Shine a Little Light on an Often Forgotten Spot

Shine a Little Light on an Often Forgotten Spot

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Janel Laban
Jan 21, 2016
(Image credit: www.saritarelis.com)

When I talk to people about their homes throughout the rest of the year to get ideas for updating and improving the Cure, one thing I hear again and again is that their linen closet (whether or not it actually is a closet or not) is overstuffed and often filled with old and overly-worn things that they rarely, if ever, use. Let's shine a little light on this storage-space-sucking black hole of unused stuff today and clear it out, once and for all!

Today's Assignment

Take time today to go through:

  • Towels & Washcloths
  • Sheets & Pillowcases
  • Duvet Covers, Comforters & Blankets
  • Dishcloths & Tea Towels

Pare them down as needed by sorting into three piles:

  • good ones that you actually use
  • ones in decent shape that you have not used in a year or more
  • ones that are worn out

When sorting, don't get hung up on holding on to too many extras of things "just in case". Think realistically about your actual real-life use of these items in the past year to determine the need to hang on to them.

Then, fold the good ones neatly and return to their (now less crowded!) storage spot. Put the decent ones you no longer use in the outbox and cut or tear up the remainder for your rag bag. Tada!

Note: Animal shelters are a great place to inquire about donating your no-longer used linens.

Let us know how this new-to-the-Cure this year assignment goes for you: slam dunk and quick or lots of hard stuff to sort through and more of a time investment? Is there anyone who doesn't need to do this one at all? (If so, enjoy the day off!)

  • See all the assignments: January Cure Main Page
  • Download the calendar: January Cure 2016
  • Share your progress on Instagram: #thejanuarycure


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