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Over Minimalize?

Last month I tackled my linen closet. I decided to just have two sets of sheets for each bed in my house. One set would be on the bed, while the second replacement set would be in the closet available to switch out while I clean the first. Simple enough. Do I really need more than that?

I think I had twelve sets of sheets total in the closet when I started. I sorted them into different bed sizes. Several were queen and twin size. Which I did not own a bed in these sizes anymore. So those were easy to throw into my Goodwill pile. Next I took one set of sheets for each bed in my house and simply put the rest in my ever growing pile for Goodwill. It took ten minutes tops to do everything and I cleared up a lot of space in my closet.

BUT earlier this week when I was doing my regularly scheduled sheet washing, I realized I made a mistake. Instead of saving a king and a full size sheet set, I actually saved two full size sheet sets by mistake. So now I only have the one set of king size sheets. Of course by now it was bed time and my sheet sets were no longer on my bed. I had a quick “oh crap” moment. Do I put the sheets back on that I had pulled off so that I can go to bed at my regular time? Or do I throw them in my washer and know that I will have to wait for the cleaning process? In the end I fired up the washer and cleaned the sheets.

The next morning, after I was fully caffeinated, I thought about my options. Do I run out and buy a new king size set? Do I go to Goodwill and see if I can buy back my old set? Or do I just plan my washing routine a little different so that I don’t need a second set?

For now one set will suffice. I may change my mind later. But I think with the knowledge that I only have one set, I can time the washing so that it isn’t a problem in the future.

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  • Matt March 4, 2011, 12:09 am

    I think one or two sets is fine. We only have two and swap them out each cleaning cycle. Of course, for the bed that rarely gets used, we have about a dozen sets and partial sets. I do think something is really messed up there.

  • Linda Morgan Clark March 4, 2011, 6:44 am

    I think you’ll find that you’ll wear out your sheets faster by your more frequent washing cycle. Might want to consider adding to your stash so that dirty sheets are washed only once every month. The whole collection will last longer. Been there.

    • Marc Morgan March 4, 2011, 9:42 am

      Luckily I had my new set of sheets on the bed when I donated the others. I’ll probably wear this set out and then buy two sets when I replace it.

  • meg March 4, 2011, 8:41 am

    We just have the one good set plus duvet covers that I wash and replace the same day. There’s another set somewhere, which I keep in case guest bedding is required. But it is quite possible to get by with one set!

    • Marc Morgan March 4, 2011, 9:40 am

      So nice to see you here Meg. Good point about the guest bedding.

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