Clump #3: Clear out laundry basket full of hard-to-confront linens.
O.K., here’s the root of the problem. Obvious outgrown bed sheets. My children have all left the nest, and these are not even good enough to save for grandchildren (if/when they should arrive). Why are they still claiming a place in my house? Just look at that face. We had a very intense relationship with dalmatians and Disney … so hard to part with. Hanging on to my children’s youth, maybe?
Here’s more of the same, only from babyhood and before. Three handmade quilts. Two for our children, made by a great aunt. The other was a wedding quilt from my husband’s parents, too delicate to use.
Here it is: my best household tip. I found it in a magazine long ago, and it is so easy and effective. Wrap each set of sheets in one pillow case, like an envelope. This revolutionized my linen closet to the point that I almost never have to search for missing pieces, or do any reorganizing. Does it look gorgeous? No, but I can put my hands on just what I need when I need it. A no-brainer.
And here is The best baby gift. My mother-in-law made these for our three kids when they each were born. Simple. Soft. Wonderful. She took a piece of flannel (I measured this one, and it is about 39 x 42″), turned over the edges, and sewed a blanket stitch all around. Sorry for the poor lighting.
Here’s a close-up. These blankets became the favorites, getting softer with each wash, guaranteed to sooth. Eventually they became the best open-ended play-enhancer (can’t think of a better word!). They could serve as a tent, a long gown, a long veil, …. the possibilities were endless.
I’m taking these down to the basement. No need to keep them in the linen closet, and I’m not about to give them away. Did you know Ziploc made bags this large? Here’s another great household tip: always store things in clear containers. The rewards become self-evident over and over in time.