Linen closets can be a black hole of stuff. I remember back to childhood, we had a linen closet that was overflowing with stuff, and I can only ever remember getting a towel and some sheets out of it, and that was from just two of the shelves. I’m not sure what lived on the rest of the shelves. Now that I have my own linen closet, I like to keep it organized and decluttered. I captured my linen closet decluttering on video to share the process.
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### The following is a transcript of the video:
Hi. Welcome to Rethinking the Dream, I’m Eric West.
Today we are going to do some decluttering of our linen closet. We’re actually pretty lucky in this apartment that we have a linen closet. We didn’t have one in our last apartment and that stuff was stored in our master closet. But in this one we have a linen closet, which is good, but it also attracts clutter.
It’s one of those places where you buy some new towels or sheets and it adds up over time. Today we are going to go through it and pick out what we need to keep and what we need to get rid of, and get that space clean and organized.
Here’s a shot of our linen closet. You can see what’s in there now. Now that you’ve seen that, you’re going to see what kinds of stuff we need to get rid of.
Usually I speed the camera up and you’ll see us going in an out, zooming in and out real fast. Today we are going to do a little different and make it a little faster. (Snaps fingers). (Clutter appears). Ok, cheesy effects there, but what’s life without a little cheese.
This is the contents of our linen closet. We left a few things in there. I have some camping stuff up at the top. We are keeping that stuff, so we might as well leave it there since I know we are keeping all that. It’s a couple of sleeping bags, thermal rests, and our tent.
We left the TP in there too. I’m fairly certain we are going to use that. Pretty much everything else was brought out of the closet so we can go through it.
We have a couple things here that I know we are getting rid of. This is a shower caddy. We needed a bigger one when we moved here because there is no shelving in our shower. We put this one in the closet just in case that one didn’t work out and we wanted to go back to this one. It’s been a year and a half now, so this can certainly go.
I have a couple bags here, one for trash and one for donate.
Here is a lid to a box, thinking maybe we’d use it, but we haven’t so we’re getting rid of it.
Cleaning supplies… I think our cleaning supplies are multiplying in our closet. I don’t know where all these came from. Actually, I kinda do know. I ran out of one and bought another. I got these scrubbing bubbles two for one, so I bought two. And I had another that ran out and I didn’t remember that I had these so I bought another. And… Yeah… that causes them to add up.
Normally if I was doing a full house declutter, and this was my first time through, I’d get rid of a couple of these cleaners. I’m going to try to use them up this time. Some are nearly empty anyway, so I’ll use them this time and make note to not do this again. I’ll set these aside and put them back in the closet, and I’ll make sure they get used this time.
Our little cleaning bucket, looks like a lady bug, super cute, and the cool thing about it is that it’s a good size for cleaning bathrooms. It’s good for rinsing the tub and shower after cleaning. We’re keeping that.
Some gloves, I don’t usually use gloves when I clean, but my wife does to keep her hands nice and some of the cleaners can be harsh on your hands.
Garbage bags, we are keeping those. We’re going to have a lot of stuff that we are keeping today. We haven’t had the linen closet for lone, we’ve been here about a year and half, so we’ve gone through this stuff not too long ago.
These are bags that came with our new towels. The towels are really cool. It’s a microfiber towel and this small stack of towels in equivalent to this huge stack over here. We’ve been using these at the pool and at the beach. They are not big and warm and fuzzy like a regular towel, but they are super small and compact, and they dry really quickly. We have two regular size ones and two beach towel sized ones.
We’ve been using them since they pack so small. It’s nice not to have to carry a big bulky towel when you are walking down to the pool for a couple hours. The towels we are definitely keeping.
If you do get some towels like this, and you buy different sizes, I would recommend buying the big ones in one color and the small in another color so you can tell them apart without opening them up.
They are good for traveling too. We took them with us on the cruise. They have towels on the ship. When you get off the ship, you could take a ship towel, but the are big and bulky, and these ones fit in our backpack.
The bags, though, I thought we would use them, but we’re just not. I’m going to get rid of these bags since we don’t use them.
It took me a minute to figure out what this is. This is a patch kit for our thermal rest, so it it probably fell out of the camping stuff. I’ll stick this back in the bag.
Stuff like tissues we keep. These actually got moved, if you remember from the kitchen sink video, we moved them from under the kitchen sink and moved them to the linen closet. It’s a much better space for them.
When we moved into this apartment we brought this shower curtain. Our new apartment has taller ceilings and we had to buy a longer shower curtain. This one has lived in our linen closet for a year and a half. It’s not needed, so we’re getting rid of it. It’s still in good in shape, I might see if our mother in law wants it or if we can give it away. If not, I don’t feel good about donating a used shower curtain like this, so we’ll probably toss it.
