{Declutter} Task #4: Linen cupboard: Bedlinen

As we are still working in the laundry today we would look through the linen cupboard and declutter some of the excess bedlinens you may have.

Bedlinen

I know we all have our own little gripes about the linen cupboard, it’s too small, need more room, too much stuff, storing items in the linen cupboard that really don’t belong there.  So let’s work through it and create an organised area for you.  Do you have a linen cupboard that is full of old sheets and towels, when you go to find something you can’t find it?  How many sheets for each bed to you keep?

You may also like this how to video on how to fold sheets.  View here

Today let’s remove 3 items of bedlinen you no longer need or use. 

My bedlinen stock pile:

Main Bed:

  • 1 Mattress Protector
  • 2 Pillow Protectors
  • 2 sets of sheets
  • 1 set of flannalette sheets
  • 1 blanket
  • 1 quilt

3 Kids Beds:

  • 4 Mattress Protectors (1 spare for when accidents happen)
  • 4 Pillow Protectors (1 spare for accidents)
  • 6 sets of sheet (1 extra set for each child)
  • 3 sets of flannalette sheets
  • 3 blankets (kept in the top of the wardrobe for winter)
  • 6 quilts/doonas (1 spare each for when accidents happen, and because I can’t help myself and like to change this around every now and then)

Guest Bedding:

  • 1 Mattress protector 
  • 1 set of sheets
  • 2 Pillow Protectors
  • 1 blanket
  • 1 quilt

This is a reasonable amount of linen.  When I wash sheets, I usually take linens off beds, wash, dry and put straight back on beds the same day, saving me folding them.  But I like to have a spare set each in case accidents happen or it’s raining the day I wash the sheets. 

I keep the winter flannalette sheets boxed in the top shelf of the linen cupboard.

My list of 3 to declutter:

  1. Cot sheets I was holding onto for kids to use at kindy (they are all at school now)
  2. 2 Pillow cases I found left over from my recent donation to the flood victims (sorry to the person that didn’t get a complete set 🙁 )
  3. I also donated a month or so ago some old sheet sets

What is on your list of 3?

And how I organise the linen cupboard.  View here 

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20 comments

Georgina March 9, 2011 - 7:00 AM

My linen cupboard drives me crazy but we are currently renting and have limited storage for a number of things so this is where it goes. One thing I do to help keep the linen sorted is to store sets together inside one of the pillow cases. All sheets plus the second pillow case for a double bed all folded nicely inside the pillow case for the set means you can grap the whole set in one go with no problems of lost sheets or pillow cases. Anyway just a suggestion, I was so excited when my sister suggested it to me that I thought I would share. Thanks for your website it does inspire.

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Lisa Braaksma March 9, 2011 - 5:03 PM

I also do this too Georgina, it is so helpful and reduces the clutter in the linen closet.

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Bec March 10, 2011 - 11:31 AM

Oh that’s a great idea…I think I will try and do this from now on!

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Georgina March 9, 2011 - 7:00 AM

My linen cupboard drives me crazy but we are currently renting and have limited storage for a number of things so this is where it goes. One thing I do to help keep the linen sorted is to store sets together inside one of the pillow cases. All sheets plus the second pillow case for a double bed all folded nicely inside the pillow case for the set means you can grap the whole set in one go with no problems of lost sheets or pillow cases. Anyway just a suggestion, I was so excited when my sister suggested it to me that I thought I would share. Thanks for your website it does inspire.

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Julie March 9, 2011 - 7:14 AM

Yay! This is perfect for me today. We are moving in about 10 days. I am aiming to pack about 4 boxes per day (I have 3 children under 3, so this is reasonable). Today I am tackling the linen cupboard. Ours is ridiculous!

Just a question, where do you store extra blankets? That is what seems to take up a lot of room in our linen cupboard, particularly during summer.

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Katrina March 9, 2011 - 7:51 AM

I just realised I forgot to add quilts and blankets to the list, will amended that. I store the kids blankets in the top of their wardrobe along with an extra doona (in case they wet the bed). Once upon a time I did try the space saver bags which worked well, but in time air got in them.

