Sunday, June 5, 2016

Abandoned Random Bedding

With the clothing category crossed off my list I was thinking, "which category should I tackle next?" I decided that sticking with "soft" items in the house was a good idea.  So on to bedding; how many sets of sheets and blankets does one family really need?  We are a family of six but my oldest has moved out and has established his own home.  So we are now down to five people under our roof.  We have a total of five beds in the house - two queen sized and three twin.  So i it really necessary for us to have so much bedding?  Probably not!  

Of course some of this bedding was not chosen by me or my husband.  Sounds strange right?!  But the truth is that we have had some family move in the past few years and give us bedding they could not take with them.  I have a hard time saying no to anything free that still has a useful life (remember the bags of clothes in Willy's closet?).   The result was bedding scattered in closets and in several under bed storage containers.    

I decided to tackle the bedding challenge the same way I did the clothes-pull it all out and dump it on the living room floor.  Anything that didn't fit the beds in our house, was badly stained, or just plain ugly was going to find a home elsewhere.  But I still needed enough bedding so that each family member would have two sets of sheets, a blanket and a comforter.  As a family we also love to snuggle up under afghans and watch movies on cold winter nights so I also need to keep a few throw blankets.

All the bedding in the house dumped on the living room floor!

The bedding purge took about an hour.  It was pretty funny some of the things I unearthed; abandoned random bedding!  I found a king sized fitted sheet, one flannel pillowcase with no sheets to go with it, a very badly stained comforter (I was going to try to get the stains out I swear), and the list goes on.  I was able to discard four more bags!
Four more bags ready to be discarded!
The sheets that I kept, were folded neatly and placed inside their pillow case.  (That is an organization idea I borrowed from Peter Walsh.)  Also, instead of having sheets and blankets scattered around in random closets, I put the sheets in the rooms where the bed is that the sheets go on.  So trucks and Cat in the Hat to Willy's room and unicorns and Tinker Bell to Hannah's room.  Extra throw blankets will be stored on the top shelf in the guest bedroom/office until winter.

Total bag count is up to 12!  I am still feeling pretty positive about my results and hope I can keep up the momentum of the past couple of weeks.

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