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I remember seeing a fabulous video by the Imperfect Mum about her linen cupboard on Facebook a few years ago. Things were everywhere – it was chaos! I remember it being fabulous because I found out other people were like me. Things weren’t perfectly folded and there were items in that cupboard that hadn’t been used for years.
What a relief that I wasn’t the only one!
But … while you know I’m all about keeping it real and ZERO SHAME I’m also about small steps to make life feel simpler. I’ve discovered the immense power of decluttering and you’ve signed up for it too!
It’s Simplify Week in the membership so we’re tackling something small but mighty.
Small because in the scheme of life – what significance a linen cupboard?
Mighty because in the scheme of my everyday – the simpler and less cluttered the better I feel, the clearer my brain, the happier I am.
So while it might seem insignificant – let’s declutter our linen cupboard. If, for no other reason than it’s going to feel AMAZING to tick something off our lists. And it’s ridiculous how satisfying tackling something that has been bugging us for months (years?) is. Don’t you agree?
So here’s my suggestion….
- Pull everything out of your linen cupboard
- Put anything you haven’t used in the last six months (or change of season) into a separate pile.
- Sort everything that remains into matching piles (if matching is important to you). Anything that doesn’t have a match (random pillow case etc) add to the separate pile.
- Now that you have sorted piles – be ruthless. I have two sets of kids sheets for each child (and a random extra set for potential night-time disasters). I have two sets of towels plus four extra’s for guests. Do you need all those swimming towels? Have you got fitted sheets that have seen better days? Are there 100 face washers when you only need 5 or 6? How are those bath mats? Add anything else you don’t need to your separate pile.
- Fold and organise what remains and put back in the cupboard – label the spaces if it will help keep things in their place.
- Go through your separate pile and keep any rags you might need and donate the rest, as long as it’s usable.
Once you’re done – share pics of before and after!
And if this feels like too big a job – just focus on one element – the sheets or the towels.
PS – If your linen cupboard is amazing – is there another cheeky cupboard that requires some loving attention? Which space needs a clearing so that your life feels easier and less cluttered?