets. I personally like to donate to my local Humane Society Thrift Store which supports our local “no kill” shelters.
Selecting the Baskets
Once you have simplified your inventory; know what you have left to go back inside your Linen Closet. This will give you the numbers you will need for selecting your baskets or totes. I have looked at a few different ones on online and I will tell you that baskets and linen totes do not come cheap, especially for the pretty ones that I like. For this post I think I will go over a few of my tips on picking the right basket for the job.
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