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Welcome to week 2 of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Combat Clutter Challenge! This week’s assignments are a little more involved than last week, and some may take you more than 10 minutes depending on their current state. However, if all you have is 10 minutes, you can still see big improvements by staying focused, and working as long as you can to declutter and tidy up your space.
Day 5: Declutter Your Linen Closet
The above photo is my linen closet, and you can see what is not in it … Our linens! They are in a laundry basket in my bedroom because I’ve been too lazy to put them away. Just keeping it real for you. So given the state of our linen closet, I’m expecting this challenge to take me closer to 20 minutes, which I’m ok with.
I’m going to share my plan of attack given our extremely limited space, and the lack of linens at the moment, and I hope it gives you some guidelines for where to get started in your own linen closets.
Plan of Attack
- Empty out the entire linen closet
- Any linens with holes go into the basement for when we need rags
- Linens we don’t use go in the donate bin
- Linens we do use get folded and put on the upper shelves
- Bin of medications – sort through and dispose of all expired meds; follow steps for decluttering the medicine cabinet
- All cleaning supplies go where they belong – not in the linen closet
- Children’s toys go to the children
- Throw out anything that is broken, partially used & not needed, or too old
- Donate anything that is no longer needed, but still in good condition
- Fold basket of linens that is in my bedroom, and put them away
- Take the current towels out of the bathrooms, and put them in the hamper, and replace with clean towels from the closet
- Make sure the door closes and latches properly
We have a lot of junk in our linen closet, and with it being such a small space, organization is key. I’m still looking for ideas on Pinterest to better utilize the small space, but until I find something that will work, I’ll make do.