Beach towels. I actually have more than this, and I’m going to keep these for now even though we use mostly use the new towels. I’m on the fence about it as we transition to the new towels, but I’m going to hang onto them for now. We also keep a couple of junky towels for wiping up messes, it’s kind of like a rag in towel form for the times we don’t want to dirty up our nicer towels.
We should have room since we are getting rid of this other stuff. Our regular towels, I’ve seen some people keep one towel per person, or two towels per person. I like to have a few extra, as we often have kids coming over to stay the night, so we tend to go through towels regularly. We’re going to keep the towels. I do have one washrag here, that has gotten kind of gross, so I”m getting rid of that.
A couple of Christmas towels. This used to live in our kitchen, but there was no reason for it to be there, so we put them in the linen closet. These are sentimental too, my wife’s grandmother added the crochet or knit top to this.
Now to blankets. We have too many sheets and blankets. We have these two which we used to use all the time. They are super comfy, but lately we’ve been using different ones. While these are comfortable, they are not as soft as the one’s we’ve been using. We haven’t been using these, I’m going to set these aside and talk to my wife and see if we can get rid of these ones.
We do like to keep a few extra blankets around for when we have guests. We have kids stay over a lot to play with our daughter, and occasionally we have house guests. These kid quilts are the favorite among her friends.
Here is an afghan that my mother made. It’s really nice. We don’t really use it that much, but it’s one of those hand made sentimental items that we will hang on to. It’s ok to keep some sentimental stuff, especially stuff like this that is hand made and a lot of effort went into it. Even if we’re not using it, we may want to rotate it in once in a while.
We have some of these fuzzy blankets, but we never use them.
Daughter: because they are always up there.
Me: Do you want to start using them?
Me: Are you going to get rid of some others?
Daughter: You always use the other ones.
Me: Ok, well, we don’t need the pillow cases, do we?
Me: We can get rid of the pillow cases then.
I’m going to call this a maybe. She says she wants to keep it. (Side note: it’s a really big blanket, and I suspect she’ll get tired of it eventually. If she does, we’ll get rid of it at that point rather than putting it back in the closet.)
Here are some sheets. My wife likes to decorate my daughters room with pretty sheets on her bed. These ones are kind of plain and we haven’t been using them, so we’ll donate these.
These came with the sheet set for our bed. They go on shams… or they are shams… I don’t really know, some sort of pillow thing. I don’t think we need them anymore, it will be something I’ll discuss with my wife.
We also have a number of pillow cases for our bed. We change pillow cases more often than we change sheets, so we’ll keep these. This one is a pillow case with my daughter’s name on it. It was a gift from her grandmother, and we are definitely keeping that.
We have an extra bed sheet that goes to our bed that we also use for our couch pullout, so we need to keep that.
More kids sheets. This one goes with her new blanket. We’ll keep that for now. Rapunzel… we’re getting rid of Rapunzel, she’s old news now. Monster high? We’ll keep Monster High. It’s good to keep one extra set of sheets.
We probably have more sheets than we need, but we have the space for it. Just because you have the space, doesn’t mean you should keep things, but it does give you some extra flexibility.
That’s pretty much it. We are getting rid of some sheets and blankets, and a couple odds and ends that we didn’t need. Hopefully we’ll be able to dedicate one shelf each for like items. So sheets and blankets on one shelf, towels on one shelf, and cleaners on one shelf. That will keep it more organized.
As you are going through your own linen closet, it’s definitely helpful to pull everything out so that you can see what you have. Some stuff, like some of these sheets, were jammed behind other stuff. If I would have tried to declutter in place, I would have missed some stuff. It’s helpful, like with the cleaners, I can see that I have too many. I might not have realized that looking at them in the closet. It’s easer to see when you pull them out.
I like to pull everything out and then go through it in a big open space. So that’s our linen closet. Hopefully there is more room for everything now. I’m going to put this stuff away and see how the space looks now.
As you can see, the linen closet is a lot more organized now. There is a lot less stuff. All the stuff I asked my wife about, just like with the kitchen sink declutter, she said we could get rid of all that stuff. We got rid of a full bag of blankets to donate. A couple of the blankets were hard to let go of because I have memories of us using them on our couch. They were the ones we used all the time to curl up in and lounge, watch TV, or read. Since then we have gotten some new ones, and we use the new ones more.
Even though it was hard to let go of, we are going to donate them and let someone else enjoy them.
That’s it for today. Thanks for watching, and we’ll see you next time.
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