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Becci Sundberg March 9, 2011 - 7:31 AM

I decluttered my linen cupboard not all that long ago but things are starting to get messy in there so I will resort and declutter is I need but doubt it.
I too keep 2 sets of sheets per bed. So much easier. I do need some spare matress protectors but we are planning on switching the boys to single beds (from their toddler beds) later in the year so won’t worry about that now.

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Joolz March 9, 2011 - 7:35 AM

Tick! I de-cluttered my walk-in linen closet, my side of our walk-in robe and the cupboards in our study back at the start of January. A real purge! Boy does it feel good! Since then, things have remained very neat and tidy as I am aware of them getting back to the state they were in. Do you know I found a Red-back spider in the cupboard in the study? OMG!

After your post on ‘washing the washing machine’ – that is next on my list for this coming weekend. I took a look at it and yup, its really grimy around the rim.

Thanks for the inspiration,

Joolz

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Jill March 9, 2011 - 1:27 PM

Phew this one I did back in the school holidays. Hey would love a sneek peek in your linen pree. Photos always help inspire.

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Bec March 10, 2011 - 11:33 AM

I’ve just realised we have about 5 or 6 quilt cover sets for our bed, and use about 2. I think it might be time to donate a few to new homes!

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Summer March 15, 2011 - 1:00 PM

Linen cupboard now done. I am a bit behind but keeping up with challenges if not a few days after the fact.
I managed to get together 1 big green garbage bag full for charity out of the cupboard and made room for my cleaning products. I am very lucky as despite living in a smallish place I have a nice large linen cupboard.
Thanks again

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Emily April 14, 2011 - 2:34 PM

Hi there, I stumbled upon this site http://bedlam.net.au and thought you might find it useful. Have a great day and thanks for all the great tips you post here

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R J Palmer February 2, 2012 - 3:58 PM

Hi there, not long have found your website and am loving it, i have been on here so much trying to sort my house with partner 10yr girl and 4yr twin boy’s, I am pretty busy trying to keep up with everything, 🙂 With our sheets with a permanent marker I put a K for king Q for queen and S for single so there is no need to unfold the sheet to find out what it is, for me or anyone else that may be in the closet, Thanks for this wonderful site!!

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D A Carter May 24, 2012 - 11:49 PM

Just found your site and I think I’m really going to like it! I have 2 guest rooms and I keep 2 sheet sets for each room – one on the bed and one in the chest of drawers. This way I always have sheets available for the guests.

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Leigh June 1, 2012 - 10:41 AM

A great idea for odd pillow cases is to cut a slit in the top hem line amd use them for covering special clothes on coathangers! Keeps them dust free and clean 🙂

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Nat June 10, 2012 - 9:19 AM

 I had a look in there and found that I have an excess of 30 pillow cases…
I used to have four pillows on my bed. I am going to keep them, but won’t buy any for a long time!
It’s like back in the old days, when young girls who were getting married were given a trunk full of linen that was going to serve them for the rest of their life.
Quite frankly, appart from the bottom sheet, linen don’t need to be replaced that ofetn.

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Amy Villalobos September 17, 2012 - 11:00 AM

wow.. i had so much to donate.. i had sheets sets from my wedding unopened that i clearly dont need.. soooo many beach towels and doona covers for the wrong size bed… hopefully someone will be able to use them at the op shop.

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Amy Villalobos September 17, 2012 - 11:03 AM

Also my kids beds have drawers under them so their linen and towels are kept in there which makes my small linen cupboard seem a bit more roomy.

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jai1_jai1 October 21, 2012 - 1:35 PM

I have only just really looked at this site (despite likeing it on fb) as I’min the process of decluttering our house. Everything in our house is temporary at the moment as we are VERY slowly renovating it. Our linen cupboard annoys me as limited storage means it also holds, medicines, fixing tools etc and sewing/knitting things. Only 3 weeks ago I cleaned it out and got rid of a mountain of stuff. I thought going over it again would be unneccessary, but this morning I got rid of 1x QS doona cover & pillow cases, 2 x single doona covers and pillow cases, a heap of material and wool I’ll never get around to using and around 30 plastic or bent clothes hangers!!!

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LisaH. January 21, 2013 - 9:19 AM

Love the idea of folding flat & fitted sheet as well as pillow case in one bundle. I’m going to adopt this style now. Thank you

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