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How many sheet sets does one household need?

How many sheet sets does one household need?

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If you found the last blog helpful, then you will probably be pleased with this one. After these two blogs you will be on your way to a well-organized linen closet. The key to not having an overflowing linen closet is to not have too many things in it-brilliant concept we know!! The pressing question is “How many sheet sets should I have?” Again, there’s no law, just suggestions and recommendations based on purposeful thought and no emotional ties to your linen closet.

Good news-the math is a bit easier with sheet sets versus towels-whew, big relief we know!  Here you go, plan and simple:

2 sets of sheets for each “Sleeping Space

What is a “Sleeping Space”? Any sort of bed family members and guest may sleep on.  This includes: sofa beds, blow up mattresses, campers, bunk beds, beach/mountain/lake homes (unless you keep linens there-in which case, follow the same rules).

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As expected, there are a few extra thoughts, suggestions and exceptions to the rule:

  • If you have a bed-wetter, keep an additional set for those beds
  • If you aren’t always quick with the laundry turn-around, pick up an extra set
  • Keep your spare beds made and ready to go, even with the sofa beds-sheets will fit folded in the bed
  • Consider purchasing similarly colored sheet sets so you can mix and match
  • Your old sheets can be donated to the animal shelter or cut into rags
  • To make changing linens easy (yes-that is a slight exaggeration, the only real way to make it easy is to have someone else do it), keep your sheet sets together in your linen closet.  Fold your flat and fitted sheets, then put them inside the pillowcase, extra pillowcases for the bed can also be placed inside.  This way when it is time to change the linens they are ready to go.

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Starting things off RIGHT!

We thought that we would start our blog with our absolute favorite and most Purposeful organizational strategy! How is that for a ringing endorsement? It is important to know that not only do we ALWAYS recommend this strategy to our clients but we practice it ourselves.  We say “practice” because it doesn’t come naturally-nope, not even to Professional Organizers.  Lastly, this is not rocket science but it definitely changes your life and way of doing things.  If you are a procrastinator buckle up!

Two-Minute Rule:

You should NOT put off anything that takes you less than 2-minutes to do

Remember, we told you it wasn’t rocket science.  Here is why we recommend it: If you put something down after you’ve picked it up and determined what you need to do with it, you’ll just have to re-remember it later.  This means that when you come across the item in the future, you will have to repeat that process again.  That is a waste of your time, maybe just a couple minutes but these minutes add up.  So once you pick it up and determine that it will take you less than two minutes to deal with it, DO IT THEN.

Here are a couple ways to think about this rule:

  • Sorting mail:  “batch your tasks.  This means when you sort your mail, place anything that will take more than 2 minutes to deal with in an “action” bin.  Put junk mail in your recycle bin. Resolve any action that takes less than 2 minutes to deal with, then file accordingly after completion.  Set aside time during the week to resolve any items in your “action” bin.
  • Laundry-Take piles directly to designated rooms upon folding.  Put away-it really doesn’t take that long to put laundry away, might be a bit longer than 2 minutes, but then it is done.
  • Donations/Returns-If you have items to donate or return to the store, put them directly in your car.  No sense in taking them from one room in the house, to another, then eventually to your car.  Why touch it and think about it multiple times? Why increase the chances of forgetting about it? We recommend that you keep a crate or bin in the car for these items.