Do we really need linen closets?
I’m telling you… we don’t, and I will tell you why, because we don’t need extra linens anymore that have to be stored and I’ll tell you why.
There was a day when we had to beat our clothes on a rock at the river, so getting laundry done when needed wasn’t so easy.
People wore clothes over and over and they really stunk up the place (so I have read) But linens were a different matter.
There were bed bugs galore, because mattresses were made of straw, and babies didn’t have disposable diapers so the bedding had to be changed really really frequently.
Holy crow, if your child had an accident, they needed another set STAT!
So lots and lots of linens were the norm.
We don’t live in that world anymore. But we somehow think we do.
We have washing machines, and so when we need clean sheets we can just wash a set and put another on.
Here are the amount we need per bed. TWO!
Here is where I store my sheets and where I suggest you should…between the mattress and boxspring.
You can fold them and place them side by side (no bump) and the pillow cases too. Then they are ready to put on when the other load is in the wash.
This frees up a tremendous amount of real estate in your main living storage area for other non essentials you have picked up over the years that you’ve been cramming in places.
How great would it be to have that entire closet empty with those 6 shelves all happy waiting to be filled up with other stuff, OR what bout leaving it empty? OMG, imagine?
I used to keep games, office supplies (paper, tape, stapler, notebooks, posits, highlighters, extra pens, paperclips etc), wrapping paper, extra gifts I purchased to have on hand for things, greeting cards, and some odd sized platters and things I used for parties etc. It was FABULOUS!
What do you think you could do with your linen closet now that it’s not used for linens?